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2020 British Cycling Technical Regulations

The new British Cycling Technical Regulations come into effect on March 1 2020. These amended Regulations have been produced after an extensive consultation process, with changes to our previous Regulations arising from a desire to make them as clear, concise, understandable and consistent as possible.

Click here to view a series of roadmaps which outline the changes made to the existing 2019 British Cycling Technical Regulations.

In line with the publication of British Cycling’s new Technical Regulations, we have produced a series of event requirements, which can be accessed here.

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Road

Please be aware of an amendment to the published road regulation R5.2.1.3:           

Existing wording:

National B – open to male Senior Elite, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Category riders, male Junior 1st, 2nd and 3rd Category riders and female Senior Elite, 1st and 2nd Category riders.

Correct wording:

National B – open to male Senior Elite, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Category riders, final year male Junior 1st, 2nd and 3rd Category riders and female Senior Elite, 1st and 2nd Category riders.

Track

Please be aware of amendments to the following published Track regulations: T18.2.4, T19.3, T20.3, T24.3:

T18.2.4 - Existing wording:

The pacesetter must leave the track at a pre-determined point, in principle 600-700m before the finish.

T18.2.4 - Updated Wording:

The pacesetter must leave the track at a pre-determined point, in principle 600-800m before the finish.

T.19.3.1 - Existing wording:

In the case of a fall or a puncture, a rider shall be entitled to a Neutralisation for the number of laps closest to 1,250 metres. The Chief Commissaire shall decide the number of laps accorded in such a case. The rider shall re-join the Race in the same relative position to the field as at the time of the incident. Neutralised riders may not return to the track within the last kilometre.

Updated Wording:

T19.3.1 - In the case of a fall or a puncture, a rider shall be entitled to a Neutralisation for the number of laps closest to 1,250 metres. The Chief Commissaire shall decide the number of laps accorded in such a case. The rider shall re-join the Race in the same relative position to the field as at the time of the incident.

T19.3.2 - Neutralised riders may not return to the track within the last kilometre.

T20.3.1 - Existing wording:

Neutralised riders may not return to the track within the last kilometre. Should the last kilometre start during an allowed Neutralisation period of a recognised Mishap, and the riders not be able to return prior to the start of the last kilometre, these Neutralised riders shall appear in the final placings depending on the points accumulated prior to the Mishap.

Updated Wording:

T20.3.1 - In the case of a fall or a puncture, a rider shall be entitled to a Neutralisation for the number of laps closest to 1,250 metres. The Chief Commissaire shall decide the number of laps accorded in such a case. The rider shall re-join the Race in the same relative position to the field as at the time of the incident.

T20.3.2 - Neutralised riders may not return to the track within the last kilometre. Should the last kilometre start during an allowed Neutralisation period of a recognised Mishap, and the riders not be able to return prior to the start of the last kilometre, these Neutralised riders shall appear in the final placings depending on the points accumulated prior to the Mishap.

T24.3.3 - Existing wording:

In the case of a fall or a puncture, a rider shall be entitled to a Neutralisation for the number of laps closest to 2,000 metres. The Chief Commissaire shall decide the number of laps accorded in such a case. The rider shall re-join the Race in the same relative position to the field as at the time of the incident. Neutralised riders may not return to the track within the last kilometre.

Updated Wording:

T24.3.3 - In the case of a fall or a puncture, a rider shall be entitled to a Neutralisation for the number of laps closest to 2,000 metres. The Chief Commissaire shall decide the number of laps accorded in such a case. The rider shall re-join the Race in the same relative position to the field as at the time of the incident.

T24.3.4 - Neutralised riders may not return to the track within the last two kilometres.  Should the last two kilometres start during an allowed Neutralisation period of a recognised Mishap, and the riders not be able to return prior to the start of the last two kilometres, these riders shall appear in the final placings at the back of the group they were in immediately prior to the Mishap.

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Technical Regulations Member's Survey 2020

As the national governing body for cycling, British Cycling is responsible for the governance and the Technical Regulations across each of the cycling disciplines. These Technical Regulations are collated and distributed to members, officials and organisers in the form of our Handbook which is updated every year.

Last year, in collaboration with Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling, British Cycling undertook a comprehensive review of these regulations, informed by its members. The aim of this review was to ensure that the Technical Regulations were as clear, concise, understandable and as consistent as possible. We wanted the regulations to benefit those already operating within our sport, as well as those new to cycle sport.

In the spirit of evolution rather than revolution, we want to ensure that these regulations continue to evolve in a way that best fits each of our disciplines, and as such we are again opening a survey which will allow members to contribute potential changes to the regulations which will help the sport to develop.

The member survey will be a permanent fixture on the British Cycling website. Whilst all submissions will be reviewed, submissions must be received by 30 June for consideration for the 2021 Handbook.

Technical Regulations Member’s Survey

Please note that the 2019 Regulations will continue to be adhered to until February 29 2020.

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