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What are the rules of crits?(6 posts)

What are the rules of crits?rrjc5488
Jul 28, 2003 2:39 PM
What are all the rules? I know its on a short course that you do many laps on, but I hear all this stuff about time or laps...
same as road race, except...DougSloan
Jul 28, 2003 3:33 PM
*If you have a mechanical, you can stop in the pit for one "free lap" and then rejoin the group.

*Can vary by event, but typically it's a certain time, plus 1 or more laps; could be 45 minutes to an hour; can be by distance.

*Primes are prizes for the winner of a certain lap, usually announced the lap before.

USCF rules: http://www.usacycling.org/rulebooks/2003_uscf_rulebook.pdf

Scroll down to page 61.

Doug
The race official will tell you most everything you need to knowbill
Jul 28, 2003 3:34 PM
variables include --
distance vs. time -- you either will do x laps or x time (sometimes x time plus, usually x time plus two laps)
Everyone finishes on the same lap as the leader, so that if a leader group laps the field, their bell lap is your bell lap, which can get downright confusing.
You need to know whether there is a center line rule, which means that you get disqualified if you cross the center line of the road. Many crits are fully enclosed (where the road is closed to cars, so the racers have the whole road).
Do you get a free lap for a mechanical? Is there a wheel pit?
Number goes on which side?
Race until you get pulled. If you get lapped by the field, and no official pulls you, keep racing.

Anything else?
re: What are the rules of crits?Fender
Jul 28, 2003 3:38 PM
- hold your line in turns
- don't try passing on the outside lanes if too close to a curb
- don't slam the brakes in the turns

and also, there is no feeding in a crit. I've seen people do it. don't.

and most importantly, have fun!
Why not post this on the RACING board? (nm)Kerry Irons
Jul 28, 2003 3:53 PM
There has to be a crash in every corner on every lap.AllUpHill
Jul 28, 2003 5:13 PM
If someone else doesn't make it happen, then it's your responsibility to pick up the slack.