24-Hour Championship Category USA Cycling Race Rules
5D7. 24-Hour Racing
(a) Each team will designate a team captain. Team captains will represent the team in all official correspondence and communications before, during and after the event. Only team captains may file protests. The team captain must attend the pre-race meeting.
(b) Any rider who has entered the course in support of another may bring equipment and tools and may even swap bikes with the rider in need of support. The cannibalizing of bikes is permitted in 24-hour racing.
(c) Water and food (hand ups) may be supplied to a racer, by anyone, anywhere on the course. Both the racer and persons providing a hand up must stay well clear of the course during the hand up, so as not to impede another racer.
(d) Any racer found intentionally littering the course will be disqualified.
(e) Wristbands will be handed out upon log-in. Starting racers must have their bikes pre-positioned in the Start/Finish area.
Racers must display their official bike handlebar number plate whenever on course. In the case of a bike swap, racers must swap the bike number to the new bike prior to continuing the race
(f) Wristbands: The 24-hour National Championships will utilize a wristband hand off between laps. The end of the first racer’s lap automatically becomes the start of the next racer’s lap regardless of whether or not there is a racer ready to start.
(g) A racer may ride consecutive laps.
(h) Loss of the wristband: penalties will be set by the race director before the start of the event and included in the pre-race instructions to riders.
(i) Drafting other vehicles or a non-registered rider is prohibited.
(j) Lighting: Racers entering the course two hours before sunset and up to one-half hour before sunrise must have both primary and secondary light sources installed and in good working order.
(k) Once on course, a racer is expected to complete the lap. However, the team has the option of canceling a racer’s lap and restarting the lap from the start/finish line with a substitute, should the first racer be unable to complete the lap for any reason, including injury. Any team member can cancel a racer’s lap by notifying the timers/official. If a team cancels a racer’s lap and is restarting with a new racer, a new baton maybe issued without penalty. However, the team’s original baton must be returned to the registrar. The new racer inherits the start time of the canceled racer’s lap. Once a cancellation has been made, it cannot be rescinded. The canceled lap does not count as a completed lap.
(l) Every team member must complete at least one lap except in the case of a report of occurrence (confirmation of an injury).
(m) Each team’s final placing will be determined by the number of laps the team has completed and the sequential order of finish within the team’s last lap. The last racer’s lap for each team must be completed before the end of the 24th hour in order for the lap to be counted.
(n) In the case of catastrophic failure due to weather or another extenuating circumstance that prevents the ongoing scoring of the event or creates a racing environment that is deemed too dangerous for the participants, the race may be called as of a certain time. Final results will be calculated in one of two ways as determined by the Chief Referee in consult with the Race Director:
1) The race will be considered over at the point it was called and the results will be taken from the last completed lap.
2) The riders will be allowed to finish their current lap after the point the race is called and those results will be taken as final.
In the case that the race is stopped and restarted, the combined results of both parts of the race will be used.