Draft-Proposed race Guidelines Thursday, November 21, 2002
We welcome your feedbacck concerning the following proposed guidelines:
The goals for our NEBRA event guidelines are to serve as a supplement to,
and not a replacement of, the current USCF event rules. Our purpose is to improve the quality of events in New England by these guidelines:
There is no date protection. Promoters are encouraged to work with each
other through NEBRA to alleviate conflicts. Races with conflicting dates
should be encouraged to run non-conflicting categories. The road season
should be considered to be March-October. The cyclo-cross season should be
considered to be September-January.
2. Event Flyers and publicity
All event flyers and web links should be submitted to NEBRA for approval,
posting and publicizing on the NEBRA web site and e-mail list.
It is suggested that all races utilize an on-line registration service such
as BikeReg.com, which is the official on-line registration service for
NEBRA. Late fees for on-line registration should not go into effect until 2
days before the event, giving the promoter sufficient time to download and
compile start sheets and registration forms. Preprinted release forms with
the riders’ info contained should be downloaded and printed, attached to each
rider’s number, and ready for the rider to sign at registration. There should
be separate lines at registration for pre-registered and day-of riders.
It is suggested that a results service be utilized, such as PEP Results,
which is the official results service of NEBRA. Full, complete, and timely
results with finish times for each competitor are crucial for providing a
quality event. Results should be posted on the web on the same day as the
race and treated like news. Results should also be provided electronically
to NEBRA on the same day of the event to be posted on the NEBRA web site.
Cash prizes for amateur and age-graded categories should be discouraged and in lieu thereof medals, trophies, and merchandise should be emphasized. Increased prize money for elite women’s categories should be encouraged. Elite Women’s prize lists should
not be less than 50% Elite Men’s prize lists, and should be moving toward
100%. Promoters must recognize the inherent unfairness of disparate prize
lists based on gender, and take it upon themselves to break the cycle,
regardless of the reasons it exists.
6. Event Details
Event distances for road events should be at least the minimum required for
upgrade points for all categories. Road races should be moving towards
rolling enclosures with state or local police serving as pace vehicles.