Series Rules

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  1. Based on your feedback last year, racers DO NOT need to purchase a series number plate in 2019 or register to participate in the series.
  2. Clif Bar Dirt Cup racers can only be affiliated with one team during the season.
  3. Upgrade rules
    1. Series winners from the previous year must move up to the next level. In certain cases of small categories and junior categories, certain exceptions might be made.
    2. Cat 3 categories - Top 3 finish in 75% of the series races
    3. Cat 2 categories- Top 3 finish in 75% of the series races
  4. Self-Supported - Racers must be self-contained and self-reliant. Bike repairs are to be done only by individual bike racers. No outside support is permitted. All spare parts and tools shall be carried by individual racers and may only be used only by that racer; cannibalizing other bikes is not permitted. A racer can only use spare parts or tools that he/she started with at the beginning of the race. Racers may not leave the course to make repairs. Racers shall complete the entire event on the same bicycle they started with. Racers must also finish with the number plate/timing chip that they started the race with. Junior racers may receive support and parts from others but must finish on the bike they started on.
  5. Food and water can be taken from anyone, anywhere on the course.
  6. Any rider littering the course with food packages or waste will be disqualified.
  7. Cutting the course short by any rider, whether by accident or not, will lead to disqualification or relegation to last place in your class. The race promoter will make this decision.
  8. You must wear a helmet while warming up or racing on the course for any Clif bar Dirt Cup event.
  9. The race director reserves the right to warn or disqualify anyone from an event for unsportsmanlike behavior (profanity towards volunteers or other riders, foul-riding, throwing your bike).
  10. Racers have the right of way over racers pushing or carrying their bike.
  11. A racer pushing or carrying their bike can overtake a racer riding his bicycle provided that it does not interfere with the riding racer.
  12. Riders passing or lapping another rider must vocally alert that rider by using such terms as:Passing on your left (right) or Track left (right). It is the responsibility of the passing rider to overtake safely, and riders being passed must yield at the first reasonable opportunity.
  13. Walkmans, headphones and other personal listening devices that may interfere with a racers awareness of other riders and their surroundings are prohibited.
  14. When two riders are vying for position, the leading rider does not necessarily have to yield position to the challenging rider, however, a rider may not bodily interfere, intending to impede another riders progress. This is considered to be highly unsportsmanlike behavior.
  15. Protests can be made only by and against racers in the same class and in most cases must be confirmed by a third-party.
  16. Violation of any of the rules may result in disqualification.
  17. The race director and/or Clif Bar Dirt Cup Directors will have final decision and interpretation of rules.
  18. Starting times and staging procedures for classes will be at the discretion of each race director.
  19. The Protest period is 15 minutes following posting of complete results for each class. It is a racer’s responsibility to verify the results at the race. After the protest period is over, all results will be final. Do not contact Clif Bar Dirt Cup about results errors discovered after the protest period unless it is something that was not apparent at the time the results were posted.
  20. Bikes must be powered by human pedal power only. No e-bikes, electric motors or any other type of power-assisted bikes of any type are permitted.
  21. There will be no pre-riding or warming up on the course during any race. Racers are subject to disqualification from their race with no refund.
  22. It is each racers responsibility to be aware of and understand these rules. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
  23. There will be no “dropped” race results from the series standings. Results from all five races count towards the series standings.
  24. Your race age for the series is your age as of December 31, 2019 - not your age on the day of the race. Youth racers must have a “race age” of 18 or younger on December 31, 2019 to participate in the Junior/High School series category. A student with a “race age” older than 18 may participate in the Junior/High School series category only if that student is registered on a High School cycling team/club and is wearing a High School team/club jersey.