Cyclocross rule changes in Scotland?

I saw some tweets today from perennial contender Craig Hardie and Scottish cyclocross stalwart Davie Graham and Brian aka @bazzargh brought to my attention some proposed rule changes to cyclocross racing that are going to really shake things up for the 2011 season.

There’s a rule coming in that courses have to be a minimum of 3m wide for Cat A/B and 2m wide for Cat C. The scottish cross series will apparently lose about 2/3 of their courses if this is enforced. Seemingly, organising clubs have standing to object, but need to do so by Monday 12th Oct, hence the need to get the word out.

Here’s a pic of the Auchentoshan course by Glasgow United’s Steven Turbitt:
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The path is less than 2m wide there, but further back you can see that it’s constricted by trees. This is part of the character of the
Scottish CX series, there are sections of narrow singletrack at courses around the country.

And you can’t widen this:
Plean SCX

Plean SCX

Some background: here’s the announcement by British Cycling. Brian couldn’t find one from Scottish Cycling but presumably that was sent out to clubs.

The relevant bit from the cyclocross rulebook (rule 9.1) states:

In Premier, A and B category races the minimum width of the course shall be 3 metres. In lower category races, where this cannot be achieved for the entire course, the minimum width shall be 2 metres. In all races the course shall incorporate a racing line sufficiently broad to allow safe overtaking.

The concerns of Scottish Cyclocross are expressed in this blog post, which states that the proposal, will be put to the vote at the SC AGM in November. If you are a club member, you have until Monday to object to this proposal on the proper forms. It is unclear how Scottish Cyclocross members/race licence holders (who may not be BC/SC members) can object.

  • Anonymous

    The other side of the coin can be seen in a blog post by CX pro Ian Field on Veloresults where he expresses frustration at the narrow course and the difficulty in overtaking.

    The vibe that I am picking up in Scotland though is that most racers enjoy the singletrack. It’s not UCI level we are talking about.