Rules and regulations

Participation

  • All participants need to be members of MTBA. Yearly members must present a valid membership card at registration
  • Weekend Racing License will be available to buy at each event for $30 and will provide the insurance cover for the entire event, including practice
  • You must register before you will be allowed to practice. This applies to all riders at the event
  • Club and MTBA membership forms will be available at the registration desk if you wish to renew your MTBA membership or join MTBA when you register for an event.
  • All series events will have On-the-day registration. Check times on the race pages.

 

Clothing/equipment

  • All bikes must have at least 1 working break
  • All bikes must bar plugs/bar ends on the handlebars
  • All participants must wear an Australian Standards, full face helmet
  • All participants must have covered elbows (3/4 or full length jersey is OK, Elbow pads are even better) no singlets
  • All participants must have covered knees (3/4 or full length pants are OK, Knee pads are even better)
  • All participants must wear fully enclosed shoes (No Thongs)
  • Body armor, gloves, goggles, neck braces are all highly recommended

 

General racing rules

  • Race numbers must be displayed on the handlebars of the bicycle. Altering, cutting or placing of unauthorised sponsors’ logos on numbers will result in a fine and/or disqualification. This includes writing one the plate with a marker. If a plate is lost or damaged, a replacement will need to be purchased from registration
  • You must display race numbers if riding the course on the official practice day(s) or on race day(s). Downhill riders will not be allowed on the downhill transport unless they have their race number attached to their bicycle
  • You are not to use any transport other than the official transport supplied by the race organisers for the official downhill practice or race day(s).
  • You must not use offensive or abusive language during the race, act in any anti-sporting manner, be disrespectful to the event volunteers / officials or ignore the race regulations
  • You and your supporters are reminded of their obligations to act responsibly always before, during and after the event
  • You are not permitted to shortcut the course. The responsibility for following the official route lies with you. If you do not follow the official route you will be disqualified
  • You are not permitted to willingly alter the course in any way without first consulting with the race officials. This includes moving rocks, logs, tape or other natural obstacles
  • You must act in a sporting manner at all times and permit any faster rider to overtake without deliberately obstructing them, when it is safe to do so.
  • If you pull out of a race (DNF or Did Not Finish) you must notify the timing station or closest course marshal. This is to ensure that all competitors are accounted for at the conclusion of the race.

 

Course markings

  • Markers or tape will indicate the route to be followed, showing changes of the course, intersections and all potentially dangerous situations. Markers will be placed at frequent intervals along the course to confirm to the rider that he or she is following the correct course
  • In all potentially dangerous situations, one or more arrows must be placed in a downward pointing position. These arrows should be positioned 30 metres before the obstacle and at the obstacle itself. Two or more downward pointing arrows mean a more dangerous situation. Three downward pointing arrows means an extreme situation, continue with caution.

 

Code of conduct

VDHS Code of Conduct

The code applies to all people associated with this series. The VHDS wishes to operate in a nondiscriminatory environment where people show respect for others and their property. The VDHS wishes to operate in an environment free from harassment.All individuals are expected to show a commitment to VDHS policies, rules, procedures, guidelines and agreements.
 

Unacceptable behavior

  •  ‘Sledging’ other athletes, officials or event organisers
  • Excessive use of alcohol, acting in a way that becomes a public nuisance, or creating a public disturbance
  • Damaging another person’s property or depriving them of that property.

 

Penalties can be imposed according to the nature of the offense and one or more of the following can be used:

  • verbal warning
  • demotion of final race position (by one or more positions)
  • time or points penalty applied during an event
  • disqualification from a race
  • suspension