AusCycling has made two changes to the rules and policies relating to junior road cycling equipment.
Effective immediately, Junior U19 riders are permitted to use ‘blocking off’ (by the adjustment of the derailleur or other means) to restrict the roll out distance to 7.93 metres.
This will be allowed in all races, including national championships.
AusCycling has made this change due to the increasing difficulty of obtaining equipment that complies with the maximum roll out distance.
(AusCycling Technical Regulations: Road 1.02.03)
From 1 January 2022, the rollout of 7.93 metres will apply to J19 riders at all events, not just J19 events.
Riders, parents, coaches and officials are reminded that gear restrictions apply to junior riders even when riding in combined or graded racing or training sessions.
This is in accordance with the Junior Riding Up Policy released in July 2021.
Where teams are providing spare wheels, they should ensure they have wheels with the correct gearing for J19 riders on their team.
Typically, neutral service providers already struggle with the different combinations of manufacturers, speeds and brake types in the peloton. Where neutral service is available, J19 riders should ensure they provide correct wheels to neutral spares and receive the correct wheel when service is required.
In a one-day race, the rider will be disqualified.
In a stage race, they will be placed last on the stage and on GC, but able to continue with the rest of the race.
At national- and state-level events, there is a high expectation on commissaires to ensure that every rider is meeting the gear restrictions.
At club events, the expectation is on the rider to comply. Commissaires are expected to check riders at random, and if they suspect incorrect gearing is being used.
There are three main reasons:
U9–U13: 5.5 metres
U15: 6.0 metres
U17: 7.0 metres
J19: 7.93 metres
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