Suggestions about "Racing Etiquette" for my first race!
I am going to try my first XC race soon! I was just wondering what or if there is “race etiquette”? The race is time and we start in 1 min intervals.
Like if someone comes on my @ss should I move over and let them pass? I am pretty sure I know the answer to this question.
What should I do if no one moves out of my way?
I am looking for Do’s and Don’ts list… I don't want to look like too much of a noob!
Thanks in advance.
Can't feel my legs
In a TT situation like you describe, making it as easy as possible for the rider to pass would be best in my opinion. Not saying you should pull over and stop, but if he caught you from at least a minute behind, you should show some respect.
(b) Racers riding bicycles have the right of way over racers
pushing bicycles. When practical, racers pushing should stay
on the least rideable portion of the path when being passed. A
racer pushing or carrying his bicycle can overtake a racer
riding his bicycle provided he does not interfere with the
rider's progress. Lapped riders may be asked to withdraw at
the Finish Line.
(c) Lapped riders must yield to overtaking riders from the
same class and category. Riders should voice the command
"Track" when overtaking another. Lapped riders must yield to
the passing rider on the first command.
(d) It is the responsibility of the passing rider from a
different class and category to overtake safely. Riders should
voice the command “Track” when overtaking another rider.
Riders being passed must move over as quickly and efficiently
as safely as possible.
(e) In the event two riders are vying for position, the leading
rider does not have to yield his position to the challenging
rider. However, a rider may not bodily interfere with the
intent to impede another rider's progress. Traditional rules of
racing apply: the leading rider owns the track.
Beyond the rules aspect, being cooperative about the pass is generally best for both parties (unless they are directly competing with each other). Communicate, i.e. "on my left", "on your right", "gimme a sec", etc. A "thanks, man" as you pass doesn't hurt.
There's always an angle
I found that the whole passing thing works out pretty well throughout the race. The person either caught you, or you caught them, and as soon as the trail allows, one moves over for the other. It all works out pretty cordially.
The toughest part is at the beginning of the race when everyone is fighting for position. Sometimes its tough to move over because you aren't going your pace because of another guy in front of you, and the guy in front of him, etc. I guess that's where the importance of that initial sprint comes in.
Faster guy catchs you, let them by, espcially if you are not close to the end of the race. You can always try and match there pace and pass them back latter. But that rarely happens, however them pulling you will make you faster.
You are passing, I ussually just tell them I got to get around them, left or right and go.
I've never heard of a time trial xc race. What race is this?
To answer your question though, if someone has made up a minute on you then you should pull over and let them pass as soon as it's convenient. In a head to head race where you're even, you should still let them pass, but not at the expense of your race so don't go out of your way to get out of their way.