This feels like an appropriate time to remind interested parties including racers, race promoters, officials, and any other interested parties that among the goals of BRAOK is the safe, fun, and productive promotion and execution of bicycle racing in Oklahoma.
This includes providing positive examples of appropriate behavior for junior racers and new participants/racers.
There were a few instances of rider misconduct toward USAC officials in a recent local race. Please review USAC rule 8A5b [Unsportsmanlike conduct, including but not limited to, Foul or abusive language; insults and rude behavior. ] to review the possible consequences of such conduct.
Rider misconduct cannot be tolerated going forward. Whether such misconduct is directed toward USAC officials or “merely” observed by supporters/ spectators, it brings disrespect to the sport and cannot be tolerated.
Many lessons have been learned in the aftermath. It is our intent to learn from these going forward.
1 BRAOK and USAC will support local officials and their decisions associated with a USAC sanctioned race.
2 It is the responsibility of the Chief Referee of the USAC sanctioned race to address and report offences to USAC by reporting to the USAC Technical Director. Other parties will report suggestions to the CR who will evaluate/consider and then, as appropriate, report to the USAC Technical Director.
3 It is the thought process or mind set of USAC to work toward correcting the behavior/ conduct of riders (going forward) rather dwelling on punishment for previous infractions.
4 Some serious offenses warrant additional penalties such as a monetary fine or suspension. Neither a Chief Referee nor a Race Commission can impose a suspension. Suspensions are handled under USAC policy. Whenever a Chief Referee or Race Commission believes a suspension is indicated, a suspension request or recommendation should be submitted to the USAC Technical Director as soon as possible.
5 Until the USAC Technical Director has made a decision regarding suspension, rider(s) under investigation may (continue to) participate in USAC events.
6 All recommendations of suspension shall receive complete review and full due process from USAC and the USAC Technical Director. If deemed by the USAC Technical Director to be appropriate for follow-up, due process could include the assignment of an investigator to visit the Local Association to personally interview all involved parties then provide a recommendation to the USAC Technical Director.
7 Any official making a recommendation of suspension should consult USAC Rule 8J for examples of suggested suspension periods for various offences.
8 Disciplinary measures, including warning, relegation, disqualification (DSQ), monetary fines and/or recommendation for suspension, also may be imposed by a Chief Referee with respect to any offense or inappropriate conduct not specifically set forth in USAC rule book section 8.
9 Riders should also be reminded of rules 1N6(a) and (b) 1N6. Abuse.
(a) No rider or other licensee may be disrespectful toward anyone at a race.
(b) No rider or other licensee may use foul or abusive language or conduct during a race event.
10 It should also be understood that certain rulings or determinations by the officiating team including but not limited to pulling a rider [A lapped rider or one who has fallen too far behind and is considered to be out of contention may be called off the course by the Chief Referee. ] are considered to be judgement calls that cannot be reversed.