Rules and etiquette

This page specifically relates to the requirements of the Eureka Veterans Cycling Club members and volunteers during a club event.

General information –
The governing body for veterans cycle racing within Australia is the Australian Veterans Cycling Council.
Racing in each Australian state is organised by a body which generally adopt the racing rules, regulations and penalties of the Australian VCC.
The Victorian Veterans Cycling Council is the primary body for veterans cycle racing within Victoria.  The Eureka VCC is affiliated with the Victorian VCC and has delegates on the committee.

Duty of care –
Eureka VCC racing events are conducted on OPEN roads.  Racing events often have over twenty riders competing and each event requires up to ten members/volunteers being involved with various official club duties including but not limited to – referee, handicapper, corner marshal/s, medical/first aid and catering.
The Eureka VCC has a duty of care to all riders and members/volunteers involved at all club events.  This duty of care extends to all road users whilst we are conducting club racing events.  As such, the Eureka VCC is required to enforce the Victorian VCC Rules and Penalties at all racing events conducted by the club.

Racing rules, regulations and penalties –
From time to time the Victorian VCC vote to introduce “extra” racing rules, regulations and penalties which may not have been addressed by the Australian VCC.  As required, the Victorian VCC updates their document to ensure that the wording is correct and accurately states the “current” conditions that all affiliated veteran cycling clubs will race under.

Each veteran cyclist is issued with a Victorian VCC booklet after taking out a veterans cycling membership.  It is important to read the Victorian VCC booklet and become familiar with the contents.  The Victorian VCC also update their website with any amendments to racing rules, regulations and penalties.
The following wording is listed on the Victorian VCC website and is considered true and correct as at May 2015.


VVCC Rules and Penalties

Rule 1.  Eligibility

(a) To be eligible to compete in any event run under the jurisdiction of the AVCC, the competitor must be a financial member of a Club affiliated to a State/Territory body affiliated with the AVCC and covered by AVCC insurance.

(b) Riders will not be permitted to start in races, nor racing licences issued to those seeking membership, if bicycle safety standards as set out by the AVCC, are compromised.

(c) All National Championships must be controlled by an AVCC accredited National Referee; all State/Territory championships or Opens by a National or State/Territory referee; all other events must be controlled by any accredited AVCC referee.

(d) No club or Open races shall be run unless under control of an AVCC accredited club/state or national referee and that the referee in control shall not participate in a race while acting in the capacity of referee.

(e) The controlling referee of the day shall be in control of an event and shall have the power to penalize riders, officials and members from 1 hour before the start of an event and until such persons are clear of the precinct following the end of an event.

(f) At least one qualified non-riding 1st Aid person must be in attendance at all races.

Rule 2.  Age Qualification
Membership of the AVCC is accepted on 1st January of the year in which a rider reaches 30 years of age.

Rule 3.  Misconduct
A competitor or member who is guilty of misconduct, disobeying an official, using undesirable language, urinating in public, striking or attempting to strike another member during the progress of an event, or at a place where the event is being conducted, shall be suspended, or fined, or both.

Rule 4.  Judging
The finish of a race shall be judged by the first part of a bike that reaches an ‘imaginary’ line approximately 343 mm above a finish line.

Rule 5.  Flags
A black and white chequered flag shall denote a race finish. A red flag denotes danger and cyclists must stop if directed by the official displaying the flag. If a red flag is displayed from an official vehicle in a controlled race, no cyclist may pass the vehicle until the flag has been withdrawn.

Rule 6.  Equipment and Clothing
(a) Race numbers must be prominently displayed at all times. Numbers must not be folded or damaged in any way and must be returned after the finish.

(b)An Australian approved and securely fastened helmet conforming to standard AS/NZ/2063 must be worn on the head at all times while riding’.
Australian approved tear-drop helmets cannot be used in road races but shall be allowed in road time trials and track time trials and pursuits.

(c) Competitors should be neatly attired at the start of a race and at after-race presentations. Racing jerseys must be designed so as to cover the upper arms and shoulders.

(d) Only equipment sanctioned and approved by the A.V.C.C. Inc. shall be permitted in races under its patronage. The bicycle shall be a conventional triangular frame made from materials suitable for bicycle construction. The maximum length shall not be more than 185cm. and a width of 50cm. Either 650cm, or 700cm wheels,and drop handlebars shall be used.

For road events two efficient hand brakes and a free-wheel shall be used; Spinacci and ‘Tri’ bars are not to be used. For road time trials it may have either a fixed wheel or free-wheel system, standard time trial handlebars with handlebar extensions and elbow rests.

For track racing, in sprints and scratch races it shall have a fixed rear wheel. In time trials and pursuits free-wheel multiple gears, handlebar extensions and elbow rests may be used. ‘Flat Bars’ (mountain bike style) shall not be permitted in any of the aforementioned disciplines. Handlebar ends must be plugged.

(e) It is an offence to compete on any bicycle unless it is mechanically sound and maintained to the highest safety standards. ‘Singles’ must be securely glued to the rim and road bicycles must be equipped with two efficient, independent brakes.

(f) i. Only conventional racing machines as described in rule 6(d) shall be used in AVCC events and no unfair aerodynamic advantage associated with a bicycle shall be allowed, nor any modifications or construction allowed that jeopardize safety.
ii. Bicycle gear and brake controls may be modified to accommodate individual needs, however, modified controls will be mounted on conventional handlebars on a conventional bicycle.
iii. Cameras attached to helmets shall not be allowed in AVCC races.
iv. Until a decision is made by the UCI to allow disc brakes on road or time trial bikes, their use shall not be allowed in any AVCC event.
v. Mobile phones that are carried by riders shall be switched off during the course of a race in which they are participating, and shall only be used in an emergency. Similarly, the wearing of headphones and radio contact during the course of a race shall not be allowed.

Rule 7.  Mechanical Mishaps
(a) If a mechanical mishap occurs (a puncture, machine damage or a fall) approaching the finish of a race, the competitor may run with or carry the bicycle over the line and still qualify for a finishing prize.

(b) In a Criterium race if a mechanical mishap occurs (a puncture, machine damage or a fall), time out shall be allowed. The Race Referee shall determine the duration of the time out and the information conveyed to the competitors before the race. A competitor taking time out will not be allowed to gain advantage in terms of placing in the field when re-entering the race and must report to the referee to re-enter the race. Any rider who has been lapped by his/her own grade shall withdraw from the race at the showing of two laps to go board, or at the discretion of the referee. No rider shall take assistance from any grade other than his/her own. In the event of a breakaway lapping their grade, the sprint for minor places will be at the discretion of the referee.

Rule 8.  General Racing Rules
(a) All competitors must abide by the State/Territory traffic laws, which include keeping to the left of the carriageway on open roads and not crossing any white lines. Competitors should avoid unnecessarily obstructing other traffic.

(b) Dangerous riding, including the practice of saluting by removing one or both hands off the bars at a finish, will not be tolerated and the referee shall discipline any rider whom he/she deems to be guilty of this practice, or any other act that endangers other riders or road users.

(c) At any time during a race that a sprint occurs the sprint rules shall apply whereby sprinting riders shall keep to a straight line. Anyone suddenly veering, pushing or pulling, or in any other way causing dangerous obstruction shall be penalized.

(d) Competitors who receive outside assistance during a road race, such as holding onto or receiving pace from a moving vehicle or from non-or retired competitors or who receive refreshments or bike assistance (unless specifically sanctioned beforehand by the Race Referee) shall be disqualified.

(e) A competitor who is lapped or caught by another grade other than his/her own in a scratch race must not interfere with, or assist any other competitor nor participate in any sprints. The lapped rider must give way to the passing rider or group. It is a serious offence to sit in a bunch or share pace once lapped.

(f) Officials and riders are deemed to be always under control of the Race Referee from the time that he or she enters, and remains present, in the event precinct.

(g) Riders are requested to be in their start position five-minutes before their allocated start time.

Rule 9.  Penalties
(a) Any riders breaching the above general racing rules shall be liable for a fine, disqualification, suspension or any combination of the three at the discretion of the referee.

(b) Any competitor fined by any club or State/Territory body shall not be permitted to compete in any race under any body affiliated to the AVCC until such time as the penalty or suspension has been finalized.

(c) Penalties shall be set by the relevant State/Territory body. In AVCC championships the penalties of the promoting State/Territory body shall apply.

(d) Appeals against a Referee’s decision shall be made in writing within thirty minutes of the decision being announced to the competitor or member. A deposit of $50 shall be paid and may be forfeited if the appeal is considered frivolous. The appeal board shall consist of three persons including and appointed by the most senior AVCC or State or Territory Referee present, providing that none are involved in any way with the dispute.


1. Failing to obey Police or Officials directive = $100 and 1 month suspension

2. Disrespect and/or Abuse of Officials = $250 and 6 month suspension

3. Failing to wear an Australian approved helmet = $100 and race start refused

4. Failing to obey traffic signs or an official = $100 and disqualification from race

5. Failing to keep left of centre of unmarked road = up to $120 and disqualification from race

6. Failing to keep left of continuous white line = up to $120 and disqualification from race

7. Failing to keep left of centre white line and double white lines = up to $120 and disqualification from race

8. Dangerous riding = $100 and disqualification from race

9. Unseemly behaviour at venue for one hour before and one hour after race = $100 and/or disqualification from race

10. Hand/s off Handlebars in sprint (Victory Salute) = $100 and/or disqualification from race

11. Non return or damage of race number = $50

12. Urinating in public or on a public road
First Offence = $100 + 4 weeks suspension
Second Offence = $200 + 3 months suspension

*Special Note: Under an agreement with Cyclesport Victoria, a rider suspended from competition by either Cyclesport Victoria or the VVCC shall automatically be suspended for the same period from competition with both bodies.

Rule 10.  Prizes & Positions
(a) Competitors who believe they have qualified for a prize shall claim their placings with the claims stewards immediately after the finish. Prizewinners shall attend prize-giving ceremonies unless they have been granted dispensation by the race organizer.

(b) In the event of a rider or riders being disqualified in a race, the referee at his or her discretion, will move the next placed rider or riders up to take the place or places of the disqualified rider or riders.

Rule 11.  Medical Certificates
A medical certificate is required when a member returns to competition after serious illness or injury.

Rule 12. Insurance Claims
The claimant must request his/her Club Secretary to obtain the relevant claim forms from the VVCC secretary, or the claimant may download the forms from the AVCC website. After completing the forms the claimant returns them to their Club Secretary who forwards them to the VVCC Secretary, who sends them to the Insurer. The forms must be with the Insurer within 30 days of the accident.

Rule 13. Heat Policy
If the ambient temperature within one hour of the scheduled start time of VVCC events reaches 35 degrees Celsius or greater, then the Race Referee will cancel the race.

Rule 14. Club / Inter Club / Open Events
An Open Race shall be defined as one where there is an open invitation, and when nominations are called for in advance. Sanctions for such Open races shall require the approval of the controlling AVCC State body.

Rule 15. Cancellation of Races
In the event of a race being cancelled, for any reason, Aggregate points will not be awarded. Entry money will be refunded, with the exception of $5.00 per entry, which the host club/organisation may withhold to cover incurred costs.

Rule 16. Tail Lights
Tail Lights must be used in all events. The lights must be fixed to the bicycle and must be used on a fixed mode (not flashing). The light must be of sufficient illumination and position to be visible at a distance of 100 metres to the rear during competition.

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