2.1 ANY TIME YOUR LEG IS OVER THE TOP TUBE OF YOUR BIKE WITH THE INTENT OF RIDING YOU MUST HAVE A SECURED HELMET ON YOUR HEAD!
-NICA student-athletes must wear an approved helmet at all times (see rule 4.1 for list of approved helmet standards). Under no circumstances shall a student be on their bicycle without a helmet fastened to their head, even when riding a very short distance. Student-athletes must also keep their helmet on when walking or running on the course with a mechanical problem. See rule 4.1 for additional details regarding helmets. [ORANGE LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]
2.18 LIST OF OTHER BANNED SUBSTANCES (B-LIST)
-Caffeine is an addictive substance that enhances performance. NICA leagues deem caffeinated products as inappropriate for young student-athletes. Caffeinated sport products (bars, gels and sport drinks) are banned from NICA league races and activities (including practices). Soda or coffee products containing caffeine are also banned from being consumed by NICA student-athletes at NICA league races and camps.
-Creatine, Guaraná Root and Taurine are also substances banned from consumption at NICA league races and camps.
-Student-athletes need to be very careful as many energy drinks contain these substances. Student-athletes are responsible for knowing the ingredients of the products they consume. Pleading ignorance will not constitute a defensible position. [ORANGE LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]
6.15 PASSING SLOWER STUDENT-ATHLETES
-When passing on the race-course, do so respectfully and only when it is as possible to do safely and without contact. Actions that compromise the safety of other student-athletes will not be tolerated. Call out when passing slower racers. "Tracking left" indicates you will be passing on their left, "tracking right" indicates you will be passing on their right. [ORANGE LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]
6.16 BIKE PUSHERS MUST YIELD
-Racers riding bicycles have the right of way over racers pushing bicycles. When practical, racers pushing shall stay on the least rideable portion of the trail when being passed. A racer pushing or carrying his/her bicycle can overtake a racer riding their bicycle provided they do not interfere with the student-athlete's progress. [ORANGE LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]
6.17 LAPPED STUDENT-ATHLETES MUST YIELD
-Lapped student-athletes must yield to overtaking student-athletes. Student-athletes shall voice the command "Tracking left" or "Tracking right" when overtaking another. Student-athletes being passed must move over as quickly, efficiently and as safely as possible.
6.18 LEADER OWNS THE TRAIL BUT CANNOT BLOCK
-In the event two student-athletes are vying for position, the leading student-athlete does not have to yield his/her position to the challenging student-athlete. However, a student-athlete may not bodily interfere with the intent to impede another student-athlete's progress. Traditional rules of racing apply: the leading student-athlete owns the trail.
6.19 LAPPED STUDENT-ATHLETES MAY BE PULLED
-Lapped student-athletes may be pulled from the race at the finish line. At the league director's or a race official's discretion, a student-athlete may be pulled from a race at any location on the course due to circumstances that make it unsafe for the student-athlete to proceed. Student-athletes that are pulled out of the race must not continue and will be placed according to their position at the time they are pulled.
6.20 TIME LIMITS MAY BE IMPOSED
-Student-athletes may be asked to withdraw at the finish line after time limits have been reached. Race officials reserve the right to determine these time limits at anytime. Time limits may be imposed for reasons that include, among others: Safety, heat, cold, rain, muddy conditions, clearing the course, and relieving course marshals. Course closures may be announced at anytime and do not need to be announced in advance.
-If a student-athlete makes the time cutoff but does not complete the final lap due to a mechanical, crash, or other reason, it is considered a DNF.
-Race Officials may also, if deemed appropriate, opt to pull an individual student-athlete who appears to be overheated, hypothermic, overly exhausted, or in anyway injured, over-stressed, or at risk of injuring themselves.
6.21 CUTTING THE COURSE
-Except in the case of injury, NICA student-athletes are not allowed to cut the course, ride off course, or engage in any other behavior that would indicate an intention of unfair play. [RED LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]
-Student-athletes must not deviate from the edge of the trails (as defined either by ribbons, or an obvious change in surface or foliage characteristics) by more than 3 feet. [ORANGE LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]
-When the trail is clearly on one side of a pole, tree, or other characteristic, then the student-athlete is required to pass that feature, on the trails side of the feature. [ORANGE LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]
-A student-athlete may not leave the prescribed course unless ordered or permitted to do so by public authorities or a race official. In the case of mechanical problems, student-athletes shall walk along the course to the finish line. In the case of medical emergencies, student-athletes shall remain still and wait for a course marshal or medical help.