Here are the rules for Competing in the Canadian Footbike Championships
Canadian Footbike Association Rules
- Participation is entirely at an individual’s own risk. We are trying to make this event as safe as possible, however no liability is accepted as a result of your participation.
- Competitors will not be allowed to compete unless you have signed the above waiver and forego your rights to claim against the organizers or assistants.
- The rules are in place for the protection of all competitors. Competitors and supporters must obey all rules.
- Competitors shall ride two wheeled scooters that are propelled by kicking back. In kicking one foot pushes straight backwards on the ground while the other foot is resting on the scooter footboard/ kickplate. Skating-like or similar kick is not allowed.
- Scooter construction is free, have only 2 wheels but may not have a motor, mechanical gear or sail, nor may it have sharp or protruding parts causing danger to other competitors.
- All scooters used in competition must have pneumatic, (air), tires and two effective brakes in order to compete. Scooters with Skateboard style wheels will not be entered.
- A Canadian CSA standard approved bike style helmet but must be worn at all times with chin strap fastened while riding your scooter. This includes warm-up sessions as well. Knee and elbow pads are recommended but are optional.
- At the start both competitor and scooter must stay completely behind the start line. A first false start of a race will be charged to all competitors in that race or heat. A second false start will be charged to the individual at fault and will result in his or her disqualification.
- First part of scooter crossing the finish line determines finishing order.
- A competitor’s age will be the age they will be will be on race day.
- Competitors race at their own responsibility, follow organizer’s and marshal’s instructions and know race rules, race course and competitive schedule.
- For longer road races competitors may change a malfunctioning scooter during a race, but must complete the road course on a scooter. A running start is permitted for longer distances, but not the Sprint race.
- A competitor must not deliberately block an opponent and any kind of interference will result in disqualification.
- During track sprint events, all competitors must remain in their lanes. If any part of a scooter touches or crosses a white lane line the result will be disqualification.
- Any action deemed as unsportsmanlike conduct will result in penalties, and /or disqualification, even if that act is not covered by these rules. A panel of 3 judges will rule in these instances and their ruling will be final.
- Supporters may not assist their competing kicker, or in any way interfere with the race itself or any other competitor, without risking penalty or disqualification of their own competitor.
- For longer road races, any violation of the Canadian Footbike Ass. Rules or any common road rules covered by the Highway Traffic Act for that region may result in disqualification.
- Competitors may only race in their gender and age categories for any given competition.
- Open Category racing may be available at various competitions and as such if open to all ages, and the fastest male and female will be deemed the winner of the open category. They may also enter their own age and gender race category.
- The use of spiked shoes is strictly prohibited. This mean that no metal, plastic or rubber spikes may be worn by any competitor while on the track at any time. No spikes are permitted on tires as well.
- There are 3 main types of track relays:
- Age-Specific – made up of 4 competitors with the same sex and age category (or older, but not younger)
- Open Relays – made up of 4 competitors with the same sex, from any age category.
- Mixed Open Relays – made up of 2 female and 2 male competitors, from any age category. The running order will be female-male-female-male.
- The footbike will be exchanged between relay team members, as the “baton”.
- The first kicker on each relay team must remain in their lanes until the exchange zone. The second kicker must remain in their lanes until the 500 m mark (100 m after the first exchange). After this, he/she may cut into an inside lane if it is safe to do so.
- The exchange zone is a 20 strip, centred at the 400 m finish line.
- All exchanges must be made in this 20 m exchange zone. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
- Once in the exchange zone, the two competitors making the exchange have two lanes to work in: their assigned lane and the lane above it. If their footbike or any of the relay members exit this zone, their relay team may be disqualified.
- Competitors entering the exchange zone (incoming), must dismount their footbike on their right side. Competitors receiving the exchange, (outgoing) must mount their footbike from the left-hand side.
- All relay members must remain on the infield and off the track before and after the completion of their relay leg.
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