Reminder of the UCI Rule 1.2.019 – Forbidden Races

Cycling South Africa would like to remind all licenced cyclists that the UCI rule 1.2.019 pertaining to Forbidden Races is to be adhered to as part of the UCI Rules for the General Organisation of Cycling as a Sport (please click here for the UCI rules

Any licenced rider participating in an unsanctioned event faces a ban or a fine from the UCI. This applies to Mountain Bike and Road events.

Please note that the UCI rule 1.2.019 pertaining to Forbidden Races only applies to full racing licence holders and not to those cyclists that hold a general Cycling South Africa membership. The full racing licence is for cyclists from the age of 17-years-old who wish to be eligible for provincial and national selection and respective colours award.

This UCI rule prohibits licence holders from participating in any event that has not been included on the national, continental or the UCI’s world calendar or in an event that has not been recognised by the National Federation, the continental confederation or the UCI.

As an affiliate of the UCI, Cycling South Africa is obliged to conform to their rules and regulations.

Any cycling event that is not listed on Cycling South Africa’s calendar is considered as non-sanctioned and licensed riders participating in such events will be in violation of rule the UCI rule 1.2.019 pertaining to Forbidden races.

All licensed and professional riders must make note of this as well as with the penalties referred to in rule 1.2.021.

Forbidden races

1.2.019 No licence holder may participate in an event that has not been included on a national, continental or world calendar or that has not been recognised by a national federation, a continental confederation or the UCI.

Depending on the circumstances, a national federation and the UCI may grant special exceptions for particular races or events run in its own country.

Particular races or events may consist of:

  • Events organised occasionally only and which do not belong to the organised sports movement;
  • Events whose format is not covered by the UCI regulations.

Any national federation intending to grant a special exception must submit its reasoned request to the UCI administration in the beginning of the season and at least two months before the respective event. The decision of the UCI in this respect is final and shall not be subject to appeal.

1.2.020 Licence holders may not participate in activities organised by a national federation that has been suspended, save in application of article 18.2 of the UCI constitution.

1.2.021 Breaches of articles 1.2.019 or 1.2.020 shall render the licence holder liable to one month’s suspension and a fine of CHF 50 to 100.



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