Non-sanctioned cycling events participation

Please be reminded that participating in a non-sanctioned cycling event in South Africa does have some implications for Full Racing License holders, in connection with the UCI Forbidden Race Rule 1.2.019.

Cycling South Africa would like to reiterate to all licensed riders about the decision reached by the Cycling SA Mountain Bike Commission to implement sanctions as per the UCI Forbidden Race Rule 1.2.019. This notice is intended to serve as a reminder to all of our valued members and full racing license holders about the implications of competing in a non-sanctioned cycling event.

For ease of reference, please see details of the UCI Forbidden Race Rule 1.2.019 and 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.

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.

Cycling SA MTB Commission has determined the fine be R1000 and failure to pay will result in the further suspension of the license until the fine is paid.

This directive affects all holders of Full Racing Licences, regardless of racing category, i.e. Elite, U23, Junior, Sub Veterans, Veterans, Masters and Grand Masters.

Please ensure that you are aware of the status of the event that you participate in by checking our Sanctioned Events Calendar on the CyclingSA Events APP, or at the following web link: If an event you are interested in participating in is not listed, then it is not sanctioned.

Benefits of sanctioning for event organisers

Cycling SA offers benefit to event organisers who sanction their events. This include, but are not limited to, public liability insurance cover (free of charge) which is accepted by all large landowners, marketing through our calendar (we are currently working on improved ways to increase communication regarding events), trained event officials to ensure compliance with rules for racing, technical support (advise on routes, traffic management, event information, preparation of safety file), continually keeping cycling a high profile sport in SA. Cycling SA medical policy also provides assistance to members that may be injured at an event and transported by ambulance away from the event. Please note that if a qualified Cycling South Africa Commissaire is however present at the non-sanctioned event, they are posing as an official illegally and Cycling SA cannot be held liable for any post-race issues that may arise.