The 2010-2011 Cyclocross season will see some changes which was approved by the Road, Track & Cyclocross Board of Trustees of USA Cycling today. The new changes brought about by new rules, will accomplish the following:
1. Modification on course obstacles
2. Cyclocross feeding rules
3. Handling of Lapped riders
Here is a brief overview:
On the course obstacles, wooden planks can be 40cm or below. The distance between planks can be increased from 4 meters to 6 meters. Obstacles remain 10% of the total course but there will be six artificial obstacles. Sand is now allowed with strict specifications that it must only be 40-60 meters long.
On feeding, the food should be at least 68° F and food distribution and eating at the service lane area only. Feeding is not allowed during the first two laps and the last two laps.
On lapped riders, they can finish together with the race leader. No lapped rider can cross the finish line so they can now be removed at the entrance to the final straight. They can also be pulled out based on the 80% rule. Say, the first lap was 10 minutes which gives 8 minutes as 80%. Cyclists who ride beyond 8 minutes on each lap will be pulled.
Other new changes include maximum tire width becomes 33mm from 35mm and disc brakes are allowed for international events.