MASS General Rules

The MASS does not conduct the individual races. Each race is put on by a team, club, association or individual known as the Race Director. The MASS works with all the Race Directors to put on our series of races that allow for individual and team competition and awards. The MASS also works with the Race Directors and Team Directors to develop a common set of agreed upon rules and guidelines.

1. MASS racers can only be affiliated with one MASS-Registered team during the season.

2. Upgrade rule .

2a. Class winners from the previous year must must move up to the next level. This does not apply to 60+ and juniors. These classes will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. In certain cases of small classes certain exceptions might be made. E-mail [email protected] if you have a question on this.

2b. Cat 3 Classes – 5 top 3 finishes in the previous year must move up

2c. Cat 2 Classes – 5 top 3 finishes in the previous year must move up

2d. Cat 1 Classes – case-by-case basis

3. Self-Supported – For Cross Country races (XC) – Racers must be self-contained and self-reliant. The individual racer must perform their own bike repairs. No outside support is permitted. All spare parts and tools shall be carried by the individual racer, to be used only by that racer; cannibalizing other bikes is not permitted. A racer can only use spare parts or tools that he/she started with at the beginning of the race. Racers may not leave the course to make repairs.  Racers shall complete the entire event on the same bicycle they started with. Racers must also finish with the number plate/timing chip that they started the race with. Junior racers may receive support and parts from others but must finish on the bike they started on.  Endurance and relay racers may receive pit support from anyone and may swap bikes but the number plate/timing chip must be swapped as well to be scored. Endurance and relay racers may receive support on the course from registered racers only.

4. Any rider littering the course with food packages or waste will be disqualified.

5. You must have an official MASS number plate with chip in order to race all XC races. The number plate may not be altered in any way that affects the timing chip or any of our sponsor logos that may be on the number plate.  MASS plates may or may not be used at certain Endurance and Enduro races

6. Cutting the course short by any rider, whether by accident or not, will lead to disqualification or relegation to last place in your class. The race promoter and MASS directors will make this decision.

7. You must wear a helmet while warming up or racing on the course for any MASS event.

8. Bicycles and equipment must be in good working order.

9. Food and water can be taken from anyone, anywhere on the course.

10. The race director reserves the right to warn or disqualify anyone from an event for unsportsmanlike behavior (profanity towards volunteers or other riders, foul-riding, throwing your bike).

11. Racers have the right of way over racers pushing or carrying their bike.

12. A racer pushing or carrying their bike can overtake a racer riding his bicycle provided that it does not interfere with the riding racer.

13. Riders passing or lapping another rider must vocally alert that rider by using such terms as:Passing on your left (right) or Track left (right). It is the responsibility of the passing rider to overtake safely, and riders being passed must yield at the first reasonable opportunity.

14. Walkmans, headphones and other personal listening devices that may interfere with a racers awareness of other riders and their surroundings are discouraged.

15. When two riders are vying for position, the leading rider does not necessarily have to yield position to the challenging rider, however, a rider may not bodily interfere, intending to impede another riders progress. This is considered to be highly unsportsmanlike behavior.

16. Protests can be made only by and against racers in the same class and in most cases must be confirmed by a third-party.

17. Violation of any of the rules may result in disqualification.

18. The race director and/or MASS Directors will have final decision and interpretation of rules.

19. Starting times and staging procedures for classes will be at the discretion of each race director.

20. The Protest period is 15 minutes following posting of complete results for each class. It is a racers responsibility to verify his results at the race. Do not contact the MASS about results errors discovered after the protest period unless it is something that was not apparent at the time the results were posted.

21. Bikes must be powered by human pedal power only.  No e-bikes, electric motors or any other type of power-assisted bikes of any type are permitted.

22. Minimum distance for lap Endurance Races – Endurance racers competing in multiple lap endurance races will be required to complete the Cat 1 distance, ususally 3 laps. Failure to complete the minimum distance will be treated as a DNF and will not be eligible for cash, awards or MASS series points.

23. There will be no pre-riding or warming up on the course during any race. Racers are subject to disqualification from their race with no refund.

It is each racers responsibility to be aware of and understand these rules. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. Ignorance is no excuse!