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Good news for any UCI-licensed racer (which includes all USAC-licensed racers) not wanting to get potential fines and/or suspensions for competing in non-UCI sanctioned events in 2014. USA Cycling has confirmed that the UCI will once again suspend enforcement of the hotly-debated Rule 1.2.019. The rule has been on the books but was rarely enforced in prior years. In late 2012, XC riders like JHK who competed in the Teva Mountain games (a non-UCI/USAC-sanctioned race) received a letter from USAC stating their infraction of the rule by competing in Teva Mountain Games MTB events. No punishment for the infraction was handed down, but the letter started a firestorm of controversy. Riders and teams questioned the rule which leads us to the current decision to suspend enforcement... for now.

The letter from USAC that started the controversy at the end of 2012:

“Dear Pro Mountain Bikers: It has come to our attention that you participated in the 2012 Teva Games in a MTB discipline. This event is not sanctioned by USA Cycling. As such, a professional rider on a UCI team may not participate in it, according to UCI rule 1.2.019. The penalty for not following that rule is a fine of 50-100 Swiss francs and a one-month suspension. As this is the first documented and reported case of this in your collective instances, we will not be proceeding with any suspensions, and are choosing the low end of the fine spectrum. Therefore, please consider this your notice that you were fined. I shall leave it up to you and your teams to decide who wants to pay.”

Major events like Crankworx the Canadian Open and Downieville, to name a few, are not UCI or USAC-sanctioned, yet the majority of the competitors in those events hold UCI licenses.

USAC reports that the on-going dialogue with the UCI about the rule is encouraging and they are eager for a concrete resolution. Now if only they'd address some of the other major issues...

If you missed the earlier stories, you can view them at the links below:

Enforcing of Rule 1.2.019 - http://www.vitalmtb.com/news/news/NORBA-Still-Hates-You-So-Do-USAC-and-UCI,541

Rule 1.2.019 applies to Amateur racers too - http://www.vitalmtb.com/news/news/USAC-HATES-YOU-EVEN-MORE-All-UCI-Licensed-Riders-Subject-To-Fines-For-Racing-Non-Sanctioned-Events,581

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