Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Greenville, SC
Bikes: dusty ones with flat tires
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The previous comments were correct in that Collegiate Nationals were run under UCI rules regarding bike measurements. Local collegiate races are not. So while the wheel covers were not legal in Ft. Collins they would be OK in most local or state level races (but not other Nats, Worlds qualifiers, NRC races, etc.)
The rule is 1M1(b): There may be no protective shield, fairing, or other device on any part of the bicycle, which has the effect of reducing air resistance except that spoke covers may be used. I always suggest that people download the USAC rulebook and at least peruse through it if they are going to race - you are amazed at what you will find!
The UCI does not allow wheel covers as they are considered a fairing (no structural value). They were going to be banned from USAC as well but several groups apparently complained pretty vocally.