Appealing ad hoc equipment rules for a race
This is sort of a follow up to a thread i started a few weeks ago regarding wheel covers and discs to be used in a time trial in a stage race.
I just learned that time trial helmets would not be allowed, while aero road helmets would. Per USAC's own regulations Appendix 4 (see end of post), helmets are allowed as long as they meet a certain set of standards (CPSC standards). Nowhere is any distinction made between road helmets, aero helmets, and aero road helmets.
I contacted the event promoter and the chief referee, and was told the following:
I have responded to the chief referee, arguing against the merits of the ad hoc rule (which is not stated in the technical guide). Further, i informed the referee and the organizer that i will be wearing my LG Vorttice helmet to both the ITT and the criterium as the Vorttice is legal for a criterium, and therefore is an aero road helmet.
While helmets such as the Evade and the Attack argue aerodynamic advantage, these are helmets that are routinely worn in mass start events, unlike, say the Giro Advantage or the Giro Selector.
Helmets with any sort of faring or construction extending significantly beyond the back of the skull.
Helmets with fewer than 6 vents.
Helmet vents may NOT be taped.
Helmet covers may NOT be used.
I doubt they will agree with me, and I would like to escalate this up should it be necessary. What other recourses do I have?
Thanks in advance for all suggestions.
Btw, as a side note, i find it highly ironic that the Air Attack ($200) and Evade ($250) would be allowed while an Advantage 2 ($125) and Vorttice ($125) would not. All this, of course, in the name of "leveling the playing field."
Appendix: USAC regulation on helmets
Section 1. Helmets Mandatory
Part 1. At all times when participating in or preparing for an event held under a USA Cycling permit, including club rides, motorcycle drivers and all motorcycle passengers shall wear a securely fastened helmet that meets the US DOT motorcycle helmet standard.
Part 2. At all times when participating in or preparing for an event held under a USA Cycling permit, including club rides, all licensees who are mounted on a bicycle shall wear a securely fastened helmet that meets either the US DOT helmet standards or the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard for bicycle helmets.
Helmets with the European CEN certification may be worn by riders only while participating in a race inscribed on the UCI calendar.
Riders shall show documentary proof of this, such as a manufacturer's label, upon request by event officials.
This provision does not apply to riders who are riding rollers or any other stationary device.
Section 2. Responsibility Warranties
The use of such helmets is strongly recommended for all bicycle riders. It is the rider's responsibility to select and wear such a helmet that offers sufficient protection against head injury and does not restrict the rider's vision. USA Cycling makes no warranties or representations regarding the protective adequacy or fitness for competition of any helmets and a rider, by entering an event conducted under USA Cycling or any member organization rules, agrees not to sue and to hold harmless USA Cycling from any and all claims arising from the use of any particular helmet.
Section 3. Additional Requirements
Associations may adopt additional, more stringent regulations regarding bicycle safety helmets, provided that such regulations may in no way supersede the requirements of this policy.