I'm a relatively new cat 5 track racer. More accurately, I'm a guy who rides bikes who goes to the track now and again for some fun local racing. I watch lots of videos on youtube where elite track cyclists elbow and shove each other. Thats not how it is at the local cat5 races where I'm at.
But answer me this: if there is a paceline and I want to get in it, behind the leader, under what circumstances can I wiggle my way in there? Under what circumstances can I just blatantly crowd and shove somebody out of the way? I don't want to cause a crash, so that is the main thing holding me back from all of the things that I could potentially do.
But is there a widely accepted, universal code of etiquette for these things?
Another example: say I am uptrack and want to attack, but I see a guy mid-track who is also thinking about attacking, but I'm a little ways ahead of him. Say I swoop downtrack and my rear wheel touches his front. Who is at fault?
Or do we just write off these little things?
Again, if I didn't care about hurting people I'd be a lot more aggressive. But obviously I am here asking this question. What are the formal rules, and what are the implicit rules?