Next event: Hüttcross Round 4 on Sunday 14 July. We're back at an old favourite, Ngāti Tama Park. Note the longer three-week break between Rounds 3 and 4. See you there!

A. Who do these rules apply to?

  1. These rules apply to all Hüttcross Club members – if you’re a member of the Club, you’ve agreed to be bound by bylaws of the Club (such as these rules).
  2. People who aren’t Hüttcross Club members will be asked to agree to comply with these rules when entering a Hüttcross event.
  3. These rules apply in relation to all Hüttcross race events – before, during and after races. There may also be other rules that apply in relation to individual events.

B. So, what are the rules?

  1. Be a decent human being. Everyone is at a Hüttcross race to have a good time, so don’t do things that interfere with other people’s enjoyment of the race. That means you should only perform rad passing manoeuvres, jumps, bunnyhopping, etc. when you know it won’t pose a risk to people near you.
  2. Ride within your ability. Falling off can hurt. Make sure you’re comfortable riding the course, including by checking out the course before your race start.
  3. Course practice must only occur during designated times. No one is permitted to practice on the course while any races are underway as this ruins the day for other riders and timing. Riders found to be breaking this rule will be penalised with a back row start (or a similarly befitting penalty).
  4. Stay in the tape, go over the obstacles as designed. No shortcuts.
  5. No littering! Gel wrappers, coffee cups and leftover sandwich crusts must all be disposed of in the appropriate bins. Be a tidy Kiwi.
  6. No bidon/bottle trackside handups. In the unlikely event that the weather is warm enough for you to need to rehydrate mid race, you must fit a bottle cage to your bicycle and lock n’ load it with a bottle to drink from.
  7. You are responsible for having a bike that works and is safe. Check bolts are tight, wheels are attached, and your bike is free of spinning knives, lasers, and explosive ordnance. And you must have at least one working brake. Gears are optional.
  8. A Grade is open to cyclocross bikes only. Basically, you must have a bike with drop bars and skinny tyres (2 inches wide or less). If you intend to race NZ National CX Championship events you should be aware that the UCI regulations mandate the use of tyres a maximum of 33mm width and you may wish to use Hüttcross events to get your setup dialled in. Plus, less traction equals more fun.
  9. B and C Grades are open to any sort of bike except e-bikes.
  10. Use appropriate cycling kit. That means a non-broken helmet, shoes, and at least some clothing. Have even more clothing if it’s cold (which it probably will be). Skinsuits are strongly encouraged regardless of body shape.
  11. Help anyone who is injured. This ain’t no World Cup.
  12. No burglars. Don’t race down a Grade only to claim a hollow, crushing victory over someone who has been working hard all season with the aim of taking their first win in a brutal battle to the line.
  13. Pay per play. One entry fee equals one race in one Grade for that day. We are limited to 250 timing chips, so racing multiple Grades at the same event is strongly discouraged.
  14. Be careful when around the event area particularly when crossing the course. That also includes avoid scratching cars, running over other people’s bicycles, or starting brawls. You’re also responsible for ensuring any children in your care are similarly careful.
  15. Dogs of cross must be leashed, under control and off the course at all times.
  16. Respect the grounds. We’re very lucky to have landowners on board who are happy to let us shred their turf over winter.
  17. Camaraderie is strongly advocated. Bring your cowbells, noisemakers and best heckles and grab a spot trackside to cheer other riders on before or after your own moment of suffering.
  18. We own your image. Well, not exactly. But we may use photos of you in promotional or other published material. And we make no guarantees that they’ll be flattering photos.
  19. The organisers may boot you out. If we think you’re causing problems, we have full discretion to remove you from the race without a refund.
  20. Have fun and share the stoke. #crossisboss
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