10 EQUIPMENT PITS
10.1 The equipment pit is that part of the circuit where riders can change wheels or bicycles. Servicing and the
changing of bicycles will only be allowed in these pits. Any rider passing the exit of the pit area must continue
on the course until reaching the next pit area. The provision of equipment pits is obligatory in all races
except those for under 12s and those promoted under the Go-Cross category.
10.2 In category C races a minimum of one and a maximum of two pit areas shall be provided. In category B races
and above two single pits, or one double pit as defined in regulation 10.4, shall be provided. Equipment pits
shall be judiciously located adjacent to the course, in places where speeds are not high, but not on stony or
downhill stretches. They shall be free of artificial obstacles.
10.3 Movement is permitted between pit areas, but at no time must a pit attendant obstruct riders while changing pit
10.4 If, during each lap, riders pass two points sufficiently close to each other, just one pit – known as a double pit –
may be set up at that point, provided that it meets the conditions set forth in article 10.2.
10.5 Pits shall be straight and in clearly defined areas. They should be signposted and precisely marked by yellow
flags at each corner.
10.6 At the side of the pit area a zone at least 2 metres deep shall be set aside for riders’ assistants and their
10.7 In Premier and category A events the race lane and the pit lane shall be separated and distinctly marked out by
tape or barriers. A rider may use the pit lane only in the event of a change of bicycle or wheel. Access shall be
provided for riders’ assistants only on one side of the pit lane.
Wherever possible League organisers will make a double sided pit.
Here’s what you really need to know:
- You can only change a bike or get mechanical assistance in the pits, eg if somebody offers help you course side, or you pop to your car for a wheel you can be disqualified
- In the pits there’s a “manned” and “unmanned” bit – if you don’t have a pit crew it’s important that you place your bike or spare wheels etc in the “unmanned” section
- If you change a bike with your crew you must do so smoothly … your bike must not be thrown to the floor, and you must not impede the progress of any other rider using the pit
- Your pit crew can come to the front of the pit when you’re in view and place your bike outside the pit line (shown as a dashed line in the illustration below) in readiness for you to make a change
- If you go into the pits you must stop – so if you go in there by accident, or when you enter you can’t see your helper (off at the burger van!) you must still stop, then go again
- The pits are a working area – children, dogs, etc are not really safe in there
- Where possible the League has a commissaire or volunteer monitoring rider behaviouractivity in the pits.
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