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Regels rondom protesten en hinderen
(uittreksel uit IUF Rulebook 2017)

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1C.10 Protests

An official protest/correction form must be available to riders at all times. All protests against any results must be submitted in writing on the proper form within two hours after the results are posted, unless there is a shorter time specified for certain events (for example: track racing). The form must be filled in completely. This time may be extended for riders who have to be in other races/events during that time period. Every effort will be made for all protests to be handled within 30 minutes from the time they are received. Mistakes in paperwork and interference from other riders or other sources are all grounds for protests. Protests handed in after awards have been delivered will not be considered if the results have been posted for at least three hours before the awards.

If awards are delivered before results are posted, it is recommended to announce the schedule of posting and the deadline for protests at the awarding ceremonies. All Chief Judge or Referee decisions are final, and cannot be protested.

The host may decide to make official video of some competitions, for example at the start line and/or the finish line, or the 5-meter-line in case of the 50 m one-foot race. This must be announced before the competition to let the competitors know about their option to protest through this video.

Regardless of whether official video is available, all possible sources of evidence are generally allowed as a means of verification in case of a protest, including (but not limited to) private photos/videos and eyewitness reports. If someone submits a protest and has evidence that he wants to be considered, he must state that with his protest.

If possible, it is recommended that digital material is copied onto an ‘official’ computer for analysis. As an alternative, the evidence must be readily accessible, e.g. through a contact person and phone number.

In case of video evidence (regardless of its origin), a referee without good skills in video analysis should ask for a skilled assistant in order to prevent incorrect interpretations.

The referee decides which evidence he will consider, and the ‘value’ he assigns to the various pieces of information. Generally, official camera footage and judge reports will have higher ‘value’ than private evidence. The objective is that all riders will be judged as fairly as possible.


2B.6.14 Second Attempt After Hindrance or Interference

If a rider is hindered due to the actions of another rider, or outside interference, either during the start or during the race, he or she may request to make a second attempt. The Referee decides if the request is granted. A second attempt must not be granted to a rider who is disqualified based on something that happened before they were hindered.

No complete definition of hindrance or interference can be given, but it does include cases where a rider swerves, hesitates and/or decelerates because this is arguably necessary in order to avoid a crash or potential crash.

If the request is granted, the Referee has two options:

Option 1: Re-run the whole heat in question.

In general, this option is preferred only if the heat includes the fastest riders within an age group. For the other riders in the heat, riding again is optional. If they decide to ride again, they agree to discard their previous result. If they don’t ride again, their previous result stands. If none of the other riders want to ride again, the Referee reverts to option 2.

Option 2: Do any of (a), (b) or (c), depending on the conditions.

In general, this option is preferred if the heat in question did not include the fastest riders within an age group:

(a) If possible, the rider is added to an upcoming heat in his own age group; or

(b) If possible, the rider is added to an upcoming heat in another age group; or

(c) If none of the above is possible, the rider does his second attempt in a dedicated heat.


In option 2 (bedoeld is option 2(c) - NKE), the rider decides if he wants company or not. He can pick the riders, but cannot hold up the proceedings to wait for them if other riders are available. The Referee has the final say as to which extra riders are allowed to participate in such a heat. It must be stated clearly to any accompanying riders that their result is not official. 

In all cases, if the hindered rider is allowed to do a second attempt and decides to do so, the first run is canceled and only the second run counts regardless of the result. In the case where a second attempt was incorrectly granted, for example when the rider was disqualified based on something that happened before the hindrance in question occurred, the result of the second attempt for that rider does not count and the result from the first run stands.

In non-lane races, if a rider is forced to dismount due to a fall by the rider immediately in front, it is considered part of the race – not a reason to grant a second attempt – and all riders involved may remount and continue. The Referee can override this rule if intentional interference is observed.


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