RULES & GUIDELINES


NOTE: THE CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY TIME TRIAL SERIES IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF START 2 FINISH AND A NUMBER OF DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS. THESE INDIVIDUALS DO THEIR BEST TO MAKE THESE EVENTS FUN FOR ALL AND A SUCCESS. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM TAKING OUT YOUR FRUSTRATION ON ANY VOLUNTEER. IF AN ISSUE ARISES PLEASE BRING IT TO THE ATTENTION OF A RACE OFFICIAL IN THE START/FINISH OR REGISTRATION AREA. AT NO TIME WILL DISRESPECT OR PROFANITY TOWARD VOLUNTEERS BE TOLERATED; SUCH AN INCIDENT WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.

NEW FOR 2017

- CMS TT long sleeve tee with series registration
- Motor Sports Category
- Merckx Style Category for Men and Women
- Team/Club Competition and Motor Sports Team Competition
- Discount on series registration for teams of six or more
- Custom Giordana Champions jersey for each category winner

1. FACILITY

1.1 We are guests of Marcus Smith and all of the fine people of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Please respect the property and remain only in the Time Trial race area. Please clean up after yourself and take all trash with you.
1.2 Everyone entering the Speedway must sign in at the guard station. No glass containers are allowed in the speedway. Park only in the designated locations around the garages or the media center.
1.3 From time to time the grass on the track infield is seeded or painted for an event. During these times, please stay off the infield grass.
1.4 Restrooms are located in the NASCAR garages at the opposite end of the buildings from Pit Road.
1.5 Please don’t tamper with any of the cars or gear that may be in the garage area.
1.6 If you open one of the garage doors you must close and relock the door before leaving the track.
1.7 No one is allowed in the main grandstand seating area. Spectators must remain in the infield.

2. SAFETY

2.1 Dangerous or unsportsmanlike behavior could result in expulsion from the Time Trial Series.
2.2 RIDERS MUST WEAR A HELMET that meets ANSI, SNELL, ASTM, CPSC, CSA or CEN Safety Standards AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON A MOVING BIKE. This includes in all parking areas. There will be no exceptions.
2.3 At their sole discretion, Race Officials may disqualify any bike they believe presents a safety hazard to the rider or other riders.
2.4 All bikes must have working brakes. Fixed/single-gear bikes must have at least one working brake. If Race Officials determine that a bike was on the track at any time without brakes, the rider’s time and points will be disqualified and the rider will be suspended for two events. This ruling can be applied even after the results are final.
2.5 Unlike a traditional out and back time trial, the time trials at Charlotte Motor Speedway are on a 1 ½ mile oval track with the riders required to ride seven laps. As a result there will be many riders on the track at the same time and riders may pass or be passed frequently. Please pay attention to your position on the track and riders around you. Ride “heads-up” and watch for riders that may be below your normal eye level so that you don’t interfere with other riders. Also, be aware of obstacles on the track, e.g. cones, rain grates etc.
2.6 At no time may a rider stop on the track or Pit Road. PULL OFF THE ACTIVE TRACK IF YOU MUST STOP.
2.7 If you are involved in an accident REMAIN ON THE SCENE, OFF THE ACTIVE TRACK IF POSSIBLE, UNTIL AN EVENT OR RACE OFFICIAL CAN REACH YOU.
2.8 AFTER CROSSING THE FINISH LINE, ALL RIDERS MUST STOP AT THE CHIP RETRIEVAL AREA. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
2.9 RIDERS MUST EXIT THE TRACK AT THE DESIGNATED LOCATION NEAR THE END OF PIT ROAD AND ONLY DO SO WHEN DIRECTED BY A RACE OFFICIAL. NEVER RIDE OR WALK BACK UP PIT ROAD TO THE INFIELD AFTER COMPLETING YOUR RACE.
2.10 Time Trials are run during rain. A time trial may be suspended should event and race officials determine that a danger exists to riders (e.g. lightning, high winds). Sorry, no refunds will be provided due to the cancellation of an event for inclement weather or issues beyond the control of CCTTA.
2.11 Family and friends of the riders are welcome and encouraged to attend the Time Trial events and cheer on the riders. Parents and adults are responsible for the conduct of any children that are with them.
2.12 Please instruct anyone with you that will be entering the track infield to enter only at the designated location. SPECTATORS MUST LOOK BEFORE CROSSING PIT ROAD AND YIELD TO ALL RIDERS. NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO WALK OR RUN ON THE MAIN TRACK.

3. RACE CLASSES & CATEGORIES

3.1 There are six race classes: Motor Sports Industry, Merckx, Recreational, Licensed (USA Cycling licensed riders), Collegiate (USA Cycling Collegiate licensed members of college teams) and Open.
3.2 Other than the Open class, riders may ride in only one class during the series and a rider’s first race of the series will determine his/her class for the entire series. The only exceptions will be when Race Officials determine that a rider registered in an incorrect class or a Recreational rider obtains a USAC license after the series has begun – SEE 3.4 and 3.9 below.
3.3 Collegiate riders must hold a USA Cycling Collegiate License and ride in their assigned category, i.e. A, B, C or D. They may not switch categories during the series. The college or university must have a sanctioned collegiate team and the rider must be a member in good standing. Collegiate riders must also register and ride under the name of their college or university.
3.4 Non-Collegiate USAC licensed CAT 5 (Men) and CAT 4 (Women) may ride in their choice of Licensed or Recreational class. All other licensed riders, except Juniors (age 10-17), must ride in their USAC assigned category. Junior licensed riders may ride in the appropriate Junior category or in their USCF category, but must not switch categories during the series.
3.5 This Time Trial Series is NOT A USAC SANCTIONED EVENT, but we welcome all USCF and Collegiate licensed racers to enjoy the TT at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We encourage racers to retain or purchase a USAC license if they plan to race in any USAC sanctioned events.
3.6 Age categories are based on the age of the participant on December 31 of the current year.
3.7 Recreational riders will be placed in the appropriate gender/age group category by the Registration Official.
3.8 Please confirm that the race category in which you are registered is correct. If you mistakenly registered or were entered in the wrong category, you must notify the Registration Official before the results for the event become official (7 days after preliminary results are posted on the CCTTA website). Once the results for an event have become Official, a rider that has raced in an incorrect category will forfeit all points earned to date as well as any record set in the incorrect category.
3.9 Should a rider that has been participating in a Recreational category renew a USAC license after the time trial series has begun and that rider is in a USCF category above CAT 5 (Men) or CAT 4 (Women), he/she must ride the remainder of the time trial series in the appropriate USAC category. ALL POINTS EARNED DURING THE SERIES AND ANY CATEGORY RECORD SET IN THE RECREATIONAL CATEGORY WILL BE DISALLOWED.
3.10 Should a USAC licensed rider upgrade in USAC category after the time trial series has begun, that rider must compete in his/her new USAC category effective with the upgrade date. This includes Men CAT 5 and Women CAT 4 riders previously registered in Recreational categories.
All points earned in the old category will remain in effect in that category and are non-transferable. If a rider anticipates being upgraded in USAC race category after the series has begun, that rider can enter the expected upgrade category for the entire series to earn points in a single category.
3.11 A USAC licensed rider that does not renew his/her annual license this race year may ride in a Recreational category. However, should the rider renew his/her license in a subsequent year, any record set in a Recreational category will be disallowed.
3.12 At their sole discretion, Race Officials may disqualify any bike or rider from competing in any category or in the time trial event(s).

4. REGISTRATION

4.1 For a limited time each year, Full Series Registration is available (see Registrationpage).
4.2 Pre-registration for the individual TT events is accepted only via online link (see Registration page).
4.3 Pre-registration online for individual events will open approximately 4 weeks before each TT event. Pre-registration will close a minimum of 2 days prior to the event.
4.4 Start times will be posted on the TT Series website the day of the event for riders that have preregistered at least 7 days prior to an event.
4.5 ON-SITE Registration will be housed in one of the two NASCAR garages and will begin at 5:00 PM. There are 3 rider classifications with start time windows for each.

Approximate start times and rider speed criteria for each classification are:
Classification Start Time Ride Time Rider Speed Registration Closes
1 6:30-7:00 60-25 min. < 24 MPH Avg. 6:15
2 7:00-7:25 25-23 min. 24-26 MPH Avg. 6:45
3 7:25-7:45 < 23 min. > 26 MPH Avg. 7:00

RIDERS MUST REGISTER AND PICK UP THEIR BIB NUMBERS AND TIMING/ID CHIP BY THE REGISTRATION CLOSE TIME FOR THEIR CLASSIFICATION LISTED ABOVE, OTHERWISE THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RIDE IN THE EVENT. RIDERS FROM ONE TIME CLASSIFICATION WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RIDE IN ANOTHER CLASSIFICATION.
RIDERS PARTICIPATING IN THE SERIES FOR THE FIRST TIME WILL BE ASSIGNED TO A CLASSIFICATION BASED ON AN ESTIMATED RIDE TIME.

4.6 Pre-Registered riders may pick up their bib numbers and timing/ID chip starting at 5:00 PM. Allow enough time to pick up your bib number and have your timing/ID chip entered into the race database; if you do not get to the start line by your start time you will not be able to race. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED.
4.7 If you will be participating in more than one TT category at an event, you need to register and pay for each. You also will need a different bib number and timing/ID chip for each. DO NOT REUSE THE BIB NUMBER AND TIMING/ID CHIP FROM YOUR FIRST RACE FOR YOUR 2ND RACE.
4.8 Tandem riders need only one registration. You will receive only one bib number and timing/ID chip. However, the name, date of birth and gender of the second rider must be provided and a waiver signed.
4.9 All riders must pick up their bib number prior to warming up on the track. RIDERS MUST WEAR THEIR BIB NUMBER AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE TRACK.
4.10 REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

(1) IF YOU ARE PRE-REGISTERED (including Full Series riders): Obtain your bib number from the posted list at the entrance to the registration area to help speed up the process.
(1A) IF YOU ARE REGISTERING ON-SITE: Fill out the registration form and go to the station for on-site registrations. Your form will not be accepted unless it is completely filled and legible.
(2) Pickup your bib at the bib number station; sign waiver and process any other information as requested by the volunteer.
(3) Show your bib to the volunteer at the chip assignment station, where you will be issued your timing/ID chip.
If you purchased a Legacy Series, you only need to go to Registration at your first event to pick up your bib numbers for the entire season.

4.11 The bib number must be located on the LEFT SIDE (RIB AREA) OF YOUR JERSEY,so it is easily readable by Race Officials from the side. BIB NUMBERS MUST NOT BE FOLDED OR MODFIED TO A SMALLER SIZE. THE FULL BIB MUST BE VISIBLE AT ALL TIMES.
4.12 Riders renting the timing/ID chip must use the ankle strap and attach the chip on the left ankle. DO NOT PLACE THE CHIP ABOVE YOUR ANKLE. Before coming to the start area check that your chip strap is securely attached.
4.13 Only Riders who have purchased their timing/ID chip are allowed to attach the chip to their bikes (chainstay or fork).
4.14 YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TIMING/ID CHIP THAT IS ISSUED TO YOU DURING REGISTRATION. IF YOU LOSE THE CHIP YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR ITS REPLACEMENT AT A COST OF $120.
4.15 Each chip has a unique RF-ID number. Any rider exchanging his/her number or timing/ID chip with another rider will be disqualified. The rider number and timing/ID chip are in the race database system under the name registered.
4.16 A non-registered timing/ID chip will not be allowed in any event. If you use a non-registered timing/ID chip you will be disqualified and no refund will be provided.
4.17 If a timing/ID chip owner in the CCTTA database wants to transfer his/her timing/ID chip to another rider, there will be a $20.00 fee to handle the data/record transfer (this fee will be charged each time the timing/ID chip record is changed). The fee is in addition to the TT event fees and must be paid prior to any change in the record.
Transfer of a timing/ID chip DOES NOT TRANSFER THE REGISTRATION, which is not allowed.
Only the owner of record can request the transfer of a timing/ID chip. CCTTA will not accept transfer of a timing/ID chip more than twice during any twelve-month period.
4.18 Cancellations by pre-registered riders must be sent via E-Mail to
the Registration Coordinator (see Contact Us page) and be received at least 4 days before the event start times are posted on the CCTTA website. No cash refunds will be made and registrations are not transferable; valid cancelled registrations will be applied to the next event.
4.19 No refund will be available for any Full Series Pass.

5. WARM-UP

5.1 Riders may warm-up on the track until 5 MINUTES BEFORE THE EVENT BEGINS. ALL RIDERS MUST THEN CLEAR THE TRACK. Please be considerate of those who are competing so as to not be a distraction or present a safety hazard. ONCE AN EVENT BEGINS, SPOTTERS WILL TAKE DOWN NUMBERS OF RIDERS THAT ARE STILL WARMING UP ON THE TRACK. THESE RIDERS WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION.
5.2 After the event begins, riders can warm-up on the infield loop beyond the garage area, near turns 1 and 2.
5.3 Warm-up on the track may be shortened when a special event is being held.

6. RACE LOGISTICS

6.1 The standard Individual Time Trial consists of seven (7) laps for a total of 10 miles.
6.2 Riders should come to the Start/Finish area well in advance to familiarize themselves with the layout. Check the Official Time Trial Start Time Clock and be at the Start Line 5 minutes ahead of your scheduled start time.
6.3 YOU MUST RIDE ONLY AT YOUR ASSIGNED START TIME. If you miss your assigned start time, you will lose your chance to ride. No refunds will be issued for missed start times.
6.4 There are 2 side-by-side start lanes on Pit Road with staggered starts. Riders with Even Numbered Bibs will line up in the right start lane and Riders with Odd Numbered Bibs will line up in the left start lane.
6.5 When you come to the front of the Start Line your bike will be held to allow you to clip into your pedals. If you don’t want your bike to be held, tell the bike holder at the start area and you can use a standing start.
6.6 There are automatic starting lights. Before your start, familiarize yourself with the start light sequence.
Solid Red Light = Get ready.
Flashing Red Light = 5 sec. to start. A tone counts down the final 5 seconds.
Green Light = GO!
The Time Trial Start Time Clock in the start area serves as an approximation of your start time. Your official start and finish times are registered on the race computer when the timing/ID chip crosses the timing loop at the start and finish on Pit Road.
6.7 As you exit Pit Road after starting stay to the left of the row of sponge markers before merging onto the main track. Cross the NASCAR Start/Finish line on the main track 6 times, then enter Pit Road at the end of your seventh lap and proceed to the Time Trial Finish Line, which is adjacent (to the right) of the Pit Road Start Line.
6.8 You are solely responsible for counting your laps. Any rider doing less than or more than 7 laps will be disqualified and will receive no time.
6.9 ALL RIDERS MUST RIDE TO THE LEFT, as close to the infield side of the track as possible, and hold their line. RIDERS FAILING TO HOLD THEIR LINE MAY BE SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION.
6.10 A series of sponge lane markers will be on the back stretch of the track. These are intended to indicate the left limit of the active track. All riders must remain to the right of all sponge markers. RIDING TO THE LEFT OF THE SPONGE MARKERS MAY RESULT IN A TIME PENALTY OR DISQUALIFICATION.
Also, riders on the main track must remain to the right of the sponge markers at the end of Pit Road where starting riders are merging onto the main track.
6.11 PASS ONLY ON THE RIGHT. PASSING ON THE LEFT MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
6.12 DRAFTING IS NOT ALLOWED AND MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. Drafting is following another rider closer than three (3) bike lengths and failing to pass or drop back within 200 meters or 15 seconds. It is the following rider’s responsibility to break the draft; this also applies to the rider that is passed and may be closer than 3 bike lengths to the passing rider.
6.13 BLOCKING IS NOT ALLOWED AND MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. Blocking is riding to the right of a rider and failing to pass or drop back within 200 meters or 15 seconds, or riding on the right side of the race lane, thereby causing other riders to pass on the left, which is not allowed.
6.14 When you cross the finish line, please slow down. Follow the cones down the track to the holding area where you MUST STOP and then cross Pit Road ONLY when directed by the Race Official. BEFORE AND AS YOU CROSS PIT ROAD WATCH FOR RIDERS WHO ARE STARTING THEIR RACE.
After crossing Pit Road proceed to the second holding area where the transponder/chip will be retrieved. (NOTE: ALL RIDERS MUST STOP, INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED THEIR CHIPS; FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION).
6.15 If for any reason you can’t start the event or if you do not finish, you must report to the Registration Area and tell a Registration Official that you did not finish the event. You must also turn in your timing/ID chip at that time.
6.16 YOU MUST NOT CROSS THE START OR FINISH LINE A SECOND TIME OR ENTER THE TRACK AGAIN AFTER YOUR RACE. This may result in your time being disqualified.
6.17 AT NO TIME SHOULD YOU CARRY THE TIMING/ID CHIP ON YOU (INCLUDING IN YOUR POCKET) WHEN YOU ARE NEAR THE START/FINISH AREA OR THE LAP TIMING EQUIPMENT AT THE NASCAR START/FINISH LINE ON THE MAIN TRACK. THE CHIP COULD SEND A SIGNAL TO THE RACE COMPUTER THAT YOU HAVE CROSSED THE START/FINISH OR LAP LINE. Failure to follow these instructions may result in your time being disqualified.
6.18 From time to time, Race Officials may decide to stage a race that is longer or shorter than the standard 10 mile time trial or a stage Team Time Trial. In these instances, these Rules and Guidelines will remain in effect where applicable. If you will be entering any of these special events please refer to any special rules that may supersede these standard Rules & Guidelines. If you have questions about these events please send Race Officials an e-mail (see Contact Us page) or ask for assistance before you register or enter these special events.

7. RACE RESULTS

7.1 Initial times will be posted as soon as they are available during the event AT THE REGISTRATION AREA ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE TIMING TENT ASKING RACE OFFICIALS FOR YOUR RESULT.
7.2 Preliminary and Official times and category results will be posted on the CCTTA website.
7.3 Preliminary times will be posted on the web site for 7 days. During this period all changes and comments must be submitted to raceofficials@carolinatt.org. After the preliminary period the results will become Official, and no further changes from participants will be accepted. Race Officials reserve the right to make corrections to their posting.

8. RACE RECORDS

8.1 A rider can establish a new Track or Category Record based on a single event.
8.2 To establish a Personal Record (PR), a rider must have completed a total of 5 events with at least 3 events during the current series. A rider that has no race history will be eligible for a PR when he/she finishes at least 5 events in the current series. A PR medal will be available for eligible riders that established a new PR on the last event of the series.

9. AWARDS/SERIES POINTS/RECORDS

9.1 Points are awarded in each race category for each event based on placement (1st place = 20, 2nd place = 18 etc down to 10th place = 2). Points are awarded only to riders that complete the event.

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