Weather Policy Information


The PA Interscholastic Cycling League follows weather and environmental guidelines in use by NICA leagues across the USA.

Our primary consideration is the safety of racers, race support staff, race visitors, and potential damage to the race venue (trails and infield).

Any decisions regarding cancelling, postponing, or altering race start times, lap length, number of laps, etc. will be made by the PA League Staff in consultation with the land manager. Often this decision cannot be made until the day of the race due to the unpredictable and emergent nature of wet or stormy weather or other environmental conditions. That said, we will do our best to make the call to change venue or reschedule a race as early as possible, preceding race weekend.

The League will make every attempt to notify the racing population via newsletter, Team Snap, Facebook, Twitter, and website updates as soon as possible.

  • Races are held on their scheduled dates unless the race course on the day of the race is deemed un-rideable and dangerous.
  • The League will have the option to delay the start of a race from the published times if the weather has created dangerous conditions.
  • Courses and/or lap lengths may be altered or shortened because of weather conditions. Last minute changes will be broadcast to racers at the start of each wave via the race announcer. If conditions require a change in number of laps during a race, a person will be stationed at the lap line advising riders of the change.
  • The League will develop a wet weather course alterations in case of extremely wet conditions that threaten the trails used for the race.
  • All racing will stop immediately in the presence of lightning as signified by the chief referee. Racing may continue once the league director, chief referee, and the head timer have conferred.
  • Re-starting a race that has been stopped due to lightning;
    – depending on schedule and number of laps completed, the race may be declared over
    – if time permits, racers will be able to resume laps beginning from the lap line
  • Communication of delays, changes in start time, courses, and so on will be made by the League as follows:
      – on the league web site prior to the race day, if possible.
      – on the public address system on the race day.
      – via forms of social media.
  • League will not refund pre-registration fees due to inclement weather.
  • League does not allow registration transfers to subsequent races due to inclement weather.*
  • Race points:
    • If a race is cancelled (not able to be moved or rescheduled):
      • No team points will be awarded and the race will not be included in the season overall team point standings.
      • No individual points will be awarded and the race will not be included in the season overall individual point standings. Riders will still have a “drop race” available from the remaining races (IE: season overall standings will be calculated based on 3 of 4 per NICA rule 8.1) unless 3 or fewer races have been completed for the season, in which case all races will count, and the 25 series bonus points will be awarded based on completion of all races in the shortened series.
      • TTC points will be incorporated where appropriate.
    • If a race is partially completed (some fields complete their race and others do not):
      • No team points will be awarded and the race will not be included in the season overall team point standings.
      • Individual points will be awarded in all of the fields that completed their race and those fields will proceed through the season as normal. 
      • No individual points will be awarded in the fields where races were not completed and the race will not be included in the season overall individual point standings. Riders will still have a “drop race” available from the remaining races (IE: season overall standings will be calculated based on 3 of 4 per NICA rule 8.1) unless 3 or fewer races have been completed for the season, in which case all races will count, and the 25 series bonus points will be awarded based on completion of all races in the shortened series. 
      • TTC points will be incorporated where appropriate.

 

*The league will make exceptions to this rule in extenuating circumstances, if a request is submitted.