USA Cycling Rule 1Q5. ABUSE. (b) states: “No rider or licensee may use foul or abusive language or conduct during a race event.”
The winner of the CAT 2/3 race in Spartanburg last Friday night was relegated by Officials after crossing the line and dropping the f-bomb in excitement. I personally thought the uncharacteristic “Fuck Yeah” was wildly funny and well deserved. After all, he had crashed out of the CAT 3/4 race with 5 laps to go, changed out his broken wheel and with a bloody leg turned around and started the 2-3 race. All of us who have ever wrecked before know how a crash can wreak havoc on you mentally (and as we all know even the best cyclists crash, right Mr. Armstrong?). That he got right back in, I thought, was very brave. And then to win it? Sweet.
Unfortunately, one cyclist did not find the “Fuck Yeah” as funny as I did. He apparently complained to the Officials who then disqualified the Winner from the race. The Winner admitted his mistake to the Officials and apologized. I guess the Officials must have believed he was sincere – they took back the DQ and awarded him Second Place. In that, I feel like both parties acted with tremendous class.
When it comes down to it, a rule is a rule and the Dude broke it. This is the first time I’ve seen the “foul language” rule actually enforced, though. I mean, really, who hasn’t cursed during a race? I hear it all the time. But, what happened, happened. His expletive doesn’t take away from the fact that he crushed that race.