1. Racers are to follow Maine State Law and bicycle safety rules and shall ride as far to the right as practical, except when passing.
a. Races are help on open courses. Racers ride with traffic and are solely responsible for their safety at all times. At no time are racers allowed to endanger traffic or the public.
b. Racers are bound by the local traffic laws unless a police officer or other authorized person directs you to take otherwise illegal actions such as passing a stop sign.
2. Helmets are required to be properly worn, with the straps buckled at all times on the bike whether warming up, racing, or cooling down. Riding trainers is excluded.
3. No headphones or ear buds may be worn by racers on or near the race courses during warm up, race time or during cool down. Riding trainers is excluded
4. The Race Director is allowed to make additional rules provided they are within reason and explained to everyone before the start of the race.
a. Failure to abide by any of these rules is grounds for disqualification. Registration in any of the Maine Time Trial Series serves as acceptance of these rules.
b. The Race Director’s decision in all matters is final.
5. Passing must be done on the left only. No passing is allowed on the right, ever. Passing racers must give adequate room so as to not endanger the racer being passed.
a. Calling out is strongly encouraged when passing.
6. Drafting is strictly prohibited.
a. Racers must be at least three bike lengths behind the bike ahead.
b. No two racers may ride abreast other than when one is attempting to pass the other.
7. Starting order at this time is decided by the individual race directors.
a. Each racer shall report to the start line at least three minutes before his or her scheduled starting time and shall be prepared to start at their scheduled time.
i. If a racer appears later than the scheduled starting time, the racer may come to the start line and must come to a complete stop, no flying starts are permitted.
ii. The rider may not interfere with those starting on time and it will be up to the discretion of the starter when the late racer may start.
iii. The rider’s start time will be recorded as their scheduled start time, not when they actually do start. By missing their start time, the racer forfeits their chance to restart and may not schedule a new start time.
b. Starting times will be at equal intervals of 30 or 60 seconds.
c. The racer can be held by a volunteer or official at the start, but shall neither be restrained nor pushed.
d. No restarts are permitted. It is permissible to start with one foot down if the racer so desires.
8. No support vehicles or parking are allowed on the course.
Maine Time Trial Series Information, Placing and Prizes
1. Racers must complete a minimum of five races to be considered eligible for METTS season prizes.
2. Racers will be ranked in the METTS on their best five overall scores. Per race the racer finishing will receive:
a. First place earns ten points
b. Second place earns nine
c. Third place earns eight
d. Fourth place earns seven
e. Fifth place earns six
f. Sixth place earns five
g. Seventh place earns four
h. Eight place earns three
i. Ninth place earns two
j. Tenth place earns one
3. The person with the highest number of points for five races wins the series.
4. The State Championship counts twice just as if it were two races. Thus, it gives a competitor two equal scores.
a. As an example, a competitor does every race and keeps the best 5. For example:
i. Susan has finished 5 races before the state championship. Her worst two finished are a 4th and a 5th. She places second in the state championship giving her two 2nd place scores. She counts them and drops her 4th and 5th.
ii. Joe has done 5 races before the state championship. His worst scores are a 4th and a 5th. He finished 6th in the state championship. He keeps one 6th to complete his 8 best scores and the drops the other 6th place finish.
5. Tie Breakers: If there is a numerical tine in the season score, the tie is broken as follows:
a. Level one – the winner is the rider who beat the other in the State Championship
b. Level two – if one or both of the tired riders did not compete in the State Championship, the winner is the rider who beat the other more often in the races in which both competed
c. Level three – If there is still a tie, the winner is the rider who the lower total time in those races in which both competed.
The Maine Time Trial Series awards perpetual trophies at the end of each season, at the State Championship. One for the men’s series winner and one for the women’s winner, the trophy will be held for one year by the winners and will have engraved plaques with the name of each year’s winner.