Steve . wrote:
> Could you please weigh in on this Tyler Hamilton/ Stazio criterium debate ?
> Some of the rancor from another thread ...
> blah blah blah ...
I recently received a call from a USA Cycling staff member asking what
became of the old USCF racing rule that prohibited riders from competing
in unsanctioned races, under threat of suspension. I told him that even
though we had enforced it a few times in the early 1980s I came to the
conclusion that it was illegal and first got it liberalized, then
removed, as follows.
(1) In 1987 the exclusionary rule was liberalized to permit riders to
enter all events permitted by the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 (Federal
Public Law 95-606).
(2) The prohibition on entering unsanctioned races was removed
altogether in 1996 because we believed it was inappropriate and might be
in violation of U.S. anti-trust laws.
Therefore there is currently no basis in USCF racing rules currently for
threatening suspensions over this matter, though there might be in USPRO
rules, which I haven't read for awhile.
Nevertheless, given that there is a UCI rule on this matter and that USA
Cycling has agreed to abide by UCI rules, there is an indirect basis for
threatening suspension. The question of whether that would hold up in
U.S. courts is another matter.
P.S. I'm still not a lawyer.