NICA races are so exciting! Watching athletes work so hard and accomplish new goals is a rush! Sometimes the excitement can get in the away though of good spectator etiquette and this can cause hazards to athletes and race officials. Please keep the following in mind and realize the poor spectator behavior can result in a team penalty.
Always be aware of your surroundings, even behind you! Walking a trail to get to good spot? Check over your shoulder often for athletes on the course and always move well out of their way.
Be a good sport. Be a good role model to your child and all student athletes by remaining calm and positive.
Keep the course clear. Only cross the active course if absolutely necessary. You might think it is clear but athletes are fast and they need a clear path ahead.
Listen to Race Officials. They have a job to do to keep the race going safely. Please cooperate and follow their instructions with a smile.
Bike Patrol ALWAYS has right of way. They are just like an ambulance on the road, on a bike or when driving their UTV. Clear the way immediately when you hear their the horn or voices so they can get to the person in need as quickly and safety as possible….it could be your child they are trying to help some day.
Keep small children (and dogs) close and help them learn to be good spectators too.
Only help athletes with their bikes on course if they ask. Many athletes can fix their own bikes and there are time penalties for getting outside assistance so please don’t jump in unless they ask.
All these rules, and more, are found in the NICA HANDBOOK and all coaches, parents, spectators and athletes are expected to know and follow the rules. Many of the spectator-specific rules are in Section 3.
Thank you for helping all athletes have a safe and fast race!