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Current Australian Jersey rules

There has been a little speculation, rumour and confusion about the jersey rules, so I thought I would have a look into it and see what’s changed.

The biggest issue is the confusion based around the number on the back, which has become very popular over the past few years. This has been an issue only amongst elite riders at ProBikx rounds through 2013 but seemed to have settled now. It’s been said that the rule would also apply to challenge classes, but a quick look at the rule book and it clearly states “In Championship classes only“.

In Championship classes only Elite riders who received a permanent career number through the UCI or Elite riders with a world number 1-8 may print a permanent career number of world number 1-8 on the back of the jersey. Riders without a permanent career number must not print a number on the back of their jersey.

I also checked it with a phone call to BMX Australia’s offices who confirmed the rule was applicable to elite riders only, so amateur’s can breath easy with the knowledge that they won’t be up for a new (numberless) jersey before the national championships.

It’s also important to remember the new restrictions on jerseys that would probably effect the the likes of Yess and Crupi crews with zippers above the waist no longer permitted and, of course, the tuck your jersey into your pants rule.

The following is an excerpt from BMX Australia Rulebook Australian Regional Applications 2014

http://www.bmxaustralia.com.au/site/cycling/bmx/downloads/Rulebook/ARA_Rule_book%202014%20Final.pdf

JERSEY

The jersey shall be a loose fitted long-sleeved shirt whose sleeves extend down to the rider’s wrist.
The following is not permitted for BMX jerseys:
  • Lycra
  • Zippers above the waist
  • Back pockets
  • Jerseys for Road/track cycling
The jersey must be tucked into the pants before the start to not cause interference.
Each Elite rider that has received a UCI permanent number and the riders that choose to ride with a world number 1-8, must print their number on the jersey according to the following principles:
A. The colour of the number must be in strong contrast with the colour of the background.
B. The distance between the numbers must be 1.5cm.
C. The minimum height of the number must be 20cm.
D. The width of the numbers shall be;
  • minimum 10cm for one digit numbers
  • minimum 20cm for two digit numbers
  • minimum 25cm for three digit numbers
E. There should be a minimum of 5cm of free space without publicity around the number.
F. As an option,display their last name across the shoulders, above the number.
In Championship classes only Elite riders who received a permanent career number through the UCI or Elite riders with a world number 1-8 may print a permanent career number of world number 1-8 on the back of the jersey. Riders without a permanent career number must not print a number on the back of their jersey.
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