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Cycling Conduct: Passing

passThis week’s rule is 5.10e — Passing. 

The wording of the rule begins with a couple of sentences strongly warning cyclists not to enter the draft zone to pass unless they are confident of their ability to complete the pass and there is enough room to do so. The rule requires that passing be done to the left of the cyclist being passed, “unless otherwise specified.” 

That last phrase addresses those rare events, usually in urban areas where, due to the location of the designated bike lane, race management requests cyclists to ride left and pass right.  In all other cases, cyclists must ride to the right and pass to the left.  Cyclists who pass on the right, when there is room on the left, will generally be cited for violating 5.10e—Passing.

Here’s the rule:

5.10e. Passing. 
A participant who approaches another cyclist from the rear or from another unfavorable position bears primary responsibility for avoiding a position foul even if the cyclist being approached alters speed. A participant must not attempt to pass another cyclist unless adequate space is available and the athlete is confident of his/her ability to pass the other cyclist. All passing is to be done to the left of the cyclist being overtaken unless otherwise specified.

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