There are quite strict rules regarding the required attire for a road race and failure to comply may well result in disqualification or extraction from the race by the commisaire.
Please refer to section 8 of the "˜TECHNICAL REGULATIONS GENERAL & FOR ROAD, TRACK & ROLLER RACING' section of the BCF web site at:
An extract is given here for your reference:
8.1.1 When competing under these Regulations competitors (other than as provided in T.R. 7.12 and 8.1.8.) must be completely clothed from neck to no shorter than mid thigh in a costume which consists of a sleeved jersey or vest and racing shorts, or tights or a one-piece costume resembling this.
8.1.2 When competing under these Regulations riders (other than as provided in T.R. 8.1.7 and 8.1.8) shall wear Club or Division registered design and colours, as is appropriate.
8.1.3 The racing costume of a competitor must be free of all lettering except for the name of his club or representative team and as permitted by T.R. 9.
8.1.4 Registered club clothing may carry contact details such as E-mail or Web Site addresses. Where within such an address there is a reference to a commercial enterprise, a separate advertising agreement shall be registered and sponsorship registration fee shall be paid where one does not already exist.
8.1.5 No competitor shall wear a political sign or badge on his racing costume.
8.1.6 Any form of eye protection or spectacles worn must be of a non-splinterable material.
8.1.7 No competitor who is dirty or untidily dressed shall be permitted to start.
8.1.8 Foreign competitors shall be permitted to wear any jersey which complies with their own Federation's requirements.
8.1.9 In Road and Track events, Youth, Fourth and Provisional category licence holders will be allowed to wear any suitable clothing whilst competing in events under the Technical Regulations of the Federation, including that bearing registered or unregistered advertising except in the case of National Championships when they must comply with T.R. 8.1.1 to 8.1.6. However protective headgear must be worn in accordance with T.R. 8.6.
8.2 Registration of Clothing
8.2.1 Affiliated Clubs, Trade Teams and Individual Members shall register the design and colour of their racing costume with Headquarters. Upon approval Headquarters shall notify the appropriate Division of the design and colour.
8.2.2 Headquarters shall keep a Register of Colours and shall have power to require clubs with similar colours to alter the designs to prevent duplication.
8.2.3 A works house or recreation club wishing to place its club name on racing clothing shall register an advertising agreement.
8.2.4 Each Division shall register the design and colours of its racing costume with BC Headquarters.
8.2.5 The Board shall have power to require Divisions with similar colours to alter the design to prevent duplication.
8.3 Representative & Championship Jerseys
8.3.1 Riders may wear the National representative jersey only when competing as members of a team selected by the Board to represent Great Britain or England as the case may be.
8.3.2 Only the current holder of a World, National or Division Championship shall wear the jersey appropriate to those Championships and then only when competing in the type of racing at which he is Champion.
8.4 National Championship Jerseys
8.4.1 The design of a National Championship jersey for men and women shall be white with 5 cm wide red, white and blue bands around the chest, the red band being uppermost.
8.4.2 The design of a National Championship jersey for Masters shall be blue with 5 cm wide red, white and blue bands around the chest, the red band being uppermost
8.4.3 The National Championship jersey must be worn by the holder when competing in events of the relevant discipline, unless eligible to wear the jersey of World Champion or event/series leader.
8.4.4 The following advertising inscriptions are permitted on National Championships jerseys:
184.108.40.206 On the front and back - within a rectangle with a maximum height of 10 cm.
220.127.116.11 On each side - a lateral band with a maximum height of 9 cm.
18.104.22.168 On quarter sleeves - one line with a maximum height of 5 cm.
22.214.171.124 The garment manufacturer's mark may also appear once and within a maximum area of 25 sq. cm.
126.96.36.199 The only inscription which is permitted on the National Championship jersey presented to a rider on the podium immediately after a National Championship is that of the garment manufacturer which may appear once and within a maximum area of 25 sq. cm.
8.5 Race Numbers
8.5.1 The wearing of numbers shall be compulsory on track and road.
8.5.2 The number(s) shall be securely attached and not be folded, obscured or mutilated in any way.
8.5.3 With the exception of time trials, motor pace, tandem events and pursuits where a single number only is required, two body numbers, or a one piece panel equivalent to this, shall be worn in all road and track events .
8.5.4 When photo finish equipment is being used for an event, shoulder or frame numbers must be worn or fitted as appropriate and shall be attached as specified.
Note: Details of recommended sizes for numbers are available from B.C.F. Headquarters.
8.6 Protective Headgear.
8.6.1 A rider whilst racing or training in any cycling discipline, with the exception of training on the open road shall wear properly affixed protective headgear which must be of a hard/soft shell construction. "Aero Style" helmets are acceptable for individual time trials (road or track) providing they are in line with that which is permitted under the current UCI regulations.
In order to assist riders, the Federation advises all competitors that protective headgear must take the form of a hard/soft shell helmet which should conform to a recognised Standard such as SNELL B95 (Snell Memorial Foundation), AUS/NZS 2063:96 (Australian and New Zealand standard), DIN 33-954 (TUEV Institute Germany), CPSC or EN 1078 (Europe). Other Standards are available, but competitors and/or parents/guardians should obtain proof that a Standard is adequate for the purpose for which they intend to use the article.
The current British Standard (BS 6863) is primarily intended for use by young riders. This standard is not intended to provide a complete specification for helmets for high speed or long distance riding. A copy of the complete foreword to the British Standard can be obtained from B.C.F. Headquarters
It is emphasised that it is the responsibility of the rider (or the parent or guardian if the rider is under 18 years of age) to select a standard of protective headgear which offers protection against head injury and does not restrict the rider's vision or hearing. This responsibility also applies to ensuring that the headgear is undamaged and in good condition. It is pointed out that any helmet which suffers damage (e.g. in the case of an accident or through mishandling) may no longer afford the same level of protection.
The Federation makes no warranties or representations regarding the adequacy of any Standard or the fitness for the purpose of any brand of protective headgear and will not accept any claims arising from the use of any particular headgear.
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