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Horner Cycling Foundation Rider Code of Conduct
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- RIDER shall at all times conduct him/herself in a manner that does not cause embarrassment or create a negative impact for the Horner Cycling Foundation Junior Development Cycling Program or any of its sponsors. This includes conduct at races, while traveling to and from races, in motels or other accommodations (including private homes), at all times while in public, as well as with other athletes and coaches. Public urination and vulgar language will not be tolerated.
- RIDER will not disrespect the Horner Cycling Foundation board, coaches, support staff, officers, team members, sponsors, race promoters, or HCF board members in any form of public media whether the media be verbal, printed, or electronic (websites, social media, YouTube, blogs, etc).
- RIDER must wear a securely fastened helmet at all times while riding a bicycle regardless of whether the rider is wearing Horner Cycling Foundation clothing. This includes races, training races, group rides, individual training rides, and at any other times when the rider is on a bicycle. The only exception is while warming up on rollers/wind trainers. This is essential for legal and safety reasons.
- RIDER is encouraged to thank one person connected with promoting or staging each race at which s/he competes for their involvement or the job they are doing.
- RIDER shall wear Horner Cycling Foundation clothing in all races and on all training rides on which there are at least four cyclists.
- RIDER may not compete for any other road team in United States Cycling Federation, UCI, American Bicycle Racing, American Track Racing Association or any other independent cycling federation events during the annual year without a release signed by the director of the Horner Cycling Foundation.
- RIDER may be coached individually by a coach not affiliated with the Horner Cycling Foundation. However, RIDER will abide by the directions of the Horner Cycling Foundation coaches or managers when two or more Horner Cycling Foundation members are present in the same event. There are no exceptions.
- RIDER is responsible for prompt attendance at any meetings called by the team’s officers or manager.
- NO JUNIOR RIDER shall consume alcohol or any illegal drugs (including marijuana) at any time. There are no exceptions. This prohibition applies to the Horner Cycling Foundation riders at all times, not just while at races or traveling with the team.
- NO RIDER shall consume any substances banned by the rules of USA Cycling or the UCI. Any rider who tests positive for a banned substance will be removed from the team immediately. Horner Cycling Foundation has a Zero Tolerance Drug Policy.
- RIDER shall abide by the following while on group rides or at race venues:
- Ride in direction of traffic and follow the rules of the road.
- Use hand signals and obey traffic signs.
- Call out when overtaking other non-group riders that you encounter while riding.
- Do not litter.
- Do not antagonize or otherwise inflame confrontations with motorists.
- Maintain a positive attitude while wearing team clothing. Remember that people will call sponsors and report things that they see and don’t like.
- RIDER shall respect all directions of the coach or team officers regarding behavior. The Horner Cycling Foundation coaches and officers include, but are not limited to, Chris Horner and Molly Cogswell-Kelley.
- RIDER must comply with all rules of USA Cycling as detailed in the most recent version of its rules. Those rules are available online at www.usacycling.org. Riders are responsible for reading and understanding these rules. Ignorance of the rules is not an excuse for failure to comply with them.
- Failure to comply with any of the items in this Code of Conduct will result in actions that may include loss of entry fees and other sponsorship, withdrawal from a race, or suspension or expulsion from the team. Any team officer is empowered to suspend a rider from the team on the spot, pending a review and final action by the board of directors.