Novices running cruiser in their class:
Perhaps the biggest change for 2015 is that the Novice category will allow a class or cruiser style bicycle. We’ve had requests for years for another proficiency in the Cruiser class for dads looking to get into racing on a larger-wheeled bicycle, but they didn’t want to race the former Experts and Professionals that compete in some of those older Cruiser classes. We know that there are times that a kid shows up as a brand-new rider on a bike with wheels larger than 20” diameter. For tracks that have loaner bikes, they can simply put the kid on a track bike and send them into the Novice class. However, for tracks that don’t – the kid gets put into a Cruiser class. This will allow that brand-new rider (and mom or dad) to race their larger-wheeled bikes in the Novice class. Once the rider gets 10 wins in Novice, they can either choose to get a 20” bike and continue in Intermediate or they will have to move into the Cruiser class on their cruiser-sized bike.
The rule about flat pedals only in Novice classes still applies.