Immediately after you cross the finish line you want to make note of who finished around you. Try to remember the race number of one or two riders you finished near. If you can’t get a race number then take note of the type of jersey(s) of those racers. This information could help you if there is a problem with the race results.
Most riders take a cool down lap after their race (in a criterium). When coming back to the finish line be careful since the next race may be lining up and the road may be blocked by riders waiting to start their race. You will want to check out the tentative results when they are posted. Results are normally posted somewhere near the registration area. For criteriums, it normally takes 10 to 15 minutes for the tentative results to be posted. In a road race, it may take 30 minutes up to two hours for the results to be posted. Once the results are posted there is a 15 minute protest period. If you feel a mistake has been made in the results, you must call any errors to the attention of the Chief Judge during the protest period. Mistakes in the results are most often due to your race number not being placed in the proper position where it can be seen by the finishing video camera, or another rider next to you obscured your race number from the camera. The Chief Judge can be found near the finish line area and is the official responsible for determining the race results. You can go to the officials area at the finish line and ask to speak to the Chief Judge if you feel a mistake has been made in your results. The Chief Judge will do their best to correct any mistakes that are made in the results during the protest period.
Once the results protest period has passed the results are final and prizes can be handed out. Again, award ceremonies usually take place near the registration area. Note, once the protest period has passed under USAC rules the results are final and no additions or corrections can be made. In general, most officials will make corrections to the results as long as the place in question doesn’t affect the prize positions. Once the race day is over and everyone has gone home no additions or corrections to results can be made since the officials no longer have access to the video camera and other notes they would need to change the results.
The race officials in the SCNCA territory always try to place all finishers in races. There are several problems that can come up that can prevent all riders from being placed. Some problems are failures with our finish line video camera, missing race numbers, unreadable race numbers, riders obscured from the camera by other riders and emergency situations that require the attention of the officials.
If you can’t remain after your race to check your results at the race, then you can normally find results posted online at either the race web site or on the SCNCA Race Results page Remember, if you discover an error in the results once they have been posted online, it is too late to make any corrections or additions except for misspelled names or where the wrong name is associated with the indicated race number. For this type of error you should contact the race promoter.
SPECIAL NOTATION FOR JUNIOR RACERS:
At the conclusion of your race, you must report to junior gear inspection (also called junior rollout) so officials can confirm you are racing on legal gearing. The only exception may be if the rollout occurred BEFORE the race. Be aware that this is required of all juniors (race age 9 to 18) regardless of the type of road event you are doing. If it is a junior-only race, then all racers will report to rollout. If it’s an elite / category race, only the juniors will need to report. If you miss rollout, you will be relegated or disqualified. You also need to report as quickly as it is safe to do (don’t cut across the finishing area in front of racers behind you who are sprinting).