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After spending the season battling back and forth with Jack Moir to take the EWS overall title, Richie Rude has been disqualified from the final race in the Tweed Valley of Scotland for riding outside of the course markings, a UCI ruling said. Slawomir Lukasik, the #23
rider who just recently broke into the top five at EWS Crans-Montana, was disqualified for the same mistake.
The two riders rode outside of a set of course marking gates as they approached the stage finish, the communication said, rather than between them. The proper use of course gates is outlined in the EWS rulebook
: Gates can be used to clearly mark sections of the course that a rider must pass through. Missing a gate will be deemed as course cutting.
The gates were not taped, and Rude commented on the EWS's Instagram post
suggesting that some course tape would have helped the situation. The markings were admittedly a bit confusing, as a much wider section was taped outside of the gates, apparently to keep spectators off the course rather than to delineate the course itself.Here
is a video of the section in question.
The UCI Communique is as follows:
As a result of two riders in the Mens Pro race both leaving the course by riding outside of multiple gates on the approach to the finish gantry ( the correct use of these gates is clearly explained in 0.4.2 Directions and Course Marking in the EWS rule book 2021) the Commissaire Panel has been required to exclude the following riders for breach of 0.6.6 Course Cutting in the EWS Rule Book the clearly sets out disqualification as the penalty for course cutting.
#23 Slawomir Lukasik
#7 Richard Rude
We will update this article as more information becomes available.