The Rules

The Official RRI Rule Book

You can't have an official, recognised sporting league without an official, recognised set of rules and regulations, right? And while we are neither official, nor recognised (except by, maybe, a couple of regulars at the local, on a good day), we can dream dammit. So, with very little fanfare, we present the official rule book (and technical regulations) for Roller Racing International - direct from the back of a napkin (from aforementioned local, in case you were wondering), straight to your screen. Enjoy.

If you can't find what you are looking for here, or want to contribute to these rules and regulations as an RRI Official, please get in touch.


  1. These rules and regulations apply to roller racing events conducted by Roller Racing International (RRI).

  2. Events that do not adhere to these technical regulations are probably also a lot of fun, but likely organised by someone else (with less time on their hands).

  3. RRI events can take place at any time of the year. Fittingly, organisers are recommended to hold a majority of their roller races and race series in this period.

  4. RRI events can take place anywhere with enough room to fit the mandatory equipment and a minimum of 100 participants, spectators and RRI personnel.

House Rules

  1. A roller racing bicycle should conform to the RRI regulations for bicycles generally and roller racing bicycles specifically, as follows:
    1. It should have, or have previously had, not more than two wheels.

  2. Moreover, all bicycles used for an event are to be of a similar size, comprising similar components and of a similar weight.
    1. The spirit of this rule is that no bike should have an advantage over any other.
    2. Riders may not alter the performance of the bike in any way, with the exception of adjusting the seat height and toe straps prior to their race commencing (see below).

  3. Bicycles must be placed at least 1m apart (measured from the centre of the bottom bracket), to discourage all but the most spirited of physical altercations.

  4. Prior to the event commencing, and, if deemed necessary, before finals commence, the chief commissaire should check to ensure the roller racing system is calibrated. Only when the chief commissaire is satisfied that the system is tested and calibrated may the event begin. As part of this process, the chief commissaire is responsible for:
    1. Ensuring that the surface on which the racing will take place is level (unless, of course, it is on a boat - in which case, maritime law applies).
    2. Ensuring all sets of rollers are similar and are setup on, or secured to, the racing surface in the same way, such that no set of rollers has any advantage over any other.
    3. Ensuring that all bicycles are similar and are setup in the same way, such that no bicycle has an advantage over any other. This should include a thorough visual inspection of the drivetrain condition, tire condition, etc.
    4. Ensuring the tires of all bicycles are holding a similar amount of air/pressure.
    5. Ensuring all tires are centred on the rollers and are making similar contact with both/all rollers (visual inspection).
    6. Ensuring, if using locked-fork bicycles, that all bicycles are sufficiently rigid and well attached at the fork.
    7. Running any and all test processes available in the roller racing software (including test races) until satisfied that, given similar input, all bicycles are registering similar output.

  5. The acceptable tolerance for error in calibration is inherently subjective, and is left up to the chief commissaire.
    1. The rule of thumb is that the chief commissaire should be satisfied that any variation should be low enough that it will not meaningfully impact on racing results.
    2. Any decision(s) made by the chief commissaire are final.

  6. Bright lighting, fog, fans, pyrotechnics, fireworks, loud music, and other potentially distracting theatrical elements may be used during races.
    1. The use of such elements will be used randomly and without warning.
    2. The use of such elements is considered to be part of the RRI racing environment, and will not be considered as grounds for a protest.
    3. Strobing effects may be used, unless a participant requests that strobing effects not be used for their race on medical grounds.
    4. Eye of The Tiger may be played. Perhaps more than once.

  7. The format of the event (as well as the format and duration of individual races) should be determined in advance, and made available on the RRI event website.

  8. Non-standard racing attire, including costumes, are tolerated, so long as such costumes are not deemed offensive.

  9. Spectators are encouraged to cheer, yell, heckle, and generally cause a nuisance. However, spectators may not affect the outcome of the race by making physical contact with one or more participants in such a way that it is deemed to have provided an advantage to other participants. If this happens, the race will be stopped, and the spectator(s) warned.

  10. The decision to cancel an event shall be made with as much notice as possible prior to the event start. Where possible, participants should be notified by email or phone prior to the day of the event. Any refund or reimbursement to the competitor is entirely at the discretion of RRI, and is in no way linked to the ‘RRI entertainment fund’.

  11. All participants must sign a participation waiver if/as requested by RRI or any event partner.

  12. Each RRI event must have, at a minimum:
    1. A chief commissaire to oversee the event; AND
    2. At least 2x event officials/marshals to satisfy union requirements and manage the event.

  13. The duties of event officials/marshals includes helping participants on and off the bicycles, helping them adjust the seat and toe-straps, and ensuring the wellbeing and general amusement of the participant throughout the race.

  14. Every RRI official must be clearly identifiable, and is charged with upholding the majority of these rules and regulations.

Racing Stuff - The Start

  1. Before the start of each race, an RRI race official shall quickly inspect all bicycles to ensure the following:
    1. Toe-straps are not substantially frayed or damaged (if so, they are to be immediately replaced).
    2. Tires are correctly inflated.
    3. All bicycles are solidly connected to the rollers and in good working condition.

  2. Once the inspection is complete (and any adjustments made) and the race is called/announced, the named race participants must assemble at the racing bicycles.
    1. Participants will be called a maximum of 3 times. If a participant has not made themselves known to officials within 60 seconds of the third call, they will forfeit their spot in the race.
    2. If a participant forfeits their spot in the race, another participant will be assigned to take their place. The forfeiting participant can request to be re-assigned to a later race, if space allows.

  3. Once all participants are assembled, they shall be afforded at least 60 seconds to adjust the seat height and toe-strap tension of the bicycle (with the assistance of RRI officials where possible) and ready themselves for the race
    1. If the race is to vary in distance or format from the other races completed in the event to that point, all participants must be notified of all details during this period.

  4. When the race is ready to begin, instruction will fall to the nominated race announcer (or the person with the microphone at that particular point in time), who will call ‘Riders Ready’. At this point, participants must bring their bicycle to a complete stop (with their feet still).
    1. An RRI race official may optionally ask participants to rotate their pedals until the magnet falls within the stays of the rear triangle of the bicycle (ahead of the sensor), while still maintaining their preferred starting (pedal) position. Once this is done, the riders must, again, come to a complete stop.

  5. The nominated race announcer, once all riders are ready, will call ‘3 - 2 - 1 - GO’ to indicate the start of the race. This is the default RRI starting sequence, and may be accompanied by visuals, effects or other theatrical devices.
    1. The starting sequence may commence at any time after the riders are ready and should have a sense of randomness to heighten the suspense and unjustified drama.
    2. Participants may only start racing once the starting sequence is complete and ‘GO’ has been called. If a participant starts racing before ‘GO’ is called, the race will be stopped and a false start recorded

  6. In the event of a false start, the race will be stopped. The offending participant(s) may be penalised, publicly shamed, or disqualified from the race. The race will then be restarted (repeating the above steps).

  7. If a different starting sequence is to be used (i.e. for a head start, or handicapped race), this is to be clearly explained prior to the race commencing.

Racing Stuff - The Finish

  1. The finish shall be judged from the data packets received from the sensors used to control the roller racing system (attached to each bicycle and/or set of rollers).

  2. All participants who complete the race distance shall be considered to have finished the race and will be given a placing on the basis of the data received from their bicycle and/or set of rollers.

  3. In the event of two, or more, participants recording an identical time (i.e. the participants cannot be split based on the smallest data increment recorded for the race), the chief commissaire will decide whether the race will stand or be restarted (depending, generally, on the format of the event, and whether they like the cut of your jib).

  4. The race result will immediately, and automatically, be recognised as official (unless there is a tie, see above, or a protest). Any decision(s) made by the chief commissaire are final.

Offences and Penalties

  1. From Roller Racing: Sport of Gods:
    1. “A torrid struggle exists between the limp virtue of sportsmanship and the pragmatism of expedience. I ask you, with sweet victory on the line, do the means, however depraved, not justify the ends? The answer, sadly, is ‘no’”

  2. Participants shall, at all times, act in a sporting manner, attempt to refrain from offensive or abusive language, be respectful to the officials or at least the other participants, and blindly follow these race regulations.

  3. At RRI events, any participant who commits an infraction of these regulations will be subject to the disciplinary procedures of RRI, as set out below.

  4. A participant at an RRI event may be penalised or suspended for any of the following reasons:
    1. Flagrant, shameless, badly concealed or persistent violation of these general or technical rules & regulations, event or race-specific rules, or more general code(s) of conduct or public decency.
    2. Negligence in regard to personal, participant, spectator, official or volunteer safety and/or jeopardy of our tenuous insurance eligibility.
    3. Unsporting conduct and/or conduct that may bring RRI, our unwitting sponsors, venues and/or other partners associated with the event into disrepute.

  5. The chief commissaire, or other senior RRI official, can impose one or more of the following penalties (according to the nature of the offence):
    1. Verbal warning
    2. Beer chugging penalty
    3. Relegation by position
    4. Time or points penalty
    5. Disqualification

Protests and Appeals

  1. Individual participants, or their slightly tougher-looking friends, shall first approach the event commissaire concerning any incident in an event.

  2. A protest arising out of the conduct of a race, disagreement with results or an incident must be made to the chief commissaire within five minutes of the end of the race in question.

  3. The event will then be paused, in order for the protest to be resolved.
    1. The music may be stopped for dramatic effect.

  4. The chief commissaire then has a further 10 minutes to resolve the protest, including collecting additional statements and/or information.
    1. Therefore, a protest should not delay an event for more than 15 minutes in total.

  5. The chief commissaire may then rule as follows:
    1. The race result stands (no change); OR
    2. The race result is to be voided and the race re-run; OR
    3. The race result is to be voided and participants individually either penalised (or disqualified); OR
    4. One or more participants penalised (or disqualified), affecting the final race result (which should be updated to reflect the new result).

  6. In all cases, the result of any ruling on a protest is to be announced (even if it is dismissed), prior to the event resuming.

  7. Any decision or ruling(s) by the chief commissaire (with regard to protests at least) are final. In the spirit of keeping the event moving, no appeals process exists.

  8. Participants who insist on appealing the ruling will be required to:
    1. Endure ceaseless eye rolling; AND
    2. Pay a fee equal to or greater than the standing bar tab.
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