Class A

From Wooljersey

Class A.

AMATEUR RULE. An amateur of Class A is one who has not engaged in, nor assisted in, nor taught cycling or any other recognized athletic exercise for money or other remuneration, nor knowingly competed with or against a professional for a prize of any description, or who, after having forfeited the amateur status, has had the same restored by a unanimous vote of the National Assembly, L. A. W. A cyclist ceases to be an amateur of Class A by:

(a) Engaging in cycling or other recognized athletic exercises or personally teaching, training or coaching any person therein, either as a means of obtaining a livelihood, or for a wager, money prize or gate money.

(b) Competing with a professional or amateur of Class B, or making the pace for, or having the pace made by such in public or for a prize.

(c) Selling, pawning, exchanging, bartering, or otherwise turning into cash, or in any manner realizing cash upon any prize won by him.

(d) Accepting directly or indirectly for cycling any remuneration, compensation or expense whatever.

(e) In this class no prize shall exceed fifty dollars in value.

(f) An amateur of Class A may not compete in any race outside of his own State, at a distance greater than two hundred miles, by the usual line or route of travel, from his legal residence, except by special permission from the member of the Racing Board in charge of his district.

(g) A cyclist does not forfeit his Class A status by teaching the elements of cycling solely for the purpose of effecting the sale of a cycle; but racing men in the employ of cycling establishments may be transferred to Class B.

(h) License may be granted by unanimous vote of the Racing Board for a special competition in any year between the recognized champions of Classes A and B, the prize rules of Class A to govern the contest.

(i) Any amateur who neglects or refuses to answer questions touching his status in Class A to the satisfaction of the Racing Board, and within thirty days shall be transferred to Class B, and shall have no further opportunity for hearing or appeal.

The most important thing in cycling racing at present is the dividing of the racing men into Class A and B, and I have asked Chairman Smyth to define the distinction, which he thus sums up briefly:

"In order that local racing men may understand the new Class A and B amateur definitions the following has been compiled from such fragments of information as have reached this Coast: In Class A the amateur definition of last year still applies, with the addition that no prize shall exceed $50 in value, and that a rider shall not compete outside his own State, or over 200 miles from the location of meet. He must not compete with a professional or amateur of Class B. He must not accept for cycling any compensation or expense whatever.

"Class B is a most liberal rule, and permits a man to remain an amateur provided he does not race for a money prize. He may be in the employ of and have his expenses paid by a manufacturer of cycles, club, or other parties interested in cycling. All division championships will be open only to members of Class A. The National championships are open to both classes."

A LOS ANGELES WHEELMAN. - Fox Will Represent Southern California at the Fair Races. - The San Francisco Examiner, 28 Apr 1894

League of American Wheelmen