Cycling in Nova Scotia enjoys a great track record for excellent behaviour among the competitors. The great majority of racers are very courteous, and in the case of young riders, the parents cheer for all the riders, not just their own child. There are lots of words of encouragement out on the course, and slower riders are quick to yield the trail to faster riders that are overtaking them. There are quite a few reasons for this:
- Many young riders’ parents have also raced so they’ve taught them proper etiquette from a young age.
- The fastest racers in the province are excellent role models to the young riders so they emulate the good sportsmanship that they see from the riders they admire.
- The nature of the sport (riders out of sight for the majority of the event and non-subjectivity of the results) makes it less conducive to parents getting overly caught up in the race.
Despite all the above, there have still been isolated cases of poor sportsmanship by racers, and inappropriate behaviour by parents at cycling events. The Code of Conduct serves to set a minimum standard that is expected from the athlete/parents to be part of the Cyclesmith Racing Team.