I've heard reports that selected riders were allowed to enter the CVC road race on the second lap, due to weather-related traffic delays. Needless to say, a "free lap" on a 15 mile course, especially in trying conditions, is an advantage. Is there any mechanism in the rules by which an official is able to make this sort of decision? It seems clear to me that, in road races, all riders must complete the whole course, and if the course is at least 5km in length (ie a road race, as opposed to a crit), free laps are not defined as an exception.
I'm amazed a license official would allow such a thing.