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Racing Your Bicycle

Chapter 7


From: Every Cyclist’s Guide to Canadian Law


In Racing Your Bicycle Waters examines competitive cycling in Canada and how its body of regulations straddles both private and public law. While the regulations adopted by private cycling associations make up the bulk of the rules governing the sport, Canadian statutory law and judicial authorities are also involved in regulating some aspects of the sport of cycling. This chapter provides an overview on topics such as autonomous self-regulation of cycling by national and international sport associations, Canada’s laws and judicial regulations on competitive cyclists and their sport, private regulations and licenses, the rules of play, anti-doping regulations, state-created laws and regulations such as tort law, criminal law, and family law.



Christopher Waters

Chris Waters is a professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor. He is a longtime commuter and recreational cyclist, and former Chair of the Windsor Bicycling Committee. Called to the Ontario bar in 1996, Chris holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and McGill University. He has been a visiting scholar in the Netherlands and France. He writes about international law when not on his bike or researching cycling history and law. @profcwaters