It wasn’t the first time, and won’t be the last, but Sunday’s cyclocross racing at the Gateway Cross Cup was marred by controversy due to an unintended faster line on the course. Three ingredients created the controversy: the course construction, Zach McDonald’s ride-around-the-barriers and the UCI official’s unique ruling and penalty on McDonald’s actions.

We’ve seen this before, with Nicholas Weighall at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Bend, the 2012 Roubaix World Cup (below), and even a month ago at a NABRA-sanctioned Norcal race this year (with the promoter saying he was fine with it).

Screenshot from 2012 Roubaix Cyclocross World Cup, riding around barriers.

Screenshot from 2012 Roubaix Cyclocross World Cup, riding around barriers.

Reader comments on the race report, as well on Twitter and Facebook, place blame on different parties, but we’re curious about how the majority, not just vocal minority, feel.

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Riding around the barriers, within course tape/fencing is:

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