Nobody likes rules, at least not too many rules anyway. A life of freeriding and racing in a rule free world; that's the dream.
The reality however is that to run a professional top level event where big money and even bigger reputations are on the line in the international cage fight that is the World Tour we must set out some parameters to keep a safe and consistently high level of races and events.
Welcome to the new bible, the IDF 2013 rule book. This document sets out the rules of racing, equipment specifications, and the regulations for the 2013 World Tour.