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For everyone's safety and enjoyment, it is important that you, your teammates and support crew read and understand the following rules & regulations.

THE COURSE

 

Each lap is approximately 7 miles, or 3/4 hour in length for the fastest riders. The trails consist of a little bit of everything including: wide single track, single track with rocks & mud, fast rolling single track, low gear uphill, fire road plus a little bit of asphalt. The race is a relay format for teams and an on-going race for individuals.

 

THE START

 

The race begins at 8am on Saturday. The start will be LeMans style with the first rider of each team completing a -mile run. Starting racers must be checked-in prior to the pre-race meeting at 7:30am with their bicycles ready in the bike staging area (parking lot).

 

THE RULES

 

  1. Mandatory pre-race meeting at 7:30am on Sat. for all Captains, although all racers are encouraged to attend. Each team must designate a Captain to handle all official matters including the pre-race meeting, picking up registration packets, making sure all team members have completed their appropriate paperwork, etc.
  2. Each team & solo will be given one baton, which must be carried during the race by the rider. If laps are to count, the baton must be handed in to the transition official every time a lap is completed. The transition official will then hand it to the next rider before they begin their lap. If the baton is lost the next team member will be given a replacement baton but held at the start for 5 minutes, as a penalty (which seems like an eternity!)
  3. Waiting riders must always check in with the transition official prior to starting their lap and receiving the baton. Solo riders must check in with the transition official each time they finish a lap and before they begin their next lap.
  4. If a team member wishes to do two laps in a row, for the next lap to count they must still hand the baton to the official who will return it to them before they start.
  5. Each team member and solo rider must complete a minimum of 1 lap. Teams will be penalized a lap for each lap not completed by each member, except in the case of an injury, which must be reported to the official who will make the final decision.
  6. If a team member can not complete his/her lap, the team has the option of starting the lap over with a new rider, they will however lose the distance and time of the incomplete lap. They will be given a new baton without penalty. The replacement racer must check-in with the transition official prior to beginning the lap.
  7. Teammates may cannibalize each others bikes or swap if necessary. Riders may accept mechanical support on the course by any registered racer, but support crews can help only in the transition area or at a pit area.
  8. Riders may accept food and water from anyone on the course.
  9. Bike wash areas will be set up close to the start/finish/transition area. Bathrooms are available throughout the day.
  10. You will choose a pit area upon arrival. One car may be allowed in the ~lt area. All other team cars must park in the secondary parking lots.
  11. Federal, state and county laws and ordinances will be abided by at all times.

Additional Rules and regulations:

  • Only riders officially entered in the event may ride on the designated race course. Each rider while racing must wear his/her race number.
  • Wearing a budded helmet is mandatory any time you are on your bike! All captains and must attend the pre-race meeting at 7:30 am on Sat. Ignorance of the rules is not admitted as an excuse.
  • Foul riding, unsportsman-like behavior, or the use of profane or abusive language, are grounds for warning, and/or disqualification of a team or solo rider. Short cutting the course can be grounds for automatic disqualification of the entire team or solo rider. If a racer makes a mistake, and they report it to the officials before it is discovered, a time adjustment will be made rather than a DQ. Racers riding bicycles have the right of way over racers pushing bicycles. When practical, racers pushing should stay on the least rideable portion of the path when being passed.
  • Riders should say pleasantly, Track, on your left or Track, on your right when passing other riders.
  • All protests must be made by team captains to an official. Protest may be made during the event and up to 15 minutes after the final results are posted. All protests must be made in a pleasant manner to an official. Officials will have the final decision on all protests.
  • Safety on the course is our primary concern. If you come across an injured rider or a potentially unsafe situation, you are encouraged to stop and assist. If you stop, you may give your baton to the next rider who will turn it in to the transition officials so that your next rider may begin their lap. You will be assigned a lap time equal to your fastest lap time and will be given a time credit (used at 7:30pm) based on the difference between your fastest time and your actual logged out time for that particular lap. The passing rider will also take the injured riders baton to be turned in to the transition official and the injured riders team may begin a new lap, they will however lose the distance and time of the incomplete lap. The Chief Official will make all decisions regarding time adjustment and final adjustments will be noted on the scoreboard as they are determined. Last year, three teams were given adjustments. Thank you for helping!
  • The Official will be permitted the final decision regarding any occurrence at the event including those not addressed in these rules.

THE FINISH

 

The race will end at 7:30pm on Saturday for all race groups. Teams and solo riders finishing before 7:30pm may still start another lap, as long as they start before 7:30pm. Solos and Team riders who stop the race prior to 7:30 will not receive a DQ. The time and number of laps completed by each team or solo will determine their finishing order. In case of a tie in laps the team or solo rider who finishes their last lap first will beat those who finish behind them. A lap is officially finished when the baton is handed to the official by the rider finishing the lap. Throwing the baton will be grounds for disqualification; it must be handed to the official.