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RULES AND REGULATIONS

Race Rules

  1. All participants are required to wear an approved helmet at all times while they are riding. Failure to ride with a helmet will result in disqualification.
  2. By participating in this event, participants accept that riding will be at their own risk. The routes used during the event are open to traffic. There are no road closures, police escorts, or course marshals. Cyclists must ride defensively with safety as their utmost priority. Neither the organisers nor its volunteers are responsible for the negligence of motor vehicles during these events, even if it results in injury or loss of life.
  3. Riders shall obey all rules of the road. It is the rider’s responsibility to know the laws of the road and to follow them. Flagrant disregard of local and provincial traffic laws will result in disqualification. Please come to a complete stop at all stop signs and red lights and use hand signals appropriately.
  4. Lights are compulsory while riding during hours of darkness. Riders must have a white front headlight and a bright red tail light. The red tail light must be on at all times and not flickering. Be sure you have fresh batteries. Participants riding during hours of darkness without operating lights will be disqualified. Please keep in mind that it is prudent to ride with VERY GOOD lights. It is much easier to ride when you can confidently see where you are going. Additionally, you will be able to ride more safely when weary-eyed drivers can easily see you from behind.
  5. Each rider must also have a space blanket and whistle with them at all times.
  6. Prior to the start of the event, each participant will receive a GPS route file that will provide turn-by-turn directions and locations of support points and checkpoints. Participants must stop at each checkpoint to have his/her time recorded by the official. If an official is not present, the cyclist should make a mental note of the time they reached a checkpoint. A participant may be disqualified if he/she misses a checkpoint. If a cyclist leaves the route, he/she must return to the route at the exact same location.
  7. The event has a time limit of 24 hours. All participants must complete the course within the designated time limit to be listed as an official “finisher” and to receive a medal.
  8. Various checkpoints along each stage may also have time cut-offs. The time limits are imposed to maintain event integrity and allow other participants to receive the support they need to successfully complete the event.
  9. As a courtesy to the drivers of the support vehicles, we formally request that participants do not lean their bicycles up against a support vehicle. This can cause scratches to the support vehicles and may inhibit other riders from gaining easy access to their gear bags.
  10. The race director reserves the right to remove any rider from the course for any reason related to their own safety or the safety of others.
  11. Any rider or support crew member found cheating or deliberately violating the above rules will be disqualified.
  12. The race director reserves the right to interpret any existing rule or regulation, or to invoke new rules or regulations that are deemed necessary.
  13. The race director’s interpretation and decision regarding any rule are final.
  14. The race will continue in rainy weather conditions but as rider safety is our top priority, the organisers reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event due to extreme weather conditions or dangerous road conditions.
  15. Unsportsmanlike conduct, including, but not limited to, foul or abusive language, insults and rude behaviour, acts of violence among riders or event officials or volunteers, failure to follow the instructions of an event official or volunteer, or intentionally causing a crash may result in disqualification of the rider(s) involved and possible suspension from future events.

Terms and Conditions

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

  1. This event is affiliated to the CSA & SAMTB.
    Participants must be in good physical condition to participate in any of the events organised by ADVENDURANCE.
  2. Minimum age to enter as a solo rider is 19 years.
  3. Age is determined on 31 December in the year of the event.

WITHDRAWAL

  1. Participants who wish to withdraw from the race must inform the organisers immediately.
  2. Failure to inform the race directors may cause a search and rescue action the cost of which will be for the participant’s account.
  3. If you need to withdraw from the race for whatever reason, you need to inform any one of the following personnel directly: Paramedics, Faces ADVENDURANCE personnel at any one of the checkpoints, Inform the race official on the motorcycle, Call our emergency number on the race documentation.
  4. Merely informing another participant of your withdrawal will not be deemed sufficient notice of withdrawal. In such an instance the race organisers cannot be held liable for any costs involving a search party.
  5. If you need to withdraw from the race and you find yourself before the halfway point, a sweep vehicle will recover you from the route and take you to the halfway point.
  6. You will be responsible for arranging your own as well as your bike transfer from there.
    If you need to withdraw from the race at any point between the halfway mark and the finish, a sweep vehicle will recover you from the route and take you to the finish. You will be responsible for arranging your own as well as your bike transfer back to the start.

EVENT BATCHING

  1. This event will not be batched.
  2. Should it become necessary to batch the event, it is the responsibility of every rider to ensure that they start in the batch allocated to them.
  3. If you do need to change your batch for whatever reason, please arrange a batch change with the registration personnel.

RULES AND SAFETY

FAIR PLAY

  1. Slower participants must make way for faster racers.
  2. Riders must take caution when the route is not clear or coming to an intersection or road crossing.
  3. Riders should be prepared to brake before steep down-hills.
  4. Riders must obey all traffic rules.
  5. Bike repairs should be done in a visible area on the edge of the trail, road or path and not on the trail itself.
  6. In case of a sprint to the finish, you must hold your line.
  7. No outside seconding or assistance is permitted under any circumstances.
  8. Outside assistance includes assisting with bike maintenance, water and nutrition support and physically assisting riders.

BAD SPORTSMANSHIP

These rules are essential to the safety of riders and if disregarded may lead to immediate disqualification

  1. Technical or equipment problems.
  2. If a rider has been declared medically unfit to ride by a medical official.
  3. Disregarding any of the fair play rules.
  4. Unsportsmanlike behaviour.
  5. ” Pushing” or “pulling” by a third party.
  6. Any disrespect to the environment or race personnel.
  7. Not wearing a helmet.
  8. All helmets must comply with international ‘ANSI’ standards.
  9. Appropriate riding attire, including a shirt, must be worn at all times.
  10. Smoking on the route is not permitted.

RIDER IDENTIFICATION

  1. Riders must display their race numbers at all times.
  2. Bike numbers must be firmly fixed on the front of the bike, and may not be obscured by cables or any other item.
  3. Race numbers may not be modified or mutilated in any way, including cutting, adding stickers, removing existing stickers or trimming.
  4. Removing or obscuring any official sponsor logos or advertising may result in disqualification from the race.
  5. Race and category leaders are obliged to wear the leader jerseys supplied by Faces ADVENDURANCE.
  6. There will be no reimbursement of costs to the participant in case of disqualification.

NUTRITION AND WATER POINTS

  1. Riders retain the ultimate responsibility to carry enough water and nutrition with them.
  2. Faces ADVENDURANCE will provide water at official water points on the route.

ENVIRONMENT

  1. We will enforce littering, cutting trails and environmental abuse with stiff penalties. Every participant who is caught disregarding the environment will be fined with a two (2) hundred Rand penalty for the first offence and disqualification for the second offence.
  2. In the case of environmental concerns, Faces ADVENDURANCE has the right to cancel, delay or reroute the race. Participants will not be reimbursed in a situation where the event or part of an event had to be cancelled due to environmental conditions that were out of Faces ADVENDURANCE’s control. 

RACE TIMING

  1. Riders have to report to the start line at least 30 minutes before the start of their race.
  2. Riders will be briefed 15 minutes before the start. 
  3. In the event of a batched start, riders will be briefed before the start of each batch.
  4. The start line will remain open for 15 minutes after the start “gun”.
  5. Timing will start with the start “gun”.
  6. Riders that do not reach designated cut-off points in time will be prevented from continuing and will be swept from the course and classified as DNF (did not finish).
  7. Cut-off points can be enforced at any time if the organisers deem the situation as unsafe.
  8. Riders who start in a batch higher than the one they were batched in, will be summarily disqualified.
  9. Riders may start in a group lower down. The responsibility lies with the rider to report this to the timing personnel to ensure accurate times.
  10. Riders are only eligible for overall prize podium if they started in the first batch of a particular distance.

REFUND POLICY

  1. No entry fee shall be refunded to a participant for a cancellation of the Event due to acts of God (so-called Force Majeure), which acts shall include but not be limited to adverse weather conditions, riots, strikes, political unrest and/or any other occurrence not within the control of the event organiser. However, a participant shall be refunded in full if the race is cancelled by the organiser due to COVID-19 related reasons.
  2. No refund shall be given if a participant cancels their entry into the event. The event organiser may consider a refund under exceptional circumstances such as illness and/or any other extraordinary circumstance. In that case, the organiser will evaluate a request for refund on its merits and such refund shall be at the discretion of the Event Organiser.
  3. Cancellation due to COVID-19: Should the event be cancelled by the organiser due to COVID-19 related reasons, every rider shall be entitled to have their entry automatically moved to a new date specified by the race organiser alternatively they shall be entitled to a full refund of their entry fee should the new date not be suitable to them.

DISCRETION OF THE CHIEF COMMISSAIRE

  1. Where any additional rule interpretation is required, or where specific provision for any incident has not been made in these rules, the decision of the chief commissaire will be final.

LIABILITY

  1. The organisers, sponsors, volunteers and event personnel are not responsible for any injury or damage that may occur during the event, or cancellations, delays or re-routing due to extreme weather (including, but not limited to, heat, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, storms, lightning and floods), accidents, acts of war or terrorism, military conflicts or riots, pandemic or endemic outbreaks or for any reason that, in the organiser’s discretion, will protect the safety and security of Event participants and spectators. In the event of such cancellation, there will be no refund of registration fees.
  2. By entering this event, participants agree that Faces ADVENDURANCE, their agents, officers, directors, employees, volunteers, and sponsors shall not be held responsible for any death, illness, injury, loss or damage of any kind sustained by any rider while participating in this event and all related activities, caused in any manner whatsoever.

BASIC MOUNTAIN BIKE RACING RULES & ETIQUETTE

  1. Riders must complete the entire route, and the responsibility for following the official route lies with the rider.
  2. A rider is not permitted to take any shortcuts or take advantage of a similar nature against competitors.
  3. Riders who exit the course for any reason must return to the course at the same point from which they exited.
  4. Any walking, running or riding by a rider, carried out without the intention of directly re-joining the course, or other activity in breach of the regulations, which takes place outside of the marked course area, can result in disqualification.
  5. A rider cannot receive any technical assistance along the course from an outside party.
  6. Riders must respect the countryside and ride only on the official route.

E-BIKE

GENERAL

  1. An E-Mountain Bike is a bike operated with two energy sources, human pedal power and an electric engine, which only provides assistance when the rider is pedalling. An E-Mountain bike must conform to the following bike standards:

    – Engine of maximum 250watts

    – Engine assistance up to 25km/h

    – Pedalling assistance only, although start-up assistance not exceeding 6km/h without pedalling is allowed.

AGE CATEGORY

  1. E-Mountain Bike events are open to riders aged 19 and over.

BATTERY

  1. Riders will be allowed to switch batteries during the race.