The Race Rules
(they are all fun & friendly)

1.Team Captains

Each team will designate a team captain and co-captain. Team captains will represent the team in all official correspondence and communications before, during and after the event. The co-captain may represent the team during the event when the captain is unavailable. Only team captains and co-captains may file protests.

2.Pre-race Meeting

The team captain and/or co-captain must attend the pre-race meeting; however, everyone is welcome.

3.Team Pit Area

Official pit areas will be designated to teams and solo riders. This is right next to the Start/finish transition areas. Racers may set up a “race support” station and change or repair any equipment in their Pit Area. Only official team members and support are allowed in the pit area.

4. Support on the Course

Support on the course may only be supplied by other registered racers. Supporting racers must access the course under their own power (i.e. foot travel or on bike), following the track in the official race direction. Short-cutting the course is not allowed (see rule 12). Supporting racers should stay clear of all competing racers. Supporting racers may take any equipment or tools with them; they may even swap bikes with their teammates. Cannibalizing bicycle parts is legal. Support can be provided by any registered racer on any team to any registered racer on any team

5.Food & Beverages

Water and food may be supplied to any racer, by anyone, anywhere on the course. However, racers must stay well clear of the course when taking food or water. No alcohol on the track will be permitted. (And please do not throw energy food wrappers on the ground. Remember: Leave No Trace).

6. Permitted Course Riders

Only officially registered racers, emergency personnel, credentialed media and event staff may ride on the designated race course during the 24-Hour race event.

7.Team Number Display

Racers must display their race number on their bikes, whenever on course. In the case of a bike swap, racers must swap the bike number to the new bike prior to continuing the race. Race officials may request to see this at any time.

8.Drafting

Racers may draft, but they may only draft registered racers. Drafting other vehicles or a non-registered rider is grounds for disqualification.

9.Right of Way 

Racers riding bicycles have the right of way over racers pushing bicycles. When practical, racers pushing or carrying their bikes should stay on the left  portion of the track when being passed. Racers pushing or carrying their bikes may overtake a racer riding his bike provided that they do not interfere with the riding racer.

10. Lapped Racers

Lapped racers should yield left to leaders. It is the responsibility of the challenging racer to overtake safely. Racers being lapped must yield left on the first command.

11.Vying for Position

When two racers are vying for position, the leading racer does not necessarily have to yield position to the challenging racer. However, a racer may not bodily interfere, with intent to impede another racer’s progress; this is considered to be highly unsportsmanlike behaviour (see rule #14).

12. Short-cutting

Short-cutting the course by any registered racer shall result in a disqualification of that racer’s team.

13. Law Abiding

All regular provincial laws and ordinances will be abided by at all times

14. Sportsmanship

Foul riding, use of profane or abusive language and other unsportsmanlike behaviour will be taken very seriously. Such behaviour by any racer shall subject that racer’s team to a warning or immediate disqualification. This will be strictly applied when such behaviour is directed at course officials, volunteers or spectators. The penalty imposed is at the discretion of the race director or co-director, should the race director be unavailable.

15.Protests

Protests can only be made by team captains or co-captains. Protests will be made in writing and delivered to the race director or co-director any time during the race or after the end of the race, up to 30 minutes after the posting of the final results. Protests should contain any information that supports the protest, including description of the incident, witnesses, names, addresses, phone numbers and signature of protesting team captain. A R100 fee shall be submitted, in cash, with the protest. The race director, after his own discovery, will promptly rule on the protest. The fee will be forfeited to the race director if the protest is denied or refunded if the protest is upheld.

16. Final Rulings

The race director has the final say in any ruling, including rulings made by the co-director.

17. Quiet Hours

Quiet hours for events conducted at night, will be imposed from midnight Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday. During this time, noise must be kept to a minimum.

18. Lighting

Lighting requirements: From sunset until sunrise , racers must have a primary light source with a minimum rated power of 10 watts. In addition, each racer must carry a secondary or backup light source in the form of a penlight, flashlight or other lighting system. (Battery chargers may be plugged in at the many neutral charging stations in the pit area. Teams should label their batteries and chargers with the team’s name. The neutral charging stations are generally unsecured).

19. Lights Burning

Racers entering the course 30 minutes before sunset on Saturday and up to 30 minutes before sunrise on Sunday must have both primary and secondary light sources installed and in good working order. Racing with lights out to save batteries or racing with discharged batteries is dangerous and may lead to penalties.

20.Transition Area

Racers coming in from a lap will change over to the next rider in the “transition channel”. This is a clearly marked channel/line within the pit lane. Riders must ride in on the left of this channel and on reaching their waiting teammate will pass the baton over so that the waiting rider can go out on their lap. The rider going out will ride to the right of the transition channel until reaching the track.. The clock is ticking the entire time. Change-over cannot take place anywhere else on the route! Solo riders will come into the pit lane on the left of the transition channel and when leaving the pit area will ride out safely on the right of the transition channel.

21.Consecutive Laps

Any racer may ride consecutive laps. This depends on team strategy. Teams can plan their own lap strategy.

22.Loss of Baton Penalty

Loss of the baton will result in a 10 minute time penalty, applied to the team’s finish time on the last lap, accrued to the racer finishing that final lap. The Registrar will issue a new baton. Verifying the Log Sheet, it is the team’s responsibility to verify that each racer is timed and   registered correctly. Please be courteous and patient while verifying   information with your Registrar. Registrars and race officials may request to see your race number at any time.

23.Verifying the Log Sheet

It is the team’s responsibility to verify that each racer is timed and registered correctly. Please be courteous and patient while verifying information with your Registrar. Registrars and race officials may request to see your race number at any time.

24. Cancelling a Lap

Once on course, a racer must complete his or her lap. However, the team has the option of cancelling a racer’s lap and restarting the lap. This is a difficult and costly decision, but if the first racer is unable to complete the lap for any reason, it may be to the team’s advantage to cancel that racer’s lap. Any team member can cancel a racer’s lap by notifying the team’s Registrar at race control and initializing the log sheet next to the cancelled lap. If a team cancels a racer’s lap and is restarting with a new racer, a new baton will be issued without penalty. The new racer inherits the log-in time of the cancelled racer’s lap. Once a cancellation has been made, it cannot be rescinded. The cancelled lap does not count as a completed lap.

25. LAP REQUIREMENTS PER CATEGORY

CATEGORY A – SOLO RIDERS

Ride as many laps as possible. Most laps completed within the   official 24   Hour race period win. Entry or exit of the race track    can only officially be done in the pit area.

CATEGORY B – EBIKE RIDERS

Ride as many laps as possible. Most laps completed within the  official 24 Hour race period win. Entry or exit of the race track   can only officially be done in the pit area.

All charging of bikes to be done in your pit area. No modification to E-bikes will be allowed and all bikes must be left at “factory   settings”.  

Be cautious, courteous and patient with pedal power cyclists. Assisting non Ebikeriders is not permitted and will lead to disqualification of all involved.

CATEGORY C – TANDEM RIDERS

Ride as many laps as possible. Most laps completed within the   official 24 Hour race period win. Entry or exit of the race track   can only officially be done in the pit area.

CATEGORY D – PAIRS

Pairs ride together at all times. Ride as many laps as possible.   Most laps completed within the official 24 Hour race period win.   Entry or exit of the race track can only officially be done in the   pit area and must be done together. A limit of 30 seconds is allowed between times of each rider so its best to stick close   together at all times.

CATEGORY E – TEAM OF 4 RELAY (FUN)

Teams of 4 ride in relay format and all strategy is up to the team.   Only one rider is permitted out on the track at any given time   and transition is only allowed in the pit lane transition channel. In   the fun category there is no requirement for amount of laps in order to finish.

CATEGORY F – TEAM OF 4 RELAY (PRO)

Teams of 4 ride in relay format and all strategy is up to the team.   Only one rider is permitted out on the track at any given time   and transition is only allowed in the pit lane transition channel.   Each individual rider must complete a minimum of 8 laps in   order for the team to qualify as a finishing team. (See rule 27. The Finish)

CATEGORY G – TEAM OF 5 (ELITE)

Teams of 5 ride the entire event together as a team. Drafting   plays a major role in this category as does team   spirit and   camaraderie. A limit of 30 seconds is allowed   between times of   each rider so its best to stick close   together at all times. Most   laps completed within the official 24 Hour race period win.   (See rule 27. The Finish)

CATEGORY H – TEAM OF 6 RELAY

Teams of 6 ride in relay format and all strategy is up to   the   team. Only one rider is permitted out on the track at  any given   time and transition is only allowed in the pit  lane transition   channel. Each individual rider must complete a minimum of 3   laps in order for the team to   qualify as a finishing team. (See   rule 27. The Finish)

26.Substituting a Rider

To substitute a rider, the new rider must fill out a Waiver/indemnity, complete with team name and original signature, and deliver it to registration office no later than the end of the last day of Registration.

27. The Finish

The race begins at 12h00 on Saturday and ends at 12h00 on Sunday. Racers will log-off the course from 12 noon on Sunday. Each team’s final placing will be determined by the number of laps the team has completed and the sequential order of finish within the team’s last lap. For example, a team that has completed 22 laps with a finish time of 12:31 p.m. would beat a team that completed 22 laps, with a finish time of 12:47 p.m. And, of course, a team that completed 23 laps, with a finish time of 1 p.m., would beat them both. If a racer logs- out before 12 noon and no other team member logs-in, the last completed lap time will be the finish time.

28. Catastrophic Failure

In the case of catastrophic failure due to weather or another extenuating circumstance that prevents the ongoing scoring of the event or creates a racing environment that is deemed too dangerous for the participants, the race director may call the race as of a certain time. Final results will be calculated based on each team’s placement at the call time as determined by that team’s last completed lap. This rule is intended to be exercised as a last resort, in the direst situations.