The Rules

The rules and regulations pertaining to the Red Island Ride 2017 may change slightly in the weeks leading up to the race. Any changes to this document will be communicated at the race briefing.

Mountain Bike racing is by nature self-reliant and is often held in remote areas. All Red Island Ride competitors must participate with an understanding and acceptance of this ethos.

No rider will be allowed to start a stage without a backpack containing sufficient water, food and medical kit. No rider will be allowed to start a stage without a working GPS and a high level of familiarity on how it works.

1.    Riders

–  All riders must be at least 18 years or older on 31 December 2016

–  All riders must be healthy and in a fit state of training.

–  All riders must have good technical bike skills for off-road conditions.

2.    Categories

Riders will be allocated to one of the following categories:

–  Open Men (Males of any age 19 years or older as at 31 December 2017)

–  Open Women (Female riders of any age 19 years or older as at 31 December 2017)

Prizes are at the discretion of the organisers.

3.  Medical Condition

Participants may only start any stage of this race if they are in good physical and medical condition. During the Red Island Ride, the Senior Medical Officer reserves the right to withdraw any participant who he may deem physically or psychologically incapable of continuing the race.

4. Registration

Registration will take place in the evening of 02 September 2016 at the hotel. Details will be communicated to entrants closer to the time.

5.    Race Briefings

–  A full initial race briefing will take place at the Welcome Dinner in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

–  All other daily Stage briefings will take place at dinner after each day’s stage. Riders who do not attend the race briefings and are not aware of changes made will not be accommodated if they miss the start time or any similar issue related to their not attending the race briefing.

6.    Award Ceremonies

–  The Final Award Ceremony will take place at the Final Dinner in Antsirabe.

7.    Bicycles

–  Only mountain bikes in good, safe working order, at the discretion of the Race Director, will be allowed to start the stage each day. Unprotected sharp bar ends, in-operative brakes, etc will not be permitted.

–  Maintenance of the bicycles used in the race is the responsibility of each participant and the Race Director reserves the right to insist that a participant repair or attend to a bicycle should the Race Director be of the opinion that it is unsafe or dangerous.

–  The participants must start and finish the racing stages with the same bike.

–  Riders may not change their bike or frame of their bicycle during the racing stages without the permission of the Race Director.

–  Rims, spokes, tubes, tyres, wheels, gears, hangers, sprockets, cables, brakes, forks and shocks may be replaced.

–  Limited bike maintenance and spares will be provided by the race organisation throughout the event. Riders are expected to pay for parts used.

–  Limited outside assistance for bicycle repairs will be allowed during the stages from other competitor or official support vehicles.

–  Riders are expected to complete the full distance of each stage within the time allowed. Repairs to bicycles during the stage must be carried out within this time limit.

8.    Helmets and Riding Attire

–  Only recognized hardshell cycling helmets complying with recognized standards will be acceptable. The Race Director will rule on the permitted use of any questionable helmets.

–  Any riders not wearing their helmets, with the retention strap properly fastened, at any time during the race will be disqualified.

–  Generally accepted cycling clothing, including a shirt, must be worn at all times during the race.

–  Proper, fully enclosed cycling shoes, or, at least, running shoes must be worn.

–  It is strongly recommended that protective eye wear is worn.

9.    Compulsory Equipment

Although paramedic and medical services will be provided during the race and after the completion of each stage, the self-reliant and remote nature of this mountain bike race requires that each rider carries the following items to be prepared to deal with  emergencies they may experience:

–  A multi-tool and chain breaker

–  At least 1 spare tube even if riding tubeless

–  At least one good pump and a puncture repair kit

–  At least 1,5 litres of hydration liquid per rider at the beginning of each stage.   Hydration packs are compulsory.

–  A cell phone either with international roaming or a local sim card. Emergency contact numbers will be supplied to you upon Registration.

–  Windbreaker or preferably a lightweight rain jacket.

–  Sterile First Aid dressings

–  Adhesive plasters/strapping

–  Sun block with a minimum factor of 15

–  Foil survival blanket

–  Lip Balm

–  Whistle

11.    The Race and Stages

Please see Route Information for details.

12.    The Start – the times may vary depending on the length of the stage

–  The Stage start times will vary and will be communicated the night before.

13.    Individual Times

–  The Ansirabe League Race will be timed events. Points will be allocated for finishing positions on various stages. This will determine the Red Island Ride Champions.

Riders are expected to attend prize giving for the Ansirabe League Race especially if they are on the Podium.

15.    Rider Identification and Timing

–  No timing chips are required for the event.

–  Riders must display their Red Island Ride race number at all times during a stage.

–  Race numbers must be properly attached to the handlebars of the bike with cable ties provided, and must be placed in front of the cables etc so as not to be obscured in any way. Riders will be required to remove and reaffix numbers if they are found to be obscured.

–  Riders must not cut, modify or mutilate their race numbers in any way. No stickers may be added or removed.It is each rider’s responsibility to keep their race numbers relatively clean and legible at all times, and no rider may start a stage with a dirty number. Loss of a race number will cost 10 000 Ar to replace.

– Riders will be requested to wear the official jersey on the first stage.

16.    Nutrition and Hydration

–  The Red Island Ride will take place at the end of the cold winter months of Madagascar. Temperatures can drop as low as 10oC during the day and lower in the late afternoon and evening. Cold, misty and rainy conditions can also be experienced at these high altitudes.  Ensure that you have appropriate clothing.

–  Riders must ensure that they keep themselves properly hydrated and carry sufficient nutrition for at least 45km of riding.The Red Island Ride will endeavour to provide water and limited volumes of energy drinks. Riders are expected to provide their own nutrition, may buy along the way or pack a picnic lunch at breakfast.

 17.     Seconding and Support

–  Riders may receive outside assistance or help from fellow competitors, local villagers or official race vehicles at any point along the route.

–  Bike repairs may be carried out on the route with the above mentioned outside assistance, but care must be taken not to obstruct other riders

–  No towing between riders by means of any mechanical or physical devices is allowed.

18.    Withdrawals

– Any rider not able to continue the stage or race, for whatever reason, must inform the Race Office immediately. This can be done at the start of any stage, the finish, a medical checkpoint, and by mobile phone

–  In the event of a search and rescue operation being launched for a rider who has withdrawn, but has not informed the Race Office, the cost of such an operation will be for the rider concerned.

20.     Ethical and Environmental Considerations

–  Littering on the stages, damage to property, lighting of fires or damage to the environment will not be tolerated.

–  Physical and/or abuse of Red Island Ride Crew and Officials, fellow competitors or local Malagasy will not be permitted.

–  Infringements of the above rules will result in disciplinary action and possible withdrawal from the tour.

21.     Traffic Regulations

–  The Red Island Ride will not have exclusive use of any public or private roads during the race.  For safety reasons, all riders are expected to stop or give way to machines or transport vehicles if necessary.

–  Riders must ride with due regard for other road users, and all traffic signs and regulations must be adhered to unless a traffic officer instructs him/her to do otherwise,

–  Riders are not permitted to ride on the opposite (left) side of the center line on a public road. Note: Madagascar adheres to the right-hand side of the road.

–  Care must be taken when negotiating “blind corners” on roads where vehicles and machines may be operating.

–  Infringements of traffic regulations may result in prosecution by the local authorities.

22.     Basic Race Rules and Etiquette

–  All riders must attempt to complete the entire distance of the race.

–  While utmost care will be taken to support the route, the responsibility for following the official route via GPS lies with the rider.

–  No rider is permitted to take any shortcuts unless given permission by the Race Director.

–  Riders who leave the stage for any reason whatsoever must return into the stage at the same place from where they exited it. This is also for safety reasons.

–  A rider may not receive any outside technical assistance from anybody, other than his/her Red Island Ride fellow competitors or official race crew.

–  Riders must act in a polite manner and permit any faster rider to pass unhindered as soon as conditions allow.

–  Riders must respect the environment, and ride only on the official demarcated route.

–  No pollution of any kind is permitted.

–  No glass containers are permitted.

–  Riders must not use abusive language, act in an unsporting manner, be disrespectful to local Malagasy, the Red Island Ride officials, crew, marshals, medical attendants, supporters, the media or the traffic officials.

–  Riders are expected to administer basic first aid to injured competitors, and if required, take necessary steps to summons assistance in the case of a serious injury.

23.     Doping

–  The Red Island Ride reserves the right, in terms of international Mountain biking rules and regulations, to implement doping tests on any riders.

–  Positive results will result in immediate disqualification, and forfeiture of any result by the rider concerned.

24.     Penalties and Disqualification

–  Should any rider transgress the above rules and in so doing threaten the safety of other riders and race officials, the Race Director reserves the right to apply penalties which may result in the rider being withdrawn from the event and sent home.

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