Gravity Enduro Rules

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Read these rules!
  • Check yourself in and out of each special stage
  • Stop and help an injured rider, you are considered a travelling marshal

 

GENERAL 

  • You can practice the course on Saturday, race only on Sunday.
  • There is camping provided but no or fires at the race site, see individual event page for more details.
  • Riders must make their way unassisted to each special stage.  
  • There are 5 events in the series; 4 National Points Rounds and a National Championships, each carrying equal points.
  • Each event is limited to 350 riders.
  • There are trophies and prizes for the top 3 riders in each category for each event and the overall series. 
  • There is a €1000 prize fund for the top 3 Pro Men and Women in each event. 

 

CATEGORIES

  • 14 to 18 years old
  • 19 to 29 years old
  • 30 to 34 years old
  • 35 to 39 years old
  • 40 to 49 years old
  • 50 and up
  • Women's Category
  • Pro Men
  • Example: a rider entering the 30 - 34 category must a minimum of 29 and a maximum of 33 on the 1st of January 2014. If you are 34 on the 1st January 2014, you may turn 35 during the season and be too old for 30-34 category, so you should race 35 - 39.
  • Riders must be at least 14 years old on the 1st of January 2014. If a rider decides to change category during the season, they forfeit the points scored at previous events and will start again at the next round in their new category. 

 

 

REGISTRATION AND LICENSE 

  • On registering, you agree to the rules of the event.
  • Entry will not be taken on the day of the event.
  • You can start the event in any order; you could ride together with a group of your pals for example.
  • In the interest of safety there is a cut off time, you will be advised of this in your competitor notes when you enter.
  • 2 weeks to event - Entries are non refundable unless you are unable to compete for medical reasons, in which case we will refund you on receipt of a doctors note. 1 week to event - There are no refunds or transfers available.
  • It is also not possible to transfer entries to any other events, next year’s event, or a different competitor. There is a €5 admin fee for all refunds.
  • You must present your Cycling Ireland licence (British Cycling Licence or similar) at registration or purchase a general one day licence at a cost of €20.
  • There are two levels of entry fee, the normal cost of entry is €52.50 up until ten days before the event and following that the late entry fee is €63 up until the day before the event. There is a special package of 5 events for the cost of 4, costing €210 until the 31/12/2013 or until they sell out, there are 100 packages available in total. Please note the administration fees are already included in the entry fees, where in previous years they were charged afterwards by the registration company.

 

BIKES

  • You cannot change your bike for individual special stages, you must use the same bike for an individual event. Different bikes can be used for seperate events.
  • Bikes will be scrutinised at before departing to ride the course.
  • In the case of mechanical failure, parts such as brakes, tires, saddles, etc can be changed if needs be but extra time is not provided for this.
  • Frames, forks, and wheels are markerd with stickers to ensure they are not change. These stickers are checked when you are finished the event.
  • All bikes must have bar plugs.
  • Bikes must be in perfect working order.
  • Competitors may not modify race number plates.
  • The race director has the right to deny entry to the event they feel a bike is not of a suitable standard.

 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

  • You must wear a helmet (open xc type OR full face dh type) at all times, including transition sections.
  • Competitors found not wearing a helmet shall be disqualified immediately.
  • Gloves, knee and elbow protection are recommended but not compulsory.
  • Each competitor should be completely self-sufficient.

 

Mandatory Kit 

    • Mobile phone 
    • Basic first aid kit (Minimum: 1 x Dressing Pad for heavy bleeding (field dressing); bandage, plasters)
    • Survival bag or foil blanket
    • Energy food and drink
    • Wind/ Waterproof Top (weather permitting )
    • Bike repair kit (tube, pump or CO2 canisters, allen keys, chain tool)
    • It is advised that you use a small rucksack or suitable bag to carry above items. You may also secure items to your bike. You must bring all mandatory equipment with you throughout the race.
    • New for 2014: Pre-race, during and post races checks will be undertaken. Thew following time penalties will be imposed for missing mandatory kit so please ensure you comply in the interest of safety and fairness.
      • Missing Kit (including leaving your bag at the bottom of a climb) - 5 minutes
      • No helmet on transition (including full face helmet not fully closed) - 5 minutes

 

THE COURSE

  • Details of the course will not be made known before the event.
  • Gravity Enduro is not a cross country or downhill competition. It takes place on a circuit marked with a variable number of mostly downhill special stages.
  • There are 5 special stages in each event, with transfer stages in between.
  • Transfer stages are not timed and do not count for the overall standing.
  • Special stages close at a specified time, to ensure the event finishes on time. Riders will be notified at registration on the morning of the event
  • Riders must check themselves in and out of each special stage by punching their timing chip against the transponder.  
  • Riders must complete the special stages in ascending order, Stage 1 followed by Stage 2 etc. 
  • The stages are designed for Enduro bikes not xc or dh bikes. The course will be taped as wide as possible to allow overtaking and line choice.
  • This course is marked with signs, and some sections double taped, other wise riders must follow the trail.
  • If a competitor exits the special stage course, they must re-enter the same point and restore the tape as they found it.
  • If a rider is spotted cutting a special stage course by a marshal they will be given a 5 minute time penality.
  • If three or more riders report another rider cutting a special stage course, an investigation shall be conducted, the penality is disqualification.
  • The route may have narrow sections and exposed rocks, steep climbs and descents and is not suitable for beginners.

 

TIMING

  • Each rider receives a timing chip on the morning of the event, which must be worn on your left or right wrist.
  • Riders may depart in any particular order.
  • In the interest of safety there is a cut off time, you will be advised of this in you competitor notes when you enter.
  • Riders can start as soon as they reach the beginning of the special stage, there are no start times or running order. 
  • There will be minimum 20 second time intervals between riders starting a special stage. This will be enforced when there are queues.
  • The timing system is accurate to the nearest second. In the event of a tie, the competitor with the fastest final stage shall be grated the fastest. In the event of a tie on the final stage, the preceeding stage time will be used until there is no tie.
  • If a faster rider is behind you on a special stage, be polite and allow them to pass. If you are the faster rider, be patient, give lots of warming and clear directions as to what side you will pass. For example; shout left, if you intend to pass on the left hand side of the rider in front. 
  • If you are obstructed by another rider or stop to help an injured rider you may repeat the stage. You must first check out of the stage, then cycle back up the hill without assistance in this case. 
  • If, while passing a slower rider, you cause them to crash or run off the course, you may be disqualified. 
  • You may NOT repeat the stage if you suffer a mechanical failure on course. 
  • Riders who retire must return to the car park as soon as possible following the instructions of race marshals
  • They must also remove their number plate from the bike or cross it with an X.
  • The ranking of each competitor is the sum of the special stage times, plus any time penalties.

 

EMERGENCIES 

  • It is the duty of each competitor to assist any competitor who appears to be injured or in difficulty and possibly alert the race director.
  • The race director reserves the right to penalize or disqualify competitors that do not meet this standard.
  • Competitors who withdraw from the event must notify the race office as soon as possible.
  • Competitors must adhere to the rules of the event and the rules of the road, particularly during sections on public roads.

 

SERIES POINTS ASSIGNMENT

There are 5 events in the series; 4 National Points Rounds and a National Championships, each carrying equal points. The overall ranking is calculated based on the your best four results. In the event of a tie for overall points, the rider who finishes higher in the final round is declared the winner. Riders must compete in the final round to be awarded an overall podium placing, though you do not need to score points. Points are awarded for each event as follows:

 

1° 250

2° 200

3° 170

4° 150

5° 130

6° 100

7° 90

8° 80

9° 70

10° 60

11° 50

12° 40

13° 35

14° 30

15° 25

16° 22

17° 20

18° 18

19° 16

20° 14

21° 13

22° 12

23° 11

24° 9

25° 8

26° 7

27° 6

28° 5

29° 4

30° 3

 

PRESENTATIONS AND PRIZES

Riders who finish in the top three in their category must attend the podium presentation. Pro riders who fail to make the presentation forfeit their position, series points and prizes unless a representative can take their position. A 2014 Trek Slash 7 will be presented to one randomly drawn person, who has completed 4 out of the 5 events, from across all the categories with the exception of the Pro men and Pro women. This prize shall not be sold on a public forum with 6 months of receiving the prize. The bike presented to the winner is an 18.5" frame, if this bike size is not suitable a 2015 Trek Slash 7 bike shall be ordered with an expected arrival time of March 2014.

 

COMPLAINTS

Complaints regarding the conduct of the event, rankings or the behavior of other competitors and any other type of report must be submitted to the race director, written and signed by the competitor no later than 30 minutes after the podium presentation. The cost of the claim is € 50 which will be returned only in case of acceptance of the complaint. The race director shall communicate their decision within 60 minutes after the submission of that claim unless further investigation is required.

 

INSURANCE

Gravity Enduro events are held under Cycling Ireland event regulations and as such all participants must be members of Cycling Ireland. The Gravity Enduro organisers shall not be held liable in any way for any loss, damage or accidents that may occur during any Gravity Enduro competition, on the same track either before or after an event.