- Make yourself aware of any updates to the rules.
- Stop and help an injured rider, you are considered a travelling marshal
- A practice ban will come into place 1 week before each event, 10 minute penalty applies.
- You can practice the course on Saturday, race only on Sunday.
- All riders must register and display their number plate before practicing.
- Riders must make their way unassisted to each special stage.
- A cut off time applies whereby riders must reach a set point on the course or they will not be allowed continue. Details will be sent in competitor notes in the days before the event.
- There are 5 events in the series; 4 National Points Rounds and a Series Championships, each carrying equal points.
- Each event is limited to 350 riders.
- There are trophies 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.
- Youth 12 to 13 years old (3 stages)
- Junior 14 to 16 years old
- Under 21 17 to 20 years old
- Senior 21 to 29 years old
- Master A 30 to 34 years old
- Master B 35 to 39 years old
- Veteran 40 to 49 years old
- Super Veteran 50+
- Women's Category
- Pro Women
- Pro Men
- Hardtail (14+)
- Challenger (14+, 3 stages)
- Example: a rider entering the 30 - 34 category must a minimum of 29 and a maximum of 33 on the 1st of January 2016. If you are 34 on the 1st January 2016, 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 12 years old on the day of the event.
- There is no overall award for the U14 class due to age transfers to U16 class during the year.
- 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.
- In the interest of safety there is a cut off time, you will be advised of this in your competitor notes.
- 2 weeks to event - Entries are non refundable unless you are unable to compete for medical reasons.
- 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 Competition Licence at registration or purchase a general one day licence (which covers you for the whole event) at a cost of €20.
- If you have a Cycling Ireland Lesiure Licence there is a top up fee of €10.
- You cannot change your bike during the race itself. Different bikes can be used during practice or for seperate events.
- No electric bikes allowed.
- 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 during the race itself. 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.
- You must wear a helmet (open xc type OR full face dh type) at all times, including transition sections.
- Gloves, knee and elbow protection are recommended but not compulsory.
- Each competitor should be completely self-sufficient.
- 12 to 13 year old category - Elbow, knee pads and full face helmet compulsory with spine protection highly recommended.
- 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 jacket (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.
- Pre-race, during and post races checks will be undertaken in the interest of safety and fairness.
- Details of the course will not be made known before the event.
- There are a minimum of 5 special stages in each event.
- Transfer stages are not timed and do not count for the overall standing.
- Riders must complete the special stages in ascending order, Stage 1 followed by Stage 2 etc.
- 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 three or more riders report another rider cutting a special stage course, an investigation shall be conducted.
- Each rider receives a timing chip on the morning of the event, which must be worn on their wrist.
- Riders may depart in any particular order.
- 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 thousand of a 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 stop to help an injured rider you may repeat the stage.
- 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.
- Changing bike or major part of bike. 5 min penalty
- Not wearing, strap not buckled or removal of helmet. 1st offence 5 min penalty, 2nd offence disqualification
- Failure to adhere to practice bans. 5 min penalty
- Outside assistance e.g. receiving food, clean goggles etc. 5 min penalty
- Use of uplifts. 5 min penalty
- Course cutting. 5 min penalty
- Exceeding time limit. 1 sec penalty for every minute over limit.
- Rolling start. 1 min penalty
- Missing cut off time. DNF
- Failure to carry mandatory kit. 5 min penalty
- Not displaying or modifying number board. 5 min penalty
- Agressive riding or trick acting in race village. tbc
- Foul or abusive language towards race officials. Disqualification
- Failure to obey marshal's instructions. Disqualification
- Interference of the track layout by removal of rocks, branches etc. 5 min penalty
- 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:
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 may forfeit their position, series points and prizes unless a representative can take their position.
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 €25 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.
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.