All riders must attend the pre-race briefing, this will be where any course changes or safety announcements will be made. This is compulsory for all competitors.
Mechanical 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) and that access can only be achieved by following the direction of the course. Short-cutting the course is not. 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.
Mechanical Support on the Course
Help can be provided from other riders entered in the race while on-course however there is no obligation on a rider to help another rider. Outside assistance on-course from helpers or spectators is not permitted. The Rider pit (Tent village) area is the only area where riders can receive mechanical assistance from their supporters and non-riding personnel. Helpers may remove bikes from the area for servicing at the race facilities, then return them to the pit area. If you have a mechanical problem and continue to walk your bike along the course to the end of the lap, then that lap will be counted.
At night, you must have a red rear light, a white front light , plus a spare white light (this can be a second front light, head lamp or a small torch). You will be advised during the race briefing what time you must have lights fitted, and your helpers will be reminded throughout Saturday afternoon by public address announcements .
Carrying Items During the Race
iPods or other musical playing devices are not permitted for riders while on course.
Riders are permitted to carry mobile phones or 2-way radios on course, but these must not use earpieces, and the riders must stop and pull off the course when they are using them.
Riders are allowed to wear helmet cameras, fitted either to their helmet, body or bike, in practice and during the race. The mounting bracket for a helmet-mounted camera must not compromise the structure of the helmet. For example, it can be attached by straps, velcro or glue – but it cannot be bolted to the helmet.
Bikes and Equipment
You are allowed to use any number of spare/replacement bikes in the race and you will be provided with 2 copies of your bike numbers at registration for solo riders and one number per rider for teams. Bike changes can only be made in the pit area. A rider cannot exchange bikes with another rider while on the course.Single Speed category riders are permitted to have a different gear ratio on their spare bike(s). 26”, 29” or 650B mountain bike wheels and mountain bikes are the only style of bikes/equipment to be ridden in the race. No other type of bike is allowed, including flat bar road bikes or touring bikes with road type bars. Expressly forbidden are road and cyclo-cross bikes and electric bikes. The minimum tyre width allowed is 1.6”. Triathlon style aero-bars are forbidden.
Water and Food
You may choose to have a person hand you up food, this can only happen in your team tent area. All riders are permitted to ride through and collect items without stopping however they must slow to walking pace (please do not throw energy food wrappers or any other rubbish on the ground. If you are spotted you will be immediately disqualified. Remember: Leave No Trace).
Permitted Course Riders
Only officially registered racers, credentialed media and event staff may ride on the designated racecourse during the event. Although the tracks will also be open to the public we ask that no-one interfere with the actual race. So team riders must not warm up on the course.
Riders are not permitted to draft from or be drafted by a rider of the opposite sex. Drafting other vehicles or a non-registered rider is grounds for disqualification. A rider cannot enter the race with the purpose of helping another rider
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 least ride-able portion of the trail 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.
Lapped racers should yield to leaders. Leaders should be very vocal when preparing to pass any racer. “PASSING on your LEFT!,” “PASSING on your RIGHT!” should be called out. It is the responsibility of the challenging racer to overtake safely. Racers being lapped must yield as soon as safely possible.
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.
Short-cutting the course by any registered racer shall result in a disqualification of that racer.
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 to 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.
Extreme Weather Policy
The race may be paused or abandoned due to extreme weather, emergencies or any other reason decided by the organiser. If the race is paused, all riders must complete the lap they are on and their time and laps will be recorded. If the race is then abandoned, that will determine the placings. If the race is resumed at a later time, then the riders will be started on their lap in a staggered start method, so that each rider has the same time off the bike due to the pause and there is no unfair advantage gained. Riders who were in the pit row when the race was paused, will be started with the first rider when the race is resumed. The organisers will make all attempts to run the event as planned, an alternative course fire road will be used if the trails are washed out
There will be no refunds or other considerations if the race is paused or abandoned.
Protests can only be made in person. 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.
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 riders placement at the call time as determined by the race director. This rule is intended to be exercised as a last resort, in the most dire situations, when no other means is available to continue scoring the event or when the potential for serious harm or loss of life becomes imminent.
Medical Assistance on Course
In the event that a racer stops to assist in the care of a seriously injured fellow racer which requires an First Aid response the First Aid personnel will radio to Race HQ the name and number of the assisting racer. A time credit will be given by the race director to the assisting racer in consultation with the racer and first aid staff.
The race director has the final say in any ruling, including rulings made by the director.