The Rules and Regulations pertaining to The Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience may change slightly in the weeks leading up to the race. The final version will be communicated at the race briefing at the start of each stage.
5.2. Riders who do not attend the race briefings and are not aware of changes made will not be accommodated if they miss their start time, or any similar issue related to their not attending the race briefing.
7.1. Only mountain bikes in good, safe working order, at the discretion of the Chief Commissaire, will be allowed to start the stage each day. Unprotected sharp bar ends, in-operative brakes, etc will not be permitted.
7.2. Maintenance of the bicycles used in the race is the responsibility of each participant and the Chief Commissaire reserves the right to insist that a participant repair or attend to a bicycle should the Commissaire be of the opinion that it is unsafe or dangerous.
7.4. Riders may not change their bike or frame of their bicycle during the race without the permission of the Chief Commissaire. Change of a frame will only be allowed in the case of a warranty breakage.
Although paramedic and medical services will be provided during the race and for a period after the completion of each stage, the self-reliant and remote nature of a mountain bike race requires that each rider carries the following items to be prepared to deal with emergencies they may experience:
12.3. Any riders not in their start zones 10 minutes before the start will be required to start at the back. It is also the riders' responsibility to ensure that they are at the start on time even if the start is delayed for whatever reason.
12.4. The start will remain open for 15 minutes after the start for any late starters. Late starters must advise the Chief Commissaire of the late start so that official sweep and other vehicles can be advised accordingly.
13.4. Cut off times will be announced prior to the event. Any rider not able to make the start deadline must report to the Chief Commissaire 45 minutes before the start for permission to make a late start.
14.2. All riders must display their Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience race number at all times during a stage. Riders not displaying official race numbers will be regarded as non-participants and shall be prevented from continuing on the route by marshals.
14.3. Race numbers must be properly attached to the handlebars of the bike with cable ties provided and must be placed in front of 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.
14.5. 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 R100 to replace. Remember to remove your number from the handlebars when travelling so it does not get blown off.
16.7. Supporters are not permitted to follow or drive ahead of riders or be on any section of the course, while the race in is progress, on any of the stages, but may access a number of vantage points and public road crossings to vocally support the riders.
16.8. Cyclists who are not entered in the event are not permitted to ride on the course or any sections of the course. If such riders are found to be on the course and they can be linked to a participating rider, that rider will be penalised at the discretion of the Chief Commissaire.
17.1. Any rider not able to continue the race, for whatever reason, must inform the Race Office immediately. This can be done at the finish, at a feed zone, or by contacting the emergency number displayed on the Number Board.
18.1. Any protests must be submitted in writing, on official protest forms available from the Chief Commissaire, by the rider concerned within the allocated time period after crossing the finish line.
18.4. Race protests must be submitted within 15 minutes of the rider crossing the line or within 30 minutes of the results being posted respectively. Race results will be posted on an ongoing basis on each day.
20.1. The Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience will NOT have exclusive use of any public or private roads during the race. Owing to the fact that we are guests of the landowners and the various resorts, we are to respect their wishes to allow them to continue operating their businesses with minimum interruption. For safety reasons, all riders are expected to stop or give way to machines, transport vehicles, until the road is clear and an official or marshal waves the riders on.
21.5. Any walking, running, or riding by any rider, with the intention of not directly re-joining the course, or any other activity in breach of the regulations, which takes place outside the demarcated stage area, can result in disqualification.
21.11. Riders must not use abusive language, act in an unsporting manner, and be disrespectful to Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience officials, crew, marshals, medical attendants, supporters, the media or the traffic officials.
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