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      1. Description of Enduro Mountain Biking

Enduro mountain bike racing is designed to be the definitive test for the mountain biker, with the focus of each event on creating a great atmosphere, community, competition and adventure for the competitor, including the best riding on the best terrain available in the host region.

The racing platform detailed below outlines a format that allows riders to compete against each other on individual start special stages which are designed to challenge the rider’s technical ability and physical capacity.

     2. Entry of Events – Assignment of number plates

• The first 80 numbers are assigned to contestants defined as “PRO”. The following numbers are assigned consecutively and in the order in which the participants are entered, upon availability. The organizers reserve the right to carry out any change in the order of the race numbers to their own discretion. Maximum number of participant can be up to 200.
Contestants defined as “PRO” are those belonging to the list compiled by the organizers before the event. The drafting of the list is worked out according to the contestants’ placing during the course of the season. The management also reserves the right to assign a maximum of 5 “PRO” breast number plates per race to athletes expressly invited by them.

     3. Age Categories

Juniors – 13 to 18Only for the Mini Enduros’

Juniors – 15 to 18 years old. Based on rider age on the 31 December of competition year. Juniors will have to be accompanied by their guardian who will sign a special participation form.

Men – All male category times will be placed together in scratch format.

Women – All female category times will be placed together in scratch format.

Hardtail – All athletes racing with a hardtail bike

Veteran+40 – All veteran category times will be placed together in scratch format.

E-Bikes –  E-bikes must be equipped with Pedelec propulion system, 250KW engine maximum, speed limiter at 25km/k, and of course must not have an accelerator, according to European electric bicylcle laws. In opposite situation, participants will be disqualified. All E-Bike category times will be placed together in scratch format.

 

     4. Course

Structure
All Special Stages must follow a predominantly descending route and focus on testing the rider’s technical skills. Special exceptions can be made for prologue stages.

Enduro racing is about best use of the trails and terrain available. Rider experience and enjoyment should be the focus for any course setter. It is expected that, in order to achieve the best riding on the best trails possible, some climbs will feature within Special Stages.

Liaison Stages
The composition of each Liaison Stage is at the discretion of the organiser. Mechanical uplift (chairlift, truck etc), rider power (pedalling) or a combination of both is acceptable.

Special Stages
The General Classification (GC) of each race will be calculated by adding all Special Stage times together.

The start and finish of each Special Stage will be clearly marked on the map supplied by the organiser. Signs clearly marking the start and finish of each Special Stage will be in place 24 hours before the race start.

A Special Stage will be designed to test the rider’s technical and physical abilities.

There is no minimum or maximum duration for a Special Stage.

4.1: Directions and Markings

A map must be produced by the organiser and displayed at registration and in Race Headquarters. This map may also be published on the event website. Riders are encouraged to study the map and understand the race route before leaving the start.

Course markings
Tape
Course tape can be used to identify the course. Where two pieces of tape, on opposite sides of the course, are installed, the riders must pass between them. In these areas, missing, crossing or passing the course tape on the wrong side will be deemed as course cutting. See Article 5.5

Gates Gates can be used to clearly mark sections of the course that a rider must pass though. The identity of official course gates will be explained by the event organiser. Missing a gate will be deemed as course cutting. See Article 5.5

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4.2: Safety

First Aid + Evacuation
A Medical plan and location of the First Aid Base will be available at race headquarters.

Medical staff must be qualified to the national standards required in the given territory of the event.

The organiser must supply each competitor with emergency contact details that can be used in the event of an accident on course.

4.3: Special Stages

•The contestants depart at intervals of about 15-20-30-or 60 seconds. The intervals will be determined by the management and communicated before the race starts. The contestants must be ready to depart from the starting point of the Special Stages at the time indicated on the timetable given to them by the organizers.
•If a contestant carries out the transfer (not timed) of a Special Stage ahead of schedule, he must wait behind the starting line until the time indicated on the timetable.
•The contestants that anticipate their departure, will have that anticipated time added to their calculated racing time for the special stage.
•On the other hand the contestant that is behind schedule will be able to depart immediately for the Special Stage by using a special “starting” line with the approval of the timekeeper, and his traveling time for the Special Stage will be calculated according to the “theoretical” time on his timetable.
•Special Stages must necessarily be closed to traffic and forbidden to pedestrians for their whole duration.
•At the start of the Special Stage a lane must be arranged for stragglers who must enter that lane solely from that entrance.
•For a race to be validated it is necessary that at least 50% of the special stages are valid and carried out by all the contestants.

     5. Competition Requirements

Race Format

  • Individual start on all Special Stages
  • Minimum of 3 Special Stages per event
  • Minimum of 10 minutes total competition time for the fastest rider in the General Classification (accumulation of all Special Stages)
  • Minimum of 3 different courses must be used per event
  • Individual start times for each Special Stage must be provided by the organiser

5.1: Training

On-bike training must be provided by the organiser on all Special Stages before timed competition begins. Details of training times are to be published ahead of each Enduro Mediterraneo event.

5.2: Seeding-Start

•The departure is carried out in groups of 1, 2, 3 or 4 contestants, every 15, 20, 30, or 60 seconds at the race official’s discretion and depending upon the number of entrants. The times imposed for the transfers allow the contestants to proceed in small groups.
•It is possible to carry out a reconnaissance of the race-course at least 24 hours prior to departure.

5.4: Equipment Requirements

Safety Equipment
All riders must wear a helmet during competition. The correct fitting, condition and suitability of the rider’s helmet is the sole responsibility of the rider.

Specific body protection and helmet requirements may also be stipulated at each event, in accordance with that territory’s national regulations.

Rider Equipment
Each rider must be self-sufficient during the entire duration of the race. Personal responsibility and self-sufficiency are a large part of the spirit of enduro racing and riders are encouraged to carry adequate equipment for operating in mountainous environments. Each rider should remember that they are solely responsible for themselves but should also help other competitors on course where possible.

It is strongly recommended that all competitors carry:

  • Suitable backpack
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Emergency blanket
  • Innertubes/ puncture repair kit
  • Multi tool
  • Basic, well maintained first aid kit
  • Map
  • Food and fluids
  • Eye protection (glasses or goggles)
  • Emergency contacts supplied by organiser

Only one frame, one front and rear suspension unit (fork/rear shock) and one pair of wheels can be used by a competitor during a race.

Frame, suspension and wheels will be individually marked by the race organiser prior to race the start.

Any rider needing to replace a wheel, frame or forks during the competition must present the broken item at the Race Office, where the Race Director will assess the damage.

Only upon approval of the Race Director, may a rider replace a frame, suspension part or wheel. Following the repair the rider must return to the Race Director to have the replacement part(s) re-marked before rejoining the race.

5 minute penalty will be awarded to every rider who, after the agreement of the Race Director, replaces the equipment listed above.

Any rider found to have replaced a named/marked part without consent from the Race Director will be disqualified (DSQ).

5.5: Rule Violations

In territories operating under Nation Federation rules, the National Federation enduro rules will dictate the penalty structure. However, EM recommends the following action:

Course cutting
Taking short cuts on course in order to gain an advantage can both damage the environment and brings the sport and spirit of enduro mountain biking racing into disrepute.

Therefore, any rider trying to save time by choosing a line that lies outside of the marked course will be disqualified.

The race organiser may choose, in exceptional circumstances, to apply a time penalty, not a DSQ to a rider found to have cut the course without intention. However, any rider leaving the obvious line must be aware that they risk a DSQ.

Liaison Stage delay/ missed start
An individual’s time on a Special Stage will start in accordance with the specified start time on the published start list even if the rider is not present.

Riders arriving late to the start must follow the starter’s orders and join the course when instructed to do so.

Failure to follow starter’s orders will result in a suitable time penalty.

Any riders arriving at the start of a Special Stage later than 30 minutes after their specified start time will be disqualified from the race.

Illegal outside assistance
Racers are encouraged to help fellow competitors on course.

Any competitor receiving outside assistance from a non-racer without prior agreement from the Race Director will be disqualified. This includes using team staff/outside help to carry equipment around the course or perform repairs during the race.

Rule Violation Recording 
The EM event organiser is responsible for the application of the rules and has the final say.

The organiser can appoint special ‘Flying Marshals’ to travel around the course at their own discretion to undisclosed points. These ‘Flying Marshals’ can report rule violations to the organiser.

Any rule violations must be registered with the event organiser within 15 minutes of the last competitor finishing the final stage.

     6. Registration

To carry out your registration you must sign up to the www.enduromediterraneo.com website through the appropriate form at the link: http://enduromediterraneo.com/registration/
By signing up online before and not later than 8.00 P.M. on the Thursday preceding the race weekend, the fee is 30 euros.
After this date, entering will only be possible at the reception on Saturday or Sunday, the fee being increased by 5 euros.
Signing up will be considered valid only if payment of the registration fee will have been successful. Payment of the registration fee will be confirmed by email to the address you will have submitted during compilation of the form.
As further guarantee and for good measure, it is advised you have the receipt of your payment of the registration fee at your disposal on the weekend of the races at the moment of membership card verification.

Those who register third parties do so as appointees and thus assume complete responsibility as such, including permission for the treatment of personal details for privacy purposes. The appointee relieves Enduro Mediterraneo from such burden and will act as guarantor towards Enduro Mediterraneo for issues regarding said responsibility, complaints, or any ensuing legal action against Enduro Mediterraneo on the part of the delegator.
Individuals who register are responsible for themselves and all the people registered by them regarding eligibility for participation and its every consequence, and permanently renounce, release, and exonerate the organizers of the event, the sponsors, the promoters, Enduro Mediterraneo and all the people in any manner associated with the event, from any responsibility, complaints, legal actions and compensation claims against them as a result of damages in any way connected to participation in the event.

     7. Anti-Doping Policy

The Enduro Mediterraneo organisers will respect and assist any National Cycling Federation operating anti-doping controls at Enduro Mediterraneo events.

Any competitor entering an EM event must follow any anti-doping procedure that may be asked of them by an Enduro Mediterraneo organiser.

With the interests of keeping enduro mountain biking clean from the start and to avoid the spirit and reputation of enduro mountain bike racing from being brought into disrepute, any cyclist, regardless of cycling discipline, who has previously been found guilty by any court or regulatory body of any use of or involvement with banned, performance enhancing drugs will not be entitled to compete or take part in any Enduro Mediterraneo event.

Any cyclist prevented from competing or taking part in any Enduro Mediterraneo event by virtue of the foregoing paragraph may appeal to the Board of EM for exemption from that rule and in exceptional circumstances the Board of EM may at its absolute discretion grant such an exemption. However, in the interests of transparency within the sport of enduro mountain bike racing, the Board of EM reserve the right to maintain a zero tolerance approach to drug taking in cycling and will communicate any appeal decision publicly.

     8. Course

•An Enduro Mediterraneo course must be mostly dirt-patch and emphasize the technical aspects of mountain bike riding. It may present stretches that are narrow and exposed, rocks, fords, steep uphills and downhills, and is generally not suitable for beginners or untrained riders.
•The course is marked by signs and certain stretches are marked by signal tape. Cutting of parts of the course, be it even involuntary, entails immediate disqualification.
•In case a contestant accidentally goes outside a stretch marked by signal tape, it is mandatory he/she re-enter the course at that same point and restore the broken tape. Failure to do so will imply immediate disqualification.
•The organizers must arrange for the course to be completely and definitively marked, including specific IPS-FPS signs, starting and ending lines for every single Special Stage at least 24 hours before departure in order for the contestants to be able to carry out reconnaissance and free practice.
•It is forbidden for contestants to carry out modifications to the course during the event; the organizers reserve the right to modify the course without notice in case of emergency such as weather conditions or to guarantee safety during the event.
•The organizers of all events must ensure the presence of a forerunner to pass about 5 minutes before the passage of the first contestant and another about 5 minutes after the passage of the last contestant during the special stages.
•It is forbidden to be transported, pushed, or pulled by motor vehicles.

     9. Starting Line – Finishing Line – Time Control (C.O.)

•The starting line coincides with the finishing line and is indicated by two yellow flags. Each contestant must cross the starting line according to the official timing and his own timetable. The contestant that crosses the starting line either late or early will be penalized accordingly.
•The TIME CONTROLS (C.O.) are situated at the end of the departure zone at the beginning of each stage or at intermediate points chosen by the management. Attendants must be present at every Time Control. The event Manager can change the times and the course immediately before the race or before every Time Control by communicating the changes at the yellow flags and at the management office.
•SIGNALING THE TIME CONTROLS – The Time Controls must be signaled by two yellow flags that function as time detection lines as well as starting/ending lines.
•PROCEDURE AT THE TIME CONTROLS – The official timekeepers’ position must be on the line between the two yellow flags, and a clock synchronized with the official race time must also be present. The Time Control at the end of the race does not penalize early arrivals but only delays. A timekeeper will be present at every Time Control and will compile a control list in chronological order of all the contestants’ race numbers who cross the line as well as their times expressed in hours and minutes. In case of a dispute the time control list will attest as proof. The time at the Time Controls will be taken at the full minute the moment the contestant cuts the line indicated by the yellow flags.
CALCULATING PENALTIES AT THE TIME CONTROLS
The contestant that does not respect the times imposed at the time controls will be penalized 60 seconds for every minute or fraction of a minute time difference from his theoretical time.
EXAMPLE OF CALCULATED PENALTY:

THEORETICAL TIME TIME CONTESTANT CROSSES TIME CONTROL LINE PENALTY
11.00.00 HOURS 11.01.01 HOURS (delay) 1 MINUTE (60 seconds)
12.00.00 HOURS 11.59.59 HOURS (ahead) 1 MINUTE (60 seconds)

The penalty times will be added to the total racing time during the special stages.
In addition, the judges will decide upon a maximum time delay on the theoretical time at the Time Control that will be displayed on the board before the race, beyond which the participant will be excluded from the competition. The start/finish line must be positioned within the paddock area.

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