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9 to 5 Rules

Rules

There are a few simple rules that will make everyone's event more enjoyable. Stick to them or face the consequences…


Entries:

• Due to logistical issues we can only accept pre-entries. No refunds.
• No Entries will be accepted after Thursday, 21 September at midnight.

SOLO

One person riding as much as he/she wants during the 8-hour period. Must be 18 years of age and an experienced rider.

OPEN Fours (single sex)

Team of 4 riders. Must be 18 years of age and an experienced rider. All riders must be of the same gender

MIXED Fours

A mix of male and female riders. There must be at least one person from the opposite sex to qualify as a mixed team. Must be 18 years of age.

JUNIOR Fours

Team of 4 riders (all under 19). Age as of 31st of December 2017.

OPEN Duos (single Sex)

Team of 2 riders. Must be 18 years of age. All riders must be of the same gender.

Mixed Duos

Team of 2 riders. A mix of male and female riders. There must be at least one person from the opposite sex to qualify as a mixed team. Must be 18 years of age.


• If any team member cannot ride and is replaced by another rider, an admin fee of R50 will be charged at registration. NO more members can be added to teams at registration.  NO changes on Monday morning

  • Drinks at the start/finish area for all riders during the 8 hour period.
  • All riders will read the rules and accept to obey them. 
  • There must be more than 5 teams in a category or the team will shift into Open category.


Racing:

Start:
• Before the start, all team captains and solo riders must attend the race briefing. Here we'll sort out all your last queries. Other team members are also welcome. The briefing will take place at 08H45 on Monday morning.

• Each starting racer must be at the Start line no later than 5 minutes prior to the start of the race with their team baton. Starting racers must have their bikes pre-positioned at the designated area at the Start.
• The start is at 09H00 on Monday morning!

•No other riders are allowed to ride the course if they have not entered the event.

Please take note:
• You do not have to follow a set rider/runner sequence BUT:

• Be nice, 99% of participants are there to have fun.
• No foul language toward other entrants.
• Mountain bikers: Let other riders know when you are passing. i.e. coming up on a slower rider, indicate "passing on the RIGHT or left. Shout: "Track please" for him to move over to the left, pass on right. Allow for slower riders to move over or reach an area suitable for passing.  If you are the rider being passed, listen to which side they are going to pass on, be courteous and allow the rider to go by. You do not have to stop riding to let them pass. In singletrack situations - please be patient.
• If an entrant is injured, check to ensure they are alright and assist if needed.

Transitions:
• All entrants must tag in at the end of their lap.

• After the timing point, you can hand over the "baton" to the next entrant who will not be allowed to leave without it.
• Even if you do consecutive laps - you have to book in at the timing area.
• Same goes for Solo riders.
• The transition and timing area is for entrants only - please - no obstructions!
The Finish
• The race finishes at 17H00 on Monday afternoon.
• After 17H00 no more laps can be started - you can still finish them though.
• Finished times will be allocated from beore 17H00 and the team with the most laps (in the least amount of time) will win the race.
• It is thus imperative that you finish your final lap before the gun goes at 17H00!
Results
• The Race director will have the authority to disqualify any rider or team not obeying the rules. Meurant has the final say!
• Categories are subject to the number of team entrants. If one category has three entries or less, then that category will fall away.
• No prizes will be awarded to a category with less than 5 team entries. All teams will move into the pen category, should there not be enough teams in their category.


Please also read the full rules from Grannygear productions - we've just tweaked them a bit.
There is some very interesting rules regarding breakdowns and on course assistance that you should take note of…
1. Team Captains
Each team will designate a team captain and co-captain. Team captains will represent the team in all official correspondence and communications before, during and after the event. The co-captain may represent the team during the event when the captain is unavailable. Only team captains and co-captains may file protests.

2. Pre-race Meeting
The team captain and/or co-captain must attend the pre-race briefing; however, everyone is welcome.
3. Team Pit Area
Team's must designate one and only one pit area - at your campsite. Entrants may change or repair any equipment in their Pit Area. Pit areas are not allowed on the course or in the Start/Finish area. However, emergency repairs may be performed in the Start/Finish area; you may even swap entire bikes. In the Start/Finish area or the team's pit area, racers may accept support from anyone. Also, teams may bring as many support people as they would like (only two per team stay free), but their support is limited to the Start/Finish and the team's pit areas, not on the course.

4. 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 course in either direction. Short-cutting the course is not allowed (see rule #12). Supporting members should stay clear of all competing entrants. Supporting memebers 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 entrant on any team to any registered entrant on any team.

5. Water and Food
Water and food may be supplied to any entrant, by anyone, anywhere on the course. However, entrants must stay well clear of the course when taking food or water. (And please do not throw energy food wrappers on the ground.)

6. Permitted Course Riders/Runners
Only officially registered entrants, credentialed media and event staff may ride/run on the designated event course during the event.

7. Team Number Display
Mountain bikers must display their race number on the front of their bikes, whenever on course where as Runners must have their race numbers pin to their runner t-shirt gear.

In the case of a bike swap, mountain bikers must swap the bike number to the new bike prior to continuing the race. Race officials may request to see this at any time.

8. Drafting
Entrants may draft, but they may only draft their competition & registered racers. Drafting other vehicles or a non-registered entrant is grounds for disqualification.

9. Right of Way (For Mountain bikers)
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 rideable 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.

10. Lapped Racers
Lapped entrants 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 on the first command.

11. Vying for Position
When two entrants 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 behavior (see rule #13).

12. Short-cutting
Short-cutting the course by any registered racer shall result in a disqualification of that racer's team.

13. Sportsmanship
Foul riding, use of profane or abusive language and other unsportsmanlike behavior will be taken very seriously. Such behavior by any racer shall subject that racer's team to a warning or immediate disqualification. This will be strictly applied when such behavior is directed at course officials, volunteers or spectators. The penalty imposed is at the discretion of the race director. Be nice, 99% of the participants are there to have fun.

14. Protests
Protests can only be made by team captains or co-captains. 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. A R50 fee shall be submitted, in cash, with the protest. The race director, after his own discovery, will promptly rule on the protest. The fee will be forfeited to the race director if the protest is denied or refunded if the protest is upheld.

15. Final Rulings
The race director has the final say in any ruling, including rulings made by the co-director.

 

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