Race Rules

1. Participants

1.1 All riders and runners must be at least 17 years or older on 31 December 2016
1.2 All riders and runners must be healthy, and in a fit state of training.

1.3 All riders must have good technical bike skills for off-road conditions.

2. Categories
2.1. Age Groups

2.1.1. Men Under 40 – A male rider or runner of any age 17 to 39 years as at 31 December 2016

2.1.2. Ladies Under 40 – A female rider or runner of any age 17 to 39 years as at 31 December 2016

2.1.3. Men Over 40 – A male rider or runner of any age 40 and older as at 31 December 2016
2.1.4. Ladies Over 40 – A female rider or runner of any age 40 and older as at 31 December 2016

2.1.5. All categories must have a minimum of ten participants entered to constitute a category. Where less than 10 entries are received in any category the organisers reserve the right to combine categories.


2.2. Rules applicable to the allocation of category and other prizes for the race:

2.2.1. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for overall category winners. (riding and running)


3. Medical Condition

3.1 Participants may only start any stage of this race if they are in good physical and medical condition.

3.2 During The Magalies Adventure the Senior Medical Officer reserves the right to withdraw any participant who he may deem physically or psychologically incapable of continuing with the race.



4. Registration
4.1. Number collection
Riders and runners are to register on Wednesday the 23 November from 12h00-17h00 at The Baron on Main, cnr Main and Posthouse Roads, Bryanston, Sandton.
4.2. It is NOT required that bikes be brought to registration.
4.3. No late registrations will be accepted, unless arranged with the Race Office.

5. Race Briefings


5.1. A full race briefing will take place 20 minutes prior to the start of each race and will cover the key points of the route, which we advise you to take note of..

5.2. Participants are expected to attend these, as important information related to possible changes to the route and particular hazards could be announced. Riders and runners 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.

6. Prize Giving and Award Ceremonies

6.1. Prize giving in the form of a final award ceremony will be held on Sunday 27th November, to present the riders and runners with awards.
6.2. All participants receiving an award are required to attend. Absence may result in a time penalty.
6.3. The Final Award Ceremony will take place at 12h30 on Sunday 27th November 2016 at the Mount Grace Cycle Clubhouse.

7. Bicycles

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.

7.3. The participants must start and finish the event with the same bike.

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.

7.5. Rims, spokes, tubes, tyres, wheels, gears, hangers, sprockets, cables, brakes, forks and shocks may be replaced.

7.6. Limited bike maintenance and spares will be provided by various local bike shops on registration day and after each of the stages.

7.7. No outside assistance for bicycle repairs will be allowed during the stages. Participants may only accept assistance from their partner or another competitor in the same race.

7.8. Riders are expected to complete the full distance of each stage within the time allowed. Repairs to bicycles during the stage must be carried out within this time limit.


8. Helmets and Riding Attire
8.1. Only recognised hard shell cycling helmets complying with recognised standards will be acceptable. The Chief Commissaire will rule on the permitted use of any questionable helmets.

8.2. Any riders not wearing their helmets, with the retention strap properly fastened, at any time during the race will be disqualified.

8.3. Generally accepted cycling clothing, including a shirt, must be worn at all times during the race.

8.4. Proper, fully enclosed cycling shoes, or at least running shoes must be worn.

8.5. It is strongly recommended that protective eyewear be worn.


9. Race Equipment

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:

9.1. Compulsory Equipment
9.1.1. A multi-tool to effect repairs to bikes.
9.1.2. At least 1 spare tube per rider.

9.1.3. At least one good pump and a puncture repair kit.

9.1.4. At least 1, 5 litres of hydration liquid per rider at the beginning of each stage. (2 x water bottles).

9.1.5. A cell phone for both riders and runners. (Please keep your phone off to conserve battery life, and only use it in an emergency).

9.2. Optional Recommended Equipment

9.2.1. Windbreaker or preferably a lightweight rain jacket.

9.2.2. Adhesive plasters.

9.2.3. Sun block with a minimum factor of 15.

9.2.4. Foil survival blanket.

9.2.5. Lip Balm

9.2.6. Whistle


10. The Race and Stages

The race will consist of two days. There will be prizes for those participating in the 2 day as well as the 1 day races.

10.1. ALL STAGES will start and finish at the The Cog & Sprocket. The route will follow arterial roads, then jeep track and single track, including some extended climbs, downhills and undulating terrain. Surfaces range from good to rocky, rutted and slippery, especially if wet climatic conditions are encountered.

10.2. At least two feed stations (water, energy drinks, and snacks) will be provided at appropriate points.
10.3. The total race distance for the Magalies Adventure will be approximately 115km.

10.4. The cut-off time for cycle races on Saturday will be 7 hours, and Sunday will be 5 hours. (Unless advised otherwise by the Chief Commissaire)

11. The Start

11.1. The start chute will open at 07h00 on Saturday which starts at 07h30. Sunday the chutes will open at 07h30 and the cycle stage starts at 08h00. (This is for the Magalies Adventure only) The Mini Magalies Adventure will start at 08.30 on Sunday.

11.2. The start zones close 10 minutes before the start.

11.3. Any rider not in their start zones 10 minutes before the start will be required to start in the last start zone at the back. It is also the rider / riders’ responsibility to ensure that they are at the start on time even if the start is delayed for whatever reason.

11.4. 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.



12. Individual Times

12.1. Timing will start with the start siren at the start of each stage.
12.2. Riders or runners who start later than 15 minutes after the designated start time will not be allowed to start.
12.3. Any rider not able to make the start deadline must report to the Chief Commissaire 45 minutes before the stage starts for permission to make a late start.

12.4. The cut-off time will not be adjusted for any rider permitted to make a late start.

13. Participant Identification and Timing
13.1. No timing chips (e.g. RaceTec or Championship) are required for the event.
13.2. Riders and runners must display their Magalies Adventure/Trail Run race number at all times during a stage. Riders not displaying official race numbers will be regarded as non-participants, and prevented from continuing on the route by marshals.

13.3. Race numbers for cyclists 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.
13.4. Participants must not cut, modify or mutilate their race numbers in any way. No stickers may be added or removed.

13.2. 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 for either riders or runners will cost R25 to replace.



14. Nutrition and Hydration
14.1. Conditions for the Magalies Adventure will vary from cold and wet to extremely hot. It could be cold and misty, and start conditions may be close to 5 degrees. Ensure that you have appropriate clothing.

14.2. Riders must ensure that they keep themselves properly hydrated and carry sufficient nutrition for at least 45km of riding.

14.3. The Magalies Adventure will provide water, energy drinks and snacks at the water tables on the route.



15. Seconding and Support

15.1. Riders may not receive outside assistance or help, other than from fellow competitors, at any point along route.

15.2. No outside seconding, assistance or feeding other than that provided by the Magalies Adventure at an official refreshment station is permitted.

15.3. Bike repairs may be carried out on the route without outside assistance, but care must be taken not to obstruct other riders.

15.4. No towing between riders is allowed, in line with international rules.

15.5. Riders are not permitted to draft behind cycles not participating in The Magalies Adventure, but may however draft behind other participating riders.
15.6. No drafting is permitted behind any other vehicles on the route, including private motorcycles and race support vehicles.

15.7. 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. These points will be demarcated on maps and explained at the stage briefings.

15.8. Cyclists that are not entered in the event are not permitted to ride on the course or any sections of the course. Refer to Rule 15.2. 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.



16. Withdrawals and Formation of New Riders

16.1. Any rider not able to continue the stage or race, for whatever reason, must inform the Race Office immediately. This can be done at the start of any stage, the finish, at STP checkpoints, at a feed zone, or preferably by mobile phone (082-550-1628).

16.2. In the event of a search and rescue operation being launched for a rider who has withdrawn, but has not informed the Race Office, the cost of such an operation will be for the rider concerned.

17. Protests

17.1. Any protests must be submitted to the Chief Commissaire, by the rider concerned within the allocated time period after crossing the finish line.

17.2. A deposit of R150 must accompany the protest, before the protest will be considered.

17.3. If the protest is upheld, the deposit will be refunded. If it is not upheld, it will be donated to Girls & Boys Town.

17.4. 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 a regular basis during the day. A final posting will take place after the last rider has completed the stage.

18. Ethical and Environmental Considerations

18.1. Littering on the stages, damage to property, lighting of fires or damage to the environment will not be tolerated.

18.2. Physical and/or abuse of Magalies Adventure Crew and Officials, or fellow competitors will not be permitted.

18.3. Infringements of the above rules will result in disciplinary action and possible disqualification.

18.4. Limited littering by riders within 10m of the neutral feed zones will be allowed, but riders are requested to kindly use litter receptacles provided.



19. Traffic Regulations

19.1.The Magalies Adventure will not have exclusive use of any public or private roads during the race. Owing to the fact that we are guests of the various farmers in the region, we are to respect their wishes to allow them to continue operating their businesses with minimum interruption. For safety reasons, all riders and runners are expected to stop or give way to machines, transport vehicles, until the road is clear and an official or marshal waves the participants on.

19.2. Riders and runners must ride with due regard for other road users, and all traffic signs and regulations must be adhered to unless a traffic officer instructs him/her to do otherwise.
19.3. Riders and runners are not permitted to ride on the opposite (right) side of the centreline on a public road.
19.4. Care must be taken when negotiating "blind corners" on farm and district roads where vehicles and machines may be operating.

19.5. Infringements of traffic regulations may result in disqualification.



20. Basic Race Rules and Etiquette

20.1. All participants must complete the entire distance of the race.

20.2. While utmost care will be taken to mark and marshal the route, the responsibility for following the official route lies with the participants.

20.3. No rider or runner is permitted to take any shortcuts, or take advantage of any similar nature over other participants.

20.4. Riders who leave the stage for any reason whatsoever must return into the stage at the same place from where they exited it.

20.5. Any walking, running, or riding by any rider, with the intention of not directly rejoining the course, or any other activity in breach of the regulations, which takes place outside the demarcated stage area, can result in disqualification.

20.6. A rider may not receive any outside technical assistance from anybody, other than a fellow Magalies Adventure competitor.

20.7. Riders must act in a polite manner and permit any faster rider to pass unhindered as soon as conditions allow.

20.8. Participants must respect the environment, and race only on the official demarcated route.

20.9. No pollution of any kind is permitted.

20.10. No glass containers are permitted.

20.11. Participants must not: use abusive language, act in an unsporting manner, and be disrespectful to The Magalies Experience officials, crew, marshals, medical attendants, supporters, the media or the traffic officials.

20.12. Participants are expected to administer basic first aid to any injured competitor if possible, and if required, take necessary steps to summon assistance in the case of a serious injury.


21. Doping

21.1. The Magalies Adventure reserves the right, in terms of Cycling SA rules and regulations, to implement doping tests on any riders and runners.

21.2. Positive results will result in immediate disqualification, and forfeiture of any result by the rider or runner concerned.

22. Penalties
22.1. The penalties below serve as a guideline for transgressions of the rules, but where any additional rule interpretation is required, or where specific provision for any incident has not been made in these rules, the decision of the Chief Commissaire is final.


Sect. Offence 1st Offence 2nd Offence 3rd Offence Remarks
6.2 Not Attending Award Ceremony Warning 30 min TP 1 hour TP  
7 Bicycles Disqualified      
8.1 Helmet Disqualified      
9 Compulsory Equipment 30 min TP 1 hour TP Disqualified  
10.4 Time cut-off DNF      
11.4 Start cut-off DNS      
12 STP 30 min TP 1 hour TP Disqualified  
13 Rider Identification Warning 30 min TP 1 hour TP Repeat offender disqualified
15 Seconding & Support 1 hour TP Disqualified    
19 Traffic Regulations 1 hour TP Disqualified    
20 Basic Rules 1 hour TP Disqualified    
21 Doping Disqualified      

TP - Time Penalty
STP - Separation Time Penalty
DNS - Did Not Start
DNF - Did Not Finish


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