The event is a 24 hour endurance event, however that does not mean that every participant has to ride for a full 24 hours. The expectation is that the majority of riders will be in teams and ride in a relay that is only one rider on the course at any time.
The course will be approximately 5km in length and will be 100% rideable in all conditions.
Teams and individuals are encouraged to have a support crew, this is not mandatory but is highly recommended.
Event specific schedules shall appear on the websites in the future so please ensure you check back on a regular basis so as not to miss something that may be of importance.
Rider Registration 5.00pm to 7.30pm St Georges AFC, Glencrutchery Road, Douglas (next to the Police Headquarters)
Team captains and solo riders meeting 11.00am (Mandatory)
Event Start 12.00pm (noon)
Event Finish 12.00pm (noon)
Presentation 1.00pm approx
Rules and regulations
It is important that you and your teammates and support crew read these very carefully.
Each lap is approximately 5 kilometers, under half an hour for the fastest riders, nearly an hour for those who are new to the sport or are just that wee bit more relaxed about the whole thing. The course will consist of a bit of everything, including wide single track, narrow single track with rocks, roots, mud, boardwalks, bridges, fast flowing single track, low gear uphill’s, technical descents, plus fire roads. The event is for solo riders and teams and is in a relay format.
1) Mandatory pre-event meeting at 11.00am on Saturday for all team captains/team leaders, although all riders and crew are encouraged to attend. Teams must designate a captain/team leader, this will be understood to be No 1 on entry form, to handle all official matters including pre event meeting, making sure all teammates have completed any paperwork etc.
2) Each team and solo rider will be issued with a timing chip and will be responsible for their timing/lap counting. Timing chips are issued by Manx Timing Solutions; if you already own a chip you will be able to use and are encouraged to use your existing chip for this event. In order for laps to count riders must cross the timing mats every time a lap is completed. Further instructions on the mats/chip use will be given at the mandatory pre-event meeting.
3) Each team member and solo rider must complete a minimum of one lap and will be issued with a ‘rap-strap’ which must be worn/visible at all times. The ‘rap-strap’ must be passed between team riders when changing rider.
4) If a team member cannot complete his or her lap, the team has the option of starting the lap again with a new rider. They will however, lose the distance and time of the uncompleted lap. The replacement rider must cross the timing mat prior to starting the lap.
5) For obvious safety reasons there is no reverse riding on the course.
6) Teammates may cannibalise each others bikes or swap if necessary. Riders may accept mechanical support on the course by any other registered rider, official designated areas are the only areas where assistance from support crews is acceptable.
7) Riders may accept food and water from anyone on the course.
8) We suggest that each team and solo rider have a support crew of at least 1 or 2 people who are not taking part to assist with various jobs such as feeding and assisting with mechanical problems.
9) Toilets and bins will be available throughout the weekend. Please use the toilets provided and ensure all rubbish is disposed of in the correct manner; this includes punctured tubes and energy bar/gel wrappers and such like. There is STRICTLY NO FIRES within the plantation or camping fields.
10) Riders will need lights, which must be at least 4 watts and be secured to bikes or helmet. The event organisers will have final say when lights should be used.
11) During the twilight hours there will be a ‘quiet zone’ in force which will be clearly marked.
12) When lighting is required it will be against the rules for riders to ride with their lights out to save batteries. Riders violating this rule will have their current lap discounted.
13) For safety reasons only riders officially entered in the event or designated as “Official Course Marshals” may ride the designated course.
14) Wearing a buckled helmet is mandatory anytime you are on your bike not just when it is your lap.
15) All team captains must attend pre race meeting at 11.00am on the Saturday.
16) Ignorance of any rule will not be accepted as an excuse.
17) Foul or dangerous riding will not be tolerated, unsportsmanlike behaviour is totally un-acceptable this includes the use of profane or abusive language to fellow riders, this rule is taken very seriously and anyone who violates this rule shall be disqualified from this and any future events.
18) Shortcutting the course can be grounds for automatic disqualification of the solo rider or the entire team. If a rider makes a mistake and they report to officials before it is discovered, a time adjustment will be applied rather than a DQ.
19) Riders who are riding their bikes have the right of way over those who are pushing their bikes. Where practicable riders pushing should stay on the least rideable portion of the path when being passed. Riders are encouraged to call pleasantly “passing on the right or left” as appropriate.
20) Safety on the course is our primary concern. All riders are designated as travelling marshals and if you come across an injured or a potentially unsafe situation, you are encouraged to stop and assist.
21) The decision of the event organisers and/or official event Commissaire is final.
22) And finally…HAVE FUN!!!