The Midlands Stage Race
The Midlands Stage Race is a two-person team, multi-stage mountain bicycle race in the KZN Midlands. There is a two day or three day option available.
The Midlands Stage race event is sanctioned by Cycling South Africa (CSA). All riders participating in the race will be required to produce a valid CSA licence at race registration, or will be charged the applicable fee levied by CSA.
The following outlines the event regulations and requirements:
1.1. Minimum age for the two or three day full distance route is 18 years on or before 31 December 2018.
1.2. Minimum age for the two day or three day short distance route is 16 years on or before 31 December 2018.
1.3. Riders must be in good health and well trained.
2.1. During the race, a Medical Officer/Race Director or any other authorised person reserves the right to withdraw a rider who is not deemed physically capable of continuing the event.
2.2. Any medical expenses incurred will be from the competitor’s account and will be claimed from his/her medical aid.
2.3. All competitors need comprehensive medical aid which will cover any possible medical expenses incurred whilst participating in the Midlands Stage Race, which is conducted in the spirit of self-contained, self-reliant back country cycling.
3.1. Bicycles in good working order will be allowed to start the race. Bicycles may be propelled only through a chainset and by the rider’s leg action, without any form of assistance (electrical or otherwise).
3.2. No more than one bicycle per rider is allowed. Riders must start and finish the event on the same bicycle.
3.3. Bicycle Marking
3.3.1. Bicycles must be marked with official Midlands Stage Race number board.
3.3.2. Appropriate marking of bicycles is the responsibility of each rider.
3.3.3. Riders whose bicycles do not display a number board will not be allowed to start the race.
3.4. Bicycles must be ride-ready at the start of each stage, and during the ride. Ride ready will mean the following:
3.4.1. The bicycle is correctly marked.
3.4.2. The front number board is securely fitted and visible from the front.
3.5. Maintenance of bicycles during the race is the responsibility of each rider.
3.6. Other basic bicycle repair services will be provided at stage finish.
3.7. In all cases of maintenance and repair, riders are required to complete the full distance of the stage with their bicycles and within the allocated time.
4. HELMETS AND CLOTHING
4.1. A rider not wearing a helmet at any stage of the race will be immediately disqualified.
4.2. All helmets must comply with international ‘ANSI’ standards.
4.3. Appropriate riding attire, including a shirt, must be worn at all times.
4.4. Eye protection is strongly recommended.
4.5. Fully enclosed footwear must be worn.
4.6. No rider may display or reproduce the official event logo or any derivative thereof on any riding attire and/or team clothing without the written approval of the race organisers, which should be obtained prior to any such riding attire being manufactured.
5. SEPARATION TIME PENALTIES (STPs)
5.1. Riders must ride with his/her team partner at all times when competing in the team competition.
5.2. Riders who are separated by more than 5 minutes from their team partner will receive a Separation Time Penalty (STP) of 30min and an additional 30min after 10min (or part thereof)
5.3. Team rider separation will be measured at the Finish.
5.4. STP’s will be applied to both stage results and to overall results.
6.1. A rider is allowed to “double back” on the route at any time in order to rejoin his/her team mate or in order to reach the nearest tech support zone (if applicable), provided that he/she shall not endanger any other rider in doing so.
6.2. No towing between or pushing of riders by means of any mechanical or physical devices is allowed, i.e. towropes or bungee cords.
6.3. Podium contenders may not accept physical assistance from an individual rider participating in the event although his/her partner had to withdraw.
6.4. Any rider may receive physical assistance from his/her team partner or from a fellow competitor. For purposes hereof, “physical assistance” shall mean the sharing of water and nutrition, sharing of bicycle parts and accessories (excluding the swopping of bicycle frames), assistance with maintenance and repair, and pushing/towing by physical contact only
7. RIDER IDENTIFICATION
7.1. Riders must display their entire race number at all times.
7.2. Bicycle numbers must be firmly fixed on the front of the bicycle, and must not be obscured by cables or any other item.
7.3. Race numbers must not be modified or mutilated in any way, including cutting, adding stickers, removing existing stickers or trimming.
7.4. No additional badge/logo may cover or obscure the existing the Midlands Stage Race branding and sponsors logos.
8. RECOMMENDED RACE EQUIPMENT
8.1. Any riders on specific personal medication are responsible for supplying and carrying such medication. These must be declared on entry to the event.
8.2. Sufficient water.
8.3. Multi-tool or bicycle repair tools.
8.4. Cell phones: Your phone must be ICE’d. The number will be communicated prior to event.
These items are recommended, and riders are encouraged to ensure that they are fully prepared to deal with any emergencies they may encounter.
9.1. The batch pounds (if any) open early and the stage start times are listed and will be announced at race briefing.
9.2. Differential start batches (if any) will be allocated according to overall ranking in the race (if applicable).
9.3. The top three teams in each category will have the option to start from the first row, if present at the start line in time.
9.4. The seeded starting batches will close strictly 10 minutes before the stage start (if applicable)
9.5. Any riders and/or teams who are not in their start batch 10 minutes before will forfeit their place in the group and will have to start at the back.
9.6. Riders starting in an incorrect starting group will incur a 30 minute penalty.
10. ROUTE AND STAGES
10.1. Riders must complete the full designated route and distance of all stages, as per the category they entered to be entitled for prizes.
10.2. Only riders who complete all stages of their entered event will be considered finishers.
11. INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM TIMES
11.1. Team and individual times will be advertised separately after each stage, as well as overall positions for the two categories.
11.2. The team time is determined by the time at which the second team member passes the stage finish line.
11.3. Timing will start with the start gun at the announced time each morning.
11.4. The start line will remain open for 10 minutes after the start gun.
11.5. Riders who start later will not be credited with a late start.
11.6. Any rider who cannot make the start deadline must report to the organisers.
11.7. The finish cut-off time will not be adjusted for riders who are permitted a late start.
12.1. Cut-off times will be communicated at race briefing and/or in pre-race information.
12.2. Teams who do not reach the identified cut-off zones will be swept off the route by the sweep vehicle.
12.3. Stage winners and overall category leaders must be present at the daily awards ceremonies, including the final ceremony. Absence may result in the loss of prizes.
13. TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
13.1. The Midlands Stage Race will not have exclusive use of any public roads during the race.
13.2. All regular traffic regulations must be observed at all times during the race.
14.1. In each stage there will be mandatory checkpoints.
14.2. Teams which do not pass the checkpoints will be disqualified.
14.3. The exact location of the checkpoints will not be published, and hidden checkpoints are not excluded.
14.4. The exact locations of watering and feed stations will be published.
15. REGISTRATION AND BRIEFING
15.1. Race registration will be open as noted above in the race information menu.
15.2. A complete race briefing will take place as noted in the race program.
16. NUTRITION AND HYDRATION
The Midlands Stage Race may pass through very dry and very hot areas of South Africa:
16.1. Riders retain the ultimate responsibility to carry enough water and nutrition with them.
16.2. The event will provide water at water tables on the route, but these are to be considered extra to the rider’s own hydration
17. SECONDING AND SUPPORT
17.1. Competitors may receive assistance from a fellow competitor.
17.2. No outside seconding, assistance or feeding is permitted.
17.3. Outside assistance includes assisting with bicycle maintenance, water and nutrition support and physically assisting riders. No attachments between bicycles will be permitted.
17.4. Bicycle repairs may be performed on the route but must not obstruct other riders.
17.5. Neutral feeding, watering and medical assistance may be supplied by the organisers at the feed stations.
17.6. No form of drafting is permitted whatsoever including, but not limited to, tractors, donkey carts, postmen, private vehicles, motor cycles and trucks.
17.7. Specific escort or seconding vehicles not provided by the Midlands Stage Race organisers are not permitted to follow the route. However, supporters may drive their own vehicles along public roads to reach spectator points to vocally support riders. Some sections of the course will be closed to all non-event traffic including some public roads. Their closure must be respected by all.
18. WITHDRAWALS AND THE FORMATION OF NEW TEAMS
18.1. Teams that cannot continue the race, for whatever reason, must immediately inform the Race Office. This can be done at the race start, finish and at checkpoints.
18.2. In the event of a search and rescue operation being initiated for a rider or team which has withdrawn, but has not informed the Race Office, the cost of the search and rescue operation will be transferred to the rider or team.
18.3. In the event of one team member being incapable of completing the race, the Race Office will assist to form a new team in which the single rider can ride, however will not be recognised as an official team for result purposes.
18.4. The formation of new teams can only be done at the end of a stage.
18.5. Newly formed teams will not qualify for team ranking, but individual riders will qualify as race finishers.
19. ETHICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
19.1. No littering or unnecessary damage to the environment will be tolerated.
20.1. Any protests must be submitted in writing to the chief commissaires/race director after the rider has crossed the finish line, within the allocated time.
20.2. Race protests must be submitted within 15 minutes of the rider crossing the finish line.
21.1. The Midlands Stage Race reserves the right to take doping tests on all riders.
21.2. Positive results will lead to disqualification from the event and those results will be forwarded to the national cycling federations.
22. DISQUALIFICATION AND PENALTIES
Teams may be disqualified at the discretion of Chief Commissaire / Race Office for any one or more of the following reasons including, but not limited to:
22.1. Riding at any point, on any stage, without a helmet.
22.2. Excessive littering.
22.3. Disrespect or damage to the environment.
22.4. Bad sportsmanship.
22.5. Abuse of race officials.
22.6. Traffic rule violations.
22.7. Breaking of the Midlands Stage Race rules as described above.
22.8. Time penalties will be applied to stage results, as well as to overall race results or General Classification.
23. BASIC MOUNTAIN BICYCLE RACING RULES AND ETIQUETTE
23.1. Riders must complete the entire distance of the race, and the responsibility for following the official route lies with the rider.
23.2. A rider is not permitted to take any shortcuts or to omit a circuit, or take other advantage of a similar nature against opponents.
23.3. Riders who exit the route of the course for any reason must return to the course at the exact same point from which they exited.
23.4. Any walking, running or riding by a rider, which is carried out without the intention of directly re-joining the course, or other activity in breach of the regulations, which takes place outside of the marked course area, can result in disqualification.
23.5. Riders must act in a polite manner at all times and permit any faster rider to overtake without obstructing.
23.6. Riders must respect the countryside and ride only on the official route. Riders must avoid polluting the area and not leave any waste or litter.
23.7. No glass containers of any kind are permitted on or near the course.
23.8. Riders must not use offensive or abusive language during the race, act in an unsporting manner, be disrespectful to the officials or ignore the race regulations.
24. DISCRETION OF THE CHIEF COMMISSARIES/RACE DIRECTOR
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 Commissaries will be final.
25. CANCELLATION POLICY
All substitutions made are charged at R250 per rider
26. REGISTRATION AND BRIEFING
26.1. Race registration takes place at the venue and at the time and place indicated on the race website.
26.2. Riders must report to registration and bring any form of ID with a photograph on it and their valid CSA license.
26.3. All riders must have registered by the cut-off time indicated on the race website on the day preceding the first stage of the race. No category changes will be permitted after race registration closes.
26.4. A pre-race briefing will take place at the time and place indicated on the race website
26.5. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event or parts of the event resulting from any act of God, including extreme weather conditions, strike, war, riots, fire, flooding, legislation, insurrection, sanctions beyond reasonable control of the organisers of The Midlands Stage Race (any such event called “force majeure”).