Race Rules and Regulations as at 16 August 2021
At the discretion of the Race Director and CSA Chief Commissaire the rules and regulations pertaining to the Sabie Xperience 2021, it may be necessary to change them slightly in the weeks leading up to the race.
Mountain Bike racing is by nature a self-reliant sport and often held in remote areas. All SabieX 2021 competitors must participate with an understanding and acceptance of this ethos.
1.Riders Race Rules
2.0 The following categories are allocated:
2.1 Team Lite Event: (three days racing of 47km/45km/38km – a total of 130km)
Team Lite Open Men – Two male riders 15 years and older as at 31 December 2021
Team Lite Open Women – Two Female riders 15 years and older as at 31 December 2021
Team Lite Open Mixed – A male rider and a female rider 15 years and older as at 31 December 2021
Team Lite E-Bike – A rider of any gender 15 years and older as at 31 December 2021 (no prize money or podium medals)
Lite Solo – A rider of any gender 15 years and older as at 31 December 2021 (no prize money or podium medals)
2.2 Solo Challenge Event: (three days racing of 65km/78km/38km – a total of 181km)
Solo Challenge Senior Men – A male rider aged 19 -39 years of age as at 31 December 2021
Solo Challenge Senior Women – A female rider aged 19 – 39 years of age as at 31 December 2021
Solo Challenge Veteran Men – A male rider aged 40 – 49 years of age as at 31 December 2021
Solo Challenge Vet/Master Women – A female rider 40 years and older as at 31 December 2021
Solo Challenge Master Men – A male rider aged 50 years and older as at 31 December 2021
Solo Challenge E-Bike – A rider of any gender 19 years and older as at 31 December 2021 (no prize money or podium medals)
NB: ONLY FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION RESULTS WILL BE VALID FOR TROPHIES, MEDALS AND CASH PRIZES.
CATEGORIES HAVING LESS THAN 5 PARTICIPANTS/TEAMS WILL BE ALLOCATED TO THE PRECEDING AGE CATEGORY.
ALLOCATION OF CATEGORY PRIZES – THE FOLLOWING RULES WILL APPLY:
3 Medical Condition
5 Race Briefings
6 Prize Giving
8 Sabie Xperience Team Event Rules
9 Helmets and Riding Attire
10 Compulsory Equipment
Although paramedic and medical services will be provided during the race and for a period after the completion of each stage, the remote nature of a mountain bike race requires that each team or rider carries the following items to be prepared to deal with emergencies they may experience:
Optional Recommended Equipment
11 The Race and Stages
Note: The organizers reserve the right to change route distances, actual profiles and the ascent totals leading up to the event due to circumstances beyond their control, and if so, important updates hereof will be given at the official race briefing prior to the stage. The data reflects actual GPS recordings. Distance measurements typically vary between 5-7% between devices, as well as the method of measurement (GPS or rolling measurement) Ascent gain may vary 10-20% between devices.
The Sabie Xperience 2021 Solo Challenge and Team Lite events will consist of two stages of various distances and a Time Trial on day three. All allocated stages days will count towards the overall race results for the Team Lite, and Solo Challenge events.
12 The Start
13 Individual and Team Times
22 Basic Race Rules and Etiquette
24 Penalties and Disqualification
The above penalties 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 will be final.
ENTRIES CLOSE: TBA limited to 300 entrants.
DEPOSIT REFUND POLICY: Applicable to all stage race options.
Deposit is only refundable due to Pandemic regulation changes that prevent the event from taking place.
100% of the deposit fee will be refunded if any regulation changes are made, that are out of the event organizers control.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Applicable to all stage race options
Riders wanting to cancel their entry will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:
R600 of entry fee per rider will be retained for admin costs, bank charges etc.
The balance will be refunded if written notice is received before 27 September 2021
40 % of entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 4 October 2021
0% will be refunded after 11 October 2021, but goody bags may be collected by riders.
TRANSFERS AND CHANGES.
A R400 admin fee will be charged for each change made.
An entry is transferable to another person before 18 October 2021
Riders may downgrade from Solo Challenge to Team Lite if they find a suitable partner and pay in the difference.
Team Lite riders losing partners must try to find a substitute, but will be permitted to ride solo (non-competitively, and not assist or jeopardize result of the other competitors in any way), if they wish.
Entries may not be transferred to 2022.
CSA MTB RACING LICENCES:
All entries for a sanctioned Stage Race require a CSA MTB racing license, currently R175 per annum. If the rider cannot produce an annual license, her/she will have to pay R50 per day for a temporary licence, ie. R150 for 3 days
NB!!! Please Note Terms and Conditions:
In the very unlikely event of the event being cancelled, shortened, or affected by extreme weather events or other circumstances which are deemed necessary by the Race Director, SACF Commissaire, Medical Joint Operations Command, appointed Safety Officer, or South African Police Services to be life-threatening for participants, and beyond the control of the organizers, the Sabie Experience 2021 will not be in a position, or liable, to refund any entry fees to participants.
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