Make sure to come back here before each race to review updated rules. They are subject to change.
*Please use proper trail etiquette during course recon and Transfer Stages
2017 Race Rules
1- Racers must compete on 1 bike for all stages and be self-supported; racers can carry replacement parts, tubes, tires etc.
2- Helmets must be worn during all Competition and Transfer Stages – Racers are welcome to carry 2 helmets (Full-Face/XC) – Full-Face helmets may not be worn rocked back on the head during climbs.
3- No Ear Buds during Competition Stages – In the interest of rider/race official communication for passing and staging, Ear Buds will not be allowed during Competition Stages, you are welcome to use headphones on Transfer Stages and before staging of individual categories.
4- Obey Proper Trail Etiquette — Transfer Stages are open to public use–in most cases racers will be “uphill traffic,” thus having the right of way. Please be courteous nonetheless and yield to hikers.
5- Transfer Stage Cut Off Times – Transfer Stages are not timed/raced but there is a time limit to complete the stage–racers will get 15 seconds added to their race time for every 2 minutes past the cut off time.
6- Protest Period – Any protest must be filed within 30 minutes of the last competitor completing the final race stage of the day. All final decisions will be announced within 60 minutes after the protest period closes. There is a $20 fee to file a dispute. Any protest deemed valid will be refunded the $20. Any protest deemed invalid will have his/ her $20 fee donated to the local trails association partner.
7- Man Down Rule – If you come across a downed rider, please stop to see that they are okay before continuing on. Use your judgement here. If a rider is broken or unconscious STOP, if they’ve fallen but appear to be okay, ride on. Let officials know and they will sort out your time loss/fallen individual.
8- All timed stages are gun-starts. While in the starting gate of all timed stages, riders will hear a six-beep countdown. Riders must keep keep one foot on the ground until the sixth beep has sounded. After the sixth beep, riders may lift their foot and start racing the stage. Any violation of this rule, by lifting a foot and starting early, will result in a 1-minute penalty for each stage where a violation occurs.
Directions and Course Markings: A course map will be displayed at athlete check-in and online the week of each race. Riders are encouraged to study the map and understand the race route prior to riding.
Tape: Where two pieces of course tape on opposite sides of the course are used, riders must pass between them.
Directional Markers: In areas of open mountainside or slick rock, a single pole or tripod can be used to mark the direction of the route. Riders can pass either side of a single pole. In some cases, a long string of tape may be used to mark an outside line or hazard on course. Please stay on course and respect your surroundings.
Any missing, crossing or passing the course tape on the wrong side will be deemed as course-cutting. Any rider trying to save time by choosing a line that lies outside the marked course will be disqualified.
In certain circumstances, the Race Director may choose to apply a time penalty to a rider found to have cut the course unintentionally. However, any rider leaving the obvious line must be aware that they risk a DQ.
- No disposable goggle tear offs are allowed to be used
- The disposal of food packaging on the trail is strictly prohibited
- Race Organizers reserve the right to penalize and/or disqualify any rider whose actions are deemed inappropriate and likely to damage the local environment
Athlete Meeting: The Race Director and/or the Competition Director will host a rider briefing the day prior the race. Any changes to the rules, course, timing, and details of course marking, feed stations and assistance locations will be communicated at this briefing. Non-attendance of the athlete meeting will not be accepted as an excuse for any rule violation by any rider.
2017 Series Points