Sprint Rules 2021
GLOSSARY
Participant See “Riders”
Marshalls: Officials on motorcycles, marked.
Officials: Officials are members of the TORTOUR organisation who are present along the race route in designated vehicles.
Riders: Riders are registered cyclists who are participating in TORTOUR as a solo competitor or in a two-person, four-person or six-person team. Throughout this rule book, the term “rider” will generally denote an active participant (i.e. an athlete who is cycling at that time).
Race jury: The race jury is the neutral body that makes decisions on any challenges submitted. The race jury consists of the race committee and other natural persons. The race committee also acts as chair of the race jury and, as such, is responsible for all proceedings.
Race committee: The race committee is the highest authoritative figure. The race committee is responsible for the execution of the entire race and takes decisions on disqualifications. It is provided by a natural person. During the race, the committee is supported by the race office.
Race office: The race office supports the race committee during the race and is the first contact point for any information.
Time station: A change point installed by the organizer. A time station is the changeover area specified by the organisers where riders’ times are also recorded and used to generate an intermediate ranking. Two-person, four-person and six-person teams change riders at the time stations.
Tracking device: Each team receives a tracking device from the organisers (on loan). This device must be carried by the active riders at all times. In two-person, four-person and six-person teams, the tracking device must be handed over to the departing team member at the time stations.

 

1 GENERAL RACE INFORMATION

1.1 INTRODUCTION

The official race language is German.

For reasons of readability, only the masculine forms are used in this text. Ladies are of course included.

It is the responsibility of the participants to read through these rules before the briefing and, if necessary, to ask questions to the race office or at info@tortour.com or at Claiming ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse for not adhering to the rules.

The Ridersbook, which will be launched shortly before the event, forms a supplementary part of these regulations.

These rules restrict race strategy and performance to the minimum-possible degree. They are in place to help control the race and to avoid hazardous situations. The race represents a great feat of endurance for all. Ultimately, responsibility for safety and fair play always lies with the participants However, the ultimate responsibility for safety and fair play always lies with the participants.

The organiser expressly reserves the right to reject registrations.

 

1.2 LIABILITY / LEGAL INFORMATION

All those who participate in SPRINT do so at their own risk and assume full responsibility for their own safety. The organisers deny any and all liability for injury to persons and property (riders, accompanying persons, vehicles, materials, etc.). No liability claims may be made against the organisers. Each individual participant is responsible for his/her own accident, health, property and liability insurance. In registering for SPRINT, all participants must accept and sign the SPRINT exclusion of liability and release the race organisers and its helpers from all liability claims, to the extent that the law allows. Signing the exclusion of liability is a prerequisite for participating in SPRINT. This form can be downloaded via our website at www.tortour.com.

 

1.3 REGULATIONS LAID DOWN BY THE RACE COMMITTEE HAVE PRIORITY

It is the sole discretion of the race director to interpret the rules in the spirit of the SPRINT philosophy. The race director may issue new rules before and during the race, and can also adapt the rules if this is deemed necessary to ensure CHALLENGE remains fair and safe. It can also change them as far as this is necessary for a fair and safe execution of the race. The race committee assumes full responsibility for such decisions. except in accordance with point 1.5.

 

1.4 UNFORESEEN INCIDENTS

Cancellation or termination of the event for reasons of safety, force majeure or other important reasons will not trigger a refund of the participation fee or claims for damages in favour of the participants. Also for hotel costs of crew members or possible cancellation fees in case of a short notice cancellation of the event no claims for damages can be made to the Cycling Unlimited AG.

In the event of cancellation up to 6 weeks before the event, a transfer to the following event is possible. Entry fees will not be refunded. Also not in case of cancellation with medical certificate.

The organizer recommends to sign an insurance against cancellation costs. This insurance is not offered by the organizer and is the responsibility of the participant.

During the race, participants may possibly be confronted with unpredictable events. The race committee and race organisers cannot be held accountable for such eventualities. They will also not award a time bonus or deduct time from a competitor’s total time or otherwise favor the competitor. Such eventualities include traffic lights, traffic jams, trains, wind, storms, snow, avalanches, earthquakes or other hindrances that are outside the organisers’ control.

 

1.5 PANDEMICS/EPIDEMICS

If the event has to be cancelled due to a pandemic or epidemic (such as Covid-19), the participation fees will be subject to the following scheme:

Cancellation 6 weeks before the event. You have a choice:
– 100% refund (admin fee CHF 15)
– Transfer of the starting place to the following

Cancellation 2 weeks before the event. You have a choice:
– Refund 2/3 of the participation fees
– Transfer of the starting place to the following event (admin fee CHF 15)

Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the event:
– In case of cancellation due to a pandemic/epidemic in the last 2 weeks before the event , the organizer reserves the right to first assess the situation and based on that, decide on the procedure with already paid participation fees.

With the registration all riders and the team commit themselves to accept all guidelines, protective measures and concepts which are set up by Cycling Unlimited AG due to a pandemic/epidemic.

 

1.6 CHALLENGING A RACE DECISION

  1. Challenges can only be made against warnings, penalties or disqualifications. Only written, detailed Challenges submitted by the rider will be accepted. These must include a reason as to why a certain decision should be taken or revoked. A written statement from a witness or recordings of the disputed incident can be included as evidence. “Written” denotes either a letter printed on paper or an e-mail, with the latter requiring the rider leader to call and confirm that the e-mail has been received. A telephone call to confirm receipt is not necessary if the race committee confirms arrival of the e-mail. Vague complaints do not constitute a valid challenge. Challenges must be submitted to the SPRINT race director no later than four hours after the rider in question completes the race / crosses the finish line.
  2. The race committee leads the entire process, and begins by promptly informing the race jury that a challenge has been submitted. The race control conducts the proceedings. At least two members of the race jury must be involved for the jury’s decision to be valid. The participant shall be notified of the opening or negation of the procedure. If the participant does not follow a request of the race jury within two hours before or after the opening of the procedure, the procedure will be stopped.
  3. The decision made is at the sole discretion of the race jury. A ruling by the race jury is final.
  4. When filing an objection, an amount of 200 CHF has to be deposited with the race management. This deposit will be refunded if the challenge is successful; if it is rejected, this amount will be kept as a contribution towards the proceedings.

1.7 OFFICIAL RACE TIME

The official stopwatch is set at the start of the race and is not stopped under any circumstances. However, the race director can give time adjustments for “special circumstances” after the start (help in case of accidents etc.).

 

1.8 RACE CATEGORIES

The first rider/the first team to cross the finish line in each category is the winner in that category. Bonuses may be given at specific points along the route. To receive this bonus, the rider must officially finish the race.

1.9 MINIMUM AGES

Minimum age for SPRINT racers (reference: year of birth) applies: Year of competition -18

 

1.10 FINISHING THE RACE

  1. All participants of each category have to reach the finish and the time station within the given time (according to the separate march table).
  2. 2. If a rider/team does not reach the specified time stations in the given time, he/it will generally not be listed in the CHALLENGE ranking. The rider/team will be entered in the CHALLENGE ranking list with the last officially covered distance. However, the race committee reserves the right to offer the participant/team the opportunity to make up for the gap on the marching table. This may lead to the communicated finish time being set as the relevant time frame.
2 RACE COMMITTEE / RACE OFFICE / RACE JURY / OFFICIALS / MARSHALS

2.1 GENERAL

The race committee is the highest authoritative figure. The race committee is responsible for the execution of the entire race and takes decisions on disqualifications. It is provided by a natural person. During the race, the committee is supported by the race office.

The race committee is made up of several members and is the first point of contact for any queries regarding race rules. The race office will provide information by telephone using the telephone number provided by the participants.

The race jury is the neutral body that makes decisions on any challenges submitted (see Point 1.5). The race jury consists of the race director and six other natural persons. The race committee also acts as chair of the race jury and, as such, is responsible for all proceedings. The race jury is the neutral body that makes decisions on any challenges submitted (see Point 1.5).

Officials are members of the organization. Officials on motorcycles are referred to as marshals. To simplify matters, both categories are hereinafter referred to as “officials”.

Officials are instructed to keep interactions with participants to a minimum. They cannot provide assistance, except in the case of an emergency, and they may not favor any participant.

  1. Participants can contact the officials during the race. but the officials can only pass on information and request further assistance. Officials cannot provide direct help and support in the event of problems (e.g. route, mechanical defects).
  2. Any requests or questions regarding the rules should be directed to the race committee or to the officials present along the route.
  3. Officials drive designated vehicles (motorbikes and cars) and are present in large numbers throughout the entire race. However, there are also “incognito officials” who identify themselves to the participants.

 

2.2 PENALTIES (time penalties) AND WARNINGS

  1. Time penalties for disobeying traffic rules and/or race regulations are accumulated throughout the race. Competitors are allowed 2 penalties; the third will result in disqualification. Any violation of the rules can result in a time penalty. All time penalties are added together 1. (i.e. 1st + 2nd time penalty = 20 minutes).
  2. Breakdown of time penalties:
    1. Time penalty: 5 minutes
    2. Time penalty: 15 minutes
    3. Time penalty: Disqualification
  3. Officials may issue warnings to the participant. Per participant max. of two warnings; every further warning is automatically converted into a time penalty. every further warning is automatically converted into a time penalty. A fourth warning results in disqualification. Warnings are issued at the discretion of the race officials, who may also impose a time penalty immediately without prior warning.
  4. Prerogative of the officials: It may occur that an official needs to stop a rider or crew member at a safe area in order to discuss regulations, safety matters, or other race-related issues. No compensatory time bonus is credited for these interruptions.
  5. The accumulated penalty time will be counted on the effective race time of the rider/team.

2.3 DISQUALIFICATION

The following violations may result in immediate disqualification:

  1. Ignoring or refusal to comply with the contractual terms and conditions of participation This includes in particular appropriate and professional behaviour of the participants, the prior signing of the liability exclusion declaration as well as the observance of the instructions of the officials and the compliance with the present regulations.
  2. The ingestion of prohibited substances (the current regulations of the WADA, NADA and UCI associations apply), as well as alcohol consumption by the participants.
  3. Refusal to take a urine test, which may be ordered by Officials before, during and after the race.
  4. The advancement of a competitor in service in or with a motorized vehicle without the approval of an official or the race headquarters. (except in emergency situations)
  5. Riders holding on to/attaching themselves to a vehicle (motorised or not) to move forwards
  6. The inappropriate behaviour of a participant, which could lead to safety, legal and reputational problems for the race, the other participants.
  7. Unsporting conduct either before, during or after the race
  8. Intentionally changing signage to misdirect competitors or for any other motive.
  9. After two penalties, the third penalty or the fifth warning will result in disqualification.

 

2.4 SUSPENSION

The race management reserves the right to exclude someone irrevocably from the race and the TORTOUR as well as other partner events, if they determine that this person represents a problem for the organization or could cause reputational damage, whatever the reason may be. This provision shall only be used in extreme situations.

3 POLICE AND TRAFFIC

3.1 GENERAL

The SPRINT takes place on public roads and is therefore subject to official regulations and laws. The organisers contact all relevant public authorities before the race. The following points must be observed:

  1. Swiss traffic regulations should always be given top priority! The race management reserves the right to file a complaint with the authorities in case of gross violations of the SVO.
  2. Exceptions are possible when cycling on roads that are normally closed to bicycles.
  3. It can still happen that a police officer is not aware of the race and stops a participant. Should this lead to a disagreement with the authorities, the race committee will decide whether to apply a time or distance adjustment.
  4. The race will take place on public roads. Politeness and courtesy towards other road users is a matter of course.

 

3.2 TRAFFIC RULES

The violation of any Swiss traffic regulations, either by riders or crew, will lead to a penalty for the team. For exceptions see Point 3.1.2. 3.1.2.

Please also pay attention to the rider regulations listed under Point 4.1 Regulations for racers.

4 GENERAL RULES DURING THE RACE

4.1 RULES FOR RACERS

  1. Two or more participants may never ride together/next to each other, except within the team.
  2. Participants may not be transported in vehicles on the route under any circumstances, except in medical emergencies.
  3. Participants must wear a correctly fastened and tested helmet at all times.
  4. Participants must wear their race number clearly visible on their helmet during the entire race.
  5. For authorization and safety reasons, time trial machines are not allowed in the SPRINT TTT category.
  6. A participant may ride a bicycle with a flat tire or other mechanical problem. However, if an official deems the situation unsafe, the participant must stop or continue on foot with the bicycle until the bicycle is replaced or repaired.
  7. A participant may walk on the route as long as the bike is with him/her and is carried or pushed by him/her.
  8. Competitors may not block or impede the progress of a competitor.
  9. Solo riders may not cycle in the slipstream of other participants. If they want to cycle at the same speed as a rider in front, they must maintain a distance of at least 50 metres. Ride in the slipstream of the same team of 2, team of 3 and team TTT is allowed.
  10. Overtaking should last no longer than one minute. The rider who has been overtaken must drop back to a distance of at least 50 metres before he/she may also begin to overtake.
  11. At light signals and stop signs, participants are not allowed to hold on to a vehicle or a person, nor receive any other support for balance. However, the competitor may hold on to a permanently fixed object, such as a post, etc.
  12. Participants must stop for tests or medical examinations when ordered by an Official. Failure to comply with such an order will result in a time penalty being imposed on him. Failure to comply with such an order by the Officials may result in disqualification.
  13. Littering (waste disposal in nature) by participants is forbidden and will be punished with a time penalty.
  14. Urinating outdoors is generally discouraged, and prohibited when in close proximity to the road and visible to other road users. Noncompliance can result in a time penalty.
  15. Athletes are not allowed to accept outside help in the form of food, clothing or similar during the race.

 

4.2 DRIVING AT NIGHT AND SAFETY

  1. At night, competitors must be equipped with a front light that is visible and functional at 100 m and always on (not flashing), and a red rear light that is visible at 150 m.
  2. Reflective adhesive tape or plastic reflectors must be attached to the bicycle in accordance with separate specifications.
  3. 4. Night-time hours are between 8:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
  4. It is compulsory for participants to wear special reflective clothing during the night-time operation from 20.30 – 06.30 hrs. Detailed specifications are provided separately.
5 RULES RACING BIKES / EQUIPMENT

5.1 RACE WHEELS

  1. Bicycles used in the race must be powered solely by human effort.
  2. All bicycles used must have a certificate of roadworthiness issued by the country where the bicycle is registered or where the owner of the bicycle resides.
  3. “Wind scoops” under or around the handlebars are not permitted, as these equate to fairings. Aerobars and their accessories are permitted. “Wind scoops” under or around the handlebars are prohibited because it is tantamount to shuttering.
  4. Disc wheels, composite spoke wheels and wheel covers are permitted.
  5. The Race Director reserves the right to ban a race bike or any component thereof, either prior to the race or then during the race, if deemed unacceptable by the Race Director for the race. It is the responsibility of the competitor to show any non-standard or common equipment to the race director prior to the race in order to receive approval.
  6. Special categories (e.g. tandem bikes, recumbent bikes and other human-powered vehicles) may be created for a particular race in order to allow for the use of modified equipment.

 

5.2 CLOTHING

  1. Racing and windproof clothing (clothes that minimise wind resistance; skinsuits) are permitted. Attaching fairings to clothing is not allowed.
  2. 2. When racing at night between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., cyclists must wear special reflective clothing. Details will be provided separately.
  3. We explicitly remind all athletes to ensure they carry enough suitable clothing with them throughout the race. Weather conditions can present a challenge, particularly when crossing mountains. This is exclusively a matter for the participant.
6 RACE START - FINISH
  1. The start of the race will be in intervals per category (no mass start)
  2. The starting order is based on the age of the solo starters or on the average age of the respective team (athletes). The oldest person or the team with the highest average age starts first and is allowed to enter the track with a time advantage.
  3. in spite of the interval start, the ranking in the race is the same as on the track.
7 RACE ROUTE

  1. All cyclists/teams must follow the TOROTUR signs on the course.

The signage is considered the only official routing of the route. In case of discrepancies between the additional navigation aids and the official signage, follow the signage.

  1. If a competitor leaves the correct route and then, for whatever reason, drives away from the prescribed route, he/she may independently drive back to the place where the course deviation took place and then continue driving.

If the wrong turn is due to an error in the signage (wrong turn instructions, unclear directions) the race director will award the racer an appropriate time bonus. This assumes that an accurate time, distance and whereabouts are written down and is in conjunction with false signage. The granting of time bonuses is the sole discretion of the race committee.

8 COMMUNICATION DURING THE RACE

8.1 GENERAL

At every time station, the rider/team must register his/its split time and sign the timesheet.

Important messages from the race management, the race headquarters or the race jury will be sent to the participant. Information, penalties, etc. can be communicated verbally (e.g. via telephone) or in writing (e.g. via text message, e-mail, or on paper).

Each participant is required to have a mobile phone for contact purposes during the race. The number must be given to the race management via registration. The participant must be reachable via this number at all times from the start until the official end of the race.

 

8.2 PROCEDURE AT TIMESTATIONS

  1. The location of the timestations is exactly specified. Participants must follow all directions to get to the Timestations. Each timing station is marked and recognizable as such.
  2. The entry in the passage list has to be made by the participant. Details: Time of passage of the participant, confirm with signature.
  3. Failure to enter at a timing station will result in the competitor receiving a penalty. and can even lead to disqualification.

8.3 DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION

  1. The TORTOUR website is the best source for detailed race information.

8.4 OTHER REPORTS

Competitors must notify race headquarters in the following situations:

  1. If they have to stop the race due to exhaustion/accident or other reasons.
  2. If a participant is massively late because he got off the track after choosing the wrong route or was delayed for more than 30 minutes due to other circumstances.
  3. In the event of unforeseen incidents along the route (road works, accidents, road blocks, etc.), the race headquarters must be informed immediately.

 

8.5 TRACKING

Each participant or team will receive a tracking device on loan from the organizer. The issue takes place immediately before the start of the race. The use of the tracking devices is mandatory for the participants. The tracking device must be with/on the participant/race bike during the entire race.

The tracking devices and their technology have the following benefits

  1. The current position of each participant is recorded, which allows the race to be followed at any time.
  2. All tracking points of the participants are recorded and can be evaluated and checked by the race control if necessary.
  3. The tracking device makes it possible to locate “lost” participants at any time. The visualization of all participants is done via a web application (on tortour.com) or via mobile applications (apps).
  4. Participants and observers can also closely follow the race development between the timestations.

The return of the tracking devices has to take place immediately after the arrival at the finish. For lost, destroyed and not refunded tracking devices the respective team will be charged CHF 200.

9 MEDIA TEAMS
  1. The organiser will engage independent media teams who will capture the race in a fair, safe and neutral manner.
  2. Media Teams may not provide assistance to a competitor. This would result in a time penalty or disqualification of the competitor. Emergency aid is excluded from this rule.

 

10 SPONSORS
  1. The organizer may require that the name or logo of a sponsor be displayed on the clothing.
  2. Tobacco and alcohol products (except beer and wine) may not be displayed as names or logos on the competitor’s clothing.
  3. The organizer reserves the right to prohibit the display of any sponsor name or logo that is not appropriate. This can also be done during the race. (e.g. request to paste over inappropriate sponsors/logos).
11 MEDICAL PARTNER

The organizer implements a medical concept, which includes the coverage of medical assistance at the start/finish. On the CHALLENGE route, the concept is based on the emergency services of the 144 ambulance, REGA 1414 and hospitals along the route.

Each participant is basically responsible for his own health and cannot hold the organizer as well as their defined partners, in particular also the medical partner, liable for any health complaints, which have resulted from the participation in the CHALLENGE.

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