1. Introduction

1.1. It is a mountain bike stage race (XCS), split into three (3) marathon stages (XCM) with UCI XCO poitns.

1.2. It is an individual (solo) competition.

1.3. The competition takes place from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th of April 2017.

1.4. The competition is held in Igualada, Barcelona (Spain).

1.5. The competition follows the UCI (International Cycling Union) technical and sport regulations for UCI Elite women and men categories.

1.6. It is ranked as a UCI XCS 2 class event.


2. Registration

2.1. Any person who wishes to take part in this competition must register through the official website: For the registration to be valid, it is compulsory to fill-in all the required details that are requested on the form and to pay the registration rights.

2.2. The registration period ends on the 10th of April 2017.

2.3. The participants must hold a competition cycling license, issued by a national cycling federation and approved by the UCI.

2.4. Touring licenses are not accepted for PRO categories. Neither are licenses from other sports.

2.5. Those who do not have an annual competition cycling license, can issue a temporary racing license valid only for the competition, approved by the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC).

2.6. This has an extra cost of 15 € and allows this person to compete in the corresponding category with the same rights as any other participant - except for the specific conditions concerning the UCI Elite categories.

2.7. Participants willing to compete in the UCI Elite women or men category must hold an annual competition cycling license. These compete for UCI points and prize money but also have to strictly obey the UCI rules.

2.8. The entry fee per participant is:

• 130€ From the 4th October to 15th November 2016

• 150€ From the 16th November 2016 to 15th February 2017

• 170€ from the 16th February to the 10th April 2017


2.9. Registration rights include:

• Right to take part in the competition

• Registration gifts.

• Personalized number plate.

• Electronic timing control device.

• Liquid and solid feed zones (three per stage).

• Medical assistance during the race.

• Bicycle washing service.

• Other additional services in the paddock.

2.10. In case of any kind of disqualification or withdrawal from the competition, the entry fee is not refunded, neither totally nor partially.


3. Participants

3.1. All participants must be at least 19 years of age on the 31st of December of the current year in which the competition takes place.

3.2. Participants can register in any of the following categories:

• ELITE WOMEN. A woman that must be 19 years or older on the 31st of December of the current year in which the competition takes place. She must hold an approved cycling license. Only those holding an approved UCI license compete for UCI points and prize money. Women Under23 category is included in Elite category.

• ELITE MEN. A man that must be 19 years or older on the 31st of December of the current year in which the competition takes place. He must hold an approved cycling license. Only if he holds a UCI license, he can compete for UCI points and prize money. Men Under23 category is included in Elite category.

• MASTER 30. Men or women that must be 30 years or older on the 31st of December of the current year in which the competition takes place. If he holds an Elite license, he cannot compete in the Master 30 category.

• MASTER 40. Men or women that must be 40 years or older on the 31st of December of the current year in which the competition takes place. If he holds an Elite or Master 30 license, he cannot compete in the Master 40 category.

• MASTER 50. A man that must be 50 years or older on the 31st of December of the current year in which the competition takes place. If he holds an Elite, Master 30 or Master 40 license, he cannot compete in the Master 50 category. (There will be maillot and trophies for the best 3 Master 60, but only in overall results.)


3.3. IMPORTANT: According to the regulations of the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC), foreign participants holding a cycling license not issued by the RFEC, must have a written authorization from their national cycling federation that certifies that their insurance is valid in Spain. This document must be shown to the Commissaries in order to collect the start number.


4. Administrative checks

4.1. The administrative checks and Welcome Pack pick-up take place on Thursday 13th of Aprol 2017 and Friday 14th of April (8.00h-9.00h) at Igualada. 

4.2. Race numbers are assigned according to the categories by order of registration and the last updated UCI ranking.

4.3. During the administrative checks an identification bracelet is handed out to each participant, who has to wear it during all the competition days. This bracelet allows access to the participant areas and is also useful for safety measures.


5. Teams’ meeting

5.1. There will be a VolCAT 2017 briefing of routes, race rules and generalregulations. It is only compulsory to attend to this meeting, previous to the start of the competition.

5.2. Any changes are announced on the race’s news board, having the participants the responsibility of keeping themselves informed. The official website will also have a virtual news board in order to check last minute information.


6. Race procedure

6.1. The competition follows the general UCI rules and the UCI’s specific mountain bike regulations.

6.2. After each stage and at 19:00 latest, the stage results, general classification and participants allowed to take the start is released on the official website and news board.

6.3. All stages are mass starts. 

6.4. The start grid opens twenty (20) minutes before the starting time. Each participant must be in boxes according to the overall results and cross the start control ponit. 

6.5. There are different start grids according to the competition’s overall classification.

6.6. Five (5) minutes before the start time, the access to the start grid is banned, being placed at the back of its corresponding starting group.

6.7. No participant is allowed to start once the official start has been given, unless a Commissaire allows it. Participants starting after that time shall be considered DNS (Did Not Start).


6.8. Each way point, cross section, feed/aid station, start and finish have a maximum time allowance, at which the service will be closed. Participants must ride inside this time period to avoid being disqualified. Time control for stages 1 and 2 will be an average of 10km/h (5h 45min and 7h 45min, respectively), and for stage 3 will be 12km/h (4h). The organization can desqualify a rider if he/she does not ride to that average speed.


6.9. Any unlawful aid will mean the participant’s disqualification.

6.10. Participants that are no longer officially classified can continue taking part in the event in a recreative way, if they do not influence on the development of the competition. Not obeying this rule leads to the expulsion of the race, without the chance of continuing.


7. Neutralised starts

7.1. For security reasons the start of any stage can be neutralised. The Course Director leads the participants on an official race vehicle. Once the stage is started by the Course Director the participants must start racing.

7.2. Once the official race vehicle has reached the end of the neutralized stretch, it will stop aside and indicate the end of the neutralization.

7.3. During the neutralized start it is banned to overtake the Course Director’s vehicle.


8. Neutralized finishes

8.1. For security reasons, the finish line can be advanced before reaching an asphalt stretch. If this is so, a time period will be set to complete the distance from the finish line to the paddock. Any delay in reaching the Paddock will have a one (1) minute penalty per delayed minute.


9. Route

9.1. The competition will be raced in three (3) days:

• Stage 1 - XCM – 14th April 2017: Igualada – Igualada. 58km

• Stage 2 - XCM – 15h April 2017: Igualada – Igualada. 77km

• Stage 3 - XCM – 16th April 2017: Igualada – Igualada. 43km


9.2. The route is properly marked with signs, especially at trouble spots, such as cross sections, road crossings or streets.

9.3. The route is open to traffic but properly under control. The participants must obey the traffic authorities’ indications and ride with caution. On Spanish public roads, cyclists must remain on the shoulder of the right lane.

9.4. The route includes demanding climbs and technical downhill sections. It is the participant’s responsibility to decide if it is rideable. The organization is not responsible for accidents concerning each participant’s skills or fitness level.

9.5. During the route there are two kinds of controls: way points (CP) and cross section (CI).

9.6. At the way points a Commissaire scores the participant’s number plate and time.

9.7. Skipping a way point leads to disqualification.

9.8. Not following the indications of a cross section leads to disqualification.

9.9. Abandoning the route set by the organization leads to disqualification.


10. Feed and aid stations

10.1. Feed and aid zones are properly sign posted all throughout the route. These have everything necessary to cover the participants’ food and hydration needs during all the stages.

10.2. Teams Feed zones will be the only place where mechanical help and feed will be accepted.

10.3. Liquid feed zones are exclusively from the organization.

10.4. In solid feed zones there will be liquid and solid food. These Feed zones match teams and particular aid stations.

10.5. An accreditation will be required to Access Teams Feed Zone Area. The Particular Fedd Zone área will be open.


11. Marking

11.1. The course is marked with marking tape. It does not require any electronic device to be followed.

11.2. Every ten kilometers, the distance to the finish line is indicated. The last five kilometers to the finish line are also indicated.


12. Unrideable stretches

12.1. The Commissaires, Course Director and Race Director may decide that a stretch of the route is unrideable and impossible to clear, the route can be diverted through the points foreseen by the organization.

12.2. If it is not posible to finish the race, the finishing time is taken where the last timing control is placed.


13. Withdrawing

13.1. A participant who withdraws must report it to the organization as soon as possible.

13.2. Not reporting a withdrawal leads to the expulsion from the competition.

13.3. In case of an accident or an emergency, and bearing in mind the participants’ safety, the organization has the right to withdraw a participant from the competition.


14. Results

14.1. The results of each stage are arranged according on the time required to complete each one, plus added time penalties.

14.2. The total time of the stages completed and the total time penalties, establish the overall classification.

14.3. The following results are established:


• Overall, 

• Elite Women (+Under 23)

• Elite Men (+Under 23)

• Master 30 (men/women)

• Master 40 (men/women)

• Master 50


14.4. There is a result list for UCI Elite women and men, in order to award these participants with UCI points and prize money.

14.5. Any participant who officially does not complete a stage is not considered a Finisher.

14.6. All participants carry a disposable chip to register their times and be able to keep track of them. The Commissaries must approve these times in order for the results to be considered valid.


15. Awards

15.1. Each stage has an award ceremony for each category.

15.2. Only each category stage winner and category race leaders are immediately called up to the podium after crossing the finish line.

15.3. Prize money and UCI points are only awarded to UCI Elite and Under 23 categories.

15.4. Prize money is only being held out after the last stage.

UCI Elite Man. STAGE 1, 2, 3: 1st - € 200, 2nd - € 150, 3rd - € 100, 4th - € 75, 5th - € 50.

OVERALL: 1st - € 500, 2nd - € 400, 3rd - € 300, 4th - € 250, 5th - € 200, 6th - € 180, 7th - € 160, 8th - € 140, 9th - € 120, 10th - € 100.


UCI Elite women. STAGE 1, 2, 3: 1st - € 200, 2nd - € 150, 3rd - € 100, 4th - € 75, 5th - € 50.

OVERALL: 1st - € 500, 2nd - € 400, 3rd - € 300, 4th - € 250, 5th - € 200, 6th - € 180, 7th - € 160, 8th - € 140, 9th - € 120, 10th - € 100.


15.5. Team results: two males and one female score for each team. The final team results is the addition of the total time of the 3 riders of the 3 stages. At each stage the first ranked team  will climb at the top of the podium, while at the overall final the top 3 teams of VolCat 2017 will be in the podium.

15.6. Participants who carry prize money must fill-in and submit at the Race Office all the documentation requested by the organization before Sunday 16th of April 2017 at 14:00. If this is not so, the organization understands that the participant refuses to perceive the corresponding prize money.


16. Bicycle

16.1. The bicycle must satisfy the UCI regulations, both technical characteristics and security measures.

16.2. Participants are allowed to change their bicycle each stage but it cannot be completely swapped nor changed during a stage.

16.3. Bicycles left at the official race bicycle parking can only be taken out by participants whose bracelet matches the bicycle’s number plate.

16.4. Tandem bicycles are not permitted.


17. Equipment

17.1. It is compulsory to compete with the number plate and number held out by the organization. The number plate must be properly placed on the front of the bicycle. The number must be on the participant’s back. Both must be clearly visible and cannot be modified. The electronic timing control device cannot be modified and must be placed where the organization indicates it.

17.2. All the leaders of the general classification of their category must wear the leader’s jersey, provided by the organization. The leader’s jersey has a blank space on the front and on the back, to place the participant’s sponsors.

17.3. It is each participant’s responsibility to place their sponsors on the required space of the leader’s jersey.

17.4. For security reasons, it is recommended to carry a mobile phone.

17.5. Carrying some warm clothes (rain jacket, arm and leg warmers, etc.) during certain stages might be necessary. The organization will not provide these to the participants and will not be responsible for each person’s clothing pick.


18. Sport and nature

18.1. Our sport, mountain biking, is a competition or leisure activity that takes place in nature and its impact in this environment is a responsibility for all the participants and sport organizers. Participants are requested not to litter along the route, to be respectful with the environment (not riding outside the trails, not taking short cuts that damage the vegetation), being careful with animals, etc.

18.2. The Commissaires have the right to disqualify any participant that does not respect the environment or the private properties that are crossed during the race, expelling it from the competition without any possibility to continue taking part in it.


19. Considerations

19.1. Any participant can be subjected to an official antidoping test following the UCI rules.

19.2. All participants must be respectful with the other riders, Commissaries, members of the organization, media and spectators.

19.3. The trails on which the competition takes place are assigned only and exclusively for the days of the race, therefore it is not allowed to spread the route’s GPS tracking.

19.4. The Commissaries have the right to disqualify any participant that does not respect these considerations, expelling him/her from the competition without any possibility to continue taking part in it.

19.5. All participants assign their image rights to the organization, being able to use any photograph or video where they appear.

19.6. The organization is not responsible for the expenses nor debts that the participants might incur in the course of the event.

19.7. If necessary and under major circumstances, and in order to guarantee the event’s proper development and safety (participants, Commissaries, staff, etc.), the organization has the right to delay a start time, alter its schedule, and/or modify or cancel a stage.


20. Claims

20.1. Claims must be formally presented to the Commissaries and processed by these following the UCI regulations.


21. Paddock

21.1. No participant or team assistant can camp nor stay overnight at the paddock, except authorized by the organization.

21.2. The organization does not provide water neither electricity to the teams settled in the paddock, which must be self-sufficient.