Rules

1. Introduction

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

1.2. It is an individual (solo) competition.

1.3. The competition takes place from Friday 30th of March to Sunday 1st of April 2018.

1.4. The competition is held at the region of Anoia (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: www.ticketoci.net. 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 26th of March 2018 or to complete the 800 registrations available.

2.3. The participants must hold a competition cycling license, issued by a national cycling federation and approved by the UCI. The participants who wish to compete in the male and female UCI Elite categories must have an annual cycling competition license.

2.4. If you have a touring license, you can participate in the OPEN/POPULAR mode. It is also possible to purchase a day license, with an additional cost of €10.

2.5. 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.

2.6. During the administrative checks, a bracelet will be given to all the participants, who must carry during the competition days. This bracelet allows access to the areas reserved for participants and ensures the compliance of the safety measures

2.7. The entry fee per participant is:

• 140€ To 1st November 2017

• 160€ From the 2nd November 2017 to 1st February 2018

• 180€ from the 2nd February to the 26th March 2018

 

2.8. Registration rights include:

• Right to take part in the competition

• Registration gifts.Official jersey (Maillot) of the competition (the size is guaranteed up to a maximum of 1 and half  month before closing)

• Bike plate and dorsal.

• Electronic timing control device.

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

•Food at the end of each stage.

•Marking of the route and control points

•Vehicles behind the last competitors.

• Medical assistance inside & outside competition.

• Wardrobe.

•Finisher Gift.

•Toilets.

• Bicycle washing service.

• Other additional services in the paddock.

2.9.Optional and additional services:

•Caravan area

•Camping area

•Expo Zone

•Others to realize

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

2.11. Cancellation and change policy (regarding the registration fee):

• 20% penalty, up to 01st November 2017. Return of 80% of the registration amount.

• 40% penalty, from day 02nd November  2017 to 01st February 2018.  Return of 60% of the registration amount.

• 80% penalty, from day 02nd February 2018 to 26th March 2018. Refund of 20% of the registration amount.

• Cancellations requested from the closing date of registration on 27th March  2018, no refund will be made. 

• Cancellations or changes must be requested at: outdoor@ocisport.net 

 

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 at PRO/COMPETITION mode:

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

3.3. The dorsal numbers will be assigned by categories and according to the Order of registration and the last update of the UCI ranking.

3.4. Participants can register in any of the following categories at OPEN/POPULAR mode:

• OPEN MALE. Men that must be 19 years or older on the 31st of December of the current year in which the competition takes place.

• OPEN FEMALE. Women that must be 19 years or older on the 31st of December of the current year in which the competition takes place.

• OPEN DUE MALE. A couple made up of two men who are 19 years or older at 31 December of the year in which the test is disputed. They may be holders of the competition license (as it is a category not recognized by the UCI, it is not possible to opt for prizes or UCI points), Tourist license or day license is allowed.

• OPEN DUE FEMALE.. A couple made up of two women who are 19 years of age or older at 31 December of the year in which the test is disputed. They may be holders of the competition license (as a category not recognized by the UCI, it is not possible to opt for prizes or UCI points), Tourist license or day license is allowed.

• Mixed OPEN DUO. A couple made up of a man and a woman who meet 19 years or more at 31 December of the year in which the test is disputed. They may be holders of the competition license (as a category not recognized by the UCI, it is not possible to opt for prizes or UCI points), Tourist license or day license is allowed.

 

4. Teams’ meeting

4.1. There will be a team meeting on Thursday prior to the proof of compulsory attendance for Team Directors.  Any participant is welcome but is not obligated to attend. The details of the stages will be reviewed and the possible changes in the career development will be reported.

4.2. 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.

 

5. Race procedure

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

5.2. After each stage and at 19:00 latest, the stage results and general classification is released on the official website and news board.

5.3. The start grid opens twenty (20) minutes before the starting time.

5.4. There are different start grids according to the competition’s overall classification. All the leaders will be on the frontlines.

5.5. 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.

5.6. 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).

5.7. Each way point, cross section, feed/aid station, start and finish have a maximum time allowance, participants must ride inside this time period to avoid being disqualified. Time control will be announced on the road Book of the competition.

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

5.9. 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.

5.10. Time control schedules. The organization sets a time controlspeed, which you can apply if necessary. The median established is 12km/h and will be established whenever the organization deems it necessary.

 

6. Neutralised starts

6.1. 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.

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

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

 

7. Route

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

7.2. 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.

7.3. 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.

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

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

7.6. Skipping a way point leads to disqualification.

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

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

 

8. Feed and aid stations

8.1. 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.

8.2. Teams Feed zones will be the place where help will be accepted.

 

9. Marking

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

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

 

10. Unrideable stretches

10.1. 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.

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

 

11. Withdrawing

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

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

11.3. 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.

 

12. Results

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

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

12.3. The following results are established at PRO/COMPETITION mode:

 

• Overall,

• Elite Women

• Elite Men

• Master 30

• Master 40

• Master 30 (Female)

• Master 40 (Female)

• Master 50

• Master 60

 

At the OPEN/POPULAR mode, results will be according to the following categories:

• Open Male

• Open Female

• Open Duo Female

• Open Duo Male

• Open Mixed

 

 

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

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

12.6. 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.

13. Awards

13.1. Each stage has an award ceremony for each category (just for PRO/COMPETITION mode).

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

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

13.4. Prize money is only being held out after the last stage.UCI Elite Men. Awards as established by the UCI.

13.5. 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.
13.6. Participants who carry prize money must fill-in and submit at the Race Office (located at the exit of Igualda) all the documentation requested by the organization before Sunday 1st of April 2018 at 14:00. If this is not so, the organization understands that the participant refuses to perceive the corresponding prize money.

 

14. Bicycle

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

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

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

14.4. Tandem bicycles are not permitted.

 

15. Equipment

15.1. 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 attached to the back of the plate.

15.2. 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.

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

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

15.5. 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.

15.6 The organization offers participants the opportunity to leave their warm pieces at the start and pick them up at finish line. The organization will only collect clothing that is properly stored in a bag labeled with the cuff number assigned by the organization. The bag will only be returned to the participant who wears the cuff matching the bag number.

15.7 The organization will not be liable for garments which are not left duly labeled and delivered in hand to the organization.

15.8 The organization will not be responsible for the material that can be lost or lost during the race or during the course of the event.

15.9 The organization shall not be liable in the event of a bicycle malfunction.

 

16. Sport and nature

16.1. 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.

16.2. 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.

 

17. Considerations

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

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

17.3. 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.

17.4. 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.

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

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

17.7. 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.

 

18. Claims

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

 

19. Paddock

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

19.2. There will be an area destined for camping or parking of camper vans or caravans. In certain areas it will be possible to contract electricity additionally. Reservations are required at: www.ticketoci.net.

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

REGISTERING FOR VolCAT INVOLVES ACCEPTING AND ACCOMPLISHING THESE REGULATIONS. IT ALSO IMPLIES THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE DATA PROTECTION LAW AND THE CANCELATION POLICY.

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