Rules

VOLCAT 2019 RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

1. Introduction

1.1. VolCAT is an MTB stage race (XCS2) split into four stages.

1.2. It is an individual competition (only the UCI event).

1.3. The competition will take place from Thursday 18 April to Sunday 21 April 2019.

1.4. The competition will be held in Igualada (Anoia region).

1.5. The competition is regulated by the technical and sporting rules and regulations of the UCI (International Cycling Union) for Men’s and Women’s Elite categories.

1.6. The competition counts towards the UCI XCS2 category.

 

2. Registration

2.1. Persons wishing to participate in this competition must register on the official website: www.ticketoci.net. In order for registration to be valid, it is obligatory to fill in all the required fields in the form and pay the registration fees.

2.2. The registration period ends on 16 April 2019 or until a maximum of 800 places have been filled.

2.3.- Participants must be in possession of a cycling competition licence issued by a national cycling federation approved by the UCI. Participants wishing to compete in the UCI Men’s and Women’s Elite categories must hold an annual cycling competition licence.

2.4.- Participants in possession of a cycling race licence may participate in the OPEN/AMATEUR discipline. It is also possible to purchase a day licence, at an additional cost of €10.

2.5- IMPORTANT: In accordance with the regulations of the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC), foreign participants holding a cycling licence not issued by the RFEC must have written authorisation from their national federation certifying that their insurance is valid in Spain. This document must be presented to a commissaire in order to be able to collect the race number.

2.6- During the administrative checks all participants will receive a wristband, which must be worn throughout the competition. The wristband grants access to the areas reserved for participants and ensures compliance with security measures.

 

 2.7- The registration fee per participant is:

- €190 until 14 November 2018

- €210 from 15 November 2018 to 1 February 2019

- €230 from 2 February to 16 April 2019

 

 2.8.- Registration includes:

- the right to take part in the competition

- registration gifts: the official event jersey (size is guaranteed up to one and a half months before registration closes)

- number plate and race number

- electronic timing chip

- liquid and solid refreshments (three per stage)

- food at the end of each stage (except the first one, which will only consist of refreshments)

- course markings and checkpoints

- broom wagons

- medical assistance throughout the tour

- cloakroom service

- finisher gift

- toilets

- bicycle washing service

- additional paddock services.

 

2.9.- Optional and additional services:

- caravan area

- camping area

- expo zone

- others yet to be specified.

 

2.10.- In case of disqualification or withdrawal from the competition, the registration fee will not be refunded, either in full or partially.

 

2.11.- Cancellation policy and changes (in regard to the registration fee):

- 20% PENALTY until 01/11/2018. Refund of 80% of the registration fee.

- 40% PENALTY from 02/11/2018 to 01/02/2019.  Refund of 60% of the registration fee.

- 80% PENALTY from 02/02/2019 to 16/04/2019. Refund of 20% of the registration fee.

- Cancellations requested from the day on which registration closes on 16/04/2019 and onwards will not receive a refund.

- Cancellations or changes must be sent in writing to outdoor@ocisport.net 

3. Participants

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

3.2. Participants may register in any of the following categories in the PRO/COMPETITION discipline:

- WOMEN’S ELITE. Open to women who are 19 years of age or over on 31 December of the year in which the event takes place. Participants are only eligible for points and cash prizes if in possession of a UCI-approved cycling licence.

- MEN’S ELITE. Open to men who are 19 years of age or over on 31 December of the year in which the event takes place. Participants are only eligible for points and cash prizes if in possession of a UCI-approved cycling licence.

- MASTER 30. Open to men and women who are 30 years of age or over on 31 December of the year in which the event takes place. Participants in possession of an Elite licence cannot compete in the Master 30.

- MASTER 40. Open to men and women who are 40 years of age or over on 31 December of the year in which the event takes place. Participants in possession of an Elite or Master 30 licence cannot compete in the Master 40.

- MASTER 50. Open to men who are 50 years of age or over on 31 December of the year in which the event takes place. Participants in possession of an Elite, Master 30 or Master 40 licence cannot compete in the Master 50.

3.3. Race numbers will be assigned by category and according to the order of registration and the latest UCI rankings. 

3.4. Participants may register in any of the following categories in the OPEN/AMATEUR discipline:

- MEN’S OPEN. Open to men who are 19 years of age or over on 31 December of the year in which the event takes place.

- WOMEN’S OPEN. Open to women who are 19 years of age or over on 31 December of the year in which the event takes place.

- MEN’S DUO OPEN. Open to pairs formed of two men who are 19 years of age or over on 31 December of the year in which the event takes place. They may be holders of the competition licence (as it is a category not recognised by the UCI it is not possible to qualify for prizes or UCI points), a cycling race licence or a day licence.

- WOMEN’S DUO OPEN: Open to pairs formed of two women who are 19 years of age or over on 31 December of the year in which the event takes place. They may be holders of the competition licence (as it is a category not recognised by the UCI it is not possible to qualify for prizes or UCI points), a cycling race licence or a day licence.

- MIXED DUO OPEN: Open to pairs formed of a man and a woman who are 19 years of age or over on 31 December of the year in which the event takes place. They may be holders of the competition licence (as it is a category not recognised by the UCI it is not possible to qualify for prizes or UCI points), a cycling race licence or a day licence.

 

3.5. Participants who only register for one or two stages, even if in possession of a valid UCI licence, may only participate in the OPEN category.

 

 

4.- Team briefings

4.1. A team briefing will take place on the Thursday prior to the event. Attendance is compulsory for all Team Managers. Participants are welcome to attend but their attendance is not obligatory. Aspects related to the stages will be reviewed and possible changes to the race will be  announced.  

4.2- All changes will be published on the event notice board, and it shall be the responsibility of participants to keep themselves informed. The official event website will also display information so that participants can keep abreast of all the latest news.

 

5.- Race procedure

5.1.- This competition is regulated by the general rules and regulations of the UCI and the specific mountain bike rules of the UCI.

5.2.- After each stage, at around 7 p.m., the results of the stage and the general classification will be published on the event’s official website and on the notice board.

 

5.3.- The starting area will open 20 minutes before the start time.

5.4.- The starting grid will be formed according to the competition’s general classification.

5.5.- Access to the starting area will be prohibited from five minutes before the start time, and newly-registered participants will be placed behind each of the starting groups.

5.6.- Participants may not join the race once it has officially started, unless a commissaire grants permission. Participants who start after the race has officially begun will be considered DNS (Did Not Start).

 

5.7.- Checkpoints, refreshment stations and the starting and finishing lines will have an average cut-off time limit of 10 km/h (see section 6).

5.8.- Failure to comply with regulations will result in the disqualification of the participant in question.

5.9.- Participants who cease to form part of the official classification may continue to participate in the event on a non-competitive basis, as long as this does not influence the progress of the competition. Failure to comply with this rule will result in expulsion from the race, with no possibility of continuing.

 

6.- Cut-off time limit

 

6.1. The organiser may apply a minimum speed whenever it deems necessary. The minimum median speed is set at 10 km/h and will be implemented at the organiser’s discretion.

7.- Neutralised starts

7.1.- For safety reasons the start of a stage may be neutralised. The race director will lead the start with an official race vehicle. Once the race director signals for the stage to begin, participants may start competing.

7.2.- When the official vehicle reaches the end of the neutralised stretch, it will pull over to one side to indicate the end of neutralisation.

7.3.- During the neutralised start it is forbidden to overtake the race director's vehicle.

 

 

8.- The route

 

8.1.- The route will be duly signposted with markings, especially at problematic points such as crossroads or streets.

8.2.- The route will be open to traffic but properly controlled. Participants must follow the indications of road traffic authorities and ride with caution. Cyclists must ride on the right-hand side on open roads.

8.3.- The route includes demanding climbs and sections with technical descents. It is the responsibility of the participant to decide which sections are suitable for them. The organiser is not responsible for the abilities or fitness of participants.

8.4.- There are checkpoints throughout the route.

8.5.- At the checkpoints a commissaire will write down each participant's race number and their time.

8.6.- Skipping a checkpoint shall result in the disqualification of the participant in question.

8.7.- Failure to follow indications during a section shall result in the disqualification of the participant in question.

8.8.- Abandoning the route established by the organiser shall result in the disqualification of the participant in question.

 

9. Refreshments

9.1.- Refreshment areas will be duly signposted along the route. Participants will find everything they need in terms of nutrition and hydration between stages.

9.2.- Assistance shall be permitted at team refreshment stations.

 

 

10. Marking

10.1.- The race will be marked with directional arrows and tape. No electronic devices are required to follow the race.

10.2.- Every ten kilometres the remaining distance to the finish line will be indicated. Indication will be given when participants enter the final five kilometres to the finishing line.

 

11. Withdrawals

11.1.- Participants who withdraws must inform the organiser as soon as possible.

11.2.- Failure to report withdrawal may result in expulsion from the competition.

11.3.- In case of an accident or emergency, taking into consideration the safety of participants, the organiser reserves the right to force the withdrawal of a participant from the competition.

11.4.- Participants who are registered in the PRO category and withdraw from the race may continue to participate but only in the OPEN category, in accordance with the regulations governing this discipline.

 

 

12. Results

12.1.- The results of each stage are established in accordance with the time required to complete each of the stages, plus penalties.

12.2.- The total time of the completed stages and the total penalty time determine the final classifications.

12.3.- The following classifications form part of the PRO/COMPETITION discipline:

- General

- Women’s Elite

- Men’s Elite

- Master 30 - Master 40 – Women’s Master 30

- Women’s Master 40

- Master 50

- Master 60

 

Classification in the OPEN/AMATEUR discipline is established according to the following categories:

- MEN'S OPEN

- WOMEN’S OPEN

- WOMEN’S DUO OPEN

- MEN’S DUO OPEN

- MIXED OPEN

 

12.4.- Participants will be awarded UCI points and cash prizes as part of a UCI Men’s and Women's Elite classification.

12.5.- Participants who do not officially complete a stage shall not be considered a Finisher.

12.6.- Participants will carry a single-use chip for recording and tracking time. Commissaires must approve these times for results to be valid.

 

 

13. Awards

13.1.- An awards ceremony will take place for each stage and each category in the PRO/COMPETITION discipline only.

13.2.- Only the top three men and top three women from the stage in each category and the race leaders will be called up to the podium (see podium schedules).

13.3.- Cash prizes and UCI points will only be awarded in the UCI Elite and U-23 categories.

13.4.- Cash prizes will only be awarded at the end of the last Men’s Elite UCI stage. Prizes shall be established by the UCI.

 

 

13.5.- Team classification: two men and one woman are eligible for points and the times of all three competitors will be added up. The final team classification will be calculated by the sum of the times from all four stages. The top ranked team from each stage will go up to the podium, while in the final general classification the three best teams from VolCAT 2019 will appear on the podium.

13.6.- Participants who qualify for a cash prize must fill out the documentation required by the organiser and submit it to the race office (located in the Igualada starting area) before Sunday 21 April 2019 at 2 p.m. If this is not done, the organiser will deem that the participant has rejected the cash prize.

 

14. Bicycle

14.1.- Bicycles must comply with UCI regulations, both in terms of technical characteristics and safety measures.

14.2.- Participants may replace bicycle parts during each stage, but an entire bicycle may only be substituted at the end of each stage (UCI regulations).

14.3.- Bicycles parked in the event’s official car park may only be removed by participants wearing the wristband with the corresponding race number.

 

 

15. Equipment

15.1.- It is obligatory to compete with the number plate assigned by the organiser. The number plate must be placed on the front of the bicycle and on the participant’s back. Both must be clearly visible and may not be modified. The electronic chip must be attached to the back of the number plate and may not be altered in any way.

15.2.- All leaders of the general classification must wear the leader's jersey, which will be supplied by the organiser. The leader's jersey has a blank space both on the front and the back reserved for the participant's sponsors.

15.3.- It is the responsibility of the participant to place their sponsors in the space reserved on the leader's jersey.

15.4.- For safety reasons it is recommended that participants carry a mobile phone with them.

15.5.- It may be necessary in some stages to wear warm clothing (waterproofs, thermal leggings, etc.). It is the responsibility of participants to choose said clothing.

15.6.- The organiser will not be held responsible in the event of a breakdown of a bicycle.

 

 

16. Sport and nature

16.1.- MTB is a competitive sport and/or leisure activity that takes place in a natural environment and the impact it may have on the environment is the responsibility of all participants and the organiser. Participants are kindly requested not to leave litter along the route, to respect the environment (to not ride off-road and to not take shortcuts that may damage vegetation) and to take caution with animals, etc.

16.2 The commissaires and the organiser reserve the right to disqualify any participant who does not respect the environment or the private properties covered during the race, and to expel them without the right to continue participating in the competition.

 

17. Considerations

17.1.- Participants may be subject to doping control in accordance with UCI rules.

17.2.-Participants must be respectful of other cyclists, commissaires, members of the organisation, journalists and spectators.

17.3.- The competition route has been created exclusively for the race and dissemination of the course is not permitted.

17.4.- Commissaires reserve the right to disqualify any participant who does not respect these considerations, and to expel them without the right to continue participating in the competition.

17.5.- Participants transfer their image rights to the organiser, which may use any photograph or video derived from the competition.

17.6.- The organiser is not responsible for any expenses or debts that participants may incur during the course of the event.

17.7.- If necessary and in case of unforeseeable circumstance, for the purpose of ensuring the progress of the event and the safety of all persons (participants, commissaires, technical team, etc.), the organiser reserves the right to delay the starting time or to modify or cancel a stage.

 

18. Complaints

18.1.- Complaints must be formally submitted to a commissaire and will be processed in accordance with UCI regulations.

 

19. Paddock

19.1.- Participants or team members are not permitted to camp or spend the night in the paddock, only those authorised by the organiser may do so. Plots must be reserved and the corresponding payment made at: www.ticketoci.net

19.2.- There shall be an area for camping and parking camper vans and caravans. In certain areas it will be possible to purchase electricity. Reservations must be made at: www.ticketoci.net.

20. STARTING ORDER

20.1 The starting order of the first stage will be in order of UCI ranking and then in order of race numbers. The starting order of the remaining three stages will be according to classification by category in the corresponding starting positions.

 

REGISTERING FOR VOLCAT IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE AND COMPLIANCE WITH THESE REGULATIONS. IT ALSO IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE OF DATA PROTECTION LEGISLATION AND THE CANCELLATION POLICY.