Rules

 

Version 1.1 Updated 13/04/2016

Dragon Duathlon is a multi-leg, multi-sport event in which participants are expected to be self-sufficient during the course of the event. Participants in Dragon Duathlon undertake this challenge with the expectation that they understand and accept this principle. The rules outlined below are designed to ensure the safety of racers, support the fundamental concept of fair play, and maintain the overall integrity of the race itself.

Due to the Road Traffic Act (1960), Dragon Duathlon can not be categorised as a race. The event will therefore be categorised as a challenge event.

  1. Participants

    1. Minimum age of participation is 18 years on the day the event starts.

    2. Participants must be in good health and well trained.

      1. Dragon Duathlon does not screen participants.

      2. It is the participants responsibility to determine if they are fit enough to safely participate.

    3. Dragon Duathlon is a potentially dangerous multi-sport event and participants are responsible for their own safety, agreeing to pay for all costs associated with rescue, medical care, or emergency transportation. As a result, it is recommended that all overseas participants have valid travel and medical insurance to participate in Dragon Duathlon.

  1. Medical

    1. The organisers reserve the right to prevent a participant from continuing the event on recommendation of the medical staff.

    2. Any participants requiring specific personal medications are responsible for supplying and carrying such medication each day while racing.

      1. It is recommended a backup set of medication is given to a team member in case primary medications are lost or damaged. If any solo racer is on medication, they are asked to inform Racer Relations.

  1. Mandatory Equipment

    1. As per the Dragon Duathlon Mandatory Kit List.

      1. These items must be considered the bare minimum, and it is strongly recommended that racers ensure that they are fully prepared to deal with emergencies they may encounter.

    2. Prior to registration participants will be required to show all items contained in the Mandatory Kit List.

    3. Random checks will occur throughout the race. Participants not able to produce mandatory kit will be removed from the event classification.

  1. Bicycles

    1. Only bikes in good working order will be allowed to start the event.

    2. The front number board must always be securely fitted and visible from the front.

      1. The number board can not be cut, reshaped or defaced in any way. Anyone who cuts a number board will be required to purchase a re-print.

    3. Handlebar ends and handlebar extensions shall be plugged and must not have sharp or jagged edges.

    4. Maintenance of bicycles during the race is the responsibility of each participant and their support crew.

    5. Bicycles must be legal in terms of road laws, but bicycles do not need to adhere to UCI regulations.
  1. Helmets and Clothing

    1. A participant not wearing a helmet at any cycle stage of the event will be removed from classifacation.

    2. All helmets must comply with international ‘ANSI’, ‘SNELL’ standards.

      1. Aerodynamic helmets are allowed

    3. Appropriate riding attire, including a jersey, must be worn at all times.

    4. Eye protection is strongly recommended.

    5. Fully-enclosed footwear is recommended.

    6. No headphones or other audio devices will be allowed to be used during the race. This is for safety reasons.

  1. Nutrition and Hydration

    1. Participants retain the ultimate responsibility to carry enough water and nutrition with them during the event.

  1. Participant Registration and Mandatory Briefing

    1. Racer Registration will be open the day prior to the event (June 17th 2016). No check-in will be allowed on the day of commencement (June 18th 2016).

    2. A Mandatory Racer Briefing will take place on the day prior to the event starting (June 17th 2016)

  2. Racer Identification

    1. All participants must display all issued number boards at all times during the event.

    2. Bike number boards must be firmly fixed on the front of the bike, and must not be obscured by cables or any other item.

    3. Run numbers must be visible at all times. Race belts are recommended.
    4. Participant numbers and bike number boards may not be altered or mutilated in any way, including cutting, adding stickers, removing existing stickers or trimming. Violation of this rule will result in a 1hr time penalty.

    5. Participants not displaying their race board properly and clearly will be warned and following a second offence will be given a time penalty of 30 minutes. Subsequent offences will be punished at the discretion of the Management Team.

  1. Route

    1. Participants must complete the full designated route and provided distance throughout the event

    2. Should the participant leave the route at any point, they MUST rejoin at the point they left.
  1. Event Timing & Prizes

    1. No prizes will be awarded.

    2. Participants must check-in at every timing point
  1. Finish, Cut off Times and Out of Race

    1. Cut off times are in place for the safety of the participants and the Dragon Duathlon staff.

    2. Cut off Times may be modified for all racers in the event of extreme conditions, or course damage.

    3. Participants who do not arrive prior to a designated cut off time will be considered NOR (Not Officially Ranked), unless they are redirected by the Course Director.

    4. Cut off times will exist throughout the event. Full details of these will be given at the rider briefing.

  1. Accident & Injury on course

    1. In the event of a  participant subjected to an injury, a competitor who witnessed the incident must stay with the injured participant until the injured participant is deemed fit to make decisions on his or her own (all lost time will be credited).

    2. In the event that a  participant has been commandeered to assist the medical team with an emergency situation, that  participant will not be subjected to time penalties that would result in his or her eligibility to be considered an Official Finisher of the Dragon Duathlon.

  1. Traffic Regulations

    1. Dragon Duathlon will not have exclusive use of any public roads.

    2. No footpaths used will be closed to the general public.

    3. All regular traffic regulations must be observed at all times during the race, unless a uniformed Police officer directs racers otherwise. This is true for all participants and their supporters.

    4. Instructions of marshals and local authorities must be strictly followed.

    5. Participants who do not obey the traffic regulations or who endanger others will be warned and following a second offence will be given a time penalty of 30 minutes. Subsequent offences will be punished at the discretion of the Management Team.

  1. Ethical, Environmental and Fires

    1. Alcohol and Drug use within the Dragon Duathlon is subject to the laws of Wales and the UK.

    2. No littering or unnecessary damage to the environment will be tolerated. Any offence will lead to time penalties or disqualification.

  1. Support Vehicles and Support Staff

    1. Support Staff/Teams may not sell services or goods within the arena or any other area associate with Dragon Duathlon including parking spaces, arena pitches and camping areas unless previously approved.

    2. Participants may only receive support from the following:
      1.  Registered Supporter
      2. Other Event Participants
      3. Commercial outlets available to all other participants (e.g. shops on route)
    3. Outside assistance includes bike maintenance, nutrition support and physically aiding participants.

    4. No towing or pushing is allowed except in cases of emergency and this will be subject to the Event Official call. Time penalties may be applied.

    5. Bike repairs may be performed on the route by the participants but without obstructing other participants.

    6. Participants are not allowed to draft behind other riders.

    7. No other form of drafting is permitted whatsoever including, but not limited to, support vehicles, private vehicles, motorcycles and trucks.

    8. Supporters must follow all laws and drive in a responsible and safe manner at all times.
    9. Supporters must park in a sensible manner and not block other supporters or members of the public
  1. Withdrawals and Team Changing

    1. Participants or Relay Teams that cannot continue the race, for whatever reason, must immediately inform the Race Office. A contact phone number will be given at registration.

    2. In the event of a search and rescue operation being initiated for a racer that has withdrawn, but has not informed the Event Office, the cost of the search and rescue will be the responsibility of the participant and the participant will be prohibited to race in Dragon Duathlon again.

    3. After the event has started, team members can not be switched, changed or added to any team.

  1. Evacuations

    1. It is up to any medical staff to decide the most appropriate method of extraction.

    2. Participants are responsible for the extraction (logistics and cost) of their bicycles and gear, but the Dragon Duathlon staff may assist where possible.

    3. Dragon Duathlon cannot accept responsibility for racer gear that is left behind as a result of an extraction. Only injured or ill patients will be extracted. Uninjured members will continue on to finish.

    4. In the event that a participant has been commandeered to assist the medical team with an emergency situation, that participant will not be subjected to time penalties that would result in his or her eligibility to be considered an Official Finisher of Dragon Duathlon.

    5. Any participant extracted from the course must report to the Event Office when capable of doing so.

    6. All uninjured participants involved in an extraction must report to or contact the Event Office (tel: +44(0)7508 639087) with all due haste to minimise the extent of a Lost Participant Search & Rescue Operation.

    7. Participants who voluntarily leave the course without notifying Racer Relations within 4 hours of departure are subject to paying for the cost of a Search & Rescue Operation.

  1. Protests

    1. Any protests must be submitted in writing to the Event Referee or the Event Office after the racer has crossed the finish line, and within the allocated time period see section 20.4 and 20.5.

    2. A deposit of £50 GBP must accompany any protest, before the protest will be considered.

    3. Any riders who has their protest upheld will have their deposit returned. All other protests will have their deposit forfeited.

    4. Race protests must be submitted within 15 minutes of the racer crossing the finish line.

    5. Participant timing protests must be submitted within 15 minutes of the event times being posted.

  1. Doping

    1. Dragon Duathlon reserves the right to conduct doping tests on all participants.

    2. Positive results will lead to disqualification from the event, and those results will be forwarded to the national sporting federations.

  1. Disqualification and Penalties

    1. Participant may be disqualified at the discretion of the Event Referee, Event Office or Event Committee for any one or more of the following reasons including, but not limited to:

      1. Riding at any point on any stage without a helmet

      2. Littering

      3. Disrespect of or damage to the environment

      4. Bad sportsmanship

      5. Abuse of race officials

      6. Traffic rule violations

      7. Breaking of the Dragon Duathlon Rules as described above

  1. Discretion of the Director of Participant Relations and Management Committee

    1. Where any additional rule interpretation are required, or where specific provision for any incident has not been made in these rules, the decision of the Director of Participant Relations will be final.

    2. Decisions relating outside the scope of Participant Relations will be decided on by the Event Committee: Course Director, Chief Marshall, Participant Relations and a Participant Representative.