Rules

Important notes to remember include:

  • The race is on “OPEN ROADS” please keep left and all road rules apply.
  • If you fail to finish a stage, you are out of the race and will NOT be able to start the next stage.
  • Race Numbers – Make sure your number is placed correctly on your jersey at all times.
  • SIGN ON – make sure you sign on before each stage. Sign on will close 10 minutes before the stage start. The sign on sheets will be at the registration table at the school.
  • TRANSPONDERS. Check before the start of each stage that it is on your bike.
  • SPRINTS & CLIMBS. These will be marked by flags. A white flag at the line and 200m before the line there will be a GREEN flag for sprints and BLUE flag for climbs.

The TA 2 Day 2017 – Technical Guide

CHAPTER 2: GENERAL PROVISIONS

2.1

Participation

2.1.1

Women and U19 Women – Riders must hold the appropriate BikeNZ licence.
Junior U19 – Riders must hold the appropriate BikeNZ licence.
Junior U17 – Riders must hold the appropriate BikeNZ licence.
Junior U15 – Riders must hold a BikeNZ licence, and be U15 as at 31 December 2017.

2.1.2

Riders shall, no later than Saturday 9th April 2016 confirm their participation to the organiser by presenting their licence. They will in return be provided with race numbers and other relevant race information.

2.1.3

All BikeNZ and UCI rules will apply to the tour.

2.2

Race Headquarters

2.2.1

The Race Headquarters will be located at Korakonui School on Saturday through to Sunday, in the vicinity of the start and finish of each stage.

2.2.2

All communiqués will be available at the Race Headquarters. We will endeavour to provide all information within 1 hour of the stage finishing.

2.3

Results/ Timing

2.3.1

As soon as results of the stage are known, the organiser shall make these available to interested parties. This information will be posted at the Race Headquarters and available on www.dynamoevents.co.nz and www.tasportscycling.co.nz

2.3.2

Transponders must be on bike to start each stage.

2.3.3

Electronic Timing will be used and riders will be allocated a transponder to fit to the forks of their bike. All transponders must be returned at the conclusion of the event or if a rider withdraws from the tour. Failure to do so will incur a fine of $50

2.4

Medical care

2.4.1

Medical support will be available during the event. First Aid will be based at Race HQ for each event.

CHAPTER 3: RACE PROCEDURE

3.1

Gear Ratios

3.1.1

For Junior U19 Men, the authorised maximum gear ratio is 7.93 metres; for Junior U17 Men & Women, the authorised maximum gear ratio is 7.00 metres; for Junior U15 Men & Women, the authorised maximum gear ratio is 6.00 metres.
For Women and Under 19 Women, open gearing can be used in all stages including the time trial.

3.1.2

Gear checks for the above events will be held prior to the running of that event. Competitors must comply to make the start. All gear checks will take place in the vicinity of the start line. Riders must not leave the controlled zone after gear check. All riders will be checked before Fridays Time Trial. The first 5 riders will be checked after other stages. Random checks may be made.

3.2

Equipment

3.2.1

Junior U15

  1. Wheels must have a minimum of 16 spokes and rims must not be made from composite materials.
  2. Handlebars must be made of a standard or classic style. Handlebar extensions ARE NOT permitted in any Junior U15 racing.
  3. In stage races the same bicycle shall be used in all stages including the time trial.

Junior U17

  1. Wheels must have a minimum of 16 spokes and rims must not be made from composite materials.
  2. Handlebars must be made of a standard or classic style. But bolt on handlebar extensions are permitted for the timetrial.
  3. In stage races the same bicycle shall be used in all stages including the time trial.

Junior U19 and Open Women

  1. Time Trial bikes and Disc/ Composite wheels may be used.

3.2.2

Bicycles with fixed wheel (track bicycles) are not permitted in any event including the time trial.

3.2.3

Each licence-holder shall ensure that his equipment (bicycle with accessories and other devices fitted, headgear, apparel, etc.) does not, by virtue of its quality, materials or design, constitute any danger to himself or to others.

3.3

Presentations

3.3.1

Presentations for 1st, 2nd and 3rd and leaders jerseys for tour leader, KOM and Sprint Ace will be completed at the conclusion of each stage. Riders must attend presentations.

CHAPTER 4: RIDERS’ APPAREL

4.1

General Provisions

4.1.1

Race jerseys must have sleeves and NZ National kit must not be worn.

4.1.2

The leaders of race competitions will be awarded leaders jerseys, these are to be worn on all stages. If a rider leads more than one competition, they shall wear the highest category, with the next placed rider allocated that jersey.

4.1.3

Race numbers must be visible to commissaries and race judges.

4.1.4

Wearing of safety approved headgear shall be mandatory during competitions and training sessions, in compliance with New Zealand regulations.

4.2

Riders’ Race Number

4.2.1

Riders must wear two numbers for stage races and one for the time trial. The location of these numbers is displayed at the race headquarters.

4.3

Race Incidents

4.3.1

In case of an accident or incident the Chief Commissaire may, after obtaining the agreement of the Commissaires Panel and having informed the timekeepers, decide:

  • to modify the course,
  • temporarily to neutralise the race,
  • restart the race near the place of the incident, taking account of the gaps recorded at the moment of the incident, or
  • to let the results stand as are.

4.4

Withdrawing out of the race

4.4.1

A rider withdrawing from the race shall remove his race number and notify commissaire and finish line judges. They may not cross the finishing line. You will NOT be able to start the next stage of the Tour.

CHAPTER 5: STAGE RACES

5.1

Course

5.1.2

Riders must sign in at least 15 minutes before race start. It is not necessary to sign in for stage 1.. Failure to do so may result in time penalties been given.
They shall be present and ready at least five minutes before the time of the start from the assembly point.

5.1.3

It is the riders’ responsibility to follow the correct route. The course will be marked with race arrows at all major intersections. There will be no allowance made for a rider who goes off course.
The roads are not closed, and all riders must obey the normal road rules at all times.
Where riders’ are dropped from the main group, they must be very attentive to the normal rules of the road.

5.1.4

No Supporters are to follow the race!!

5.2

Feed Station

5.2.1

Feed Stations are only available for U19 Mens stage 1 only. Refreshments may only be taken in areas set aside for that purpose. Feed Zones will be signposted. The location is outlined in the stage description.

5.2.2

Riders may feed on Stage 1 on Laps 2 & 3 only.

5.3

Mechanical Assistance

5.3.1

Riders may only receive mechanical assistance from one of the neutral wheel wagons.

5.3.2

Whatever the position of a rider in the race, he may receive such assistance only when stationary and on the left hand side of the road.

5.3.3

While wheel vans will endeavour at all times to provide coverage for all riders, there may be times during the event where support is not available. It is advised that you carry a spare tube.

5.3.4

Ensure all wheels are clearly labelled to ensure prompt return.

5.3.5

Wheels supplied to the neutral wheel wagon will be available to all riders and there may be times where you will not receive your own wheel in the case of a puncture.

5.4

Finishes and Time-keeping

5.4.1

All riders in a given bunch shall be credited with the same time when they cross the finishing line.
Groups will be separated when there is a clear gap between the last rider of the first group and the first rider of the next group. Bunch time is taken from the first rider in each group.

5.4.2

If the final result is a draw the placings obtained in each stage shall be added and, as a last resort, the place obtained in the last stage ridden shall be taken into consideration.

5.4.3

In the case of a duly noted fall, puncture or mechanical incident within 3km of the stage finish, the rider or riders involved shall be credited with the time of the rider or riders in whose company they were riding at the moment of the accident.

5.4.4

Time Bonuses will be set as follows for ALL road stages:
1st – 5 seconds
2nd – 3 seconds
3rd – 2 seconds
4th – 1 second

5.4.5

King of the Mountains/ Queen of the Mountains
King/Queen of the Mountains points will be allocated on designated Hill Sprints as follows:
1st – 5 points
2nd – 3 points
3rd – 2 points
4th – 1 point
The rider who is leading on KOM/QOM points will wear the Mountain leaders jersey.

In the Under15 Grade, the KOM/QOM category is a combined competition. There is no separate U15 Girls category.

In the Womens Grade, the QOM category is a combined competition with Women / U19 Women. There is no separate U19 QOM category.

The location of KOM primes is outlined in the stage description and marked by a flag 200m before the point. Location is described in the race description.

5.4.6

Sprint Ace
Sprint Ace points will be allocated on designated sprint primes.

In the Under15 Grade, the Sprint Ace category is a combined competition. There is no separate U15 Girls category.

In the Womens Grade, the Sprint Ace category is a combined competition with Women / U19 Women. There is no separate U19 Sprint Ace category.

The location of sprint primes is outlined in the stage description and marked by a flag 200m before the designated point. Location is described in the race description.

5.4.7

Race Radios
The use of race radios between managers and riders or between individual riders is strictly prohibited and will result in sanctions being applied.

CHAPTER 6: TIME-TRIAL

6.1

Distances

6.1.1

The distances shall be the following:

  • Junior U15 – 9km Korakonui
  • Junior U17 – 9km Korakonui
  • Women/U19women – 9km Korakonui
  • Junior U19 men – 9km Korakonui

6.2

Course

6.2.1

From the start of the time trial, the course may be used only by the riders in the time trial.

6.2.2

Riders must warm-up away from the time trial course and must not cross the finish line. At all times riders must be aware of other road users and obey the rules of the road.

6.3

Starting Order

6.3.1

Riders shall set off at 30 second intervals.

6.3.2

Start

6.3.3

Riders shall assemble no later than 10 minutes before the time set for the start.

6.3.4

The rider shall be held and then released, not pushed, by a “holder”.

6.3.5

The time of any rider reporting late at the start shall be calculated from his scheduled starting time and they shall make a standing start from the place designated for that purpose.
The start of any rider reporting late shall not adversely affect the start of a competitor making a start at their allotted time.
The starter will ensure sufficient gap between such riders.

6.4

Racing Procedure

6.4.1

If one rider is caught up by another, they may neither lead nor follow in the slipstream of the rider who caught up.

6.4.2

A rider, upon catching up with another shall leave a lateral gap of at least 2 metres between themselves and the other rider.
After 1 km, the rider caught up shall ride at least 25m away from the other.

6.4.3

If necessary, the commissaire or assistant commissaire shall force the riders to leave the 2 metre lateral gap and the distance of 25 metres respectively.

6.4.4

Riders may not help one another.

6.4.5

Riders may not be given refreshments, other than that which they carry themselves.

6.5

Following vehicles

6.5.1

Following vehicles are not permitted to follow riders on the course.

CHAPTER 7: RACE PROCEDURES

7.2

Behaviour of participants in cycling races

7.2.2

All license-holders shall, in whatever capacity, participate in cycling races in a fair and sporting manner. They shall look to contributing fairly to the sporting success of the race. A high standard of behaviour is expected from all participants throughout the duration of the tour.

7.2.3

Riders shall sportingly defend their own chances.
Any collusion or behaviour likely to falsify or detract from the interest of the competition shall be forbidden.