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Cruise The Blues Rules and Regulations

Please Note: Pets must be leashed and properly supervised at all times.

RACE CLASSES BASED ON AGE

All age classifications are based on the age of each racer as of August 26th, 2017. The minimum age for racing is 5 years old. All team members must be registered together either in the Joy Division or the Glory Division. The participant age on the day of the race will be used to determine their eligible category. A team must consist of two members. The teams will be categorized by the combined age of the individuals making up the team. By definition, coed teams must have one female and one male member.

STARTING PROCEDURES

The race will start in the middle of the farmstead as a group – PROMPTLY – at 11am.

It will be a mounted start with the racers positioned in their separate categories: Glory Individual, Glory Team, Joy Individual, and Joy Team. All participants must start the race with their bike bib and bar code on. Roll call will not be taken. You are responsible for being present and ready to roll before the start of the race. If you or your team’s first racer is not present at the start of the race, you MUST check in at the Log Tent before you start the race.

GENERAL RULES

1. Team Captains: Each team will designate a team captain. Team captains will represent the team in all official correspondence and communications before, during, and after the event. Only team captains may file protests.

2. Pre-race Meeting: The team captain and each solo rider, must attend the pre-race meeting, however, everyone is welcome.

3. Team Pit Area: Teams must designate a location, and only one location, as their pit area. Typically, this is at your campsite. Racers may change or repair any equipment in their pit area. Pit areas are not allowed on the course or in the start/finish area. However, emergency repairs may be performed in the start/finish area, and you may even swap out entire bikes. In the start/finish area or the racers pit area, racers may accept support from anyone. Also, racers may bring as many support people as they like, but their support is limited to only the start/finish area, the racers pit area and additional support areas designated by the race director.

4. Support On The Course: Support on the course may only be supplied by other registered racers. Supporting racers must access the course by their own power (foot travel or on bike), and that access can only be achieved by following the course in the actual racing direction. Shortcutting the course is not allowed (See rule #11). Supporting racers should stay clear of all competing racers. Supporting racers may take any equipment or tools with them, and they may even swap bikes with their teammates. Cannibalizing bicycle parts is legal. Support can be provided by any registered solo or team racer to any registered solo or team racer.

5. Water and Food: Water and food may be supplied to any racer by anyone anywhere on the course. However, racers must stay clear of the course when taking the food or water. Please do not throw empty wrappers on the ground. Remember – Leave no trace.

6. Permitted Course Riders: Only officially registered racers, credentialed media, law enforcement, emergency personnel and event staff may ride on the designated courses during the event.

7. Team Number Display: Racers must display their race number strap on the front of their bikes whenever on course. In the case of a bike swap, racers must swap the race number strap to the new bike before continuing the race. Race officials may request to see this at any time.

8. Right Of Way: Racers riding bicycles have the right of way over racers pushing bicycles. When practical, racers pushing or carrying their bikes should stay on the least rideable portion of the trail when being passed. Racers pushing or carrying their bikes may overtake a racer riding his bike provided that they do not interfere with the riding racer.

9. Lapped Racers: Lapped racers should yield to leaders. Leaders should be very vocal when preparing to pass any racer. “Passing on your left!” and “Passing on your right!” should be called out loudly and clearly. It is the responsibility of the challenging racer to overtake safely. Racers being lapped must yield on the first command.

10. Vying For Position: When two racers are vying for position, the leading racer does not have to yield position to the challenging racer. However, a racer may not bodily interfere with intent to impede another racer’s progress, as this is considered to be highly unsportsmanlike behavior (see rule #14).

11. Shortcutting: Shortcutting the course by any registered racer shall result in a disqualification of that racer or that racer’s team.

12. Law Abiding: Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances will be abided by at all times.

13. Sportsmanship: Foul riding, use of profane or abusive language, and other unsportsmanlike behavior will be taken very seriously. Such behavior by any racer shall subject that racer or his/her team to a warning or immediate disqualification. This will be strictly applied when such behavior is directed at course officials, volunteers, or spectators. The penalty imposed is at the discretion of the race director or co-director, should the race director be unavailable.

14. Protests
: Protests can only be made by team captains. Protests will be made in writing and delivered to the race director or co-director any time during the race or after the end of the race, up to 30 minutes after the posting of the final results. Protests should contain any information that supports the protest, including description of incidents, witnesses, names, addresses, phone numbers, and the signature of the protesting team captain. A $50 fee shall be submitted, in cash, with the protest. The race director, after his own discovery, will promptly rule on the protest. The fee will be forfeited to the race director if the protest is denied or refunded if the protest is upheld.

15. Final Rulings
: The race director has the final say in any ruling, including rulings made by the co-director.

16. Log Tent: After the start, racers must log in and log out each lap at the Log Tent located in the start/finish area. All racers must dismount at the Log Tent area. They must expose their bike bib/bar-code to the timer and allow him/her time to scan the code before proceeding with the next lap or next rider, in the case of a team. the next team member bar code will be scanned upon completion of their lap.

17. Consecutive Laps: A racer may ride consecutive laps, but must stop at the Log Tent after his/her first lap in order to log in for his/her second lap. If a racer is staying in for an additional lap, that racer must log out from the first lap by having their bar code scanned by the logging official. He/she may continue the consecutive lap after the bar code has been scanned. Solo racers will do this every lap. Each team member must complete a minimum of 30% (rounded up to the next whole number) of the completed laps by that team. For example, if a team completes 7 laps, each member must complete a minimum of 3 laps.

18. Loss Of Bar Code: Loss of the bar code will result in a 5 minute time penalty that will be applied to the racer or their team’s finish time on the last lap and will accrue to the racer finishing that final lap. The logging official will issue a new bar code.

19. Verifying The Log Sheet: It is a team’s responsibility to verify that each racer is logged in and logged out correctly. Please be courteous and patient while verifying information with your registrar. Registrars and race officials may request to see your bike bib and bar code at any time.

20. Canceling A Lap
: Once on course, a racer must complete his or her lap. However, a team has the option of canceling a racer’s lap and restarting it from the Log Tent with a substitute racer. This is a difficult and costly decision, but if the first racer is unable to complete the lap for any reason, it may be to the team’s advantage to cancel that racer’s lap. Any team member can cancel a racer’s lap by notifying the team’s registrar at the Log Tent and initialing the log sheet next to the canceled lap. If a team cancels a racer’s lap and is restarting with a new racer, a new bar code will be issued without penalty. The new racer inherits the log in time of the canceled racer’s lap. Once a cancellation has been made, it cannot be rescinded. The canceled lap does not count as a completed lap.

21. Substituting A Racer: To substitute a racer, the new racer must fill out an accident waiver, complete with team name and original signature, and deliver it to the race director no later than the end of the registration. No racer substitutions will be accepted after registration closes at 10AM the morning of the race.

22. Finishing Prior To 4:00PM: At anytime during the race, a participant may choose to turn in their bar code, state that they are finished racing, and sign the log sheet. Their final lap and finish time will be recorded for ranking. If the racer does not execute this option, it will be assumed that they are proceeding with a new lap and they must complete that lap to receive a final lap number and time. If you start a lap and do not finish that lap, you will be listed as DNF (did not finish).

23. The Finish: The race will start at 11:00am and end at 4:00pm. Racers must log off the course from 4:00pm on. Each team’s final placing will be determined by the number of laps the team has completed and the sequential order of finish within the team’s last lap. For example, a team that has completed 9 laps with a finish time of 4:31pm. would beat a team that completed 9 laps with a finish time of 4:45pm. And, of course, a team that completed 10 laps with a finish time of 5:00pm would beat them both. RIDERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO START A NEW LAP AFTER 4:00PM.

24. Catastrophic Failure: In the case of catastrophic failure due to weather or another extenuating circumstances that prevent the ongoing scoring of the event or creates a racing environment that is deemed too dangerous for the participants, the race director may call the race as of a certain time. Final results will be calculated based on each team’s placement at the call time as determined by that team’s last completed lap. This rule is intended to be exercised as a last resort, in the most dire situations, when no other means is available to continue scoring the event or when the potential for serious harm or loss of life becomes imminent.

25. EMS Ghost Rider
: In the event that a racer stops to assist in the care of a seriously injured fellow racer that requires an EMS response, ghost rider procedures will be implemented. The EMS personnel will radio the name and number of the assisting racer to the Log Tent. Race staff will then inform the other racer on their team. That racer will be allowed to start his or her lap based on the assisting racer’s “ghost rider” lap time which is based on the fastest lap of either the assisting racer’s average time or the team’s average time.