RIDE RULES

The following ride rules apply to all competitors in either the Lofty 105km or the 60km Lofty Mid:

•Riders must ride the complete course as marked and directed, passing through all checkpoints on your course. Taking shortcuts or using any unfair means of obtaining an advantage over other Riders will result in disqualification or everyone being really, really annoyed with you. It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that the correct course is followed

  • Compulsory checkpoints are at hydration/nutrition stations and other key locations          (For 105km riders only) To be confirmed..

 

  • 55km riders need only check in at the 31km hydration/feed station

•All riders must wear a certified bike helmet at ALL times.

•All riders must carry the listed compulsory equipment for the entire race.

•Riders who withdraw at any time after the start must advise a marshal of their withdrawal immediately.

•Ride numbers must be displayed on the handlebars at all times and cannot be modified or cut down in size in any way.

•Riders may accept mechanical assistance on the course only by any means.

•For the Lofty 105km ride, cut-off times will be strictly enforced as listed below:

•Australian Road Rules apply at all times on all roads, tracks and trails.

•Only registered riders, marshals or officials may ride on the course.

•Murraylands Multisports has sole discretion to alter or amend the ride format or the rules in order to increase the safety of participants or for any other reason deemed appropriate.

•This is not a race! It is a fun loving riders challenge!

•If the ride is cancelled or called off after it has started, it is each rider’s responsibility to get themselves back to either the Start or Finish areas as soon as you have been notified of the cancellation.

Federation 60km riders and Night Grinder riders must have suitable lighting front and rear

CUT OFF TIMES

For the Lofty 105km ride, cut-off times will be strictly enforced as follows:

•tbc.

 

EQUIPMENT LIST

Pre race equipment checks

Don’t forget to double check your bike for any mechanical issues before the race.

Things to carry with you

Compulsory equipment to carry (as listed in the rules)

•a First Aid kit comprising: 2 x crepe bandages, 2 x non-adhesive wound dressings,  1 x triangular bandage and 1 pr of surgical gloves. Random checks will be made and those caught without a First Aid Kit anywhere along the course, including at the finish line will be penalised 20 minutes.

  • At least two 600ml bottles of water and/or sports drink at the start of the event – even more if it is a hot day and you drink a lot!

 

 

Recommended things to carry with you:

•Sunscreen and sunglasses.

•Food and nutrition to last you until you reach the hydration/nutrition points –

•Bike pump, tyre levers, at least one spare inner tube and puncture repair kit.

•Chain breaker, allen key set, small bottle of bike lube, and a spare derailleur hanger in case you break it or bend it. (Also well worth knowing how to use your tools!)

•Rain jacket and/or thermal top and bottom (weather dependent).

•Mobile phone (there is  mobile phone reception  at most points around the course – yay!).

•Emergency space blanket

This may sound like a lot of gear to be lugging around on a ride and in many cases you won’t need it all. However, if something does happen to you or your bike in a remote location, you’ll be well equipped to deal with most situations or stay safe until help arrives.

 

Plan your Hydration / Nutrition

It really pays to plan your hydration and nutrition intake during the ride and we encourage all riders to read up on recommended ideas and intakes before the ride.

 

EMERGENCY PLANS AND PROCEDURES

Event withdrawal for emergency purposes – severe injury:

If you have a serious crash or injury whilst out on the course we suggest the following procedures:

•if you are able and without incurring further injury, move off the actual line of travel so you are out of the way of other riders , vehicles and cannot cause further injury to yourself or others

•stay on the course / track at all times – do not try and find your own way to a road by cutting ‘cross country’

•seek assistance from other riders as they come past – tell them to relay a message forward to the next marshal and checkpoint confirming your location and suspected injuries

•stay calm, use your First Aid Kit. Help will be on its way as soon as possible

•We will have a ‘Grim Sweeper’ following the last riders along the course.

 

Event withdrawal for non emergency reasons

If you wish to withdraw from the event because of fatigue, mechanical failure, an injury or any other reason AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED please tell a ride official. We need to keep track of what riders are out on the course.

If you started the ride and are out on the course and want to withdraw please tell the next marshal (who has radio communication). MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE NEAREST CHECKPOINT as indicated on the maps above. For non emergency withdrawals we can only arrange for a ‘grim sweeper’ to come and pick you up from the course.

If you get lost or lose the course

If you think you are lost or have gone the wrong way we suggest you follow these procedures.

•STOP! Sit down, have a drink of water and assess the situation with a clear mind. Consider where you are

•Think about where you last saw a course marker – how far back do you think it was (200m, 700m or 2km?) Are there other bike tracks along the track where you are?

•When you are certain you have gone wrong backtrack along the exact route you came. Be aware of how far back you have gone and try to limit yourself to what you decided. Use your bike computer or look at your watch for time.

•STAY ON TRACKS AT ALL TIMES – do not try and cut cross country back to a track or take a short cut.

Mechanical repairs

If you have ‘a mechanical’ out on the course, you are entitled to accept the assistance of other riders and still continue. If you have a mechanical failure, cannot fix it out on the course and are taken to the Ride H.Q. by outside assistance (eg in the sag wagon or in someone else’s car) to get your bike fixed but wish to continue with your ride:

•advise an official when you get to the Ride H.Q.

•we are happy for you to return to the ride course but will cross out your number and you will be considered as an ‘unranked’ rider. Unranked riders may complete the rest of the course but will not be listed in the official results as having finished the event and are not eligible for any prizes

•please notify officials of your intended route choice before you recommence your ride from the Ride H.Q.

It is the rider’s responsibility to carry sufficient tools with you and fix your own bike if you experience any mechanical failures.

 

 

Course changes

Please note that Murraylands Multisports reserves the right to change or alter the course from the description above (due to fire, rain, private landowners or other reasons) and that any changes will be clearly communicated to riders through any of the following means:

•SMS sent to competitors’ phones

•during registration via announcements on the PA and notice posted on the race notice board on Saturday evening at Ride H.Q.

•when riders are assembled at the start line or

•when riders pass a checkpoint.

•Please see the Emergency Plans and Procedures section below for more emergency plan information.

 

Mobile Coverage

There is a fair to good mobile phone coverage on course for Telstra 3G customers and at Ride H.Q. you should have no problems with coverage. We recommend getting to higher ground on the course for best reception if needed for Telstra and Optus users.

FIRE SAFETY AND EXTREME WEATHER

We are in constant communication with the CFS about the prospect of a fire in the region of the event. We have made a commitment not to compromise the safety of any competitors or any CFS, personnel dispatched to attend a fire, any private land owners or the wilderness and surrounding areas as a result of the LOFTY 105km cycle challenge.

As a result, there is a chance that the course could change on the day or the event could be postponed or the event could be cancelled. The event will only be cancelled if there are extreme fire weather conditions in the area over the entire weekend and it is determined that the fire danger is too great to permit cyclists to go through the course. Declaration of a Total Fire Ban on race day DOES NOT mean the event will be automatically cancelled or postponed.

Declaration of a ‘Code Red’ or ‘Extreme’ fire danger rating for the district on Sunday will mean the event will be cancelled or postponed and Murraylands Multisports refund policy for Lofty 105km will be enacted as detailed on the event website.

Any change of course, evacuation or event cancellation will be communicated to competitors as soon and as safely as possible, through any of the following means:

 

•SMS sent to competitors mobile phones

•at the event registration area on Sunday Morning pre ride

•when riders are assembled at the start line

•when riders pass a checkpoint

•all messages will be copied and placed on the official event notice board in front of the registration area at the Ride H.Q. and on the event facebook page at (URL)

Once again, these changes would be a last resort, but we respect rider safety, the landowners, residents, flora and fauna of this beautiful part of the world in extreme circumstances.