Pokhara Enduro Race Rules

  1. The event is a mountain bike enduro race consisting of multiple timed stages, each timed separately. The Main Competition will consist of 4 such timed stages conducted separately from the Seeding stage.

  2. Riders must complete all timed stages in the specified order required and as briefed by the race organiser.

  3. A) Riders will be equipped with electronic timing systems during the conduct of racing during Seeding at the Pro Stage (24 November 2023) as well as the Main Competition(25 November 2023).

    B) Riders must wear the provided timing transponders on the left wrist/arm only. Please wear GPS/smartwatches on the right wrist instead to avoid signal interference.

    C) Riders are responsible for their own discipline to ensure proper timing and to avoid accidental triggering of timing transponders. They must obey all instructions from start and finish officials to maintain a safe distance away from start and finish timing sensors. The minimum safe distance to avoid triggering is 3 meters. All time calculations are according to the first time a transponder is triggered by a start/finish sensor.

D) Riders accept responsibility for the safekeeping of their timing transponders. Loss, damage, or destruction of a timing transponder by a rider will incur a penalty in the form of a replacement fee of USD$ 100 / NRS.13,000 per transponder.

  1. The sum of the timings determines a rider’s ranking – also known as the ‘combined time’ – of the Pro-Stage and all Main Competition timed stages. All riders in the event are thus ranked accordingly, with the winner being the rider with the lowest combined time. Riders who are in a category where an attempt of the Pro stage is not applicable shall start separately from seeded riders; their combined timing and event rankings will also reflect this separation.

  2. Each timed stage will be predominantly downhill, but they can include some uphill sections too.

  3. Riders will attain the start point of each timed stage via untimed or liaison stages. Liaison stages will be predominantly uphill. While the timings taken to complete liaison stages will be logged, these timings are NOT part of the combined time used to determine the event rankings.

  4. Riders must follow a specific course with all stages done in a specific order. Riders are assigned practice sessions before the race to preview the course and familiarise themselves with all timed stages and liaison stages. Not attending practice is not an acceptable reason for short-cutting the course or exceeding timings due to getting lost. Any deviation from the course – without a valid reason – will result in a time penalty.

  5. Riders queued to start a timed stage will be sent off with a minimum 30-second gap between riders. Riders who are not ready to start within this 30-second requirement should remain in the rest area next to the queue and join the queue only when they are ready to race.
  1. If a rider exceeds the boundary of the timed stage (crosses/cuts the course marking tape), whether intentionally or unintentionally, they must re-enter the boundary of the timed stage at exactly the same point they first exceeded. Failure to do so will result in a penalty or disqualification. 

  2. Bikes must conform to these specific regulations: they must possess 2 independent working brakes; they must have the handlebar ends covered (no sharp edges at the ends exposed); and they must be deemed safe for usage by a qualified bicycle mechanic – if necessary.

  3. Riders need to stick to the same bike throughout the race. If a rider needs to change any parts of the bike, it must be for a valid reason and must go through approval by race staff without exceptions.
  1. A) Riders must wear appropriate safety gear during the race. Bicycle helmets are mandatory and must be worn whenever the rider is riding their bike. Knee pads are mandatory and must be worn whenever a rider attempts a timed stage. Riding shoes are mandatory throughout the whole event.

B) To ensure awareness of all timings and time limits during the event, all riders must be equipped with a watch, GPS/smart watch, GPS bike computer, or mobile/smartphone – without exception.

  1. A) The start list for the Seeding session (24 November), conducted on the Pro stage (SS5) will consist of the following categories in the following order:

– Master B

– Master A

– Elite

These riders will be released at the Pro stage start according to a specific start time assigned to each rider at strict 30-second intervals.

B) The start list for the Main Competition (25 November) will consist of two parts:

i) Riders who attempted the Pro stage (Seeding session), arranged from fastest to slowest. They shall be released from the Event HQ (onto LS1) and queued to start SS1 in this specific order. For subsequent timed stages, riders need not maintain this order – and can rest, queue, and start as they like (within the maximum event cut-off time).

ii) Riders who did not attempt the Pro stage will start AFTER the seeded riders in the following order:

– Junior

– Women

– Veteran

These riders will be released from the Event HQ (onto LS1) according at strict 30-second intervals.

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