Details, Rules, And The Laws

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SUMMARY

This is an endurance event.

It is expected that all cyclists will obey all traffic rules

There will be no police coverage of the event, and no intersections are guarded by police.

Timing chips will be used to validate results.

MORE DETAILS

WEATHER

In the Spring in this part of Maryland, the weather can be unpredictable. It will most likely be sunny and moderate, but come prepared for anything else.

Daylight times – according to the U.S. Naval Observatory:

Begin civil twilight    5:21 a.m.
End civil twilight    8:15 p.m.

Sunrise            5:52 a.m.
Sunset            8:21 p.m.

Day Length        14:29 hours

FOOD

Be prepared to provision yourselves with the food, drink and supplements with which you are comfortable and familiar.

Snacks will be provided.

AWARDS

Medals:

MEN
12-hour challenge : First, second, and third places
6-hour challenge : First, second, and third places
3-hour challenge : First, second, and third places

WOMEN
12-hour challenge : First, second, and third places
6-hour challenge : First, second, and third places
3-hour challenge : First, second, and third places

Results Posted:

Results will be posted on the web site per the UMCA’s standard categorization – i.e. broken down by age category, and by bike type.  Specifically:

GENDER / AGE
Male, female.
Mixed teams for tandem

AGE
<18
18 – 49
50 – 59
60 – 69
70 and older
For tandems, the competitors’ average age will be used.

BICYCLE TYPE

Standard, recumbent, tandem

THE RULES

1. GENERAL

A. We will follow UMCA rules, with some modifications. If there is any doubt, the rules stated herein will take precedence.
B.. All rules and regulations are meant to maximize the safety of the riders. In an emergency, all attention must be focused to resolve the situation. Riders and their crews are expected to help in these situations, and will be given credit for any lost time.

C. All rules and regulations must be obeyed by all riders and support crew members at all times.

D. All of the events that comprise the @@ are drafting-legal endurance events held on a 33.6 mile loop and a 6.0 mile loop. The 12-hour and the 6-hour event are part of the UMCA’s UltraCycling Cup. The 3-hour event is not.

E. Once the ride begins, no one will be permitted to change events or categories.

F. The event director has the authority to override, modify or create rules based on extenuating circumstances.

2. CONDUCT

A. Riders and support crew members must conduct themselves in a civil manner at all times. When entering the time station, please do not act in a loud or disruptive manner.

B. Riders and support crew members may not act maliciously towards any other person for any reason. Riders and support crew members may not intentionally impede the progress of or misdirect any other person for any reason.

C. Park in designated areas only. The Mount St. Mary’s University has kindly allowed SHIP to use their premises for this event.  . Riders and support crew members must respect the grounds and facilities and will be held financially accountable for any breakages or damage.

D. Violation of the conduct rules or any other inappropriate behavior by a rider or support crew member will result in the rider’s immediate disqualification.

3. TRAFFIC LAWS

A. Riders must obey Maryland and Frederick County traffic laws at all times. This includes, but is not limited to: stopping at stop signs, using hand signals for all turns, keeping as far to the right as safety permits, using the shoulder whenever possible and obeying speed limits.

Scroll down for details about Maryland’s traffic laws as they pertain to cyclists.

4. DRAFTING

A. Drafting is allowed.

5. MECHANICAL SUPPORT

A. SHIP has invited a local bike shop to provide will provide bike repair facilities on site. However, all riders should be self-sufficient and properly equipped. Riders and/or their support crew should have everything necessary to repair or adjust the rider’s bicycle and combat the elements.

B. Riders and support crew members are encouraged to assist one another with mechanical or other problems, but no time credit will be given unless it is an emergency or extenuating situation.

6. BICYCLES & AERO AIDS

A. All bicycles must be propelled solely by human force. There is no limit to the number of bicycles a rider may use. A rider may switch between standard, single speed and fixed gear bicycles within the standard category.

B. Standard bicycles must be no more than 2 meters long and 75 cm wide. All types of human powered vehicle will be allowed, but will be entered in the appropriate category. Disc wheels, wheel covers and/or aero bars are allowed in the standard category.

7. HELMETS

A. Riders must wear an approved helmet at all times.

8. ROUTE

A. All riders and teams must ride (or walk with their bicycle) every inch of the route to earn mileage.

B. Riders are allowed to leave the course and may be driven to and from their destination, but must leave from and return to the exact same spot. An event official must be notified immediately when this occurs.

C. No credit will be given for navigational errors or for leaving the course.

9. CHECKPOINT

A. The time station area is designated as a neutral zone. Riders must slow to 10 MPH in the neutral zone and no passing is allowed.

B. There will be a checkpoint at the Mount St. Mary’s University campus. Riders must have their time recorded by the official timekeeper when they arrive and depart.

C. There will be a second check point at the southern end of the 33-mile loop.

D. It is solely the rider’s responsibility to make sure their time is recorded when they pass through a checkpoint.

13. SUPPORT CREWS

A. A rider may be self crewed or may have a support crew in the support area. The rider is expected to be conscious of the needs of other riders when setting up his crew area.

B. No support crew is allowed to follow a competitor on the course.

C. Support crew members must obey all of the rules and regulations, as well as all traffic rules. If a support crew member violates a rule, it will result in their expulsion from the event and penalties and/or disqualification for their rider.

D. Support crew members must be considerate of the surrounding area in which the course travels. They should not play loud music or behave in a disruptive manner, especially late at night.

E. Support crew members are not allowed to ride a bicycle on the course at any time during the event.

14. RIDE END.

A. Each event ends after exactly 12 hours, 6 hours, or 3 hours after its respective start. Riders may ride right up to that time.

B. All riding ends at 8:00 pm.

15. PETS

A. Pets are not allowed anywhere on the course or at either checkpoint at any time during the event.

16. PENALTIES

A. Riders and support crew members must obey all rules and regulations at all times. There will be no exceptions.

Unless otherwise noted, the following penalties apply:

1ST Offense: 10 miles off final total

2ND Offense: Additional 21 miles off final total

3RD Offense: DISQUALIFICATION

B. Event officials reserve the right to immediately disqualify a rider and ban them from future events if the situation warrants it.

17. EVENT OFFICIALS & PROTESTING

A. Event officials have complete authority and the decision of the event director is the final word on all matters.

B. Event officials may be stationed along the route as well as at the checkpoint, in vehicles and on bicycles.

C. Any rider wishing to make an official protest must do so in writing and submit it to the Event director no later than one hour after their event’s respective time limit has expired. The Event director will rule on all protests within one hour.

18. BANNED SUBSTANCES/SYSTEMS & TESTING

A. We comply with the current World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List of banned substance. In addition, no motor assists will be permitted on any bicycle.

THE LAWS

Every state has its own laws regarding cyclists’ rights and responsibilities on the road.  We are not lawyers, but the following is a brief, easy-to-read summary that we compiled based on research and discussions with an officlial from the County Sheriff’s office. (Did you see the bit about ‘we are not lawyers’?)

General
Cyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of drivers of vehicles.

Riding Two Abreast
Allowed when it does not impede traffic.  May not ride more than two abreast.

Traffic Flow And Where to Ride
A person riding a bicycle shall ride as close to the right side of the road as practicable and safe, except when:
– – Making or attempting to make a left turn
– Operating on a one-way street
– – Passing a stopped or slower moving vehicle
– – Avoiding pedestrians or road hazards
– – The right lane is a right turn only laner
– – Operating in a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle to travel safely side-by-side within the lane.

Cars Passing Cyclists
The driver of a vehicle passing a cyclist must provide 3 feet of space between the car and cyclist.  The driver should be able to see the passed vehicle in the rear view mirror before returning to the original lane. After passing drivers must make sure they are clear of the bicyclist before making any turns.
– – Motorists must yield the right-of-way to bicyclists riding in bike lanes and shoulders when these vehicle operators are entering or crossing occupied bike lanes and shoulders
– – The bicycle has the right of way when the motor vehicle is making a turn, and the vehicle must yield to the bicycle.

Cyclists Passing Cars
Exercise due care when passing

Bike Lanes & The Shoulder Of The Road
If the speed limit is higher than 50mph and there is a bike lane or a shoulder on the road- cyclists must use those and not ride a bicycle in the roadway except:
– – If passing safely cannot be done within the bike lane or shoulder
– – When preparing for a left turn
– – To avoid hazards
– – When the bike lane is also a right turn or merge lane

Headphones
A person may not ride a bicycle while wearing a headset or earplugs that cover both ears

Audible Warnings
Bell or other device allowed, but sirens are prohibited.

Helmets
Required for any operator or passenger under 16 years of age.
(Helmets are required on the Maryland Endurance Challenge.)