Rules: Enduro of Subdued Excitement

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1.  Description

a. The 2015 Enduro of Subdued Excitement is a mountain bike race organized by the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC) and our generous sponsors.

b. Enduro- mountain bike racing is designed to be the definitive test for the mountain biker, with the focus on a great atmosphere, community, competition and adventure for the competitor.  Our goal is to showcase some of the best trails in the Bellingham area and the people that help make our community so amazing.

2.  Racing Licenses

a. No license is required to race in The Enduro of Subdued Excitement.

3. Age and Race Categories

a. Age is based on rider’s age on December 31st of the competition year.

b. Medals 5 Deep

c. A minimum of 3 racers to make a category.

d. Race Categories:

  • Pro Male – Pro Purse 3 Deep
  • Pro Female – Pro Purse 3 Deep
  • Hardtail Open
  • Expert Male – 18 to 29
  • Expert Senior Male – 30 to 39
  • Expert Masters Male – 40+
  • Expert Female
  • Sport Male – 18 to 29
  • Sport Male Senior – 30 to 39
  • Sport Male Masters – 40+
  • Sport Female – 18 to 39
  • Sport Female Masters – 40+
  • Super Veteran Male (50+)
  • Beginner Male
  • Beginner Female
  • Junior Male/Female 17 & under – Must be 17 or under on 12/31/15

4. Course

a. The course will be announced on Friday, October 9th.

b. The course will be available and completely marked for practice by Thursday, October 15th.  There will be no shuttling allowed during race day.

c. All Special Stages will follow a predominantly descending route and focus on testing the rider’s technical skills given the trails and terrain available.  This may include, at a minimum, unsustained climbing within a Special Stage based on terrain of the trail.  There is no minimum or maximum duration for a Special Stage.

d. There will be no shuttling to any stages.

e. Course tape and signs can be used to identify the course. Where two pieces of tape, on opposite sides of the course, are installed, the riders must pass between them. In these areas, missing, crossing or passing the course tape on the wrong side will be deemed as course cutting.

f. Racers must follow entire course, including transition stage routing.

5. Timing

a. Each rider receives a timing chip during packet pickup, which must be worn on your left or right wrist.

b. Riders can start as soon as they reach the beginning of the special stage, there are no start times or running order.  However, Pro category riders will depart the first special stage first at a predetermined time followed by the rest of the field.

c. There will be minimum 30 second time intervals between riders starting a special stage.

d. Depending on the nature of a course, time checks may be enforced along the course.  If  a racer fails to meet a time check they will be withdrawn from the race.

e. There will be a predetermined cut-off time to complete the entire course.

f. The timing system is accurate to the nearest second. In the event of a tie, the competitor with the fastest final stage shall be awarded the fastest. In the event of a tie on the final stage, the preceding stage time will be used until there is no tie.

g. After completing the course or withdrawing from the race, riders must report to timing tent and turn in timing card.  Racers will receive a printout of times for each Special Stage.

6. Results

a. The General Classification (GC) of each race will be calculated by adding all Special Stage times together.

7.  Safety

a. An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) will be available at race headquarters.  The EAP will be reviewed with all staff and volunteers prior to race.

b. The organizer will supply each competitor with emergency contact details that can be used in the event of an accident on course.

c.  Man Down Rule- if a racer comes across a downed racer, he/she is required to stop and see if the down racer is uninjured before continuing on.  If immediate medical aid is needed, call 911 or wait for the next racer to come by.  Then one racer will go to  inform a race official and one racer stays with the down racer.

8. Equipment Requirements

a. CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified bicycling helmets must be worn and buckled at ALL times while on a bike.  Racers caught by staff riding a bike without a helmet will receive a time penalty.  Two helmets are allowed to be carried (XC and fullface).  Body armor is allowed.

b. No Ipods, earphones, etc.  Competitors need to be able to hear other racers (whether overtaking or being overtaken) and course marshals.

c. Each rider must be self-sufficient during the entire duration of the race.  Personal responsibility and self-sufficiency are a large part of the spirit of enduro racing and riders are encouraged to carry adequate equipment for operating in mountainous environments. Each rider should remember that they are solely responsible for themselves but should also help other competitors on course where possible.

It is strongly recommended that all competitors carry:

  • Suitable Pack (fanny or otherwise)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Emergency blanket
  • Innertubes/ puncture repair kit
  • Multi tool
  • Basic, well maintained first aid kit
  • Map (course maps will be available)
  • Food and fluids
  • Eye protection (glasses or goggles)
  • Emergency contacts supplied by organizer


d. Only one frame, one front and rear suspension unit (fork/rear shock) and one pair of wheels
can be used by a competitor during a race.

e. Any rider needing to replace a wheel, frame or forks during the competition must present the broken item at the race headquarters for review by the race director.

f. Any rider found to have replaced a named/marked part without consent from the Race Director will be subject to disqualification.

9. Rule Violations

a. Course Cutting – Taking short cuts on course in order to gain an advantage can both damage the environment and brings the sport and spirit of enduro mountain biking racing into disrepute.

b. Therefore, any rider trying to save time by choosing a line that lies outside of the marked course will be disqualified.

c. Racers must follow the entire course, including transition stage routing.

d. The race organizer may choose, in exceptional circumstances, to apply a time penalty, not a DQ to a rider found to have cut the course without intention. However, any rider leaving the obvious line must be aware that they risk a DQ.

10. Illegal outside assistance

a. Racers are encouraged to help fellow competitors on course.

b. Any competitor receiving outside assistance from a non-racer without prior agreement from the Race Director will be disqualified. This includes using team staff/outside help to carry equipment around the course or perform repairs during the race.

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