Oh yes. There are rules. The Munga is a seriously tough race. This is not just a walk (or ride) in
the park. We have to make sure that everyone on the route is safe, so every rider will be expected
to follow these rules to the letter.
We don't want to sound like stiffs, but any rider found breaking the rules, will be penalised or
disqualified. So make sure you are familiar with the rules before setting out on your Munga journey.
In an ideal world we could simply just show up and race and the fastest team to make it to the end would win. But the world is not ideal and so we have to come up with a set of criteria to level the playing field and make things as even as we could. Thus we have Rules. In addition, there are some unique elements to the Race. This means the parameters and rules need to be clearly defined, appreciated and understood by all riders. It is the rider’s responsibility to make sure he is familiar with and understands all of the Rules and the implications thereof. If a rider is unclear about any of the Rules, the onus is on the rider to contact the Race organizer and seek clarity.
- These Rules are specific to and particular to the Race and are to be read together with the Terms and Conditions and the Indemnity, signed by the rider on registration.
- The Rules are the complete set of Rules applicable to the Race.
- Failure of a rider to comply with any of the Rules may result in a penalty, which may include, in the discretion of the Race organizer and CSA Chief Commissaire, a warning and/or disqualification.
- It is the Race organizer’s right to amend and update the Rules as and when deemed necessary. The version of the Rules in force at the start of the Race is the version applicable to the Race for its entire duration.
- The interpretation of any Rule by the Chief Commissaire appointed by the CSA from time to time and the Race organizer acting jointly, will be final and binding on all Race participants.
Terms and definitions:
For the purposes of the Rules, the following terms shall have the meanings set out below:
- “Bicycle” means a vehicle with two wheels of equal diameter. The front wheel shall be steerable; the rear wheel shall be driven through a system comprising pedals and a chain. (UCI)
- “CSA” means Cycling South Africa.
- “Cut-off Time” means 5 (five) days after the Race start, being a total of 120 (one hundred and twenty) hours. The Cut-off Time for the 2018 Race will be at 12pm on the 3rd December 2018.
- “Race” means the Munga single stage mountain bicycle race.
- “Rules” means the rules in force at the start of the Race.
- Unless it appears otherwise from the context, words importing any one gender shall include the other and words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa.
- Where figures are referred to in numerals and in words, if there is a conflict between the two, the words shall prevail.
- The headings of clauses are used for reference purposes only and are not in any way to be deemed to explain, modify, amplify or aid in the interpretation of these Rules.
- Provided that none of the Rules have been contravened, the rider that wins the Race in their respective category i.e. the first male, female or development rider to cross the finish line shall each receive ZAR43,000 (forty three thousand South African Rand) in prize money.
- The rider which is placed second in their respective category shall each receive ZAR12,000 (twelve thousand South African Rand).
- The rider that finishes in third place in their respective category shall receive ZAR5,000 (five thousand South African Rand).
- Only the first overall rider in the race shall receive a free entry into next years race.
- Where two riders cross the line at the same time and be eligible for a prize, the race director will decide the method to determine in which order the riders place.
- The award of the prize money by the Race organizer as well as the determination of the prize winners is final and is not subject to challenge in any form or by any person whatsoever.
- For prize money to be awarded in a category there needs to be three or more competitors in each category.
- The Race is only open to single entries and has three categories, namely: Male, Female and Development (being male or female).
Riders and Teams:
- All riders that take part in the Race agree to be bound by the Rules and the Terms and Conditions of the Race. Riders who do not agree to the aforesaid may not participate in the Race.
- Riders may only enter the race as a single participant but may ride in groups as long as the drafting rules, referred to late in these rules, are adhered to.
- In order for a rider to be classified as finishing the Race, he must complete the full distance and cross the finish line within the cut-off period.
- Only riders that finish the Race are eligible for prize money.
- Riders may cross the finish line on foot provided that they have their complete bicycles with them, which includes both wheels.
- Riders may carry clothing, bicycle equipment, sports products and nutrition (“equipment”) with them, provided it is legal. The Race organizer reserves the right to confiscate equipment that they, in their sole discretion, deem to be illegal or inappropriate for a Race of this nature.
- Each rider must use his physical power to power his bicycle forward.
- Riders may not use any motorized form of power to move them forward along the Race route.
- Every rider has to sign in at all five race stations situated at the individual Race Villages.
- Every rider has to sign out at all five race stations.
- No towing of any form is allowed.
- A rider may not give his bicycle frame to another rider.
- Riders can stop for as long as they choose at the five stations. Should a rider choose to sleep at any of the stations, facilities will be available for him to do so.
- The Race cut off is 120 (one hundred and twenty) hours i.e. 5 (five) days after the start gun goes off for the Race. Those riders that are still out in the field after the cut off time will be collected together with their bicycles and equipment in sweeper vehicles and transported to the nearest race station. From this race station transportation will be at the riders own cost.
- The minimum age of a rider is eighteen years old on or before the date on which the Race begins.
- The Race organizers shall implement cut-off points along the route which points must be reached by the riders within specific times. It is the Race Directors discretion whether or not he wants to enforce these cut-offs. These cut-offs and times shall be as follows:
- 12pm Thursday at Race Village 1 at Vanderkloof Dam
- 12pm Friday at Race Village 2 at Britstown
- 12pm Saturday at Race Village 3 at Loxton
- 12pm Sunday at Race Village 4 at Sutherland
- 9am Monday at Race Village 5 at Ceres
- Race registration will take place at the start venue at a specific time and place as revealed in the Race Prep documents sent to riders.
- The exact location will be publically revealed at the discretion of the race organiser, but no later than one month before the start of the race.
- Riders must report for registration at the published time in possession of a photo ID and a valid CSA racing license or their national federation equivalent.
Rider identification and markings:
- Rider identification and marking will be at the discretion of the Race Director. If he decides riders need to wear such, then the following will apply:
- All riders must display their race numbers on the back of their shirts at all times.
- Riders will be given two numbers each in order for them to pin a number onto a jacket if used in cold or wet weather.
- If a rider plans on wearing a third jacket, he must apply one of the numbers on the back of this jacket.
- A rider found without a number will be given a warning.
- A rider is allowed two number warnings.
- A third number warning will result in a disqualification of the rider.
- Riders can use any sponsor logos on their clothing as long as it does not cover their Race number.
- Once the Race starts the Race clock begins and will not stop until the Cut-off Time five days (120 hours) later.
- Each rider will carry a working transponder for the duration of the Race. These will be loaded with AAA batteries that should be sufficient for the duration of the race. If a transponder shows low levels, the Race Village lead will swop out the devices batteries.
- No rider may swop a transponder with another rider under any circumstance whatsoever.
- Each rider is allowed to carry only one transponder.
- The Race start chute will open one hour before the start of the Race unless communicated otherwise.
- There is no staggered or seeded start. All riders will start in the same chute and batch at the same time.
- The start chute will close twenty minutes before the Race start.
- Riders must enter the start chute with their own bicycles.
- No rider is allowed to start late without approval of the Race organizer.
- Any rider who cannot make the start must report to the Race organizer immediately.
- All riders have to follow the designated Race route and may not deviate therefrom in any circumstances whatsoever.
- If a rider inadvertently leaves the Race route, he has to return to the Race route at the same point at which he left it.
- No rider shall trespass at any time on land which is not open to the public.
- Riders may backtrack if they choose provided they are considerate of other riders.
- Any walking, running or riding which is carried out without the intention of directly re-joining the route, or any other activity in breach of the Rules, which takes place outside of the marked route, is not permitted.
- The Race route will be made available to the riders in GPS format at a time decided on by the race director.
- Parts of the race route may be marked.
- The Race route and distance may vary from the published distance or route and no rider shall have any claim against the Race organizer arising therefrom.
- No short cuts are permitted.
- Riders may never be in, on or attached, in any form or manner, to a motorized vehicle.
- If a rider climbs into a vehicle at any time during the Race for whatever reason, he will be immediately disqualified.
- The Race organizer has the right to change the route at any time if it is deemed necessary.
- Parts of the Race will take place on public roads.
- These roads will not be closed to public traffic and as such, normal traffic regulations must be observed at all times during the Race. This means riding on the left hand side of the road and obeying all the rules of the road.
- The instructions of marshals along the route must be strictly adhered to at all times. Failure to do so may result in a warning or a disqualification
- Riders may use any type of mountain bicycle provided it is in good working order and race ready prior to the start of the Race.
- Riders may not use a tandem mountain bicycle.
- Riders may use a cyclo-cross bicycle.
- Riders may only use one bicycle. The bicycle on which the rider starts the Race is the same bicycle on which the rider is to finish the Race.
- For purposes of the Race, a bicycle constitutes the frame. Riders may replace any part of the bicycle other than the frame. This includes wheels, rims and brakes.
- Riders may use any form of GPS or bicycle computer.
- All bicycles must at all times be marked with official Race boards.
- Bicycles are only allowed to be propelled by a chainset and the rider’s physical power. No other form of assistance is permitted, including but not limited to a motor, a windsock or otherwise.
- It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure his bicycle is adequately marked with the appropriate boards. No unmarked bicycle will be allowed onto the start line.
- Each rider is responsible for the maintenance and repair of his own bicycle for the duration of the Race but is allowed to make use of the Bike Stations and mechanics at all race Villages.
- All riders must ride the entire route with a helmet. Helmets may only be removed in the five Race stations and ten water-points and only once the rider has dismounted his bicycle.
- A helmet must comply with the international ‘ANSI’ standards.
- It is the rider’s responsibility to make sure his helmet is compliant with ‘ANSI’ standards.
- A rider found during the Race outside of the stations or water-points on his bicycle without a helmet will be disqualified.
- Helmets must be securely fastened with a chin strap at all times when a rider is mounted on their bicycle.
- Every rider has to carry a space blanket.
- Every rider must have the capacity to carry at least 2.5 litres of water.
- Every rider must carry a fully charged mobile phone at the start of the Race.
- Every rider needs to make sure that the tracking unit (transponder) attached to the bicycle/rider is switched on at all times during the Race.
- Every rider must carry a working light on the front as well as the rear of his bicycle at the start of the race.
- Every rider must carry a working GPS unit.
Start times and seeding:
- The start time for the Race will be confirmed at the Race briefing.
- There is no seeding and all competitors will start at the same time together.
- Any rider that misses the Race start can start later but no later than one hour after the official start time and only with approval of the Race organizer.
- There are five Race stations along the route. These will also serve as checkpoints.
- It is compulsory for all riders to sign in at every Race station checkpoint.
- It is compulsory to sign out at every Race station checkpoint.
- If a rider is not planning to stop at a checkpoint, he must still sign in and out.
- Aside from the five Race station checkpoints, hidden checkpoints may also form part of the Race.
- The location of these hidden checkpoints will not be published but the Rules applying to the five official Race stations will apply to the hidden checkpoints mutatis mutandis.
Nutrition and hydration:
- The five Race stations will provide adequate food and drinks to the riders.
- These five stations will be situated approximately 175 to 220 kms apart.
- The Race organizer reserves the right to change the location and distance of these five Race stations.
- In addition to the above five stations, the Race will have ten official water points along the route.
- These water points will be situated approximately 60 to 90kms from either another waterpoint or race village.
- Only liquids and race type snacks will be available at these points. No excessive use of water other than for drinking will be permitted at these water points.
- It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure they carry enough food and water between these checkpoints and water stations.
Support (including food, water and mechanical):
- Each of the five Race stations will have food and drinks available 24 hours a day after the start of the Race.
- Each station will have sleep and shower facilitates available 24 hours a day from the start of the Race.
- Each station will have a mechanical bay available 24 hours a day from the start of the Race.
- Riders may not receive any kind of pre-arranged assistance or support along the route, including at any of the five Race stations.
- For purposes of these Rules, “pre-arranged” means that a rider has arranged to receive something along the route that no other competitor would have access to.
- In the five Race stations, riders may receive Race-supplied support only.
- Riders will have access to bike mechanics and mechanical supplies in the five Race stations.
- Riders may carry whatever mechanical spares they feel they need in order to carry out their own repairs on route outside of the Race stations.
- Other than the five Race stations, the route may also run through towns. Riders may, within the ambit of these Rules, use what is commercially available in these towns.
- Riders may buy food and drink in these towns.
- Riders may sleep in these towns.
- Riders may use any commercial bicycle shop in these towns.
- Riders may not receive any physical help or support from friends or family in these towns.
- Riders may receive emotional and psychological support in the form of encouragement from friends and family in these towns, in the five Race stations and at pre-designated areas on the route only.
- Riders may receive any form of assistance from any other rider in the Race both in and out of the Race stations and anywhere along the route.
- Riders may not exchange bicycles.
- Drafting of a competitor is only allowed up to the first Race station.
- Drafting is defined as a position five meters or closer behind another rider.
- A breach of this Rule will constitute a warning.
- A rider will be allowed only one warning.
- If a rider breaches this rule for a second time, the rider will no longer be eligible for any of the prize money, but may continue the race.
- No rider will be allowed to draft behind any vehicle of any sort at any time during the Race.
- The Race is a CSA sanctioned event. As such, all riders must be a member of CSA for the calendar year in which the Race takes place.
- Riders have the option of purchasing a day license for every day of participation in the Race. The cost of this is R35 per day so R175 for five days. During the entry process, the MyActive payment gateway gives you the option to add this to your checkout.
- For the licensing process and relevant fees, see the following CSA link: http://csams.cyclingsa.com/about.aspx.
- The Race is not simply an ordinary mountain bicycle race, it is arguably one of the toughest races in the world and will place enormous physiological and mental stress on each rider’s body. As such, the Race medical team reserves the right to withdraw any rider from the Race if, in their opinion, it is deemed necessary.
- A rider who is withdrawn from the Race will have no claim whatsoever against the Race organizer, its affiliates or any of its sub-contractors arising therefrom.
- It is the rider’s responsibility to make sure he is in good health and adequately trained for the Race.
- All riders must have completed a Race medical form and have it signed by a licensed medical practitioner prior to Race registration. A rider may not participate in the Race if this form has not been signed thereby confirming that he is sufficiently well adapted and prepared for a Race of this nature.
- Every rider has to carry a Munga issued tracking device.
- It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure his tracking device is always on and in working order.
- A rider will not be permitted to continue past a Race station without their tracking device.
- If a rider elects to withdraw from the Race due to medical reasons and is unable to continue to a Race station, the rider must notify either the Race organizer or someone from the medical team and a vehicle will be dispatched to collect the rider and transport him to the nearest Race station. This vehicle will only carry the rider requiring medical attention.
- If a rider wishes to withdraw from the Race for reasons other than medical, he can only make this decision at a Race station.
Protests and complaints:
- If a rider has any complaint or protest, he must submit the complaint or protest after he has crossed the finish line and provided he is not in breach of any of the Rules.
- Riders have one hour to submit a complaint or protest after the Cut-off Time, and it has to be done in writing.
- In all matters relating to the Rules, complaints and protests, or interpreting any of the above-mentioned aspects, the chief Commissaire’s decision is final and binding.
- A rider may at any time (during or after the Race) be disqualified for any of the following reasons:
- a rider using any power other than his own physical power to move his bicycle forward along the route;
- a rider climbing into a vehicle and at some point continuing to Race;
- a rider failing to sign in or out of one of the five Race station checkpoints;
- a rider physically towing another rider;
- a rider being younger than the minimum stipulated Race age;
- a rider failing to adequately display his bicycle number or their Race number;
- a rider found off the Race route and behaving in a manner that the Race organizer deems to be contrary to the spirit of the Race;
- a rider found taking a short cut;
- a rider found taking down or defacing route markings;
- a rider found to be ignoring or contravening the traffic regulations on public roads;
- a rider found to be using a different bicycle frame to that on which he started the Race;
- a rider found without a helmet outside of one of the five Race stations and on their bicycle;
- a rider found without one of the compulsory pieces of equipment;
- a rider who starts the Race later than one hour after the official Race start and does not have approval to do so;
- a rider receiving prearranged support anywhere along the route or in the Race stations;
- a rider caught drafting a competing rider for a second time after the first Race station;
- a rider found without a working transponder;
- a rider found littering;
- a rider behaving in a way that the Race organizer and/or chief Commissaire deem to be inappropriate, contrary to the spirit of the Race or otherwise in bad faith.
In the spirit of mountain biking it is incumbent on each rider to respect the environment. As such, each rider must also adhere to the following rules:
- No littering of any form will be tolerated, including but not limited to dropping food packaging, bottles and mountain bicycle spares;
- Smoking is not allowed anywhere along the route;
- No rider is allowed to wilfully damage any plant or bush.
- The Race attempts to conform to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code and as such adopts a zero tolerance policy towards doping in all its forms.
- For the WADA code and more information, please see the following WADA link: https://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/the-code/2009-world-anti-doping-code#.VAAoj7ySz18
- The Race organizer reserves the right to test all participants as and when it deems appropriate and no rider shall object thereto.
- The top twenty finishing riders can expect to be tested as part of the normal Race procedure.
- All riders can expect random testing throughout the race. This will be at the race organisers discretion.
- Any Rider caught doping, will be banned from The Munga Race for life.