“Gibraltar Race” and “Alps Tourist Trophy” are Adventure Challenge
to which the following General Regulation applies
Adventure Challenge are motorcycle tourist events with a ranking based on navigation skills and regularity. The challenge takes place only in the off-road sections (however open to transit). Transfers can take place both on paved and dirt roads. The average speed of the entire route does not exceed 80 km/h. It is not among the objectives of the competition to overtake each other among the participants.
These events open to amateurs of at least 18 years old, with a valid driving licence for the motorcycle they are riding. Each motorbike must be road legal in the Country where it is registered. All documents, plates and insurance must be valid minimum 7 days after the end of the event. It is recommended to have your own personal accident insurance.
Eligible vehicles: classes and categories
- Class 21: all motorbikes with multi-cylinder engine (no single-cylinder therefore) with a 21ʺ front wheel
- Class 19: all motorbikes with multi-cylinder engine (no single-cylinder therefore) with a 19ʺ or less front wheel
- Class SC: all single-cylinder motorbikes.
- Class Quad: all ATV quad (only at Morocco edition)
- Women Category: any motorcycle driven by a female rider.
- Team Category: all motorbikes registered in a team of 3 pilots.
ALPS TOURIST TROPHY
- Tourist motorcycles: all motorbikes with multi-cylinder engine (no single-cylinder therefore)
- Specialist motorcycles: all single-cylinder motorbikes
- Each vehicle must be road legal in the Country where it is registered.
- All papers, plates and insurance must be valid minimum 7 days after end of the race.
- Until the moment of the technical scrutineering, the pilot can change his vehicle for the challenge. In case of different technical features, the new vehicle will be automatically put in the appropriate class or category.
- In the event of irreparable damage to the motorcycle, the participant may replace it to continue the event and remain in the rankings only under the following conditions: a) the motorcycle must have already successfully passed the initial technical checks (therefore it can only belong to a withdrew pilot); b) the motorbike must belong to the same class as the one it replaces (if not, the pilot can continue the event but he will no longer be in the rankings).
To each vehicle involved is assigned a number.
- Motorcycles (and Quads)
- Assistance vehicles
- Organization and Medical Staff Vehicles
- Press vehicles and others
The Organization will provide each vehicle with a complete set of labels.
For the motorbikes and quads 1 front and 2 side adhesive identification labels with space for the number are provided.
During the race the labels must be displayed on the vehicle in the positions shown (2 sides and 1 front), in particular the front one must be the first legible and identifiable.
On the vehicle there must not be other number besides to the one delivered to each participant.
In case of damage or loss of labels the pilot must request to the Organization a new set before the start of the next stage. Otherwise he is excluded from the ranking.
- The starting order of the Prologue (when provided) and of the first stage will always match the order of registration of participants.
- The starting order of the second stage until last one will correspond to the position in the ranking (or virtual ranking) of the last stage completed.
- Each pilot will know the starting order of the next day by consulting the ranking of the stage published each evening, as soon as possible, by the Race Direction and sent via the Whatsapp broadcast of the event.
- The departure time and the gap between pilots (or teams of pilots) of each stage will be defined the day before and announced during the briefing.
- The 3 pilots of each team will have to start together. The starting order of the team will be that one matching that of the second of the three in the standings of the last stage completed.
- Each pilot, after receiving the go of each stage, must transit on the waypoint named “START BIV” within a maximum of 2 minutes.
GPS navigation and Ranking
Each rider to participate must be equipped with a simple stopwatch and his own GPS navigator or a smartphone or tablet with appropriate apps. Only one GPS device for each pilot is allowed. The GPX files of the race will be uploaded only to this device.
Each participant must be equipped with the USB connection cable of the device even if the upload can be wireless.
This is the list of the suitable GPS devices:
- Garmin MONTANA series
- Garmin GPSMAP series
- Garmin TREAD series
This is the list of the suitable mobile APP:
- LOCUS MAP
The organization will not be responsible if it is not possible to load or display correctly all the information contained in the GPX format file relating to each stage
You must make your device recognizable with the race number.
The track record function must be set “ON” with a pace not exceeding one point each 10 meters or one point each second.
You have to give your GPS device to the staff of the Organization every time on your arrival at the finish line (at the bivouac) or, for those ones using an app with a smartphone or a tablet , you must send the GPS recording of the stage to the provided email address (email@example.com) with your name and race number.
In case of default, within 30 minutes from your arrival, you will be disqualified from the stage.
The Organization will load on the GPS device of each pilot the GPX file which contains the tracks for the transfers (liaisons) and waypoints for the Selective Sessions of the next day.
In the morning, 10 minutes before the start of each pilot, the GPS device will be returned to the pilot which must turn it on and verify the successful loading of the file on his device or, for those pilots using an app with a smartphone or a tablet, the GPX file will be sent by email. You must immediately report any possible issue.
File loaded contain the information to complete Selective Sessions and to avoid penalty points (as described below).
In addition to waypoints, any known danger will be indicated too, after being reported during the briefing.
The following information will be shown for each Selective Session:
- the minimum and maximum time, in minutes, within which you can start, based on your time of departure from the bivouac;
- the total length in kilometers and hundreds of meters;
- the total number of waypoints numbered you must reach according to their sequential order (this number includes both the first and the last waypoint of the Selective Session);
- the target time to go from the first to the last waypoint. Any difference, in plus or minus, will result in the application of penalty points.
Penalties are applied at a ratio of 1 point for each second of gap in plus or minus compared to the time indicated for each Selective Session.
To this score will be added the penalties eventually assigned for missed waypoints or for infringements to the General Regulations (see below).
For the teams the score taken into account will be the sum of the members’ scores.
The members of each team are required to complete the route together. The difference in transit time at waypoints between the first and last member of the same team must not exceed 30 seconds. For each second of difference a penalty point will be added to the team score.
The ranking is based on the scores of each stage and of any Prologue.
Who collects the fewest penalties points during the race days wins.
In case of draw in the standing (overall or class or category), the winner will be the rider or the team that has the best (lower) score in the previous stage and if that were not enough it will be evaluated the score of the previous one and so on backwards.
Rankings will be published every evening, as soon as possible, by the Race Direction and sent via the Whatsapp broadcast of the event.
The transit at each waypoint and, for some of them, the time taken will be checked through a GPS logger device provided by the organization to each participant.
At the arrival of each stage you must promptly return the GPS logger device to the Organization staff (together with your personal GPS navigator, when applicable). In case of default, within 30 minutes from your arrival, you will be disqualified from the race.
All devices will be returned to the pilot 10 minutes before his start for the next stage.
In case of missing collection/deliver of the GPS logger device or if you leave it, even temporarily, or you exchange it with another rider or you give it to any other people, you will be disqualified and automatically put out of the ranking.
The GPS logger should be kept isolated from contact with metal objects or mobile phones.
Each pilot is responsible for the correct operation of the device and of the validity and integrity of the collected data.
Each logger is numbered, and each number matches with a rider of the race.
The GPS logger is used also for the detection of possible infringements of the General Regulation.
The GPS logger is shock, mud and water resistant. Any tampering with the device will result in disqualification from the race.
You must promptly report to the Race Direction of any problem relating the use of your GPS logger.
In case you lost the GPS logger or in case of its fault, it will prevail the data recorded by your GPS navigator or by the app on your smartphone or tablet.
Lose it anyway will result in a flat penalty of 1,500 points. The Organization will give you a new GPS logger after the payment of its full value.
Without the GPS logger you can not continue the challenge.
PENALTIES AND REASONS FOR DISQUALIFICATION
You can incur into the following penalties in addition to those mentioned so far.
A) BE IN LATE AT DEPARTURE OF THE STAGE
The penalty is 60 points per each minute (or fraction) of delay in showing up at departure of the stage. 10 minutes after the departure of the last competitor, the latecomer pilot will be automatically disqualified from the stage. At the end of the day he will receive 500 penalty points for each kilometer (or fraction) of the Selective Sessions planned, plus 500 points of penalty for each waypoint of the stage.
B) EARLY DEPARTURE COMPARED TO THE STARTING ORDER OF THE STAGE
A non-compliance to starting order shown by the Race Direction and a consequent early departure of the stage will result in being disqualified from the stage. At the end of the day the pilot will receive 500 penalty points for each kilometer (or fraction) of the Selective Sessions planned plus 500 points of penalty for each waypoint of the stage.
C) NO DEPARTURE OF THE STAGE
At the end of the day the pilot will receive 500 penalty points for each kilometer (or fraction) of the Selective Sessions planned plus 500 points of penalty for each waypoint of the stage.
D) FAILED OR DELAYED (OVER 2 MINUTES) TRANSIT ON THE WAYPOINT START BIV AFTER HAVING RECEIVED THE GO OF THE STAGE
Failed or delayed (over 2 minutes) transit on the waypoint START BIV after receiving the go of the stage for the pilot will result in the cancellation of the same stage. At the end of the day the pilot will receive 500 penalty points for each kilometer (or fraction) of the Selective Sessions planned plus 500 points of penalty for each waypoint of the stage.
E) DROPPING OUT FROM THE STAGE
When a pilot retires from the stage it means that he fails to reach the next bivouac with his motorbike. At the end of the day it will be added 500 penalty points for each kilometer (or fraction) of the planned Selective Sessions not covered, plus 500 points of penalty for each waypoint of the stage non reached, to the score achieved until the last Selective Session validly completed . If he retires after he validly completed the last Selective Session, it will be applied only a penalty of 500 points.
F) QUIT THE STAGE
When a pilot quit the stage it means that he does not complete one or more Selective Sessions, while he reachs the bivouac on his motorbike. At the end of the day it will be added 500 penalty points for each kilometer (or fraction) of the planned Selective Sessions not covered, plus 500 points of penalty for each waypoint of the stage not reached, to the score achieved until the last Selective Session validly completed.
G) RIDING OFF PLANNED ROUTE DURING TRANSFERS
Unless previously authorized if a pilot rides off from the planned route during transfers, he will receive 30 penalty points for each km (or fraction) of track skipped. The penalty will not be applied in case of objective impediments on the planned route, in case of small deviations for emergency reasons or to make repairs, or refueling or stops for lunch or rest. Quitting the stage and reaching the next bivouac following the quickest or most direct route is not considered riding off planned route and it will not result in the application of penalty points.
H) WAYPOINT MISSED OR NOT REACHED IN THE RIGHT ORDER
The expected penalty is 500 points for each waypoint skipped or not reached according to the right order.
I) MISSED FIRST (OR LAST) WAYPOINT OF A SELECTIVE SESSION
In this case, since it is not possible to calculate transit times, at the end of the day the pilot will receive 500 penalty points for each kilometer (or fraction) of the Selective Session in which this occurred, plus 500 penalty points for each waypoint of the same Selective Session.
L) FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE TIMES TO START THE SELECTIVE SESSION
There are a minimum and a maximum time (in minutes) for reaching the starting point (WP 01) of each Selective Session. They are shown and each pilot must calculate them from the moment he starts from the bivouac (when he passes over waypoint “START BIV”). Passing over WP 01 of the Selective Session outside of this time range will result in the application of 1 penalty point for each second of advance or delay.
M) FAILURE TO COMPLY THE TIME LIMIT TO REACH THE NEXT BIVOUAC
There is a maximum time limit (in minutes) to reach the next bivouac. Each pilot must calculate it from his starting time from the previous bivouac (when he passes over waypoint “START BIV”). He will receive 15 penalty points every 10 minutes (or fraction) of delay, up to a maximum of two hours, beyond which the stage of the pilot will be canceled and the penalties provided for in point “C” applied. Upon the occurrence of the 3rd delayed arrival to the bivouac by the same pilot and for all subsequent delayed arrivals, an additional penalty of 3000 (three thousand) points will be applied. The penalty is not applied if the delayed arrival occurs with the rescue vehicle as a result of mechanical failure or accident.
N) EXCEEDING THE SPEED LIMITS
Exceeding the speed limits will result in the application of 500 penalty points for each infringement recorded by the personal GPS logger. The speed of each pilot will be measured at random during the transfers and continuously in the Selective Sessions. The penalty will be applied if the limit is exceeded for more than 30% of the length of the section or SS subject to speed control. Each pilots must ride respecting the road laws and the rules of common sense for safety.
O) EXCEEDING 30 KM/H WHEN TURNING BACK ON NARROW ROUTES
Any participant who for any reason decides to reverse the direction and return to the path just made, if this is less than 5 meters wide, asphalted or dirt road, he must proceed at a speed not exceeding 30 km/h on his right side up to the point where he will take a new direction.
This precaution is necessary given the real possibility of collisions between participants in the search for waypoints.
If the above limit is exceeded, a flat-rate penalty of 500 points will be applied for each infringement.
P) USE OF MORE THAN ONE GPS NAVIGATOR
In this case is applied a flat penalty of 1500 points. Upon the occurrence of the 3rd use not allowed, an additional penalty of 3000 (three thousand) points will be applied.
Q) REQUEST FOR MECHANICAL OR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND CONSEQUENT WITHDRAWING FROM THE STAGE
The request for medical assistance or for the rescue vehicle using the GPS tracker device (balise) or in any other way automatically means DROPPING OUT FROM THE STAGE, even if the pilot then may continue with the motorbike.
R) FAILED (OR DELAYED OVER 30 MINUTES FROM YOUR ARRIVAL) DELIVERY OF GPS LOGGER AND/OR GPS DEVICE AT THE END OF THE STAGE
Failed (or delayed over 30 minutes from your arrival) delivery of GPS logger and/or GPS device at the end of the stage for the pilot will result in the cancellation of the same stage. At the end of the day the pilot will receive 500 penalty points for each kilometer (or fraction) of the Selective Sessions planned plus 500 points of penalty for each waypoint of the stage.
S) LOSE OR DAMAGE THE GPS LOGGER AND/OR THE GPS TRACKER (BALISE)
In this case is applied a flat penalty of 1500 points for each device lost or damaged, in addition to debiting its value.
T) SHARING THE FILE OR THE TRACK OF THE FORMULA RAID
In the event that a pilot who participate in the RACE formula is caught with the file provided for the RAID, he will be immediately disqualified from the race.
The participant in the RAID formula who provides a rider of the RACE formula with his own trace will no longer receive it for the following day or days and he can only carry out independently the route from one bivouac to the next one (if foreseen).
U) NOT ATTENDING THE BRIEFING
Not attending at the daily briefing or leaving it before the end, without a justified reason, will result in the application of 3000 (three thousand) penalty points. For this purpose it will be necessary to sign the attendance sheet both at the beginning and at the end of each briefing.
V) NEED TO CONSULT THE WHATSAPP BROADCAST DURING THE STAGE
Whatsapp broadcast of the event may contain important communications relating to dangers or interruptions during the event. It is therefore necessary to consult it before the start of each Selective Session or in any case in which an interruption is encountered on the route (to know how to get around it) or in any case at least once every 60 minutes. To receive communications, you must have saved the number 0039 3245445344 in the address book of your smartphone.
The Race Director is the only responsible for recording and retention of times and penalty points application.
The Race Direction consists of 3 subjects: two representatives of the Organization, one of which is the Race Director, and one representative of the Pilots.
The choice of the representative of the Pilots is at the discretion of the Organization.
Requests for verification or cancellation of penalties or other kinds of complaints must be submitted in writing and with a deposit of 100 euros to the race direction within 30 minutes of the publication of the daily rankings.
Only if the request is accepted the deposit will be returned.
Any delays accumulated to help another rider with mechanical difficulties or with the motorbike stucked cannot be canceled.
The delays necessary to help another injured or presumed injured pilot can be canceled only after the written communication of the following information: waypoint of the place where it happened, estimated time lost, testimony of the rescued pilot and / or other pilots or staff members involved.
The organization reserves the right to make changes and additions to this Regulation and to communicate them via the official website of the event www.gibraltarrace.com or by email or by Whatsapp broadcast of the event sent to the registered riders.
These announcements will have to be considered an integral part of this Regulation.
For any clarification or further information you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org