1.1. These rules shall apply to the Veloturk Gran Fondo Cesme 2021.
1.2. By registration and participation in the Veloturk Gran Fondo Cesme, every participant accepts these rules.
1.3. Each rider shall make himself/herself acquainted with the content of the race pack issued upon accreditation and shall verify if the data are correct.
Race categories are according to gender and age.
- Youth Men (16-18)
- Elite Men (19-34)
- Master Men (35-39)
- Master Men (40-44)
- Master Men (45-49)
- Master Men (50-54)
- Master Men (55-59)
- Master Men (60-64)
- Master Men (65+)
- General Classification - Men
- Youth Women (16-18)
- Elite Women (19-34)
- Master Women (35-39)
- Master Women (40-44)
- Master Women (45-49)
- Master Women (50-54)
- Master Women (55-59)
- Master Women (60-64)
- Master Women (65+)
- General Classification - Women
There is no team order.
4.1.1. Only human-powered, two-wheeled bikes with a freewheel assembly and at least 2 brakes that function independently are allowed (that means no electro-bikes, no motor bikes).
4.1.2. Every participant is responsible for the safety of his/her own bicycle. Particular attention must be paid to functioning brakes and other safety-related components.
4.1.3. Participants who after the start of the race are found to use bikes that are not in compliance with the rules will be abandoned from the race and disqualified.
4.1.4. Bottle holders may only be attached to the down and seat tube of the frame.
The use of a road/racing bike is no requirement but desired. There are no regulations as regards frame geometry as long as it does not significantly limit the general riding safety.
Such types of bike may be used. Please take note of the factors such as minimum average speed, time limits and security when choosing a bike.
The material and types of bicycles listed below shall be expressly excluded from use for the race:
- Triathlon, horn-type and delta handlebars resp.
- Handlebar attachments of any kind
- Single speeds of any kind
- Hand bikes of any kind
- Panniers and other loads
- Any kind of audio device or ear covers that may impair hearing, and consequently the ability to react in road traffic or in a competition (i.e. no MP3 players, no earphones, no earplugs).
Wearing a helmet is compulsory at all times. All helmets must meet the current DIN 33954, SNEL and/or ANSI safety standards.
The race number serves for identification of a participant. It must be affixed clearly visible, securely and in full size on both sides of the rider's back near the jersey pockets and under the saddle respectively.
6.1. Veloturk Gran Fondo Cesme is open to all road cyclists.
6.2. Every participant should have a cycling or triathlon license OR a health certificate signed by a doctor, mentioning that he/she can take place in bike races.
6.3. Applicants who have been involved in doping offences within the last 5 years, whether as active sportsmen/women or in some other capacity, are barred from taking part.
7.1.1. The open race will be accompanied by a neutral motorcycle escort.
7.1.2. The motorcycle escort carries out the following functions:
Escort of the race and supervision to establish that the race is conducted in accordance with the rules, including recording of individual infringements of the rules.
Removal of non-participants from the course.
Provision of first aid materials in the event of a downfall.
Provision of service kits in the event that repairs are needed.
The overall individual ranking splits into male and female participants and the race course distance. Based on this, there will be an "Overall Individual Ranking Men" and an "Overall Individual Ranking Women".
The ranking by race categories splits into rankings by male and female competitors, the race course distance and the age category.
9.1. Each participant's finishing time will be recorded individually and electronically.
9.2. The timing transponder issued upon accreditation has to be attached at the bike as instructed unless another timing system is used.
9.3. The start time for all participants is the time that start is given.
10.1. At least one food point will be set up her distance at the Veloturk Gran Fondo Cesme. This will always be located one the right side of the road. The participants can benefit from the services provided at the feed zones only by stopping.
10.2. Such catering points will be announced on right side of the road by signs put up at 1,000m before their location.
10.3. The rider must indicate his/her intention to take up food by giving clear hand signals, keeping to the right, veering from the course cautiously and considerately, and coming to a halt.
10.4. Taking food from escorting vehicles is not permitted. Any deviation from this rule shall be changed under certain weather conditions only and will be announced at the technical meeting 1 day before the race.
10.5. Riders must not accept food or drink from bystanders along the course or from their own support party.
11.1. If a rider is forced to interrupt or finish the race due to a mechanical breakdown, defect, health problems etc. he/she has to indicate this immediately to the other riders by raising his/her right arm and then stopping at the nearest side of the road. The rider can cross to the right side of the road at the next safest opportunity, should he/she not be on that side yet. There, he/she has to wait for the escort vehicle and indicate, by raising his/her right arm again, that assistance will be needed.
11.2. Leaving the race course results in disqualification, even if the participant returns to the race course. Official food points are part of the race course.
12.1. It is strictly prohibited for personal or team escort vehicles to drive inside the cordoned off race course.
12.2. It is also not allowed to accept technical assistance or food from press vehicles or other authorized vehicles that do not belong to the direct race organization.
12.3. In case of health problems or crashes it shall be expressly allowed to accept external assistance.
13.1. Feed zone transit times will be inspected by the race committee. Monitoring the state of traffic, the race committee, in coordination with the escorting police, may withdraw far-trailing participants from the race, who are riding below the average minimum speed limit and that are unlikely to reach the feed zone at the specified time limit.
13.2. If a rider is due to defect, health problems or otherwise unable to reach feed zone at the specified time limit, he/she has to withdraw from the race and get into the sag wagon upon request by the race organizers.
13.3. The instructions given by officials and the sag wagon staff shall be strictly followed.
13.4. Riders who reach the finish behind the specified time limit will be disqualified and appear on the ranking list with the finishing time, but will not be ranked.
14.1. Participants are not allowed to hinder other riders from passing, or cut riders off/force riders off the road. Contact with other riders is to be avoided whenever possible. Any forcing aside, pulling, pushing etc. for the purpose of personal or mutual benefit or other hindrances, such as sudden leaving of the lane or stopping during or in the run-out of the race without compelling reasons shall be penalized according to the list of penalties (see section 16).
14.2. Slip-streaming behind or holding onto motor vehicles is prohibited. This shall also apply while reinvolving in the race after crashes or defects.
14.3. The passing of food or refreshments among participants shall be allowed.
14.4. Any discarding of objects of any sort, including waste or empty bottles shall be prohibited and will be punished according to the list of penalties (see section 16). Every participant has to make sure that his waste and empty drinking bottles are disposed of in no other places than the food points along the race course or at the finish.
15.1. The exchange of tools and spare parts shall be permitted among the participants, whereas the exchange of wheels and racing bikes is strictly forbidden.
15.2. Bicycle repairs must be made while standing and behind the group on the right side of the road in front of the service car, if present. The pavement on the right-hand side of the road, if there is one, should be used for carrying out repairs.
16.1.1. Penalties for offences may only be imposed by the race committee.
16.1.2. The degree of punishment is based on the list in section 16.2. and shall be applied with no exception.
16.1.3. The race committee shall be entitled to impose sanctions also for offences not given in the list below. The degree of punishment shall be determined by the race committee.
16.2. List of Penalties
Due to organizational reasons and for the safety of the participants, the following penalty index shall apply:
1- Defrauding the organizer by participating under a false name: Banned to race for 5 years or lifetime ban and a fine of 500 euros paid to the organizer.
2- Transfer of own race documents to another person to participate with, without ensuring that said documents: Banned to race for at least 3 subsequent years, lifetime ban if act was deliberate were rightfully transferred onto his/her own name.
3- Defrauding the organizer by using another rider's timing chip: Banned to race for 3 years.
4- Defrauding the organizer by using old or false race number: Banned to race for 3 years.
5- Violence between participants or against other persons: Disqualification and suspension for the 3 following years.
6- Intentional dangerous riding: Disqualification and suspension for the following year.
7- Short cutting or any other deviation from the race course: Disqualification and suspension for the following year.
8- Crossing of closed gates at level crossings: Disqualification and suspension for the following year.
9- Use of bike contrary to the race rules in the race: Disqualification and suspension for the following year.
10- Racing without helmet or taking off helmet during race: Disqualification and suspension for the following year.
11- Race number on back and transponder missing: Disqualification and suspension for the following year.
1- Each year the organizer and the race committee record infringements of the rules at the start, during the race and in the finish area.
2- The infringements recorded are saved in the form of a list of infringements.
3- Participants will apply to the organization committee by filling in the "objection form" found in the race office and adding possible evidence to the race committee for any violations of the rules they have witnessed or for any personal race results that they think is not correct. At the end of the race, objections will be examined by the organizing committee and the decision will be reported.