RULE#1 LEAVE NO TRACE
1.1 You will ride across some fragile ecosystems and protected areas, leave nature unchanged.
RULE#2 RIDE SAFELY, RIDE RESPONSIBLY
2.1 As the event uses roads open to traffic you must always know, observe and comply with local laws.
2.2 Helmet and front+rear lights are mandatory. It is also a legal requirement to wear a reflective vest when riding at night.
2.3 Riding motorways is illegal.
The organisation strongly recommends you wear bright clothing during the event.
RULE#3 RIDE UNDER YOUR OWN POWER
3.1 Just you and your bike, that’s all.
3.2 In case of a medical or mechanical emergency use any kind of transport you need and return to the exact point to continue the ride.
3.3 Drafting is not allowed. This means you can’t explicity follow any rider or vehicle which could give you an aerodynamic aid (this rule shall not apply during the neutralized start or for pairs category riders). If for any reason you ride at the same pace as another rider, you must do it side-by-side.
RULE#4 BE SELF-SUFFICIENT
4.1 This is a self-supported event: Food, drink and belongings must be carried by you or acquired unplanned en-route. You are responsible for you own safety and logistics.
4.2 Booking accommodation or any logistic support before the event is not allowed.
4.3 Support crew or virtual base-camps is prohibited. Unexpected and unrequested help en-route is allowed.
4.4 The pair is considered as a rider itself, they can share all the resources between themselves but external assistance is not allowed. If one of the riders scratches the pair will be considered DNF, but the other rider can keep cycling and be considered Finisher (out of category).
4.5 You must bring the following documents for the accreditation ID document, POI and the signed official rider agreement and the following gears: helmet, rear and front lights, headlamp, reflective vest, survival blanket. The Handbook will define if any other special gears are required.
The organisation strongly recommends you always bring: bivvy bag, SOS Kit, food autonomy for at least one day, sunscreen and winter clothes.
RULE#5 INVENIAM VIAM
5.1 In case of a Set-Route event -Transpyrenees and Badlands- you must follow and complete the full official route. You can temporarily leave it (to find food, rest, etc), but you must return to the same point you left off to continue the ride.
5.2 In case of a Free-route event -Transibérica- you must ride from the start to the finish visiting all mandatory Checkpoints and Parcours. This means you decide your own route.
5.3 The organisation will send you the Handbook and the track files some weeks before the start. You must strongly prepare and study it.
RULE#6 CONTROL YOUR TRACKER
6.1 Satellite tracking is just a service to follow the event online: You are fully responsible for ensuring the correct use of it.
6.2 Turning off the tracker or long periods of inactivity without reporting to the organisation will imply exclusion from the event.
6.3 A refundable deposit will be required for each tracker against loss or damage. The details will be defined in the Handbook.
RULE#7 TAKE YOUR TIME, BE ON TIME
7.1 You will be punctual at the accreditation, the briefing and the start.
7.2 After the official time limit you can’t expect any official service or support, but although the event ends your ride can go on…so just return the tracker, relax and enjoy your route.
RULE#8 TAKE OUT YOUR OWN INSURANCE FOR THE EVENT
8.1 You must have valid liability, death, accident and health insurance valid during the event, covering emergency extraction and repatriation insurance.
8.2 Be aware that all liability rests on you. The organisation won’t provide you any kind of insurance for the ride and will not held liable for any damage whatsoever that may occur directly and/or indirectly to you or other parties.
RULE#9 RESPECT THE VOLUNTEERS AND THE CREW
9.1 This project is possible thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of all our volunteers. Please be nice to them, they have been working hard spending their time and effort to support this ride.
9.2 Follow the crew indications, they just will do it just for your safety and the good progress of the event.
RULE#10 ACT HONORABLY
10.1 The organisation can impose time penalties for violations which be decided once the event is finished. But this shouldn’t happen.
When people ask us how can we ensure riders comply with the rules, we always answer the same: we can’t. The honorable agreement is inherent to bikepacking events. This can be a fair event, it just depends on you.