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The association Ride Eat Sleep & Share in partnership with Across and Beyond Endurance AG organizes Ultra Distance cycling events, including the exclusive organization of RACE ACROSS BELGIUM®.
The RACE ACROSS BELGIUM® is a semi-autonomous ultra-distance cycling event, offering 3 distances in bikepacking and one distance with assistance. The event takes place in a single stage, passing through checkpoints, on an open road, in solo, duo, or quartet and in a limited time.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES AND ETHICS OF THE RACE
Participation in the Race Across Belgium event implies the express and unreserved acceptance of the present regulations, the ethical charter and any instructions sent by the organiser to participants. In the rest of these regulations, the notions of organiser, organisation, management or race director are equivalent.
DEFINITION OF EVENTS
RACE ACROSS BELGIUM® is an event in which 3 distances are offered on Belgian roads. Each event takes place in a single stage, at a free pace, on open roads in a limited time.
> Distance of 300 Kilometers (approx.): Solo, Duo, Trio or Quartet – Bikepacking
> Distance of 500 kilometres (approx.): Solo or Duo – Bikepacking
> Distance of 1000 Kilometers (approx.): Solo, Duo, or Quartet – Bikepacking or with assistance.
IMPORTANT The 1000 km solo with assistance is a RAAM qualifying event
The principle of individual racing in semi-autonomy is the rule.
Semi-autonomy is defined as the capacity to be autonomous between two “bases of life”, both in terms of food and clothing and safety equipment, allowing in particular to adapt to all foreseeable and unforeseeable problems. Assistance is only tolerated in the living quarters set up by the organisation. It is strictly forbidden at any other point on the course, on pain of immediate disqualification.
In the Bikepacking category:
No accompaniment is allowed throughout the course
Each rider must be completely autonomous throughout the event and in particular outside of the living bases.
The “life bases” are supplied with food and drink to be consumed on site. The organisation only provides still water, tea and coffee, fruit and food from a partner’s supply.
No other assistance is permitted at any point on the course.
Drafting is forbidden for participants competing solo. Anyone suspected of drafting another rider and vice versa will result in the disqualification of both riders. Drafting is nevertheless tolerated for riders competing in pairs, trios or fours, in the “Duo”, “Trio” or “Quartet” categories.
Any group formed of more than two people at any time during the event will be excluded from the race if it lasts more than 30 minutes.
The participant shall obtain food (solid and liquid) and equipment from the shops available on the course.
The participant will sleep either in a hotel, in a home stay or in a bivouac, respecting local rules.
Nota bene: A participant who accepts to be filmed without accreditation by the organisation (and therefore accompanied) outside the expressly designated areas, contravenes the principle of semi-autonomy. Any participant wishing to be filmed must request accreditation for the film crew at least 30 days before the start of the race so that the crew can be identified.
Race controllers who witness irregularities are entitled to penalise participants in order to guarantee the spirit of the Race Across Belgium events.
Only riders wearing a visible and duly checked helmet and frame number will have access to the refreshment posts.
PENALTIES AND DISQUALIFICATION
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES PENALTIES (*) – DISQUALIFICATION
Cutting of the course > At the discretion of the race direction
Absence of compulsory safety equipment (helmet: front and rear lights in working order, no survival blanket, no visibility waistcoat) > Disqualification
Absence from the pre-race meeting (date and time to be announced) > 1 hour penalty
File incomplete on 1/5/2022 > Disqualification
Assistance vehicles and drivers not registered > Penalty 6 hours
Unregistered media vehicles > 6 hour penalty
Throwing of rubbish (voluntary act) by a competitor or a member of his team > Penalty 4 hours
“Non-respect of persons (organisation or riders) / Nota bene: a participant whose supporters show incivility and/or refuse to respect the organiser’s instructions will be penalised. > Disqualification
Non-assistance to a person in difficulty (requiring assistance) > Disqualification
Cheating Category 1: Using a bike not declared to the organisation, riding while drafting or being drafted > 3 hours penalty
Category 2 Cheat: Hanging on to a moving vehicle Unauthorised assistance / riding in the slipstream of a vehicle > Disqualification
Cheating Category 3: Use of a means of transport, sharing a number, hanging on to a vehicle while moving > Immediate and lifetime disqualification
Lack of a visible frame plate, visible number in the bikepacking category > Penalty of 2 hours
Failure to respect the highway code > 4 hour penalty
Absence of GPS beacon > According to the decision of the race direction
Refusal to obey an order from race management, a regulator or patrol officer, a station chief, a doctor or a first-aider > Disqualification
Refusal to take a doping control > Immediate and lifetime disqualification
Passing or leaving a checkpoint after the time limit > Disqualification
Use of equipment not carried/signed for at the start of the race > 6 hour penalty
Discharge of waste water from a camper van in an unauthorised place > 6 hour penalty
The organiser may before, during and after the event check compliance with these regulations and immediately apply any penalties he deems appropriate
(*) Time penalties are applicable once the rider has crossed the line but he/she will be informed of the decision of the race direction.
(*) Time penalties are applicable once the rider has crossed the line but he/she will be informed of the decision of the race direction.
(**) Disqualifying penalties are applicable immediately and the rider will be informed as soon as the decision is taken by the race direction.
Any other breach of the rules will be subject to a penalty decided by the race direction.
WITHDRAWAL AND REPATRIATION
Except in the case of injury, a rider must not abandon the race other than at a “base of life”. He must then inform the person in charge of the base, or report his withdrawal to Race HQ.
In the event of a decision to abandon between 2 checkpoints, the runner must go to the nearest checkpoint where he reports his abandonment by his own means.
The runner keeps his race number as it is his pass to access the “life bases”.
In case of withdrawal, the participant must inform the organiser by any means and return the equipment loaned (GPS tracker) at the participant’s expense, either to the organiser’s address, or to our GPS partner, or to the organisation directly at one of the “bases of life” or “arrival base”.
In the event of non-return, the participant will be invoiced directly by the GPS partner of the event for the amount of 350 euros (all taxes included). By accepting the present rules when signing up, the provider will invoice the person concerned directly.
Any complaint must be made by email, firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 days of the end of the event.
MAXIMUM TIME ALLOWED AND TIME LIMITS
The maximum times of the events are also the time barrier for those who continue over a longer distance, are set at :
300 kilometres: 24 hours
500 kilometres: 40 hours
1000 kilometres: 72 hours
The maximum time allowed is calculated according to the participant’s start time.
Even though the conditions of access to the events organised by Race Across Belgium are based on past performances, it can happen that participants cannot keep up the pace and are very late.
The time barriers have been set up and are calculated as accurately as possible according to the time limit for each event.
They are calculated to allow participants to reach the finish within the time limit, while allowing for possible stops (rest, meal…).
If a competitor passes after the limit indicated above on a base of life, (his start + xx H) the race management team will contact the runner to announce its decision.
Any competitor who is out of the race and wishes to continue his route freely will only be able to do so after having informed the race headquarters, under his own responsibility and in complete autonomy.
DATE AND TIME OF OPENING AND CLOSING OF THE LIFE BASES.
College Cardinal Mercier – Braine l’Alleud
The RACE ACROSS BELGIUM® event, which starts in Braine l’Alleud consists in linking the start to the finish town Braine l’Alleud on a set course, on a road open to traffic and common to all participants.
One “life base” is along the course and serve as refreshment points. In case of malfunction of the GPS tracker provided by the organisation, all material evidence (receipt) and immaterial evidence (photos, videos) will be studied by the organisation to validate the respect of the rules or not, leading to disqualification.
The route through landscapes and panoramas, each one as sumptuous as the next, will allow you to discover in depth our regions and departments.
You will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of the champions on the legendary Belgian roads, including the following routes:
Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen)
E3 Grand Prix (E3 Harelbeke)
La flèche Wallonne
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
The route is not signposted but the route will be made available to participants as a GPX link.
Each participant is offered the possibility to have access to a relief bag of maximum 20 litres for each “base of life” he is supposed to pass.
This bag is transported and distributed by the organisation to the “living bases” so that the participant can collect it on arrival.
When arriving at a base camp, each participant will have the possibility to pick up his bag himself in a place provided for this purpose. When they leave the “base of life”, they deposit their bag in the place provided for this purpose. The bag is then returned to the participant’s place of arrival by the organisation.
How many weight bags for what distance?
300 K > No ballast bag
500 K > 1 lightening bag
1000 K > 2 ballast bags
The bags are given to the competitor or to relatives, exclusively on presentation of the race number. The bags must be collected at the latest 1 hour after the end of the race. After this time, the runner will have to come and collect his bag himself, at his own expense, from the finish line or the association’s headquarters.
The organisation will ensure the repatriation of the bags of runners who have abandoned the race to the Finish Bases, provided that their abandonment has been registered.
The repatriation period depends on logistical constraints and the organisation cannot guarantee the complete repatriation of bags before the end of the race.
As the contents of the bags are not checked, no dispute over the contents on arrival is admissible. It is recommended that no valuables be placed in the bags.
RESCUE AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
It is the responsibility of a rider in difficulty or seriously injured to call for help:
By calling race headquarters (number on the frame plate)
By asking another rider to call for help
By using the SOS function on his GPS beacon
Each rider must assist any person in danger and call for help.
Emergency – 100
General – 112
Remember that environmental and race-related hazards of all kinds may cause you to wait longer than expected for help. Your safety will then depend on the quality of what you have put in your bag.
All the regulators and members of the organisation are authorised to :
to withdraw from the race any competitor deemed unfit to continue the event
to evacuate by any means the runners they judge to be in danger.
to direct patients to the most appropriate care structure
A rider who calls on the services of a doctor or first-aid attendant submits to his authority and undertakes to accept his decisions.
As soon as a rider’s state of health justifies treatment by means of an intravenous infusion, he shall be disqualified from the race.
Any runner who voluntarily strays from the course is no longer under the responsibility of the organisation.
The races are open to any person, male or female, 18 years old, licensed or not.
Registration is exclusively on the internet via the website www.raceacrossbelgium.cc and payment is secured by credit card.
The registration will be considered complete and will be validated as soon as it includes the following elements for each runner:
Provide a specific medical certificate or sports license of the current year. It must be submitted on the runner’s space before May 1st 2022 (the organisation does not accept medical certificates sent by email or by post). Attention: All medical certificates must be provided in French, Dutch or English. We therefore strongly advise participants to use or be inspired by the medical certificate form used in other races of the same type specifically mentioning the non contraindication to the practice of ultra-distance cycling.
To have paid the registration fee.
If the medical certificate is not received by this date, the registration will be cancelled without refund.
No race number will be allocated in the absence of the medical certificate and insurance certificate, even if all the complementary actions to the registration are carried out.
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
RACE ACROSS BELGIUM® is aimed at all sportsmen and women in excellent physical condition. The participant must be able to evolve in semi-autonomy both by day and by night and be fully aware of the difficulty of this discipline.
The welcome base opens its doors on Thursday 26 May 2022 at 9am.
It is at this base that participants will be able to collect their number, have their equipment checked, attend the briefing, talk to the partners, talk to the organisers, take part in the press conference if the participant is invited, and also access the RAB shop.
On arrival, the participant will receive a reward according to the protocol in place, of which each participant will be informed in due course.
The participant will have access to the “life base” to collect their belongings and rest.
REST AND SHOWERS
Where possible, access to the showers at the base of the race and/or the finish line is strictly limited to the participants, depending on the sanitary conditions and the authorisation of the elected officials.
A rest area is available to participants exclusively at the “life bases”. This room is strictly reserved for participants who have just finished their race or are passing through before setting off on a longer distance. It is not a solution for overnight accommodation. Participants who have finished their race and wish to extend their stay must have their own accommodation.
TYPES OF BIKES
There are a total of 5 types of bikes accepted:
Standard (standard, compact, road)
Open (different types of bikes)
Bikes must be powered by human power only.
All members of a team must use the same type of bike.
If teams use different types of bikes, they will be placed in the Open category.
The Open category is limited to the types of bikes listed above. Invitations to participate in the Open category are at the discretion of the organiser. A participant or team may request the organisation to enter the Open category. Circumstances must bring a unique perspective to the event and be consistent with the infrastructure currently in place.
Consideration will be given to participants in the Open category for an early start. All participants in the Open category must meet the set time limits. No participant will be considered as a finisher after a finish outside the time limits of the organisation.
If circumstances so require, the organiser reserves the right to modify at any time the course, start times, time barriers, the position of refreshment and aid stations, and any other aspect related to the smooth running of the event.
In the event of force majeure, very unfavourable weather conditions or any other circumstance endangering the safety of competitors, the organisation reserves the right to :
postpone the start by a maximum of a few hours
modify the time limits
cancel the event
neutralise the event
stop the event in progress
In the event of cancellation of an event, for whatever reason, more than 30 days before the start date, a partial refund of the entry fees will be made. The amount of this refund will be fixed so as to enable the organisation to meet all the irrecoverable costs incurred at the date of cancellation. In the event of cancellation less than 29 days before the start of the race or in the event of interruption of the race for any reason whatsoever, no refund of the registration fee will be made.
From 1 February 2022, access to a drive will be provided to all participants. It includes all the elements necessary for the preparation of the event. Rules, GPX trace, and practical information such as the time limits, the locations of the “life bases” as well as the access places for the accompanying persons.
The Race Across Belgium organiser has taken out civil liability insurance for the duration of the RACE ACROSS BELGIUM® event.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE RISKS OF THE EVENT
The participant is fully aware that Ultra Distance cycling is a dangerous sport.
The participant is fully aware that he/she may be confronted with climatic conditions (rain, heat, cold, storms).
The participant is fully aware that the safety of the participant in such an event depends solely on his/her ability to adapt to the problems encountered.
The participant is fully aware that the role of the organiser is not to help or assist him/her in dealing with problems, even in the event of technical or physical damage.
By registering, the participant accepts without reservation and irrevocably all the risks of the event and in particular of any accident of which he/she could be victim. The participant thus agrees to participate in the race at his/her own risk.
The participant accepts, with full knowledge of the facts and the possible consequences, to release the organiser from all responsibility in tort and/or contract for any damage he/she may suffer as a result of the event and its organisation and therefore waives all recourse against the organiser.
The present article constitutes a substantial element of the participant’s acceptance to compete in RACE ACROSS BELGIUM® and of the organiser’s acceptance to validate the registration of the said participant.
COMMITMENT OF THE PARTICIPANT
In return, the participant undertakes to :
Be present at the pre-race briefing/meeting and official ceremonies to which they are invited
Be present at the prize-giving ceremonies if they are involved
Agree to wear a GPS beacon provided by the organisation at the start of the race, for the duration of the race; then return this beacon at the end of their race by their own means and assume the cost of this beacon if it is destroyed, lost or damaged.
Be present at the start area at least 20 minutes before the participant’s departure.
Accept and respect the rules of the event
Accept any decision of the organisation and the regulators
Show goodwill towards the participants and the organisation.
Have taken out and be insured by a “Damage accident” insurance policy for the duration of the event
CANCELLATION OF AN ENTRY
All cancellations must be made by e-mail to email@example.com or directly in the runner’s area to activate the refund if the cancellation insurance was taken out at registration.
No cancellations will be accepted by telephone.
The reimbursement of the fees paid at registration will be made by a partial re-credit of the payment to the bank account associated with the bank card used at registration, under the following conditions.
Registration is nominative. It is not permitted to transfer your registration to another race or to another person for any reason whatsoever.
If you are unable to participate in the event, the following refund policy will apply:
– From the opening of registration to 6 months before the event: 100% refund minus administration fee
– From 6 months to 4 months before the event: 80% of the refund minus the administration fee
– From 4 months to 2 months before the date of the event: 40% of the reimbursement minus administrative costs
– From 2 months to 1 month before the date of the event: 20% of the reimbursement minus administrative costs
– From 1 month to the date of the event: 0% of the refund
Administrative fee: 30€.
Any person may, at the time of registration, take out a cancellation guarantee at an additional cost proportional to the cost of the event to which the participant wishes to commit, guaranteeing 100% reimbursement in the event of cancellation up to 72 hours before the start.
The purpose of the guarantee is to allow the full reimbursement of the costs incurred for the registration in the event that a runner asks to cancel his registration without any reason.
CANCELLATION OR MODIFICATION OF THE RACE
The organiser reserves the right to cancel the race or to change the start date of the race no later than 15 days before the scheduled start date.
The participant accepts without reservation and irrevocably this right to cancel or modify the date of the race, so that his registration has been made in full knowledge of the facts.
The participant waives the right to hold the organiser liable in the event of cancellation of the event or modification of its date, or to demand payment of any compensation in this respect.
In the event of force majeure (in particular, bad weather conditions, safety problems), the organiser reserves the right to stop the event in progress or to modify the course.
The organiser reserves the right to change the race route and the location of the checkpoints at any time.
The entry fee includes
In addition to your registration and access to the event
24-hour hotline during the event
A GPS beacon to locate you
Alert button on GPS
Control of your equipment for your safety
24/24 presence at the Base de Vie and on the course
A team of super volunteers
A team of regulators on the course
Goodies from our partners
The official cap
A helmet sticker with your name on it
A frame sticker with name
A name plate for the frame
Promotional codes from our partners
> Services included
Partner refreshments at the finish and base of life
Coffee at the start
Bag transport from departure to arrival
Drop off and pick up of bags at the base of life
GPX file of the course
Live tracking application
Live during the event
Pre-race press conference
Finisher Tee Shirt
A great personal satisfaction
Memories for life
Our eternal gratitude and that of your loved ones
Finisher’s trophy for the podiums
Does not include :
Transport and repatriation
Individual search and repatriation insurance in case of accident (compulsory)
The assistance vehicle
Repatriation in case of abandonment
Sending of relief bags in case of abandonment
The registration is nominative. It is not allowed to transfer the registration to another distance or category or to another person for any reason whatsoever.
TRANSFER TO ANOTHER DISTANCE OR CATEGORY
The participant can transfer his registration until 45 days before the start to another distance or format for a transfer fee of 30 EUR. If the participant transfers from a higher priced race to a lower priced race, the difference will not be refunded to the athlete. If an athlete moves from a cheaper race to a more expensive race, the athlete will have to pay the difference in addition to the transfer fee. A transfer within a full distance (if the organisation has decided to limit entries) is not possible. A participant can only transfer his entry once.
LAST MINUTE TRANSFER
If the participant wishes to transfer less than 45 days before the start of the race for which he/she has registered, the participant can transfer up to 15 days before the start of the race by paying a transfer fee of 50 EUR to Race Across Belgium. If the participant transfers from a higher priced race to a lower priced race, the difference will not be refunded to the athlete. If an athlete transfers from a lower priced race to a higher priced race, the athlete will be required to pay the difference in addition to the transfer fee. A transfer within a complete event is not possible. A participant can only transfer once.
RECOMMENDED & MANDATORY EQUIPMENT
For reasons of safety and the smooth running of each event, the organisation recommends the following equipment:
It is important to note that the equipment must be adapted to your own abilities.
In particular, you should not choose the lightest possible clothing in order to save a few grams, but prefer clothing that really provides good protection against the cold, wind and snow, and therefore better safety and performance.
Mandatory equipment :
● Approved helmet (CE STANDARDS)
● Front bike light x1 * (minimum 100 lumens)
● Front helmet light x1 * (minimum 100 lumens)
● Rear bike light x2 * (minimum 15 lumens)
● High visibility waistcoat or visibility harness
● Gps meter with downloaded route in one or more segments
● Reflective strips ****
● Mobile phone *****
● Survival blanket x2 (1.40m x 2m )
● A windproof jacket with durable water repellent (DWR protection)
*With batteries or spare battery for each lamp
**Multi tools / 2 chambers / 3 tyre changers / Pump / Patches and glue
***The same pair of glasses can be used if they are suitable for both sun and bad weather (photochromic glasses)
**** Rear stay / front fork
***** (put the organisation’s security numbers in your phone book (PC COURSE : 06.87.79.05.47 – ASSISTANCE MÉDICALE : 09.79.98.18.19, keep your phone on, do not hide your number and do not forget to leave with a charged battery)
Recommended equipment :
Rear derailleur charger
Small multi-function knife
American Scotch tape
quad lock Smartphone
Brake pad x1 set
2 water bottles minimum with a total volume of 1.5 litres.
3 tyre changers
Patches and glue
Down jacket (short sleeves)
Long sleeve jersey (long sleeve merino jersey)
Base layer long
Base layer short
Gore tex jacket
It is important for your safety to focus on clear and visible clothing.
CONTROL the follow-up vehicle. Motorhomes and campervans will not be able to follow the entire route and will have to use a “second route” on certain sections, which will be communicated by the organisation on the day of registration.
Discharge of waste water in an unauthorised area is grounds for disqualification.
All vehicles participating in the event must undergo an inspection.
Media vehicles can provide support if required. However, they cannot be used as support vehicles. Media vehicles and drivers must be inspected and must follow all rules.
GENERAL RULES FOR SUPPORT VEHICLES
The following applies to the operation of support vehicles:
All tracking vehicles must use approved headlights.
The following applies to the operation of assistance vehicles: All assistance vehicles must use approved headlights.
Must not block or impede the progress of another participant or support vehicle.
Must travel at the speed of traffic and not follow the participant.
Must not overtake the participant more than four times per hour, except in the case of leapfrog support.
Do not ride or block private driveways of residences without permission.
Do not stop on the road. When stopping, support vehicles must park in a safe place that does not disturb traffic. If a follow-up vehicle breaks down, the assistance team must immediately notify the organisation HQ, indicating the location of the participant and the distance travelled.
The participant grants the organiser the right to use his image directly or in derivative form throughout the world and expressly waives his right to use his image during the event, as well as any recourse against the organiser and its approved partners for the use made of his image.
Only the organisation can transfer this image right to any media, via an accreditation or an adapted licence.
Race Across Belgium is a legally registered trademark. Any communication about the event or use of images of the event must respect the name of the event, the registered trademarks and with the official agreement of the organisation.
RIGHTS OF USE OF THE EVENT
The organiser of the Race Across Belgium is the owner of the exploitation rights of the event it organises under the legally registered brand name RACE ACROSS BELGIUM. Any still or filmed image of the event is therefore the exclusive property of the organiser. Any communication about the event or the use of the event in any form or medium whatsoever must respect the name of the event, the registered trademark and with the express agreement of the organiser.
Any commercial use of the name and/or images of the event can only be made after a written agreement resulting from a written and detailed request.
Any dispute arising from or in connection with the RACE ACROSS BELGIUM event shall be submitted exclusively to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, in accordance with the Code of Sports-related Arbitration.
According to our ethical charter, any ostentatious display of political and/or religious messages or images during the event is prohibited.
PROTECTION OF PERSONAL DATA
According to the national and European legislation applicable in this case, every competitor has the right to access and rectify data concerning him/her.
The information collected in the context of registration for the Race Across Belgium is used solely for the internal needs of the organisation, and in particular to identify each competitor individually in order to communicate to them before, during or after the event any information relating to their participation. The information collected is not used for any other purpose.
All the data of the runner is kept for a period of 10 years, renewable at each registration, corresponding to the legal period of conservation of the medical certificate of no contraindication to the practice of Ultra Distance cycling. After these 10 years, and unless the runner gives explicit permission, all data will be deleted except for name, first name, date of birth, gender and nationality in order to maintain the rankings.
Participants have the right to access and rectify any information concerning them. Any request to modify data can be made by email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any request for access or modification of personal data will be processed as soon as possible after receipt of the request, within a maximum period of 1 month.
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Opening up to others
Reach a level of expertise
The volunteering itself!
And yes, volunteering is flexible