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1. DEFINITION OF THE EVENT

ALL AROUND eMTB is a race for eMTB, registered in the National calendar of the Italian Cycling Federation.

The complete route (AA200) is a ring divided into 4 Stages that takes place in the Alpine environment of the Aosta Valley. A shortened version of the race is foreseen (AA100) that only completes the last two stages.

For each Leg, the race time is the time taken by each competitor to complete the track: from the start to the finish of the Leg.

The departure of each Leg will be in a group. The layout on the starting grid will be defined based on the result of the Prologue. The starting grids will be divided into blocks (of 10 or 20 competitors) to ensure greater fluidity and safety on the course.

About halfway through each stage, there will be a Reordering (CO) with a Refreshment/Recharge Point. Competitors must stop and recharge the battery for a time set by the Organisation (min. 1h and max. 2h for the longer stages). The pause at the Refreshment/Recharging Point is not calculated as race time. Each competitor must carry their own battery charger in their backpack.

Only one battery is allowed.
The use of an external Extender is allowed exclusively for the eMTBs for which the same is envisaged and approved by the parent company.

The route mostly covers typical mountain paths, with the crossing – every day – of at least one hill over 2,700 m asl. Short technical sections are not excluded, sometimes very technical (even uphill).
Indicator signals will be placed only in the critical points. Orienting yourself on a map following a GPS track is part of the skills that racers need to complete the race.

ALL AROUND eMTB is a race that requires adequate equipment, necessary to safely tackle any weather condition and the high altitude course. Competitors must be self-sufficient even for any small repairs to their vehicles.

The final classification is obtained from the sum of the travel times of the various stages, to be added to any penalties due to delays in departure or to Time Controls.

In each stage, surprisingly (but appropriately marked), there may be a short independent timed section. The travel time of this section will be the “Challenge of the day”, with a relative ranking. The “Challenges of the day” do not affect the overall All Around eMTB ranking.

IMPORTANT

The event takes place in an alpine environment, over a demanding distance, where recovery and rescue can sometimes be complicated.
The competitors’ priority must be to reach the end of each stage on their own and with the vehicle intact. The bike must be used with the necessary caution to finish the 4 days of competition.
The competitive aspect must be subordinated to this fundamental aspect.

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2. COMPETITION FORMAT
Prologue

To establish the starting order on the grid, a Prologue will be held on the afternoon of 5 July in Cogne.
The prologue will be an M-Class Special Stage (Marathon), with a competitor starting every 15, 20, 30 or 60 seconds, at the discretion of the Race Jury and the number of entrants.
The prologue will be held on a suitably marked/taped route.
The prologue is not mandatory: those who do not participate in the prologue will be positioned on the starting grid after the ranking in the prologue, according to their order of enrolment.
The race time of the prologue will not be added to the times of the stages.

Start

The start of each stage will be in groups, divided into grids.
The layout on the starting grid will be defined, for all 4 stages, based on the Prologue ranking.
To ensure greater fluidity and safety on the course, the starting grids will be divided into blocks of 10 or 20 competitors, at the discretion of the competition jury and the number of entrants.
The starting times of the blocks will be communicated at the briefing of the previous day.
Each competitor must be ready to start at the indicated time, otherwise, they will be subject to penalties.
The participants of the AA100, at the start of Leg no. 3 will start in the order of the starters of the AA200, with an arrangement on the grid according to the order of enrolment.

Route

The official route will be delivered to the competitors in GPX format a few days before the race. The competitor must have a suitable tool (GPS or APP on the phone) to be able to follow the GPS track.
The itinerary must be completed in its entirety, under penalty of disqualification of the Leg. No shortcuts are allowed: the actual route taken by the participants will be controlled by the GPS tracking system.
To avoid any cuts along the route, some surprise checks will be provided.
Competitors must respect the regulations of the event and the highway code.
The route will not be closed to traffic or hikers. Competitors must allow hikers (or cyclists) who may be along the route to pass safely.
Competitors will have to sportingly let those who are faster overtake them.

Satellite tracking

Each competitor will be equipped with a GPS tracking system that will allow them to be located in real-time, both to the Organisation and the general public.
Satellite tracking can be used to check the actual racecourse.

Signs

The route will NOT be highlighted by continuous signs. Indicator signals will be placed only in the critical points;

          • dangerous points (a special sign will be placed 10-20 m before the obstacle or potential danger)
          • major turning points

Orientation on a map is part of the skills that drivers must have to complete the race optimally.
The entire route will be validated by the opening team before the start of each stage. The Organisation will also ensure the presence of a track-closing team.

Time Check gates

For safety reasons, some Time Check gates may be placed on the route: competitors who arrive after the maximum allowed time will be disqualified from that stage and must contact the Organisation to agree on how to return to the All Around Camp. They will be able to resume the race the following day.
The maximum times allowed will be communicated during the briefing and posted on the notice board of the Race Secretariat.
At departure, a table will be assigned with a summary of the maximum times allowed (and the emergency telephone number).

Refreshment/Recharging Point (TC – Time Control)

Positioned around the middle of each Leg, there may be a Refreshment/Recharging Point with Time Control (TC). The time spent at the Refreshment/Recharging Point will be subject to regulation.
At the Refreshment/Recharge Point the competitor shall recharge their battery with the charger they have brought in their backpack. Mobile phone charging is also highly recommended.
On the TC line, there will be the position of the official timekeepers with a clock synchronised with the official race time.
The competitor can freely present himself to the TC within a certain maximum time allowed. For safety reasons, the competitor who arrives after a certain maximum time must interrupt the race and agree with the Organisation on how to return to the All Around Camp.
There will be a minimum and maximum parking time at the Refreshment and Recharging Point. Once the mandatory minimum stopping time has been exceeded, the competitor may decide to exit the TC and resume the race before the maximum stopping time expires.
The maximum time for the competitor to leave the TC will be pre-established: if the competitor leaves the TC late, the delay will be added to the leg’s total duration.
The time spent at the Refreshment/Recharge Point may vary according to the length of the leg (min. 1h and max. 2h for the longer ones).

Challenge of the day

In each Leg, surprisingly (but appropriately marked), there may be a short independent timed section.
The competitors who are covering the Leg, after a special warning sign, will enter the timed section: if they wish, they can complete this section to the best of their ability.
The travel time of this independent section will be the “Challenge of the day”.
The “Challenge of the day” does not affect in any way the absolute classification of the Leg, nor the general classification of All Around eMTB.

Stage arrival (TC)

The arrival of each Leg will take place under the inflatable arch at the All Around Camp.
The competitor is required to report to the TC at the end of the Leg within the maximum time established under the penalty of assigning the maximum time set by the organisation.

Daily briefing

At the end of each day of the competition, a briefing on the following day’s Leg will be held.
This procedure is essential to give the competitors technical information that is important for the conduct of the race. The presence of each competitor is strongly recommended.
In any case, a press release will be drawn up which will be posted on the Notice Board and disseminated on the communication and social channels of the event: therefore you can have a written copy of all the technical information.

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3. ENROLMENT
Memberships

All Around eMTB is open to competitors aged at least 19 in the year of the event, who are:

          • FCI members and FCI affiliated promotion bodies
          • foreign participants in possession of an international card recognised by the UCI

The possession of the competitive fitness certificate for cycling is required.

Athletes who are not FCI members and foreign athletes must upload a copy of the certificate on the ENDU portal where registration for the race takes place. The medical certificate shall meet the requirements described in the following paragraph.

Participation with an FCI day pass is allowed (€ 15 per day).

The Junior category is not admitted (17-18 years)

Medical Certificate

Participation is subject to regular possession of the following requirement:

        • for athletes registered with the FCI or a sports promotion body: certificate of fitness for competitive cycling (certificates are not valid for other types of sports such as triathlon, duathlon, athletics, etc.);
        • for subjects of Italian residence but not registered with the FCI or sports promotion bodies: certificate of suitability for the practice of sporting activity of particular and high cardiovascular commitment (as per Ministerial Decree of 24.04.2013) – for the correct model, see link: A certified model for particular sporting activity and high cardiovascular commitment
        • for subjects of foreign residence: certificate of eligibility to participate in competitive cycling races also issued by a doctor in their country of residence – for the correct model, see link Certificate for foreign residents

Verification of the FCI card or the correct possession of an adequate medical certificate will take place at the time of accreditation and collection of the race pack.

Enrolments

Enrolments will take place via the ENDU platform after signing the Disclaimer form and these Regulations. Failure to accept the Disclaimer form in all its parts will not allow participation in the event.

For FCI members, registrations must also be received via the Federal Information System “K factor”, no later than 9.00 pm on Thursday, 30 June.

Registrations will be considered valid only if the payment of the registration fee is successful.

By registering for the event, the athlete declares to own the necessary technical, athletic and psychophysical skills.

Race number

The first 30 numbers for the men’s categories and the first 10 for the women’s categories are assigned based on the score or ranking, for all the others based on the order of enrolment.

The race number will be a table to be affixed to the handlebars and must be displayed for the entire duration of the race, intact, not bent or modified.

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4. BICYCLE

The priority of the competitors must be to arrive with the vehicle intact at the end of each Leg. The bike must be used with the necessary caution to finish the 4 days of competition.

The bicycle must be in a perfect state of maintenance and efficiency. The Race Direction reserves the right to exclude competitors who do not respect this rule from the competition.

Mechanical assistance is only allowed before the start of each stage and at the end of it. Mutual help between competitors will not be penalised.

Bicycles allowed

The admitted bicycles must comply with the European Directive 2002/24/EC which defines the pedal-assisted bicycle as follows:

The European directive 2002/24/EC (Article 1, Point H) defines the pedal-assisted bicycle as a bicycle equipped with an electric motor that is auxiliary to human pedalling and with the following characteristics:

          • motor 250 watts maximum
          • power to the engine progressively reduced and then interrupted when reaching 25 km/h
          • power supply to the engine interrupted before 25 km/h if the cyclist stops pedalling
          • it is allowed to have thrust assistance (feet on the ground), which must not exceed 6 km/h
          • the original sensor must not be modified

Vehicles that comply with this directive are not required to be type-approved and are considered to all intents and purposes like traditional bicycles.

On the other hand, vehicles that do not meet these requirements at the same time cannot be considered bicycles and must therefore be homologated and registered.

This directive was implemented in Italy with the decree of 31 January 2003 of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and is therefore in force.

Any modification, processing or application that could cancel (even temporarily) the limitation of the engine thrust above 25 km/h is prohibited.

The software that manages the engine, must necessarily be the original one supplied on the bike used, can only be updated with official versions made available by the parent company.

Controls

The organisation reserves the right to arrange spot checks that will be carried out by specialised personnel through a bike test.

If irregularities are found, the competitor will be stopped and expelled from the race ranking. If a competitor refuses to submit to the control they will be automatically excluded from the race.

Battery

Competitors must be completely self-sufficient, including with regards to their own battery and charger transport.

Only one battery is allowed.

The use of an external Extender is allowed exclusively for the eMTBs for which the same is envisaged and approved by the parent company.
Only original Extenders regularly CE certified and approved by the manufacturer are allowed. Riders are responsible for proving – before the Jury – the conformity of the extender, by producing the data sheet of their e-bikes, as officially published by the manufacturer. Any Extender of a brand other than the one included in the parent company’s catalogue is not allowed, even if it is compatible.

It is allowed to have a fast charger for the mid-stage Refreshment/Recharge Point.

Outside the Refreshment/Recharge Point, the battery cannot be recharged, under penalty of disqualification from the stage.

It is strictly forbidden to replace batteries or change batteries with other competitors along the route, under penalty of disqualification from the stage.

Parts replacement

It is NOT allowed to replace: the engine, battery, suspension and wheels during the entire duration of the competition.

If these parts fail, the competitor must go to the Organisation to find a solution that will allow them to continue the race, albeit with a penalty in terms of time.

Markings

During the card verification, the Organisation will provide the adhesive counter-marks for the wheels and the battery.

During the race, the Organisation will check the presence of the counter-marks: the competitor who does not have all the counter-marks correctly positioned or does not show up for the check will be disqualified or subject to penalties.

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5. EQUIPMENT
Compulsory equipment

All Around eMTB is a race that requires adequate equipment, necessary to safely tackle any weather condition and the high altitude course.

Each rider must be completely self-sufficient and cannot have external assistance for the duration of each leg.

It is mandatory to have the mobile phone charged and turned on with you, both to be tracked and to contact the Organisation in case of need. The race direction will communicate the telephone number to be contacted in case of an emergency which will be mandatory to memorise in the address book of your mobile phone.

It is mandatory to use:

          • approved rigid helmet
          • kneepads
          • back protector or backpack with an integrated approved back protector
          • long finger gloves

It is mandatory to be self-sufficient with water supplies.

In the backpack

Compulsory equipment to keep in the backpack:

          • Health card and/or identity document
          • Hydration bladder or water bottle
          • Battery charger for your bike
          • Phone charger
          • Energy Bars
          • Rain jacket
          • Warm clothing
          • Charged headlamp (there will be tunnels on the race course)
          • Bike repair kit (see below)
          • First aid kit (see below)
Repair kit

Each competitor must carry in their backpack:

          • Multitool
          • Spare dropout
          • Chain puller + false link
          • Replacement shift cable
          • Inner tubes
          • Tyre levers
          • Pump
First Aid Kit

The first aid kit must consist of:

          • Aluminium survival sheet
          • Whistle
          • Disinfectant
          • Plasters, bandages and medical tape (it is recommended to have the Steryl Strip Plasters with you)
Equipment checks

Equipment checks may be carried out before the start and during the race.

The Organisation may decide to stop riders who are not adequately equipped.

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6. TIMING
Chip

Before the start of the race, each competitor is provided with a chip for recording the stopwatch (with the payment of a deposit).

The chip must be returned at the end of the 4 legs.

Render assistance

The race takes place in an alpine environment where rescue can sometimes be difficult. In an accident situation, timely help from a partner could prove essential.

A competition time deduction may be requested by a Competitor who has stopped to assist another Competitor. The request must be sent to the Organisation that will analyse the details (e.g. by examining the GPS track).

Penalty to the TC

The minutes of penalty will be added to the total travel time of the Leg.

Late submissions will result in the attribution of penalties:

          • At the start of each stage
          • At the TC exit of the Refreshment/Recharge Point

One minute of delay at the TC is equivalent to one minute of penalty. Two minutes late equals a two-minute penalty and so on.

Exclusion from a Leg

Any competitor excluded from a Leg will be assigned the maximum time foreseen by the organisation.

Reasons for exclusion from a Leg are:

          • The arrival at the TC of the Refreshment and Recharge Point beyond the maximum time allowed
          • The arrival at a Time Gate after the maximum time allowed
          • The arrival at the TC at the end of the Leg after the maximum time allowed

Competitors who withdraw from a leg, for mechanical or personal reasons, will be considered as excluded from that stage.

The excluded competitor must agree with the Organisation on how to return to the All Around Camp. You will be able to regularly resume the next Leg.

Infringements

The staff on the course is authorised to verify the compliance of the riders with the regulations and to carry out all kinds of checks. Should any irregularities or infringements of the Regulations be found, they will be able to stop the competitor, upon notification to the Race Direction. The Race Direction, having ascertained the irregularities found, may disqualify or inflict a penalty on the rider.

There may be grounds for penalties (15′ or 30′) or disqualification:

          • Cuts to the race track
          • Leaving a checkpoint after the time limit has expired
          • Turning off or tampering with the GPS tracking system
          • Irregular external assistance
          • Accompaniment from outsiders during the race
          • Using a means of transport
          • Dangerous or unsportsmanlike behaviour
          • Abandonment of waste
          • Failure to assist another rider in difficulty
Ranking

A provisional ranking will be established every evening.

The general classification will be drawn up by adding the total times used by the Competitors to cover the different stages, as well as any penalties.

There is no team/club ranking.

Categories

The categories, in accordance with the FCI regulations, are the following:

          • EEM 1 OPEN MEN 19-35
          • EEM 2 OPEN MEN 36-45
          • EEM 3 OPEN MEN 46-55
          • EEM 4 OPEN MEN 56+
          • EEW OPEN WOMEN

The Junior category is not admitted (17/18 years)

The final award ceremony is foreseen only for categories (or groupings of categories) with a minimum of 3 members.

Finisher

Participants who have successfully completed all stages will be awarded as Finishers.

Complaints

Complaints regarding the conduct of tests, rankings, the behaviour of other competitors, etc. must be presented in writing and delivered to the President of the Jury, accompanied by the payment of the sum of € 50, which will be withheld if the complaint is deemed unfounded and unjustified.

Complaints must be submitted no later than 30 minutes after the full display of the daily ranking. The President of the Jury will communicate his decision within 60 minutes from the presentation of the aforementioned complaint, and in any case before the day’s award ceremony.

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7 . SECURITY
Ethics

All riders must behave with respect towards:

          • of all the people and bikes crossed on the trails,
          • of the other riders, letting the fastest ones pass and providing assistance to those in difficulty (the race time will be stopped for those who provide help),
          • of nature (leaving no waste and following the marked trails, to avoid damaging the soil) of the organising staff.
Route changes

The organisation reserves the right to modify, divert or eliminate parts of the route, to ensure the safety of the competition.

The Organisation Director, in agreement with the President of the Jury, can modify the times and the route immediately before departure or before each TC by communicating the decision to all participants.

Grouping/Breaking

The Organiser may decide to interrupt a Leg at any time for any reason. Riders will be informed on the telephone and through the staff about the course.

In case of interruption of the race, the competitors will be notified of the best way to return to the ALL AROUND CAMP.

For a stage or a portion of it (up to a Time Gate or the TC of the Refreshment/Recharging Point) to be valid, at least 50% of the competitors must complete this stage or portion.

In case of interruption or suspension of a Leg (for safety reasons), all the competitors who cannot finish the race will be assigned the time taken by the slowest of the competitors.

Assistance in the event of an accident

In the event of an accident, each competitor must assist the competitor in difficulty and notify the staff for help.

The Jury will reserve the right to penalise or disqualify the competitors who do not respect this rule, as well as incurring the possible penal consequences of a failure to provide assistance.

The Competitor who arrives on site must inform the Organisation by telephone to assess the situation and take the necessary measures for intervention.

You should create a safe area around the injured cyclist and inform the following participants, placing a bicycle at least 50 m before the accident.

The runner who has given help may request the President of the Jury to suspend the time lost. At the end of the stage, the President of the Jury will check the time dedicated to providing assistance also using the GPS track provided by the Competitor.

Withdrawal

In case of withdrawal, the Competitor must inform the Organisation immediately.

The Organisation will indicate the best way to return to the All Around Camp.

The Competitor who abandons the race without communicating it will have to bear all the possible search costs by the rescue personnel.

The Competitor who has withdrawn from a stage can regularly resume the race the following day. As the travel time of that stage, they will be assigned the maximum time established by the organisation.

Insurance

eBIKE VdA is registered on the FCI (Italian Cycling Federation) calendar and consequently is covered by the insurance of the body itself, as well as its own TPL policy.

eBIKE VdA cannot be held responsible in any way for accidents that may occur during the race.

It is recommended that you have your own personal insurance that covers any injury.

Variations to the Regulations

During the event, the Organising Committee reserves the right to make changes to these Regulations by notifying them during the briefing or on the bulletin board and via the website, social media, email or text message.

Any changes will be made official through information circulars numbered progressively, which are to be considered an integral part of the regulation.

EMTB FCI standards

For anything not provided for in these regulations, please refer to the “e-MTB 2022 – FORMAT ENDURO” section of the E-MTB 2022 regulations of the Italian Cycling Federation.

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8. PRIVACY
Personal Data Processing

Participation in the Event involves the processing of participants’ personal data for the purposes and in the manner described in the Organiser’s Privacy Policy.

The data controller is the Organiser.

By registering for the Event, participants confirm that they have read the Organiser’s Privacy Policy carefully.

Video-photographic shooting

The modalities of conducting the Event foresee the shooting of videos and photos to document the event; among the services connected to the registration for the Event, the Organiser also offers all participants the possibility to purchase the photos and videos of the Event in which their image is present.

The video-photographic recordings will affect all the participants equally and will be published and made available on the ENDU platform (sites and applications) of Engagigo Srl, to allow viewing, purchasing (if provided) and sharing by participants and subjects thereby authorised.

The participant acknowledges and accepts that to register and participate in the Event it is necessary to authorise the recording and use of one’s image in the manner and for the purposes indicated in this Regulation, as well as in the Disclaimer and the Privacy Policy, in consideration of the public nature of the Event, of the object of the services of dissemination and commercialisation of the video-photo shooting of the Event as well as the impossibility to selectively limit the video-photographic recordings.