SUPERENDURO | RULES

1. Definition

  • Superenduro is a national series of mountain bike events belonging to the discipline commonly referred to as Enduro
  • Enduro is a mountain bike discipline that combines technical and physical ability of both downhill and cross-country mountain-biking.
  • A Superenduro race takes place on a marked course, comprised of a variable number of Special Stages (PS) that are mostly downhill. Each stage may include pedalled uphill sections that add up to no more than 10% of the total length of the stage.
  • Transfer (liaison) Stages from each PS to the following one are not timed; however, time limits are established and within these limits each competitor must complete the transfer. In addition, a maximum time delay is enforced, as per Special Race Regulation, established by a Jury Board and communicated to the Race Office before the start. Participants arriving at the control points beyond this time limit will be automatically disqualified from the race.
  • Organizers may include Transfer Stages that make use of mechanical uplift.
  • To avoid any short-cutting practice, unannounced inspections may take place along the race course.
  • Superenduro races are held over one or more days and a minimum of 3 Special Stages must be held. The races have an average vertical drop of 1500 meters (or more, in the case of alpine venues with use of mechanical uplifts) and a total racing time over all PS, for each rider, of a minimum of 20 minutes.
  • During a Superenduro race, a ‘re-ordering’ of all participants may take place approximately mid-race, known as Time Control (Controllo Orario, CO).
  • Each participant will be given a definite individual time and he/she will need to pass throughout the CO during the allotted minute. Each minute ahead or behind the allotted time will turn into a penalty minute (no fractions of minute allowed)
  • The race results are based on the total time, calculated by adding all Special-Stage times together for each rider, plus all penalty minutes collected at Time Control for ahead/behind passing-through
  • The maximum number of riders at the start line in a Superenduro race is set at 500.

2. Participation and Categories

  • All riders holding a racing licences issued by FCI (Italian Cycling Federation) or by any of the sports promotion associations that have signed an agreement with FCI can enter the event.
  • Foreign cyclists of all categories holding a racing licence recognized by UCI can also enter the event.
  • All those belonging to the Category Junior Sport, men or women, are not admitted to all those races that have been entered in the FCI calendar as National Races.
  • Superenduro, starting in 2018, embraces the FCI Categories, grouped according to the following table:
  Denominazione categoria Età (vale anno di nascita) Gara
AGONISTI –
COMPETITIVE RACERS
ALLIEVO * 15-16 Shortened
ESORDIENTE * 13-14 Shortened
GIOVANILE FEMMINILE (WOMEN)* 13-16 Shortened
JUNIOR M 17-18 Full
OPEN MASCHILE – MEN (Under23-Elite) Over 19 Full
OPEN FEMMINILE -WOMEN (Junior-Elite) Over 17 Full
AMATORI –
AMATEUR RACERS
ELITE SPORT M 19-29 Full
MASTER 1-2 30-39 Full
MASTER 3-4 40-49 Full
MASTER 5-6-7+ Over 50 Full
DONNE MASTER (EliteSportW-MasterW1-MasterW2 WOMEN) Over 19 Full
*Categories: Esordiente, Allievo and Giovanile Femminile will race over a course of reduced length

3. Registration

COSTS AND TERMS OF SERVICE

CATEGORIES ALLIEVI ESORDIENTI AND GIOVANILI FEMMINILI

  • Online registration: by entering the event online no later than 20:00 Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) on the Thursday preceding the race weekend, the entry fee is set at 20 Euros for the category Allievi (riders aged 15-16) and it is free for categories Esordienti (13-14) and Giovanili Femminili (women aged 13-16).
  • On-site registration: on the Saturday of the race weekend, at the Race Office and accordingly to the event schedule, it is still possible to register at a cost of 30 Euros for the category Allievi (aged 15-16 years) and it is free for categories Esordienti (13-14) and Giovanili Femminili (women aged 13-16 years).

ALL OTHER CATEGORIES

  • Online registration to the Series: by entering online all four rounds of the Superenduro Series by Thursday, 12th April, the total entry fee is set at 160 Euros (40 Euros per race).
  • Online single-race registration: by entering online the event no later than 20:00 Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) on the Thursday preceding the race weekend, the entry fee is set at 50 Euros.
  • On-site registration: on the Saturday of the race weekend, at the Race Office and accordingly to the event schedule, it is still possible to register at a cost of 60 Euros.

The registration will be deemed valid only if the payment of entry fee has been successful.
The entry fee, once paid, is non-refundable.
As further guarantee and for good measure, you are recommended to have with you the receipt of the entry payment on the race weekend, at the moment of licence verification and sign-on.
You are also recommended, in the case you want to race with your team or your friends, to enter the event all together at the same time and sequentially, keeping in mind that the registration order will be respected at the start line (see paragraph 12 in Rules).

LICENCE CHECK AND NUMBER BOARD COLLECTION
All riders, before the start of the race, will need to pay a visit to the Race Office, accordingly to the event schedule, to collect their number board, have their racing licence cards checked by the FCI Commissaries and to verify that the category they have been assigned to is the correct one.

4. Course

  • A Superenduro race course shall predominantly be off-road and emphasize the technical aspects of mountain-biking. The course may have narrow and exposed sections, rocks, water crossings, steep climbs and descents and will not be suitable for beginners and unfit riders.
  • The course will be marked with signs and some sections will be demarcated with tape.
  • If a rider exits the taped course, he/she must re-enter at the same point and, if altered, restore the tape as he/she found it. Any shortcut to the course, even unintentional, will result in disqualification.
  • Race organizers must prepare and mark the definite and final race course in its entirety, inclusive of the IPS and FPS specific signs – the start and finish lines of each Special Stage – at least 24 hours before the start of the race, to give the competitors the opportunity of conducting the course inspection and the open practice.
  • It is forbidden for participants to modify the racecourse for the duration of the event; the organizers, in agreement with the President of the Jury and the Event Director, retain the right to change the course without notice due to unsafe weather conditions and in all cases to ensure the safety of the race.
  • For all events, organizers shall ensure the presence of someone opening / closing the race, who will go over the Special Stage course approximately 5 minutes before the start of the first racer and 5 minutes after the passage of the last one.
  • Organizers of a specific event may provide for the use of mechanical uplift for transfer stages.

5. Start Line - Finish Line - C.O.

Start and finish lines coincide and they are indicated by two yellow flags. Each racer shall cross the start line within the minute indicated on the official start sheet and on his/her individual timetable. Riders passing through the start line too early or too late will be penalized accordingly.

TIME CONTROL POINTS (C.O.)
The C.O.s are located next to the start area or at intermediate locations, chosen by the organizers. Staff of the event organizers shall be in charge of each C.O.; the Race Director, in agreement with the President of the Jury, can modify start sheet and race course immediately before the start or before each C.O. displaying the communication of the change next to the yellow flags of each C.O. and at the Race Office.

FLAGGING OF TIME CONTROLS
The C.O.s shall be marked with two yellow flags that will also serve as the line for lap time detection, in addition to start/finish line.

FLAGGING OF TIME CONTROLS
A chronometer synchronized with the race official time and with the official timekeepers’ workstation shall be located at the yellow flag on the C.O. line. All delays at the final/end of race C.O. will incur a time penalty, while there is no penalty for arriving before time. At every C.O. a timekeeper shall record on a control sheet the race numbers – in chronological order – of all riders passing throughout the C.O. and their time, as hours and minutes. In case of dispute, the control sheet shall be binding. The time at C.O.s is to be recorded to the complete minute in which the racer crosses the line marked with yellow flags.

CALCULATING PENALTIES AT TIME CONTROLS
Every racer who fails to comply with the allotted target time at Time Control shall be subject to a 60-second penalty for each minute, or fraction thereof, of difference with respect to his/her allotted time.

 PENALTY CALCULATION EXAMPLE

ALLOTTED / TARGET TIME ACTUAL TIME OF COMPETITOR’S PASS THROUGH THE C.O. LINE PENALITY
TIME 11.00.00 TIME 11.01.01 (late pass) 1 MINUTE (60 seconds)
TIME 12.00.00 TIME 11.59.59 (early pass) 1 MINUTE (60 seconds)


Penalty minutes will be added to the total racing time of all Special Stages. In addition, the race Jury will establish and display on the notice board at the start of each race the maximum time delay for passing through the C.O. points, beyond which the competitor shall be disqualified. Start/finish areas shall be located within the Paddock areas (at least 2500 square meters for the Paddock)

6. Specific Regulation

  • Competitors must comply with the rules of the event and with the rules of the road, in particular for the sections of the route that are not closed to traffic
  • Special Stage courses will be closed to traffic only during the race, and not during open practice
  • Motor vehicles assistance (lifting, towing, pushing) is forbidden
  • Play fair and let the faster riders pass as quickly as possible
  • In Enduro racing each rider must be completely self-sufficient during the entire duration of the race, including for the repair and/or replacement of his/her own bike components.
  • No competitor can receive external assistance for the entire duration of the race, except for the paddock area when racers pass at the start/finish of every leg (leg meaning the end of a race day in a multi-day race) and/or during Time Control, where each team can make arrangements to assist their racers.

7. Start and Start Time

  • Start intervals between groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4 riders shall be every 15, 20, 30 or 60 seconds, at the discretion of the timekeepers and depending on the number of participants. Times allocated for Transfer Stages allow for the participants to complete the transfer in small groups
  • The race start time must be notified to the Race Office at least 1 hour before departure, except for unforeseeable circumstances. The start time of each PS is established for each competitor by the organizers; the staff on the ground shall put it into effect at each PS start line
  • The organizers will display the start time schedule at least 30 minutes before the departure of the first participant, in addition to providing each participant with his/her individual timetable
  • The onus is still on the competitor to make sure that there are no errors in their individual start time and timetable

8. Special Stages

  • Racers will start at time intervals (15 – 20- 30 or 60 seconds). Time intervals will be established by the Race Committee and communicated before the start of the race. Competitors must be ready for departure at the start line of each PS at the time indicated on their individual start timetable, that is provided by the organizers
  • If the competitor completes the Transfer Stage (not timed) in a shorter time and reaches the start line of the PS before the start time that has been allotted to his/her departure, he/she shall wait in proximity of the start line until the time indicated on his/her individual timetable.
  • If the competitor departs the start before his/her allotted start time, the time difference between allotted and actual start time will be added to the racing time of the Special Stage
  • On the contrary, the rider who is late and does not start at his/her allotted time will still be able to race the PS using a dedicated immediate ‘start lane’, subject to the consent of the race officer (timekeeper), and his/her racing time will be calculated using the allotted time – as per individual official timetable- as start time
  • The PS must be closed to traffic and forbidden to pedestrians for the entire duration of the stages
  • At the start of each PS, a special lane must be in place, reserved for those riders who are late and will access the race course only throughout the aforementioned entry
  • For a race to be validated it is essential that at least 50% of the Special Stages are deemed as valid and raced by all competitors

9. Bike and Equipment marking stickers

  • Any replacement of frame and wheels is forbidden for the entire duration of the competition
  • Bike marking stickers: the organizers will provide each rider, during the licence check, with two stickers for the wheels. It is each participant’s responsibility to apply them to the bike (bike marking) and preserve them in case of rain and mud.
  • The frame stickers (that also show the individual timetable with the complete race schedule) will be applied just before the start by Superenduro staff.
  • During the race, judges and organisers will verify the presence of the stickers (equipment marking); the participant unable to show all labels in their correct position or not showing up for the check, will be disqualified
  • The ends of the handlebar must be protected with plugs
  • The bike must be in excellent state of repair and perfect working order. The Race Committee retain the right to disqualify from the race the participants who will not comply with this requirement

10. Equipment

  • The use of the helmet is mandatory during the entire duration of the competition, both during Transfer Stages and Special Stages.
  • In order to be able to ride the course sanctioned for the Special Stages (PS), EC-approved back protection, helmet with jaw piece, knee pads and long gloves are mandatory
  • All riders turning up at the start line without helmet will be disqualified from the race
  • The use of two helmets is possible as well: a lighter XC helmet during Transfer Stages and a helmet with jaw piece for Special Stages
  • Riders are encouraged to ride according to their technical ability and physical capacity
  • Riders are recommended to carry a mobile phone, so that the organizers are able to contact them in case of issues during the race. The phone number to be contacted in case of an emergency will be provided by the Race Committee at the briefing. The emergency number will also be displayed on the individual timetable that every competitor will stick to his/her bike before the start

11. Briefing

  • A briefing will be held in the start area or Paddock by the President of the Jury, the Race Director and the Event Director, on the evening before the race at a time that will be announced in the Race Book.
  • This course of action is important to provide the participants with any information or last-minute change to the event schedule; for this reason, all participants and team managers are recommended to attend

12. Allocation of Race Number

  • Race number are allocated in accordance with the FCI (Italian Cycling Federation) national ranking, combined with the Superenduro Series results, assigning the lowest number to the competitors with the highest position in the ranking. After that, the allocation is carried out according to the registration order, as long as places are available.
  • Race number 1 is assigned to the Series leader, Man, Woman and Youth.
  • The Race Committee retains the right to make any change to the order of the race numbers at their own discretion.
  • The starting order will ensure that the highest race number departs first, and then decreasing numbers set off orderly, until the number ‘1’, that crosses the start line last.

 

13. Emergency and Assistance

  • In the event of an accident it is each rider’s duty to provide assistance to a competitor in trouble and possibly seek further assistance from the medical/rescue team
  • The Race Committee retain the right to penalize the competitors who will not comply with this rule, and who may as well incur the criminal liability for the violation of the Duty to Rescue law
  • Any competitor withdrawing from the event must notify the Jury and Race Committee
  • All competitors who have withdrawn or who are over the time limit, must reach the start area as soon as possible, following the directions given by the race officers and in any case taking care of removing the number board from their bike or striking it through with a cross.
  • In order to allow the medical/rescue team to get to the racers who injured themselves while racing, the race on such PS may be suspended and the other riders required to ride along the PS with no timing carried out; or the course may be diverted with appropriate directions by the race officers in order for the competitors to reach the next PS

14. Ranking and Point allocation

CATEGORY RANKINGS

  • At each Superenduro round a category ranking will be compiled (according to the table in paragraph 2. of these Rules, Participation and Categories).
  • The Superenduro Series final ranking will be based on the overall total of ranking points awarded to each participant, in all categories, in every single round.
  • All rounds of the official calendar will count towards the final ranking.
  • In the case of an overall points tie, the best result in the last round will be taken into account

OVERALL RANKINGS

  • In addition to category rankings, two Men/Women overall rankings (Competitive Racers and Amateur Racers) will be established. They will proclaim men’s and women’s overall winner within Competitive Racers and within Amateur Racers using the same criteria used for the categories
  • Overall rankings will be established after each round and at the end of the Championship
  • After each round and at the end of the Championship a Youth (Allievi and Esordienti categories together) overall ranking is compiled as well.

TEAM RANKING

  • Team Ranking will also be established
  • Each team will be composed of a minimum of two riders and a maximum of four riders, belonging to the same sports Club
  • Team rankings will be compiled at every round and for the entire Series by adding up all scored points according to the same criteria as per the individual scores
  • The Team Ranking for a single round is established taking into account the best results of the team’s riders in their respective categories
  • >In the case of a points tie of two or more Teams, riders’ overall ranking will decide
  • In order for a Team to rank in the specific Team Ranking, it is necessary that during licence check the Team Manager notifies to the Race Committee the names of the 4 riders that have been selected as part of the team.
  • Riders of different categories, and holding a licence issued by FCI (Italian Cycling Federation) or by any of the sports promotion associations that have signed an agreement with FCI, will be able to be part of the same Team

POINTS ALLOCATION

  • At each round points are awarded in accordance with the following:
Superenduro Series
Position Point
1sr 600
2nd 500
3rd 420
4th 360
5th 300
6th 260
7th 240
8th 220
9th 200
10th 190
11th 180
12th 170
13th 160
14th 150
15th 140
16th 130
17th 128
18th 126
19th 124
20th 122
21th 120
22th 118
23th 116
24th 114
25th 112
26th 110
27th 108
28th 106
29th 104
30th 102
from 31st to 130th dropping 1 point for each position 100

15. Awards

  • At each round awards are given at least to the top 3 positions of each Category, the top 3 Teams and to the winners of the overall rankings, Men/Women/Youth
  • The award ceremony is scheduled only for those Categories that have at least 3 riders entering the race classification
  • Superenduro Series final classification will award prizes to:
    • Top 3 positions of each Category
    • Top 3 Team entering the final classification
    • Overall winner Competitive Racers M
    • Overall winner Competitive Racers F
    • Overall winner Amateur Racers M
    • Overall winner Amateur Racers F
    • Overall winner Youth

16. Complaints

  • All complaints about Stages – results – behaviour of other competitors and any other sort of report – must be made to the Jury and Race Director, in writing and signed by the  rider/riders submitting the complaint, within 30 minutes of the full results being published. The fee to submit a complaint is set at 50 euros, that will be returned only in the case the complaint has been upheld. The Jury will communicate their decision no later than 60 minutes after the complaint has been lodged
  • The Jury will meet on site to immediately settle the dispute prior to the award ceremony
  • The Organizers Board is composed of the Jury, the Race Director and the Event Director, responsible for the round

17. Insurance

  • Every single Superenduro round must have been entered in the F.C.I. (Italian Cycling Federation) calendar and therefore must be covered by the insurance of the same authority. In all cases, the event will take place in accordance with the conditions of the Third Party Liability insurance cover and FCI  implementing rules for the current year, as approved and published
  • Superenduro is not to be held in any way responsible for accidents that may occur during the course of Superenduro competitions.