The Race Organisers, the Chief Commissaire, or the Race Director reserve the right to change any rules and regulations at any time to provide fair and safe riding conditions. Riders will be required to sight a copy of the final rules and regulations at event registration. After event registration closes, any changes to rules and regulations will be announced at a race briefing.
If there is a rule dispute, the English language version of the rules will be used to decide the outcome.
Riders and helpers must obey the directions of Race Officials at all times.
If a qualified international commissaire is appointed by the Race Organisers as the Chief Commissaire, they will have absolute authority in ruling on infringements, having taken advice from the organisers, race director, medical staff, time-keepers and course marshals. The Chief Commissaire may impose penalties ranging from a warning, a fine, removal of a lap through to disqualification. The Chief Commissaire’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
In the absence of a qualified international commissaire appointed by the Race Organisers, the functions of the Chief Commissaire will be performed by the Race Director with the same level of authority.
The nominal time for race start is 1200 on Saturday.
Depending on entry numbers, the Elite categories may start first, followed by the age-group and single speed categories 10 to 15 minutes later. The official start time for the 24 hour period will be from when the Elite categories start.
The ranking of riders within categories, the assignment of race numbers, and their position on the start grid is at the sole discretion of the WEMBO.
Riders will start with a short “Le-Mans” run to an area where their helpers are holding their bikes from behind barricades. No personnel other than riders are allowed on this part of the course.
The race finishes for all categories 24 hours from the official start time of the Elite Category. At that point, the course will be closed and no more riders will be allowed to commence a lap. This time is measured at the race finish line.
Any rider who completes 1 lap will appear in the results as a finisher.
A lap which is commenced before the 24 hours have elapsed, but is completed after 24 hours and before 26 hours, will be counted towards the rider’s results. A lap completed after 26 hours of race time will not be counted towards the rider’s results.
The minimum age for entering the event is 18 on the day the race starts. The age for age-based categories is the rider's age on 31 December of the year that the race is held. Rider's entering age categories will be required to produce a photo ID showing date of birth at registration.
A rider can only enter one category in the race.
Printed start lists will be displayed at Registration and will also be available online. A final start list will be published at the close of Registration on the Friday before the race, and will be available at the Race Brief. Riders have 30 minutes after conclusion of the Race Brief to advise the Race Director of any changes. After that time, no changes to the starting list, by rider or category, are permitted.
Pausing or Abandoning the Race
The race may be paused or abandoned due to extreme weather, emergencies or any other reason decided by the organiser or Chief Commissaire. If the race is paused, all riders must complete the lap they are on and their time and laps will be recorded. If the race is then abandoned, that will determine the placings. If the race is resumed at a later time, then the riders will be started on their lap in a staggered start method, so that each rider has the same time off the bike due to the pause and there is no unfair advantage gained. Riders who were in the pit row when the race was paused, will be started with the first rider when the race is resumed.
There will be no refunds or other considerations if the race is paused or abandoned.
Within each category, the rider who has completed the most laps is the winner. For riders on the same number of laps, the rider who has completed them in the shortest total race time will receive the higher placing.
The WEMBO World Champion title will only be awarded to the winners of the Elite Category (Male and Female) even if a rider from another age or single-speed category comes in ahead of them. The Elite categories are open to all riders aged 18 and above.
Progress results will be published at regular intervals throughout the race.
Provisional final results will be published at 1415 on Sunday. There is then a 15 minute period open for protests. If no protests are received, or on completion of the protest hearings, final results will be published.
A protest must be submitted as soon as possible after the alleged offence. The final time for submission of protests is 15 minutes after the provisional results are posted after the race finishes. Protest must be accompanied by a $50 / 40 Euro / 30GBP protest fee, which will be refunded if the protest is upheld.
Protests can only be submitted by riders, registered rider helpers or event staff.
Protest forms will be available during the race from the Race Director.
The Elite Male and Female winners will be presented to the crowd and media at the event at 1430 on Sunday. The official presentations and awards ceremony/dinner for all categories will be held on Sunday evening at 1900. Podium riders must be present in order to receive their prizes unless they are prevented by a medical condition authorised by the event medical staff.
The winners of the Elite Male and Female categories are required to be available for media interviews and to sign jerseys for sponsors and organisers.
Bikes and Equipment
Your bike must conform to the UCI general rules for mountain bike racing.
You are allowed to use any number of spare/replacement bikes in the race and you will be provided with 2 copies of your bike numbers at registration. Bike changes can only be made in the Solo Rider pit area. A rider cannot exchange bikes with another rider while on the course.
Single Speed category riders are permitted to have a different gear ratio on their spare bike(s).
26”, 29” or 650B mountain bike wheels and mountain bikes are the only style of bikes/equipment to be ridden in the race. No other type of bike is allowed, including flat bar road bikes or touring bikes with road type bars. Expressly forbidden are road and cyclo-cross bikes and unicycles. The minimum tyre width allowed is 1.6”. Front suspension is recommended but not compulsory. Bar ends are allowed but only on the ends of the bar. Triathlon style aero-bars are forbidden.
International Standards approved bicycle helmets must be worn at all times while riding a bike during competition and practice. The following helmets are accepted: AS/NZ 2063, ANSI Z90.4, SNELL B or N Series, ASTM F-1447, CAN/CSA-D113.2-M, US CPSC standard for bicycle helmets, European CEN standard EN1078. Failure to meet this requirement may result in immediate disqualification from the event. Damaged helmets must be replaced. Skate style helmets are not approved for this race. The mounting bracket for a helmet-mounted camera must not compromise the structure of the helmet. For example, it can be attached by straps, velcro or glue - but it cannot be bolted to the helmet
Attaching Your Bike Number Plate
Attach your bike number to the front of your bike using at least 3 ties, securely fastening it to the handle bar and ensuring that can be easily seen from the front. Your number should be in front of the brake cables and not wrapped around any part of the bike.
The number cannot be altered, obscured, cut or de-faced.
Each rider will receive 2 front number plates and 2 smaller rear number plates. The rear number plate can be attached to either the rider’s clothing/backback or the bike but it must be visible from behind.
Elite, Age-Group and Single Speed category riders will each have specific number-ranges and colours to permit easy identification on course.
At night, you must have a red rear flashing light, a white front light minimum 5W halogen equivalent, plus a spare white light (this can be a second front light, head lamp or a small torch). You will be advised during the race briefing what time you must have lights fitted, and your helpers will be reminded throughout Saturday afternoon by public address announcements and signage in the helper area.
Please note that because of the different locations around the world, the period of twilight may not be as long as you are used to in your home country.
Carrying Items During the Race
iPods or other musical playing devices are not permitted for riders while on course.
Riders are permitted to carry mobile phones or 2-way radios on course, but these must not use earpieces, and the riders must stop and pull off the course when they are using them.
Riders are allowed to wear helmet cameras, fitted either to their helmet, body or bike, in practice and during the race. The mounting bracket for a helmet-mounted camera must not compromise the structure of the helmet. For example, it can be attached by straps, velcro or glue - but it cannot be bolted to the helmet.
Riders need to be prepared for drug testing by the national anti-doping agency of the host country of the race. Chaperones and escorts will be provided by the organizer. The top 10 men and top 5 women can expect to be tested however additional riders may be chosen at the sole discretion of the national anti-doping agency. The race numbers of riders to be tested will be published on a board at the finish line from 1200 to 1415 on Sunday. If a selected rider does not present for testing, they will be disqualified.
The course will be marked by arrows, signs and bunting/tape. Riders must follow the course and it is the sole responsibility of the rider to stay on the course.
A rider who leaves the course for any reason must return to that same point on the course to resume a lap.
While on course you must keep going in the direction of the course. If you have a mechanical problem, you cannot retrace your path to get to an assistance area. If you do so, that lap will be not be counted.
The Solo Pit Row Area
The Solo Pit Row Area is part of the course. All riders must pass through it every lap. It will be constructed so that all riders travel the same distance to go through it. Each rider will be allocated a 3m x 3m space where they can place their own support tent or hire a tent form the organisers. All tent fittings, including ropes and pegs, must be within the allocated area. Access to the Solo Pit Row Area is by pass, which will only be given to riders, helpers (maximum 3 per rider), officials and media.
The rider can only receive assistance from their helpers inside or in front of their allocated pit area, keeping the traffic flow area clear.
There will be basic cooking and food storage facilities within the Solo Pit Row Area. These are for use only in supporting the solo riders.
Withdrawing From the Race
A rider may withdraw from the race at any time. If they choose to withdraw, they must notify the event staff at the timing tent. A rider who withdraws is not allowed to rejoin or resume the race. They must remove their race numbers and cannot ride on the course for the remainder of the event. If they have completed at least one lap, they will be awarded a race result.
Taking an Extended Rest Break
If a rider wishes to take an extended rest (more than 1 hour off the course) before resuming the race, the rider or their helper must advise the timing staff so that lost-rider procedures are not instigated when they fail to come through timing at the expected time. There is no requirement to advise the timing staff when they resume the race.
Medical Assessment and Assistance
General first aid care during the race is provided by members of the official medical services, from the moment riders enter the starting area until they leave the finishing area. Interventions during the race can only be carried out in a stationery position. Riders must dismount from their bikes to receive medical assistance.
If you are injured and assisted back to the event centre, then your lap will not count. Following treatment, the Chief Commissaire will make a decision on whether you are allowed to continue the race, based on available medical advice. The Chief Commissaire’s decision is final and non-appealable.
The Chief Commissaire may remove a rider from the course for assessment if in the Chief Commissaire's opinion the rider is showing signs of extreme fatigue or other condition which may be detrimental to the rider or to other riders in the race. Following medical assessment, the Chief Commissaire will either:
allow the rider to resume racing,
mandate a rest period before the rider can resume the race, or
withdraw the rider from the race.
This decision is the sole responsibility of the Chief Commissaire and is non-appealable. There will be no compensation for the rider for the time taken for the assessment process.
Mechanical assistance during the race (repair and material) can be provided from other riders entered in the race while on-course however there is no obligation on a rider to help another rider. Outside assistance on-course from helpers or spectators is not permitted.
The Solo Rider pit area is the only area where riders can receive mechanical assistance from their supporters and non-riding personnel. Helpers may remove bikes from the Solo Rider pit area for servicing at the race facilities, then return them to the pit area.
If a neutral support zone is provided mid-course, then the rider can conduct work on their bike there but they cannot receive assistance from other non-riding personnel.
If you have a mechanical problem and continue to walk your bike along the course to the end of the lap, then that lap will be counted. If you shortcut the course to return to the start or are assisted back to the start, then that lap will not be counted and you must commence a new lap from the start when you are ready.
All Solo 24Hr riders must have nominated a helper who will be at the race site and who can be contacted by mobile phone (provision of this information is part of your online entry). One helper can support a maximum of 3 riders.
Drafting / Collusion
Riders are not permitted to draft from or be drafted by a rider of the opposite sex.
Riders who break the drafting rules will receive one warning from the Chief Commissaire. One lap will be removed from their race tally for each subsequent warning they receive during the race.
A rider cannot enter the race with the purpose of helping another rider. For example, if a rider rode 3 laps then took a 10 hour rest, then resumed the race but was ruled to be drafting, pacing or assisting a rider who had been riding continuously, then both riders would be disqualified.
Right-of-Way, Passing and Being Passed
A rider walking their bike must give way to a rider who is riding. If you are walking your bike, make sure you leave plenty of open track for the other riders.
The rider being overtaken has right-of-way (unless they are walking their bike) until the overtaking rider is past and clear by one bike length.
If you want to pass the rider in front on single track, call out “TRACK”.
When the rider in front feels it is safe to pass, they will pull over to one side and call “PASS”. They may also call out “ON MY LEFT / ON MY RIGHT”.
Let the rider in front know what you are doing by calling “ON YOUR LEFT / ON YOUR RIGHT”. If there will be more than one rider passing, let the rider in front know that as you pass them by calling, for example, “TWO MORE COMING THROUGH”.
If you do not make this call, the rider in front will assume you have decided not to pass and will return to the centre of the track.
The rider in front is under no obligation to let you pass, but slower riders and lapped riders should not delay faster riders unless it is unsafe to let them pass. Remember, if you are the overtaking rider, the conditions you feel are safe may not be considered safe by the rider you want to overtake. They may be less experienced than you, or they may have seen something on the track that you have not.
Overtaking is not allowed on bridges or constructed ramps.