Rules

3rd. International GFNY Deutschland race September 2, 2018

  1. Introduction

Gran Fondo New York Deutschland (“GFNY D”) is a bike ride where riders are individually timed.

  1. Entry

2.1. The entry to GFNY D is open to riders aged 18 or older. Registration is done online at www.gfnydeutschland.com. Online entry closes at 1,000 riders or on August 31 2018, whichever comes first. After that, any available entries will be sold at GFNY D Bike Expo at Hameln on September 01st and 02nd GFNY D has the sole discretion over entry numbers and cut off dates.

2.2. Riders who are serving a ban by a federation for a doping violation will be refused. Riders who have served their ban are allowed to ride in the event but will not be timed and not be in the results.

2.3. Each rider has to ensure that his/her health condition is sufficient for the event.

2.4. Each rider is responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. GFNY D may offer additional insurance at its sole discretion.

2.5. Entries are not refundable, transferrable or deferrable. No rider shall be entitled to an entry fee refund in case of disqualification.

2.6. GFNY D reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, to deny entry, to revoke the entry application of any applicant at any time, and/or to disqualify any individual from the Event.

  1. Equipment

3.1. Bike: any technically serviceable roadworthy bicycle is permitted. The following are not permitted for safety reasons: triathlon bikes, time trial bikes, triathlon/aero bars, tandems, prone bicycles, recumbent bikes and bicycles with chair seating (except for challenged athletes), penny farthings or mono cycles. Unsafe bikes can be banned at any time during the event.

3.2. Helmets must be worn by all riders at all times and have to be securely fastened with a chinstrap at all times while riding.

3.3. Jersey: the official event jersey of the respective year must be worn at all times. No exceptions. Wearing a different jersey will lead to disqualification.

3.4. Bike number: the number plate with the chip timing straps on the back must be attached to the handlebar and be clearly visible from the front at all times. Any alteration of the number will lead to disqualification or the timing chips may not work properly.

3.5. Jersey number: the jersey number must be worn on the jersey pockets, attached by safety pins. Any wrong positioning or alteration of the number can lead to disqualification.

3.6. Wrist band: the wrist must be worn at all times during the event.

3.7. Riders have to carry at least one spare tube and a functioning pump or CO2 cartridge.

3.8. The use of headphones will lead to immediate disqualification.

  1. Start

4.1. The start is at 7am on Mühlenstraße, Hameln city.  Riders without their GFNYD jerseys, bike number, jersey number, helmet at the checkpoint will be refused access to the start area.

4.2. The starting corrals close at 6.30am.

4.3. Start order:

(1) VIP: Returning champions from the previous year (overall, age groups), guests

(2) Competitive corrals

(2.1) Top 10% of each age group of the previous year GFNY World Championship and all GFNY World events of the following season. Top 20% of each age group of the Latin America Championship.

(2.2) Licensed racers in several corrals according to their ranking.Minimum requirement: active Pro, Cat 1-3 Men, Cat 1-2 Women, Cat 1-2 Masters Men, Cat 1 Masters Women and their international equivalent.

(3) General GF riders according to their age group (younger to older)

(4) Medio Fondo riders

(5) Challenged athletes with hand cycles
Riders have to start in their designated corral. Riders are allowed to start in a corral further back than their designated corral. If a rider attempts to get in a corral further ahead than allocated he/she will be disqualified.

Race corral requests may not be honored after August 15, 2018

  1. Competition

5.1. All riders are timed by chip timing from start to finish. Overall rankings are determined by gun time. Age group rankings are determined by net (chip) time. Only riders who complete the full GFNY course are eligible for competition ranking and prizes. GFNY D reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, to change the rules if deemed appropriate.

5.2. Categories:

  1. overall m/f
  2. 18-39 m/f
  3. 40-44 m/f
  4. 45-49 m/f
  5. 50-54 m/f
  6. 55-59 m/f
  7. 60-64 m/f
  8. 65+ f
  9. 65-69 m
  10. 70-74 m
  11. 75+ m
  12. under 90 him&her: times of a mixed gender team added. Riders have to be within 30 seconds at each checkpoint. Outside assistance between teammates is permitted and encouraged. No devices to push or drag are allowed.
  13. 90 and over him&her: times of a mixed gender team added. Riders have to be within 30 seconds at each checkpoint. Outside assistance between teammates is permitted and encouraged. No devices to push or drag are allowed.
  14. Team of four (any gender): times of the fastest four riders of a team added.

5.3. Prizes will be awarded to the top three of the overall category and of the winner in each category. Distribution of the prizes is at the sole discretion of GFNY D. Prizes not picked up at the awards will be distributed to other riders. Prizes will not be shipped.

5.4. All protests concerning the order of finish shall be examined and resolved by the chief judge, whose decision is final and without appeal. It is the rider’s responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with the rules of the event and the course before the start. Taking alternate routes or cutting the course short leads to disqualification from the current competition and to a ban at future GFNY D

  1. Abuse

6.1. No rider may be disrespectful toward race directors, officials, staff, riders, volunteers or spectators.

6.2. No rider may use foul or abusive language during GFNY D.

6.3. No rider may assault (an unlawful attempt, coupled with the present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another) or do battery (any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another) to anyone connected with GFNY D (including but not limited to riders, spectators, public officials, volunteers, staff, etc.).

6.4. Any of the above will lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban for Gran Fondo New York Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World events).

  1. Conduct

7.1. Cyclists have to obey all laws of the road including traffic lights and stop signs unless overwritten by police. Violators may be ticketed by local law enforcement and/or disqualified and removed from the event.

7.2. No rider may make an abrupt motion so as to interfere with the forward progress of another rider, either intentionally or by accident.

7.3. Any rider who appears to present a danger to the other riders may be disqualified by GFNY D either before, during, or after the event.

7.4. Pushing or pulling or any other physical assistance among riders is prohibited in all categories except the Him&Her categories where pushing or pulling is encouraged. Devices of any sort to pull or push are not allowed.

7.5. Team cars or personal support cars are not allowed.

7.6. If a rider is laying on the ground and is visibly in difficulty, any following rider has to stop and help unless there are already at least three people helping. You may continue if a) the victim is fine or b) medical personnel has arrived. Help others, you may need help one day.

7.7. Any misconduct with respect to the above will lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World events).

  1. Environment

GFNY D is committed to protecting the environment. Any discarding of trash or food outside the designated trash receptacles at the aid stations or “eco zones” is prohibited and can lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York. Any urinating in public is prohibited and can lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World events).

  1. Performance Enhancing Drugs

9.1 GFNY D is committed to a drug free sport. Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) are prohibited in preparation for and during GFNY D . GFNY reserves the right to enforce doping controls before, during and after the event.

9.2 Any violation of World Anti Doping Association (WADA) rules will lead to disqualification, reclaim of prizes and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York, Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World events). GFNY shares positive doping controls with other event organizations as well as the public at large once USADA determined a rule violation.

9.3 If a rider declines to be tested, he/she will be banned.

9.4 A Rider who tests positive at GFNY will have to reimburse the cost of the doping control. Furthermore, such rider has to reimburse GFNY for any damages to its reputation that are a consequence of his/her positive doping control. If the rider is part of a team participating at GFNY, the team can be held liable for this damage.

10. Acceptance of Risk

All those who ride and compete under these rules do so at their own risk. No liability shall attach to GFNY  D or any of its officials with respect to any loss or injury sustained or caused by anyone competing or riding in GFNY D .

  1. Rule Changes

Rules can be altered if deemed necessary at sole discretion of GFNY D.

Extract from the conditions of entry
Insurance

Entry is always at the participants' own risk. The organiser shall only be liable - apart from the losses which are stated in the liability disclaimer - up to the amount of the third-party liability insurance which is taken out for the event, currently for personal injury and damage to property. The organiser's liability disclaimer is expressly recognised! The organiser accepts no liability for coats and other articles which are placed in storage.

Disclaimer

The organizer is only liable in case of intent and gross negligence. The organizer shall also be liable for negligent breach of obligations if this has resulted in a breach of life, body or health or a guarantee or claims arising from the Product Liability Act.

The organizer shall also be liable for negligent breach of obligations whose fulfilment will only enable the proper performance of the contract, the violation of which jeopardizes the attainment of the purpose of the contract and on which the athlete is regularly familiar with. In the latter case, however, the organizer is not liable for unpredictable, non-contractual damage.

The damage caused is limited to the amount of the liability insurance covered by the organizer. The above limitations also apply to the personal liability for damages of the employees, representatives, agents and third parties, who serve the organizer in connection with the performance of the event or with which he is contractually connected with for this purpose.

The organizer accepts no liability for the participant's health risks in connection with participation in sporting events. The participant declares that he / she has undergone a health check by a specialist and has no doubts about the participation in the desired competition. In addition, the participant declares that he is in an appropriate state of training. He also declares that he agrees to be taken out of the race in case of a health threat. The participant agrees that the photographs, film recordings and interviews made in connection with his participation in radio, television, print media, books, photomechanical reproductions, also for the purpose of advertising are passed on, disseminated and published without remuneration. The personal data collected with the registration will be stored and passed on for the purpose of the execution and handling of the event. The participant agrees to the publication of his name, first name, year of birth, association, his starting number and his results in all event-relevant print media and all electronic media. The participant expressly agrees to the implementing regulations and conditions of participation stated in the tender. In the case of non-occurrence or failure of the event due to force majeure, there is no entitlement to a refund of the organizational fee. The organizer is entitled to make changes to the event or to cancel the event in cases of force majeure or due to official orders or for security reasons. In these cases, the organizer is not liable for compensation against the athlete. Reimbursement of the start-up fee will only be considered if the event is completely canceled if the organizer is responsible for the failure. If the event is canceled by the organizer, only a partial difference will be made to the amount remaining after deduction of the expenses already attributable to the athlete as a proportion of the organizer's expenses; the sportsman reserves the right to prove that this effort was lower. If an already registered athlete does not start or declares his / her non-participation against the organizer, there is no entitlement to repayment of the start fee as an organizational charge. This also applies to a qualified resignation of the athlete; in the latter case, however, the sportsman reserves the right to prove that the expenses incurred by the athlete for the transfer of his starting place would have been lower.

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