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CULLODEN CYCLE CHALLENGE 2017 

Event Terms & Conditions

  1. It is a prior condition of entry that you have read, accepted and agreed to abide by the following terms and conditions.
  1. Entrants must further follow the guidance to the organiser set out in British Cycling’s “Non Competitive On-Road Event Guidelines and Best Practice” which can be found online at :

Non Competitive Event Guidelines

Failure to comply may invalidate the event third party (public) liability insurance provided by British Cycling.

  1. Ride Organiser : Entry

The ride organiser on behalf of the Highland Velodrome Trust is Mike Greaves who can be contacted for urgent queries only at mikeg888@btinternet.com

Please note that entries and fees will only be accepted through the official online Scottish Cycling site (connect directly via the RED BUTTON on our HOME PAGE).

  •  In using the online system, riders should be aware that they are agreeing to British Cycling terms & conditions.
  • The closing date for online entries is midnight Friday, 6 October 2017 or earlier once 400 valid entries have been accepted for that ride.
  1. Non-Refundable Entry

Entries for all three sportive rides are non-refundable and no transfer of entry is allowed. No refunds will be provided if the rides are cancelled due to circumstances beyond the Organiser’s control such as extreme weather conditions or major incidents.

  1. Fitness and Capability

Sportive rides are designed for participants who can bring the strength and stamina needed to complete the challenge. It is the sole responsibility of entrants to achieve the level of training and competence commensurate with the particular ride that they have chosen. The organiser reserves the right to terminate any rider’s participation on responsible health and safety grounds. However, generous ride time standards will be in place and uplift by the following ‘broom wagon’ will be available should such assistance be required.

  1. Equipment

Each rider is responsible for the condition and road worthiness of their own cycle and equipment but the organiser reserves the right to refuse a start to any entrant whose cycle is judged unfit for the purpose of the event or which could compromise the safety of other riders.  Please note that the use of triathlon handlebars or other time trial bar extensions is strictly not permitted in BC-registered sportive events where group safety is paramount. All participants are encouraged to use a suitable rear light and to carry a pump, tyre levers and spare tube/s during the ride. Mechanics will be in support of the event but their attention may be subject to delays.

  1. Helmets and Clothing

A hard shell helmet which conforms with current CE standards must be worn at all times by riders during the event and in the course of transit between ride HQ and the start/finish.Any participant observed in breach of this condition will be automatically disqualified and withdrawn from the ride.  Riders should be suitably attired to complete the event in safety and comfort bearing in mind its duration and the possibility of changeable weather conditions. Additional waterproof clothing should be taken where appropriate. Riders are also advised to carry some money and a suitable form of identification containing their name/address and third party contact details for use in any incident.

  1. Age Limits

A completed British Cycling consent form signed by a parent or guardian will be required for entry by all riders aged under 18. You can download a form from the BC website. 

You must be not less than 18 years of age on the day of the ride to participate in the Big Battle, aged 16 or over for the Wee Battle, and 10 or more for the Skirmish. The Skirmish is an accompanied group event where parents/guardians are supplemented by experienced official riders wearing hi-vis vests.

 

  1. Accompanying Vehicles

Only official ride vehicles will be permitted to accompany the riders. Personal or club support vehicles are forbidden to follow or precede riders and any use/breach of this condition will result in immediate expulsion of that entrant.  Riders must not take food, drink or clothing from anyone whilst moving – any such assistance from a stationary vehicle shall only be received whilst the rider is stopped in a safe place off the road carriageway.

9.   Mobile Phones

Riders are encouraged to carry a mobile phone.  However this must not be used whilst riding. You should dismount in a safe place off the carriageway before receiving or making calls, taking photographs etc. The use of any type of earphones or headset by participants whilst riding is also strongly discouraged.

10. Ride Conduct

The Challenge is not a race. Riders will be sent off from the start point in groups of up to 20 at two minute intervals. It is the rider’s responsibility to have regard for their own safety and that of fellow competitors and other road users at all times.  They must comply with the laws of Scotland and the provisions of the Highway Code.  Cyclists should proceed in an orderly manner in single file or not more than two abreast where appropriate, and extend all reasonable courtesy to other users. Traffic lights must be obeyed and recognized hand signals used when making turns or slowing down.  A number of marshals dressed in reflective vests will be deployed at specified points around the rides in accordance with the Safety Assessment. Please remember that marshals do not have the authority to stop motorists, but will do their best to help riders to negotiate junctions/turns safely. You must not deviate from the official ride route.  Competitors are responsible for navigating the correct course in accordance with the supplied route map and signage provided. Please have respect and do not litter the countryside or towns with wrappers, surplus containers etc – there will be trash bins provided for all waste materials at the official service points.

11. Signing On & Ride Numbers/Timing

Ride HQ will be Culloden Academy, Keppoch Road, Culloden, Inverness IV2 7JZ (tel. 01463 790851) where car parking is available.  Registration will open from 8.15am when riders will be required to sign-on, receive any final pre-ride information, collect their number and have a transponder fitted to their bike.  Showers and changing facilities are also available here before and after the ride.  Ride numbers should be fitted and displayed clearly in accordance with instructions.  Any rider without a number will be refused assistance and asked to leave at ‘pitstops’ and all other ride facilities.  Transponders will be collected by marshals after riders cross the ride finish line.  Numbers should be returned post-event to HQ where they will entitle a rider to a free hot meal.

12.  Ride Finish/Start

The ride will start and finish on the ‘shared’ path adjoining Culloden Battlefield and the Keppoch Inn. The start is located 2-3 miles and a steep climb away from HQ so riders must give themselves adequate time (15-20 minutes) to make the transition.  There is plenty of stacking space before the start line.  You will not be permitted to enter the start area except by use of the signposted National Trust for Scotland visitor carpark entrance.  Parking, waiting or offloading from any vehicle on the B9006 or verge in the vicinity of the start line is strictly forbidden and may result in exclusion from the event. Please await your start turn and obey the starter’s instructions. The first group of Big Battle riders will be flagged off at 10.00am. Wee Battle participants will get underway from 10.45am.  The Skirmish will proceed at 11.30am.  Activation/stopping of transponders will be by loop on the start/finish line.  All riders are asked to exercise particular care when descending the road at Balloch back to ride HQ which is steep, heavily trafficked and has numerous side junctions.

13.  Support Services

In addition to the pre/post-ride HQ facilities there will be two official ‘service’ points strategically located at Glenferness Community Hall (available to both Battle rides) and Grantown on Spey British Legion Hall on The Square (Big Battle only). Participants displaying ride numbers will have access to shelter, toilets, food and drink, first aid and mechanics’ support at these places.  Food supplies are subject to demand and availability – early callers are asked to have regard for the needs of later arrivals in this regard.  All riders are recommended to carry one or more bottles to assist with hydration during the event and these can be topped up at the service points.  Carrying your own selection of small snacks, energy bars or gels for personal use would also be wise.

14.  Exclusions & Results

You need to complete each ride within a set duration in order to record an official event time. These limits have been generously fixed at 4 hours and 7 hours from the departure of the last group at the start line for the Wee and Big Battle events respectively. The Skirmish will proceed as a measured ride not exceeding 2.5 hours.  Riders who reach the official service stops outwith these schedules or are overtaken by the event ‘broom wagon’ may have their number and transponder withdrawn.  At this point they may choose to either board the vehicle or continue to ride in their own time. All times and certificates of completion will only be available by accessing the ride web site after collation, checking and validation have been completed.  Riders are free, of course, to also monitor their own progress by cycle computer or GPS.

15.  Incidents & Insurance

The Culloden Cycle Challenge is registered with Scottish Cycling and carries British Cycling event insurance.  This provides third party (public) liability cover for all riders together with the organiser, officials and volunteers for the duration of the event.  Competitors may wish to check or arrange their own personal injury cover.  In the event of accident or injury during the ride, all such incidents should be reported to ride officials and suitable records/documentation completed.  The rides will be accompanied by qualified first aid teams stationed en route. Serious incidents will also require prompt reporting/attendance of police/ambulance resources and require the full co-operation of all parties including witnesses.

16. General

The Culloden Cycle Challenge proceedings will be subject to appropriate Scots/UK law. The Highland Velodrome Trust and its successor/s hereby assert full copyright over the branding and event arrangements. Whilst all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of material provided above, this is not warranted and may be subject to revision at any time.  All rights reserved.

 




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