§1. Every rider has the responsibility to read and learn the Rules of the race. As well as reading and becoming familiar with the entirety of the latest version of the Athlete's Guide.
§2. Finish time cutoff: Sunday the 29th of July 2018 at 12:00. If you decide to ride for longer, it is outside the scope of this competition and will not be timed.
§3. No complaining about the rules. No exception. They are as close, to the bikepacking ultra-racing ethos, as possible.
§4. Aim: To cycle, self-supported and as fast as possible, along the predetermined route as linked to in this guide/on the website.
§5. Who can participate: Anyone, over the age of 18, who would like to race.
§6. Racing: Attempts are intended to be as solo or pairs. All racing is self-supported, self-timed as one long time trail. The clock runs non-stop from the moment of GO. The challenge is complete upon arrival at the end of the predetermined route. There are no required checkpoints or designated restperiods on the course.
§7. To complete the route, a rider/riders may resupply food, equipment, rent a room, rent a hut, sleep at caravan parks, launder clothing and service of their bike at commercial shops along the way. The intent is to ride unsupported between towns, and function self-supported when in towns. Any services utilized must always be commercially available to all challengers and not pre-arranged. No private resupply and no private lodging. Whatever racedirectors might hand you of small treats, during the race, is permitted in the spirit of friendly Danish ”hygge” (cosiness).
§8. Outside assistance with navigation, lodging or resupply (especially receipt of supplies from non-commercial shipper) are prohibited.
§9. Family and friends may visit riders, on route, but can in no way provide food, drink, material support or shelter. Support car is prohibited.
§10. In the event of a serious mechanical problem, that renders a bike unrideable, a rider may be assisted by motor vehicle in moving backwards, forwards, or directly off the route. A rider may also receive assistance returning back to the location where they left the route. The moment they rejoin the route, any forward assistance is prohibited, even if a rider has already ridden that stretch prior to leaving the route. The intent of this rule is to encourage riders to exhaust self-rescue options first, and ensure any rider, who must hitchhike, will still ride the entire course (+ a few ”penalty” miles).
§11. Shipping/receiving supplies (to the course): In the name of equal opportunity for international riders and to minimize the ‘footprint’, challengers are encouraged to race as reliant as possible on commercial services along the route. However, in advance of a start, competitors may cache food or equipment resupply at Postnord services only, care of general delivery. Typical practice is to ship a replacement chain and fresh bike shorts to the halfway point on route.
§12. Once the race clock begins, riders may be assisted by a third party in receiving emergency repair/replacement items only. Food resupply is not considered an emergency. Emergency items must be shipped using a commercial shipper such as USPS, UPS, Fed-Ex, DHL, etc. Items may not be delivered privately by family, friends or even anonymous persons. Items may only be shipped to a commercial address (P.O., hotel, bike shop, restaurant etc.), provided that address is equally available to all racers. Use of a private address (residence) along the route is forbidden. Utilizing any form of social media for help (ie. conjure ‘trail magic’) is also forbidden.
§13. GPS navigators are essential. The GPX ROUTE IS THE GOSPEL. GPS trackers are required for racing. Final rankings will be based on GPS tracking data. Mobile phones are permitted. Social media is actively encouraged, but within the spirit of the race. Best applied as a way to send messages out, not so much back in.
§14. The Round Denmark Bike Race is a web-administered, do-it-yourself challenge based on the purest of wagers: the gentleperson’s bet or agreement. Nothing to win or lose but honor.
§15. Any non-electric powered bike is allowed. Even those that aren’t allowed in traditional grand tours (HPV etc..) - as long as it is not powered by some kind of engine – electric or fueled.
§16. There are no checkpoints or officials on course – though racedirectors will be driving on route, for the first week, to catch up with people and do some video for social media.
§17. Riders alone are responsible for their safety.
§18. Riders alone must police their conduct and report any race discrepancies, to racedirectors, for further penalty actions – in the spirit of good sportsmanship. Time penalties can be given for taking the wrong roads and thereby gaining an advantage. Penalties are calculated accordingly and will be added to the finish time.
§19. There is no mechanism to communicate to riders on course.
§20. Riders alone are responsible for communicating with their loved ones.
§21. Updates to the dispatch are time-delayed and not intended to ensure rider safety.
§22. Online GPS tracking is also not intended to ensure rider safety. It is for info-only, and validation of course compliance.
§23. Relegation: The Round Denmark Bike Race reserves the right to relegate a rider from the Classification for confirmed rules violations.§24. No rider will be notified of possible relegation mid-race. It is the sole responsibility of all riders to know the rules, police themselves, and in cases of course deviation, recognize their error + correct it before proceeding on route. Ideally any rider who defaults on any part of rules 2 through 5 will honorably scratch from the race. The Round Denmark Race is a do-it-yourself challenge - racers alone must police themselves.
§25. It is the rider’s responsibility to know and observe local laws.
§26. Riders must act in the spirit of self-sufficiency and equal opportunity for all racers. If a racer voluntarily scratches mid-race, yet continues on to finish the race, their individual tracking page will remain online/updated for informational purposes.
§27. Mandatory items. Any missing items will result in not getting permission to start until items are required:
§28. Raceorganizers can never be held accountable for any injury, or other loss, a participant may experience. All racing is at one's own risk and responsibility. Riders are responsible for having correct inssurance that cover illness, hospitalization, stolen bike and belongings and damage to other people or people's belongings.
Specific rules for pairs:
Apart from the above, the following applies for pairs.
§28. Pairs are self supported units, allowed to share any and all resources within the units. The rules are the same as for solo riders with one all encompassing exception: That support is allowed between the paired riders. The unit may share resources, navigation duties, as well as being allowed to draft and tow etc… Paired riders are essentially joined across the country. Pairs have to travel exclusively with each other and have to be in viewing distance, of one another, at all times. Riders must reach the end of the route before the pair is deemed finished.
§29. Paired racers may not draft other pairs/solo riders or interfere with solo riders in any way.
§30. Paired riders must each carry a tracker. If one of the riders quits the race, the other is allowed to continue to finish and may be ranked with an asterisk denoting paired travel.
§31. To clarify, paired riders start together, ride together, and hopefully finish together. Drafting is allowed between the pair as well as sharing all other resources. These features are what distinguish paired riders from solo riders.
Link to the spotting homepage: Round Denmark Bike Race Location Page
Please observe the following: The general route is as shown above. It has been divided into 11 segments and two alternative night routes - to make it easier to download and install on your GPS unit. Consider it as one long route.
|Segment 1:||Helsingør to Rødvig|
|Segment 2:||Rødvig to 1st Farry|
|Segment 3:||1st Farry to Kolding|
|Segment 4:||Kolding to Sæd|
|Segment 5:||Sæd to Hvide Sande|
|Segment 6:||Hvide Sande to Slette Strand|
|Segment 7:||Slette Strand to Grenen (The top of Denmark)|
|Segment 8:||Grenen (The top of Denmark) to Udbyhøj Vasehuse|
|Segment 9:||Udbyhøj to Himmelbjerget|
|Segment 10:||Himmelbjerget to Odder|
|Segment 11:||Odder to Farum (Finish)|
|Nightroute Thyborøn:||Thyborøn to Agger via Struer|
|Nightroute Hals:||Hals to Egense via Aalborg|