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Rás Dhun na nGall 2017

Four Masters Cycling Club

Race Information

Welcome to the 2017 race, we are 27 years on the road this year and we hope that you have a good sporting and safe event. Below you will find race rules, other instructions and a prize list. The detailed route will be in the included in the riders’ pack. Take time to study it. Competitors are reminded that it is the responsibility of each to follow the correct route. As an aid, yellow directional arrows will assist you, but we cannot be responsible for signs misplaced or missing.

There are two neutral service vehicles and a broom wagon. Each team is expected to supply one pair of wheels. Damaged material is to be collected from service immediately after each stage.

All drivers in the cavalcade are reminded that this entire event takes place on Republic of Ireland roads and a significant Garda presence is expected. They will be there for the safety of all, both riders and the general public. Full cooperation must be given to them. Movement of vehicles up and down the cavalcade can only be achieved with permission from the race commissaires.

All three massed start stages begin with neutralised sections, on busy roads. It is important that the whole race remains compact during neutralisation (green flag). Team vehicles should get their place in the cavalcade right at the departure point of every stage; you might not be permitted to move about particularly during neutralised sections because of narrow roads and busy junctions.

Caution is required in areas likely to have heavy traffic (towns/busy roads), not just for riders, but also cars attempting to move up or down the cavalcade.

Rules

Rás Dhun na nGall 2017

Four Masters Cycling Club

Race Information

Welcome to the 2017 race, we are 27 years on the road this year and we hope that you have a good sporting and safe event. Below you will find race rules, other instructions and a prize list. The detailed route will be in the included in the riders’ pack. Take time to study it. Competitors are reminded that it is the responsibility of each to follow the correct route. As an aid, yellow directional arrows will assist you, but we cannot be responsible for signs misplaced or missing.

There are two neutral service vehicles and a broom wagon. Each team is expected to supply one pair of wheels. Damaged material is to be collected from service immediately after each stage.

All drivers in the cavalcade are reminded that this entire event takes place on Republic of Ireland roads and a significant Garda presence is expected. They will be there for the safety of all, both riders and the general public. Full cooperation must be given to them. Movement of vehicles up and down the cavalcade can only be achieved with permission from the race commissaires.

All three massed start stages begin with neutralised sections, on busy roads. It is important that the whole race remains compact during neutralisation (green flag). Team vehicles should get their place in the cavalcade right at the departure point of every stage; you might not be permitted to move about particularly during neutralised sections because of narrow roads and busy junctions.

Caution is required in areas likely to have heavy traffic (towns/busy roads), not just for riders, but also cars attempting to move up or down the cavalcade.


Race Instructions and Regulations

1. The event will be run under the regulations of Cycling Ireland, supplemented by the following: And is open to riders holding a Cycling Ireland A2 or A3 full competition licence. In addition, riders holding a licence issued by another UCI registered National Federation may ride on condition that the organisation considers their ability is consistent with a CI A2 or A3 rider. Bikes equipped with disc brakes are not permitted nor is the addition of on board cameras nor cameras fitted to safety helmets.

2. All personnel must "sign on" prior to the start of Stage 1, including team managers. And then riders should again sign on prior to stages 3 and 4. The sign on will take place at the race headquarters.

3. Participants in the event are responsible for all expenditure and costs arising in relation to the race and for any offences or damages caused. Entry to the event implies acceptance of this and other Race Regulations. The only exceptions will be by specific arrangements with the Race Organisation. Any loss or damage to radios used in the race is the liability of the team or individual who signs for it. It is recommended that the equipment is put away safely when not in use.

4. Jersey presentations will take place 10 minutes before the start of stages 3 and 4. Jerseys will be presented for the leaders in the General Classification, Young Riders Competition, and King of the Mountains Competitions.

5. Entry is limited to 180 riders, but may be extended at the Organisers’ discretion. Teams may contain up to five riders, with riders wearing identical jerseys. Riders competing for a club team other than their registered club must have a letter of release from their registered club and this must be made available to the Chief Commissaire no later than the sign on for stage one. Riders may compete on National, Provincial, or County team selections, as a member of a composite team or as a guest rider strictly under the terms of Cycling Ireland Technical Regulations Chapter T1- Licences item no. 5. Riders can only ride as a guest rider or on a composite team if
a) Their registered club team is not entered or
b) Their registered club team already has a full team (5 riders) entered.
No more than 1 guest rider will be permitted on any team with a maximum of 4 riders and 2 guest riders on a team of 5.
6. Neutral service will be provided by 2 vehicles supplied by the Race Organiser. These vehicles will provide a service to the teams supplying equipment to them. Such equipment must be in prime working order and must be acceptable to the Neutral Service Crew. It must be clearly marked by the supplying team, club or individual; any equipment supplied from Neutral Service and returned damaged or broken will be the responsibility of the rider/team using it.
7. The race is run on roads open to the public. All involved, riders, marshals, team drivers - must take due care at all times. Take proper notice of directions given by marshals and the Garda escort. Where a vehicle wishes to move forward during racing, Gardaí may wish to clear the move (via the Commissaire) first, please be patient with this safety aspect. All team cars are to take up race formation 10 minutes before the start of stages 1, 3 and 4.

8. The transmission of radio messages is reserved to the Commissaires, the race organisation and the Gardaí. Team managers are forbidden to transmit, unless their advice is asked for or the matter is important and urgent.

9. All team vehicles must contain another competent person in addition to the vehicle driver.

10. A deposit of €20 for race numbers is payable to the race organisation. This will be repaid on return of the race numbers in original condition either on retirement or at the end of the event.

11. Race control flags are-

Race start proper Green Flag

KOH Green and white Flag
Caution Red flag
Finish Black/White chequered flag

The distance to the finish line will be indicated at 5km and 1km, and the distance to KOMs
will be indicated at 1km.

12. King of the Mountains points are as follows:

Category 1: 8- 6- 4- 2- 1

Category 2: 5- 3- 2- 1

Category 3: 3- 2- 1

13. Riders who suffer a duly noted mishap within the last kilometre of stages 1 and 3 will be awarded the time of the group they were with when the mishap occurred and they will be given the position in which they subsequently cross the finish line. Failure to cross the finish line because of the duly noted mishap will result in the rider being placed last on the stage.

14. Radio communication between team cars and riders, and between riders, is not permitted.

15. All classifications will be decided in accordance with Cycling Ireland stage race regulations.












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