EVENT RULES Entry Requirements No person shall participate in the Trans Karoo unless such person has trained adequately for such an endurance event, as might be expected of a prudent person entering a similar competition , and is in excellent health, based on recent training, physical examinations, if any, and generally accepted standards of good health. All participants/ teams must enter through the approved entry channels for the event and it is their responsibility to ensure that they register and receive the correct entry pack at registration. The event is open to all male and female athletes over the age of 18 years  as at 01 January 2017 in the individual or team categories. All participants acknowledge that they will abide by the event rules and regulations and those of Cycling South Africa and the affiliated provincial body as applicable to this event. The organisers have the right to cancel or refuse any persons entry, with the appropriate refunds being actioned within 14 working days of the cancellation, should it be required. REFUNDED ENTRY FEES ARE SUBJECT TO A 10% PENALTY and will be considered at the discretion of the race organisers if supported by proof of a valid reason. Entries may include invited athletes. The event will take place regardless of bad weather and will only be cancelled, rerouted or stopped on instruction of the event Safety Officer and Route Director. No participant shall give any other person their race number or timing device to use in their stead. Participants shall not use offensive language or make offensive, indecent or inappropriate gestures whatsoever and use thereof could lead to participant disqualification. No participant shall dispose of any litter along any of the routes except in clearly identified waste bins. All participants shall complete the course under their own effort and may only receive assistance from accredited supporters in the designated areas. Participation The event is open to individual and team participants as per the regulations as defined by the event organisers. Individuals and teams are required to complete the course before the specified cut-off time. No athlete may make use of any music system, e.g. MP3, two way radio or cellular phone, while participating Participants must display their race number and frame number, where applic- able, clearly for the duration of their participation in the event. Participants are allowed service from their support crews at Check Point 2 and Check Point 4 only and no support vehicles are allowed on the route. (support crews to follow alternate routes) All participants must cover the prescribed route in its entirety.  It is the partici- pants responsibility to know the entire course as directional marking is kept to the minimum. Participants in the event consent to the use of all photographic or video material pertaining to their participation in the event. Teams Riders who wish to enter as a team must stay together at all times. Should a team member withdraw, the remaining member may continue after informing the relevant check point manager of the withdrawal of the relevant member. Failure to inform the race management of the withdrawal of a team member will result in team disqualification. Prize Fund R16,500.00.  The awarding of the Prize Fund will be based on results from the official timekeepers of the Trans Karoo. The Prize Fund will be awarded less any deductions required by CSA. Safety All participants are required to carry the following safety equipment with them at all times: Helmet (No Helmet, No Ride!!) Puncture kit and spare tube Cycling jacket/wind-breaker Basic First Aid kit Space blanket Whistle Cellular phone (Reception may be restricted in certain areas) All participants will be required to have access to the following lights and must plan their ride in order to ensure they are collected before sunset: Head Light with spare batteries (if not rechargeable type) Tail Light with spare batteries (if not rechargeable type) All participants found riding the route after sunset without the required lights will be removed from the route for their own safety. Participants are to stop and report at all check points along the route. No tri-bars are allowed. All bicycles are to be in good working order and the safety equipment must have been thoroughly checked by the rider. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAY PARTS BE REMOVED FROM ANOTHER PARTICIPANTS CYCLE FOR YOUR OWN USE. Participants will be required to complete the event on the bicycle they start with in order to record an official finish. No motorized equipment will be allowed and every person may only cycle or walk a human powered bicycle. All participants will be expected to participate with care and respect for other athletes. Participants must obey the instructions of event marshals and traffic officials at all times. Athletes under the influence of alcohol, any drug or medication will not be allowed to participate and may be subject to prosecution by the event Organisers. Medical or emergency evacuation costs, incurred by the Organisers, on behalf of a participant will be to the account of the participant involved. Withdrawing Should a participant wish to withdraw during the event then this must be done at the nearest check point or sweep vehicle. Teams must ride together to either the nearest check point or sweep vehicle at which time the remaining rider may continue but will not record an official finish as a team. Participants who have withdrawn will be transported by a sweep vehicle and may be collected from either of the two service points by their service team. Should a participant surrender after the last service point then they will be transported to the finish venue by a sweep vehicle. TRANSGRESSION OF THE RULES Transgression of the rules by any participants or support team members may result in disqualification from the event.
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