24 Hour Competitive Race Rules

by Ryan Parnell on May 9, 2014

Here are the rules for the Competitive Road, Mountain Bike, and Slicks & Knobbies categories for 24 Hours in the Canyon. 

General Race Rules

  1. The Race Directors have the right to alter any rule, at any time, for any reason, to facilitate the safety of all participants. The Directors’ decisions on all rules will be final.
  2. Keep in mind that besides racers, this is a cancer fundraising event, & that many of the riders on the road course are non-competitive with sometimes little to no experience in group or pack riding and/or little to no race experience… BE VERY CAREFUL
  3. While riding at any point during the weekend, wearing an approved helmet is required.
  4. There are wild animals in the Canyon! Be alert (especially at night) for critters.
  5. These courses are in a Texas State Park which is open to the public, so expect to encounter cars, trucks, large RVs, tourists, bikers, hikers, & horseback riders who do not know there is a race in progress. Please be courteous, as we are all sharing the use of this public land.
  6. All traffic laws are to be obeyed. Riders are to ride in the right lane only.
  7. If you DNF, please turn in your timing device & communicate your withdrawal from the race to the timing people. Upon finishing your last lap on Sunday at noon, please turn in your timing device promptly so the timing crew can begin packing up.
  8. We may find the need to stop the event temporarily due to severe weather conditions. This will be a call made by the 2 Race Directors & the Event Director. This is an area that is susceptible to flash flooding during any rainstorm, so be aware. ALL water crossings will be un-passable if heavy rain occurs. If this were to happen, get to high ground & wait for assistance to arrive.
  9. Both the Non-Competitive & Competitive racers will begin promptly at noon on Saturday, May 31st, and end at noon on Sunday, June 1st. Awards for all racers will be given out promptly in the campground where your timing took place.

Racing & Scoring Rules

  1. Each rider is responsible for his or her equipment, hydration, & nutrition. We have much donated food & supplies that you are welcome to while supplies last.
  2. Drafting is not allowed on the 100 mile road loop, but is permissible inside the canyon.
  3. IPods/MP3 players are allowed (but discouraged). Use these at your own risk.
  4. All timing will be the responsibility of Cadence Sports, who will communicate with the respective race directors, & event director. A protest / concern sheet & pen will be provided to report any protests. The race director will investigate for any necessary decisions or actions. Please verbally report any emergency that you encounter on the course immediately.
  5. Only laps completed by crossing the Cadence Sports’ timing table will be counted.
  6. This is a continuous clock event. The time is always running whether you are riding or not.
  7. The total number of laps completed at noon on Sunday will decide final placement for each category. Should there be a tie in completed laps, the individual or team with the fastest time in completing those laps will be awarded ahead of the other.
  8. Only completed laps at 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 1 will be counted.
  9. Teams may utilize more than 1 rider on the course at a time, but only the rider with the timing chip may accumulate official laps.
  10. Riders may be assisted (mechanically – tube, air, etc…) by a team member or a rider from another team. However, the rider who has the timing chip must complete the lap. The chip may not be exchanged out on the course. Chips may only be exchanged upon completion of a lap.
  11. From dusk until daylight, at least 1 lit white headlight & 1 lit red taillight are required for all riders on the road and trail courses. If this is not followed, you will be asked to correct the situation &/or excluded from the course until lighting is proper & checked by race officials, or daylight becomes present. Keep extra batteries at your camp. Neutral charging stations are available.
  12. Racers are not required to have a support crew in the camp area. However, all rider support crews that are present should utilize Juniper or Hackberry/Chinaberry camp areas.
  13. Crew manned vehicles are strictly forbidden on any race course (including the 100 mile road loop) except at the designated rest stops on the 100 mile road loop.
  14. Event organizers will have support vehicles moving around the course at random intervals. Racers may not use these vehicles to advance forward on the course. If you & your bike are carried back to the campground by one of these vehicles, you must check in at race headquarters. You will then be transported back to the spot where you were to allow your lap to continue. Any penalties will be the director’s discretion.
  15. This event is a physical & mental challenge pitting individuals against the clock…cheating of any kind will be greeted with an IMMEDIATE DQ!!
  16. Racers may not change classes or categories once competitive registration closes, prior to the race, or once the event has started. Riders may continue to ride on either course if they withdraw from competition, once they surrender their timing device to the Cadence Timing people.
  17. TOP 3 finishers will receive trophies based on their respective class & finish position.