RULES & REGULATIONS
The Commissaires Panel will adjudicate, as well as enforce the rules & regulations throughout the race.
AGE LIMIT: To compete in the Crocodile Trophy competitors have to be aged 19.
1) The race organisers reserve the right, in its absolute discretion:
a) May accept or refuse an entry for the Crocodile Trophy (without giving a reason).
b) Change or vary the route of any stage of the event without notice.
c) Cancel, postpone, reschedule or change the time and place of the event, or any stage of the event for any reason, any time.
The organisers will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense whether direct, indirect, consequential or otherwise suffered or incurred by any rider as a result of any such action taken by the organisers.
2) The race may be interrupted or delayed in part or in whole cancelled by external influences including rain, cyclone, flooding, fire, earthquake and / or acts of third parties.
The race organisers will not be liable to any rider for any loss, damage, cost or expense of any kind including, but not limited to refund of entry fees, travel expenses and related costs in the event of the organisers having to cancel, alter, reschedule or otherwise change any aspect of the race due to weather, Acts of God, third party intervention or other matters outside the control of the organisers.
3) Race organisers / Commissaires panel reserve the right to make changes to the track, stages and organisation as may be required,
a) All riders competing in the Elite Class must hold an International Licence issued by the National Body. The licence must be produced at event registration.
b) Australian Riders must hold MTBA 2015 domestic licence. The Licence must be produces at registration.
c) All other riders are required to purchase a compulsory MTBA event licence. (Note Personal travel / liability insurance is not acceptable)
5) Protests will be heard by the Commissaires Panel.
a) Protests must be lodged in writing to the Chief Commissaire or the Commissaire Secretary within 30 minutes of the last rider completing the stage.
b) An AUD$50.00 protest fee must accompany the protest form.
This fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld or the Panel determines that the protest was not frivolous
6) Un-sportsman-like conduct
Any competitor engaging in un-sportsman like conduct of any nature may be fined or disqualified.
If a competitor or their support crew do not comply with the events rules, the Commissaires Panel may impose fines or disqualification.
1st Offence: Warning
2nd Offence: Fine or Time Penalty
3rd Offence: Disqualification
8) Once the event commences Competitors are unable to change from the class they registered in.
9) Each Competitor enters and competes at their own risk. Mountain Biking can be a dangerous activity and the competitor assumes all risks / responsibility for their own safety.
10) Instructions from Police, Commissaires, and Race Officials (including Medical Staff) must be followed under all circumstances.
11) Helmets must be worn at all times during Competition and general riding on Public roads. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from the event.
Damaged Helmets must be replaced, the event organiser has a limited stock of helmets available.
12) Feed Zones
a) All competitors are required to supply their own drinking bottles (minimum of 10)
b) At each Feed Zone water, energy drinks and food will be available to all competitors.
c) Feed Zones will be situated at approximately 30 to 40km / 60 to 80km points of the stage depending on weather and difficulties of the stage.
13) Competitors must use the same frame for the entirety of the race unless they are part of a registered Team. (Swapping or the exchange of bikes is allowed between team members).
Bikes must be in a safe working condition at the start of each stage.
Commissaires or Organisers may withdraw a competitor if their bike is considered to be unsafe.
Should a competitor’s bike be damaged, rendering it unserviceable or dangerous, an application to the Commissaires Panel is required to allow a substitute bike to be used.
14) Competitors must keep to the marked track at all times. Cutting off sections of the track or riding unmarked tracks in prohibited. In order to complete a stage all competitors must complete 100% of the marked track. The qualifying time period is 50 % of the fastest time in each category and stage
15) If a competitor fails to finish any stage due to mechanical malfunction or other mishap, then at the discretion of the Commissaries Panel the competitor may be allowed to continue in the event. A time or other penalty may be imposed by the Panel.
16) The Organisers / Commissaires Panel reserve the right to withdraw a competitor or not recognise the competitors time, if the competitor achieves a result which is judged to be outside the 50% of the class winner’s time. The Panel will decide if further continuation in the event is allowed.
17) The Organisers / Commissaires Panel reserve the right to withdraw a competitor
from any or all stages of the event upon advice from the Event Doctor or Medical Authority recognised by the organisers
18) Prize Money
a) Elite Class, prize money will be paid as per the scale in the UCI Financial Obligations.
b) All other classes, the organisers reserve the right not to distribute prizes or prize money if there are less than five entrants in any category.
a) The overall leader and other category leaders are required to wear the leaders jersey provided by the race organisers.
b) No alterations or covering of the sponsors logo’s on the jersey is permitted.
c) Personal and Team sponsorship labels are allowed to be added to the jersey beneath the official sponsors to a maximum size of 25mm x 25mm.
20) Event number plates may not be altered or modified in any way.
21) Rider assistance during the race outside Official Feed Zones is forbidden (except in the case of emergency).
Unofficial vehicles may not follow the race route under any circumstances, to do so may lead to the disqualification of the related rider.
22) Assisted Feeding
a) At the discretion of the organisers, on selected stages team / support vehicles will be allowed to feed their riders at the official Technical Feed Zones (TFZ) only. On these stages all support vehicles must leave the event village before the start of the stage and go directly to the TFZ. After feeding the vehicle must leave the TFZ and drive to the next TFZ if applicable or make their way to the finish by the touring route.
b) Competitors who accept support from unofficial vehicles or non-team members outside the official feed zones will be penalised.
The Crocodile Trophy is an individual event and competitors are to complete each stage individually.
23) House Keeping
a) Organisers and competitors are obliged to keep the start and finish areas clean and avoid damaging official or private property.
b) The throwing away of waste or rubbish (especially plastic bottles or cans) is prohibited.
c) The cleaning of bikes or vehicles in any river on the events path is forbidden as the river will provide the drinking water for the region.
d) Competitors must ensure the cleaning or repair of bikes is not undertaken in a manner or place that may result in a deposit of grease, rubbish oil. A penalty may apply
e) The use of soap or shampoo is forbidden in any river.
f) The daily rider briefing and winners presentation will be held at 5.00pm.
g) A race briefing will be held each morning prior to the stage start.
a) Breakfast: will be served 2 hours before the start of each stage.
b) Lunch: will be served from 1.00pm.
c) Dinner: will be served from about 5.00pm
25) Luggage Transport
a) The event organisation does not take responsibility for the transport or damage of bikes and luggage.
b) Participants must load their luggage onto the trucks themselves
c) Responsibility will not be taken for luggage that has not been loaded and is left behind.
d) The loading time for each day will be announced at the previous evening’s riders briefing.
e) The truck crew will unload the luggage each afternoon at the campsite.
f) The weight of each piece of luggage is not to exceed 25kg. (The luggage crew unloads 4 tons of luggage a day, so we request that you have several light bags instead of one heavy one and preferably no hard shell suit cases).
g) Bike boxes or cases will not be accepted by the transport during the event.
h) Be aware of traffic and logistics in the event centre/village, do not lean your bike on any vehicle, or put it in front or behind a vehicle.
26) Traffic Rules
a) Driving in Australia is on the left hand side of the road and by agreeing to the race regulations all competitors must comply with the Australian traffic / road rules in particular those issued by the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads. A copy of the rules are available at www.tmr.qld.gov.au.
b) The organisers request all participants and supporters to familiarize themselves with the Australian road and traffic rules and especially with the driving on the left-hand side of the road immediately after arriving in Australia.
c) The organisers reiterate that to compete in the event all competitors must comply with race regulations and advise that a majority of the race route uses Public Roads.
d) The race route uses roads in cities, which are openly marked, however the roads in the National Parks and remote areas also classed as public roads without marking.
e) You must ride on the left hand side of the road at all times and follow the instructions of Commissaries’, Race Officials and Marshalls who may instruct competitors to slow down or stop for safety reasons.
f) Any violation of the Australian road and traffic rules is at the competitors own risk and the organisers will not assume any liability in such instances.