Conditions of participation:
The competitions in the MTB Triad series are open to any lover of sports and movement in nature.

They are required: a good state of health, a minimum level of training, a baggage of technical knowledge specific to mtb shifts and the minimum age of 18 years. Those who have not reached the age of 18 must have the written and signed consent of their parents or legal guardian, on the registration form and on the declaration of responsibility. Exceptions are athletes licensed to the Romanian Cycling Federation who must present a valid license for the current year. The participants take full responsibility for the state of health they are in. Any entrant will have a competition number and accreditation. Any participant must comply with the rules of the competition and must follow the directions given by the organizers. Registration can be done through the website www.triadamtb.ro using the registration form and the declaration of responsibility, which must be completed and signed by each participant on the day of taking over the competition number. When taking over the competition number, each participant must present an identity document. Registration by fax, telephone or e-mail is not possible.

Forms without signature will not be accepted.

Cancellations:

If the event is cancelled/postponed due to force majeure, participants will not benefit from the reimbursement of the registration fee or compensation for other losses, such as expenses occasioned by travel and accommodation.

Responsibility:

Each participant who takes part in the MTB Triad competitions is responsible for their own security and safety.

The organizers, partners, sponsors, volunteers and staff participating in the event are not responsible for any kind of injury or damage, cancellation, delays or changes in the routes that may occur during the event for good reasons.

Each participant must sign, before registration, a declaration of responsibility, by which he assumes the risks resulting from participating in such an event and any damages arising for any reason, including loss or theft.

Regulation:

  1. Characteristics of the competition

The event is an outdoor competition. The routes are partially undeveloped and unprotected, public roads are used, marked and unmarked paths, slopes with high inclination and rough areas, etc.
Different segments of the trails pass through localities, wooded areas and cuts, alpine hollow (ridges, lanes, steeps, valleys, alpine pastures, juniper, etc.). All this requires special experience and knowledge, such as:

  • any participant has at least one general experience of the mountain;
  • any participant has technical knowledge of approaching a difficult route;
  • any participant is able to safely climb and descend an inclined slope in difficult conditions;
  • any participant has the ability to safely complete a route in an alpine area;
  • any participant should be experienced enough to complete a difficult alpine route;
  • any participant should have a good sense of direction on mountainous terrain, even in conditions of bad weather and poor visibility. This means that each participant is able to use a map and route information to reach it safely;
  • any participant should know the rules of behavior in case of danger and emergency in the mountain area;
  • any participant should show fair play and friendship and act accordingly when the situation so requires;
  • any participant should know and have an attitude that takes into account the fact that no matter how many safety measures the organizers take, all the risks resulting from the nature of the competitions, the environment and the conditions in which they take place are not and will not be covered;
  • any participant must know that no prize is above his or her health and/or life and/or that of other participants and act accordingly to protect himself when he or she feels or notices a danger.
  1. Types of races

2.1. XCO – Cross-country Olympic

  • Competition held on a route in the form of a circuit that is covered several times.
  • The number of laps will be set in such a way that the duration of the race for the winner is between 1h30min and 1h45min respectively 1h and 1h15min for the categories under 18 years.
  • A lap will have between 4 and 7 km, and there may be differences between the route for elite and amateurs.
  • On the route there will be at least 2 areas of supply and technical assistance.
  • The start will be given in the group.

2.2. XCP – Cross-country Point-to-Point

  • The route can have a length between 30 and 60 km in the form of a single tour.
  • Start and finish can be located at different points.
  • On the route there will be at least 1 feeding area and technical assistance.
  • The start will be given in the group.

2.3. XCM – Cross-country Marathon

  • The route can have a length of at least 60 km and a maximum of 120 km in the form of a single lap or a maximum of 3 laps.
  • On the route there will be at least 3 areas of supply and technical assistance.
  • The start will be given in the group.

2.4. XCS – Cross-country Stage Race

  • A series of Cross-country competitions of different types held during at least 2 consecutive days.
  • Competitors will have to finish each stage to be able to participate in the next one.
  • The rankings will be made by aggregating the times or points that the competitors achieve on each stage.

2.5. XCC – Cross-country Short Track

  • Competition held on a route in the form of a circuit that is covered several times.
  • The number of laps will be set in such a way that the duration of the race for the winner is between 20min and 1h.
  • A lap will have a maximum of 2 km, and there may be differences between the route for elite and amateurs.
  • On the route there will be 1 feeding area and technical assistance.
  • The start will be given in the group.

2.6 XCT – Cross-country Time Trial

  • Competition held on a track in line in the form of a circuit.
  • The start will be given individually at a time difference communicated in advance.

2.7. E-MTB – E-Mountain Bike

  • Competitions with electrically assisted bicycles. Only “pedelec” type bicycles are accepted.
  • One or more batteries can be used, this being specified for each competition.
  • Bicycles are limited to engine assistance of up to 25 km/h unless otherwise stated in the presentation of the respective competition.
  • The format may differ from one stage to the next.
  1. Equipment
  • Only mountain bikes with wheels of 26″, 27.5″ (650B) or 29″ are allowed.
  • Helmet is mandatory.
  • The competition number (provided by the organizers) must be worn on the handlebars and on the back (if applicable) for the entire duration of the competition.
  • The timing chip (provided by the organizers) must be mounted on the bike if it is not pasted on the race number.

The lack of these items leads to disqualification.

  1. Bib numbers

The competition numbers will be received at the time of validation of the registration, after the participant has filled in and signed the registration form, the declaration of responsibility and has paid the equivalent value of the registration fee.
The BIB numbers must be attached to the handlebars of the bike and on the back (if applicable) and must be visible throughout the race. Logos placed on the numbers must be visible. Numbers must not be cut or changed in any form during the competition. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

  1. Validation / Briefing / Start

The validation of the registrations will be made at the Race office of each competition according to the schedule displayed on the site. In order to pick up the bib number and the starting package, each contestant will have to present an identity document.

The start will be open for 15 minutes after the official start time, those who have lost the start and will leave for the race in these 15 minutes will be timed in accordance with the official start time.

The participants who will start after this time will not be ranked.

Before each competition, a technical meeting will be held whose date and time will be published on the MTB Triad website. The participation of competitors in the technical meeting is not mandatory but it is very important. During the technical meeting, topics such as: detailed description of the route, explanation of the start / arrival procedures, location of the feeding points, highlighting the dangerous areas on the route, etc. will be approached.

  1. Checkpoints

Mandatory checkpoints are located on the routes. Participants who do not pass through a checkpoint (for whatever reason) will be disqualified. The bib numbers and competitors’ times will be marked in the order of arrival at each checkpoint.

  1. Stopping/ Withdrawing from the race:

The organizer reserves the right to stop a participant in the following cases:

  • he was injured after the start, and his condition did not allow him to continue the race;
  • the participant’s helmet or bicycle suffered damage that could lead to accidents;
  • it has not been within the time limits announced in advance for certain points on the route;
  • the participant or persons in his or her entourage behave unsportsmanlikely towards other competitors or towards persons in the organization;
  • in exceptional cases.

Any participant who can no longer or does not want to continue the race, for whatever reason, must inform the organizers immediately, at the start, at the checkpoints or upon arrival. Failure to announce the withdrawal from the race will cause a search and rescue operation (rescue teams, mountain rescue teams, helicopter) at the expense of the participant involved. Any participant who withdraws will be helped with the best option of withdrawal but is responsible for his own transport, the route he will use and the actions after the time and place of withdrawal, except for serious cases that do not allow travel by his own means.

  1. Timing

The timing is done using a system based on an RFID chip. The timing chip is glued on the back of the bib number. Make sure you have the number on the bike from the start of the race to the end of it. If the number comes off the handlebars of the bike keep it until the end of the race. This type of chip should not be returned after arrival.

  1. Competition categories
  • Race category will be decided by deducting the born year of the competitor from the current year. The result must be inside the category limits.

Examples:

Competitor born in 1979

2018 – 1979 = 39 => age group 30-39

Participant born in 1989

2018 – 1989 = 29 => age group 19-29

  • The minimum age allowed to participate on the Long Trail is 18 years old
  • The minimum age allowed to participate on the Short Route is 14 years. The registration form for people under the age of 18 will be signed by one of the parents or legal guardian. If one of the parents or the legal guardian is not present, a notarized statement will be submitted in which they express their consent. The exceptions are junior athletes and cadets licensed to frc affiliated sports clubs and who have a FRC license for the current year. They will present the licenses upon registration.
  • Within the MTB Triad there may be the following categories. Depending on the type of competition and the number of registered participants, the organizer will be able to merge some of these categories.

Elite Men

U23 Male

Junior Male

Cadets Men

Amateur Male

Elite Female

Junior Women

Cadets Women

Amateur Female

Open Men’s

Open Women’s

All competitors enrolled in the Elite, U23, Junior, Cadets categories will present the FRC license at registration.
For a category of competition to be validated there must be at least 5 competitors at the start. The organizer will decide how will be cumulated the categories that are not complying with this rule.

9.1. Contests for children

9.1.1. Age categories

Girls D2 (5-6 years)

Girls D1 (7-8 years)

Girls C (9-10 years)

Girls B (11-12 years)

Girls A (13-14 years)

Boys D2 (5-6 years)

Boys D1 (7-8 years)

Boys C (9-10 years)

Boys B (11-12 years)

Boys A (13-14 years)

9.1.2 Rules

  • Only children who fall under the age groups in Chapter 9.1.1 may participate.
  • The registration form will be completed and signed by one of the parents or legal guardian. If one of the parents or the legal guardian is not present, a notarized statement will be submitted in which they express their consent. It is mandatory to attach a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
  • It is not allowed to participate in the competition with bicycles without pedals (“running bike”)
  • Helmet is mandatory.
  • Persons accompanying children are not allowed to enter inside the race path. I can only support the children from the sidelines, from outside the marked route.
  1. Leaderboards/Prizes

10.1. After each stage, individual stage rankings will be drawn up and published on each category of competition. The rankings will be drawn according to the time of each competitor.

10.2. The competitors in the top 3 places have the obligation to present themselves at the awards. If a contestant is not present at the awards he/she will lose the right to receive the prize due.

10.3. Some competitions will be able to award distinctive jerseys on the podium. The refusal to wear these T-shirts offered by the organizer may lead to the downgrading of the respective competitor.

10.4. At XCO competitions, the way of ranking / stopping the competitors arriving with a lap will be communicated at the technical meeting.

10.5. After each stage, general rankings will be drawn up for the following categories:
– male cadets
– female cadets
– junior men
– junior women
– male amateurs
– amateur female
– male elites
– female elites

How to assign points:

PLACE XCP, XCO xcm
1 600 1000
2 550 920
3 500 830
4 450 750
5 400 670
6 380 635
7 360 600
8 340 565
9 320 530
10 300 495
11 290 480
12 280 465
13 270 450
14 260 435
15 250 420
16 240 405
17 230 390
18 220 375
19 210 360
20 200 345
21 195 340
22 190 330
23 185 320
24 180 310
25 175 300
26 170 290
27 165 280
28 160 270
29 155 260
30 150 250
31 145 240
32 140 230
33 135 220
34 130 210
35 125 200
36 120 190
37 115 180
38 110 170
39 105 160
40 100 150
41 98 148
42 96 146
43 94 144
44 92 142
45 90 140
46 88 138
47 86 136
48 84 134
49 82 132
50 80 130
51 78 128
52 76 126
53 74 124
54 72 122
55 70 120
56 68 118
57 66 116
58 64 114
59 62 112
60 60 110
61 59 108
62 58 106
63 57 104
64 56 102
65 55 100
66 54 98
67 53 96
68 52 94
69 51 92
70 50 90
71 49 88
72 48 86
73 47 84
74 46 82
75 45 80
76 44 78
77 43 76
78 42 74
79 41 72
80 40 70
81 39 68
82 38 66
83 37 64
84 36 62
85 35 60
86 34 58
87 33 56
88 32 54
89 31 52
90 30 50
91 29 48
92 28 46
93 27 44
94 26 42
95 25 40
96 24 38
97 23 36
98 22 34
99 21 32
100 20 30
101 5* 29
102 28
103 27
104 26
105 25
106 24
107 23
108 22
109 21
110 20
111 19
112 18
113 17
114 16
115 15
116 14
117 13
118 12
119 11
120 10*

* All contestants who finish the contest receive this number of points.

10.7. After the last stage, the general classification of the MTB Triad will be drawn up in which the points obtained at each competition within the Triad will be collected.

In the event of a tie for points, the tiebreaker will be made according to the number of places 1, 2, etc. obtained. If there is still a tie, the tie will be made after the points obtained in the most recent contest.

The first 3 competitors will be awarded in each category provided that they participate in the last stage of the MTB Triad. If they do not participate their place in the overall standings will be taken by the next ranked competitor who participated in the last stage.

11. Power supply / Technical assistance

11.1. Refueling and technical assistance are allowed only in specially designated areas and signposted by appropriate signs namely FEED/TECH ZONE START and FEED/TECH ZONE END.

11.2. The supply / technical assistance areas will be located where the route allows stopping in good conditions, respectively on flat sections or on the climb. They will also be placed on sections wide enough to allow the passage of competitors who do not need to stop.

11.3. The supply/technical assistance areas shall be used only for the purpose established by the name. Any other activities (rest, socialization, etc.) will be carried out in other areas where the route allows parking without influencing the conduct of the race.

11.4. Competitors have the obligation to stay as little as possible in the supply / technical assistance areas to avoid their congestion.

11.5. It is forbidden to drive in reverse on the route to return to the feeding / technical assistance areas.

11.6. Technical assistance on the route is considered to be the repair or replacement of any component of the bicycle except the frame. Changing bikes is not allowed and competitors must cross the finish line with the same number on the handlebars with which they left for the start.

11.7. Technical assistance can be provided by outsiders only in the areas of supply / technical assistance.

11.8. Technical assistance can be done in other areas of the route only using equipment that the competitor took with him when leaving for the race.

11.9. Any debris or waste that competitors intend to abandon will be left on the side of the route, in visible places, no later than 100 m after the feeding / technical assistance areas.

Supporters may support any competitor provided that they comply with the rules of conduct, the instructions of the authorities and/or officials and do not prevent the conduct of the competition.

12. Nature conservation

Leaving rubbish during the routes and/or deliberately destroying the environment will result in disqualification.

13. Other rules

Triada MTB uses as competition routes the following and not only: public roads, landscaped and undeveloped tourist paths that cross localities, meadows, forests, cuts, alpine gap (ridges, lanes, steeps, valleys, alpine pastures, juniper, etc.).

There are areas in the competition routes that are not closed to other road users (vehicles, vehicles, pedestrians, tourists, animals and others). This fact attracts on the participants the obligation to respect the rules of conduct in traffic imposed by law. Any accident caused and/or in which the participants in the MTB Triad were involved, occurred during the unfolding of the events, due to the non-observance of the competition rules and of the rules of conduct in traffic imposed by law, will be the responsibility of those involved in the accident.

The competition takes place in mountain areas in a partially undeveloped and unprotected space, so there is a risk of injury and / or death due to common dangers for outdoor competitions. These include and are not limited to: collisions with motor vehicles, other vehicles, stones, rocks, rocks, trees, people, other objects, falls, slips, injuries caused by cold and /or heat, hypothermia, heatstroke, dehydration, frostbite, burns, altitude sickness, rockfalls, storms, animals, fires, physical effort.

By registering, paying and participating each participant confirms that he has read, understood and accepted the conditions of participation and these rules, assumes the risks of participating in the MTB Triad and is responsible for its own actions that should take into account relevant circumstances such as: traffic, weather conditions, change of weather, area where it is located, equipment.

14. Penalties

  • lack of an object in the compulsory equipment = disqualification;
  • shortening the route = penalty or disqualification (referee decision);
  • doping = disqualification;
  • non-compliance with the environment = disqualification;
  • modification of the bib number = disqualification;
  • non-compliance with the rules of the competition = penalty or disqualification (decision of the referees’ commission);
  • non-compliance with the rules on refueling and technical assistance = penalty or disqualification (decision of the board of arbitrators);
  • unsportsmanlike behavior towards other participants, officials, public, other people = disqualification.
  • reverse travel on the route = disqualification;

The registration fee will not be refunded in case of disqualification.

15. Appeals

Any participant may appeal against another participant who has not complied with the rules of the competition or against the decisions of the officials. The appeal will be submitted to the Race office, in writing, within maximum 15 minutes from the display of the provisional complete results. The resolution of the appeal will be made in the next 30 minutes.

16. Changes

The organizer reserves the right to change the rules and the way the competitions are conducted. These possible changes will be published on the official website www.triadamtb.ro.