INFORMATION & RULES EUROCUP 2024 APRIL

Fairness should be the key principle when interpreting these rules, for competitors as well as for organizers.

IKSA rules

Please read the General Terms and Conditions of the Stepbond carefully!
By entering the Eurocup, you agree with these General Conditions.
This event mainly follows IKSA rules.
Note that the distances of the races are different.

The most important rules are on this page, below the buttons.
– For the whole weekend
– For the Sprint on Saturday
– For the Team Time Trial on Saturday
– For the Long Race on Sunday
, Please read them carefully.

If you have any questions, you see an error or ambiguity, don’t hesitate to contact agnes@stepbond.nl. We will be glad to help you.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RULES FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND

See also ‘IKSA rules’ and ‘general terms and conditions Stepbond’

– Equipment
Every participant must ensure that his/her equipment does not pose a danger to him/herself or others due to the quality, material used or design.
There needs to be at least one functioning brake on the footbike.

Helmet is mandatory
The protective helmet that applies to the law requirements and safety regulations is mandatory for all athletes, breaking this rule means immediate or subsequent disqualification. Athletes have to wear the helmet properly and for the whole race. We also advise competitors to use gloves.

– Starting Number
Each competitor receives 1x its starting number at registration. The starting number is personal and connected to the participants name and MYLAPS transponder Chip.
Starting number must be clearly visible at the front of the handlebar of the footbike.
This means that none of the equipment may be in the line of sight between the race-officials and the number.

It is not permitted to deliberately change the number, the number may not be folded or cut.
The officials may apply one of the following measures to competitors who ride without a starting number: not being allowed to start, temporarily withdrawing from the race or a penalty of at least 30 seconds.
The number must be secured in such a way that it can be properly read by the officials.
The number may not be covered, not even partially.

– MYLAPS transponder Chip
Each competitor receives a transponder chip at registration. This chip is personal and connected to the participants name and number.
The transponder chip should be mounted as low as possible, on the right side (in front of the driver) on the front fork of the footbike.
Any other mounting location on the footbike or on the participant is not permitted.
A possible measure in case of violation that can be imposed by the officials is: “Not allowed to start”
Participants must hand in their chip to the organization after the last race, otherwise a fine of 50 euros per chip will follow.

Showing up too late at the start
Participants who are late are not allowed to start.
The race-officials can at any time decide to allow participants who are late to start and still join the race.

– Drop out of the match
Participants who withdraw from the competition are obliged to report this to the timing-officials.

– Shortening the competition by the competition management
If necessary, the officials may reduce the duration, number of laps or distance of the competition just before or during the competition.
All participants will be informed of this.

     Behaviour around the course
– Do not distract the officials:
During the competition, spectators, supervisors or participants are not permitted to address the timing-officials and the counters on matters that are not directly relevant to the course of the competition. For example, it is not allowed to ask for the results while the match is still in progress.
Matters that influence the count must be reported (such as participants who have left the competition prematurely). Do this immediately after the competition or at a quiet moment (no approaching participants).

Detection Zone – the red and green flag
The detection zone is the area where the transponder makes connection to the start/finish line.
This zone is within a radius of five meters around the finish line (that 5 meter also applies to the ends of the finish line). This means that a part outside the course and the timing-officials room also falls under the detection zone. This zone can have two statuses:
green flag = released
red flag = not released 

Green flag: the zone has been released, there is no race going on.
The zone  is accessible to everyone (even with a transponder), as long as this does not conflict with other rules.

Red flag: the zone is not released, the race is on, or about to start.
You may only be in the detection (finish) zone with a transponder chip and/or footbike*, when:

  • Participants are instructed to do this by the officials.
  • The competition has started, and you are a participant of the relevant competition. After a participant has finished, s/he is no longer allowed to enter the detection zone.

(* It is not permitted to be in the detection zone with a footbike without a transponder chip, as the officials cannot see whether or not there is a chip on it).
If in doubt, assume that the zone has not been released. 

Honoring ceremony
The race is done, you and all others have raced and given what was possible on this day. And now the medal-ceremony shows who was the best competitor today.
Celebrate with us, be a part of this official and special moment for the competitors that have accomplished to be one of the best 3.
Participants who are not present at the awards ceremony lose the right to prizes and bonuses. The organization can decide differently. Participants who leave early must report this to the organization. 

Doping
Doping is not allowed. All participants must adhere to the “World Anti-Doping Code”. This can be read at https://www.wada-ama.org/en/what-we-do/world-anti-doping-code.
The list of all prohibited substances can also be found on this website. The participant is obliged to cooperate in any doping investigation. If the participant refuses, he or she will be disqualified.

Match Results
The organization will announce the competition results to all participants as soon as possible.

The results for each participant state:

  • the category
  • the position within the category (ranking)
  • the name of the participant
  • the total time
  • the number of laps driven and/or the distance
    • (and preferably also the lap times)

    Complaints about the match results
    Complaints that may have consequences for the result must be submitted to the competition leader from the moment the last participant has finished until no later than half an hour after the last participant’s arrival.
    The protest can be submitted only by the leader of the club/team to the competition leader.

If it concerns the first three places in a certain category, the competition management must make an oral decision before the start of the award ceremony. For the other places, a decision must be made in writing to the complainant and those involved within 7 days, and the chairman of the competition committee must also be informed.

 

INFORMATION AND RULES FOR THE SPRINT ON SATURDAY

2x 500 mtr.
Each competitor will race 2 times a distance of 500 mtr.
After the 2 races, both finish-times are added together.
The total time of these 2 races counts as the final time.
The first 500 mtr. race is held individually, only 1 footbiker on the track.
The second 500 mtr. race is held with 3 or 4 competitors who will start and race at the same time.

Track for the 500 mtr.
The 500 mtr. Races are on a 400 mtr. Track.
There will be 4 lanes, each exactly 500 mtr. Lung.
The finish line is at the same spot for every lane.

The starting line of each lane is determined by the distance of 500 meters from the finish line.

Determining which 4 riders ride simultaneously in the 2nd race:
After the 1st 500 mtr. the layout for the 2nd 500 meters will be determined based on the results of the 1st race.
The final position of who starts in which lane will be determined by drawing lots.
pupils and cadets: boys and girls ride mixed.
Juniors to ultra-veterans: women and men ride separately.
If the number of participants per category is not divisible by 4, the organization will choose to run some races with 3 people.

Time-table
The time-table with starting-times and names will be placed on the website latest Thursday April 18
th 24:00 hrs.

Start
Competitors start with the axle of the front-wheel behind the starting-line.
Start is with one foot on the board. A running or flying start is not allowed.

Start procedure

2 minutes before start

The official calls the participants (with name and/or starting number) to come to the starting-zone

40-20 seconds before start

The starter calls the participant (with name and/or starting number) to go to the starting line.

5 seconds before start (optional)

The starter raises the hand with the flag

2 seconds before start

The starter clearly announces ‘ready for start’.

Start

The start signal is given: the starter fires the (electronic) starting pistol or says “go” with a firm tone and waves the flag down with a quick stroke.

Restart and false start
The starter has the right to have a race restart due to a false start. A restart can also be requested in the event of a ‘failed’ time registration of the start by more than 1 timekeeper. Timekeepers must communicate this clearly to the starter within a few seconds, so that s/he can recall the competitors.

One restart (caused by a false start) per distance per participant is allowed. In the event of a second false start, the participant is disqualified for this single race.

INFORMATION AND RULES FOR THE TEAM TIME-TRIAL ON SATURDAY

The team-time-trial. races are on a 400 mtr. track.
The race is over a distance of 3.200 mtr. = 8 rounds.
For pupils and cadets the race is over a distance of 1.600 mtr. = 4 rounds.

The starting line is the finish line.

Each team may consist of minimum 3 and maximum 4 people.

There is only 1 team in the race at the same time.
The final time of the team is measured in the moment when its third member passes the finish line.

Categories for the Team Time Trial:
In general: when 1 of the team-members is a man, the Team is competing in the mens category.

youth: teams must be boys or girls. All team members must be in the cadet or pupil category.

Junior to Super-veterans are considered 1 category.
Each team may have participants out of the Cadet category.

Prices will be for the following categories:
– Youth Men
– Youth Women
– Senior Men
– Senior Women

Start
All members of a team start together at the same time
Start is with one foot on the board. A running or flying start is not allowed.
Positioning of the team-members is free, all members start with the axle of the front wheel behind the starting line.

Start procedure Team Time-Trial

2 minutes before start

The official calls the participants (with name and/or starting number) to come to the starting-zone

40-20 seconds before start

The starter calls the participants (with name and/or starting number) to go to the starting line.

5 seconds before start (optional)

The starter raises the hand with the flag

2 seconds before start

The starter clearly announces ‘ready for start’.

Start

The start signal is given: the starter fires the (electronic) starting pistol or says “go” with a firm tone and waves the flag down with a quick stroke.

 

 

 

INFORMATION AND RULES FOR THE LONG RACE ON SUNDAY

behaviour on the course
Obstruction: Participants may not intentionally hinder other participants. The race-officials reserves the right to disqualify participants in the event of misconduct or intentional interference with other participants.
Cutting: Participants are free to choose their “line”. If an opening or passage has been created through which another participant can overtake, it is no longer permitted to close this opening or passage as soon as a footbiker started to enter the gap.
Pushing or pulling: Any form of pushing or pulling your opponent is strictly prohibited.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Clearly incorrect or unsportsmanlike conduct may be punished by the officials, even if no specific rule has been violated.

Start
The races will start with a mass start.
Running start is allowed.

There will be 1 starts for the long race on Sunday.
– 10:30 Men, Women and pupils & cadets both men and women
(or maybe 10:31 Women, 10:32 pupils & cadets both men and women)
Exact starting time of Women, pupils & cadets will be given ahead of time.

All participants start with the axle of the front wheel behind the starting line.

Start procedure

10 minutes before start

The official calls the participants to come to the starting-zone

5 minute before start

The starter calls the participants (with name and/or starting number) to go to the starting line.

10 seconds before start (optional)

The starter raises the hand with the flag

4 seconds before start

The starter counts down: 4-3-2-1.

Start

The start signal is given: the starter fires the (electronic) starting pistol or says “go” with a firm tone and waves the flag down with a quick stroke.

 In the event of a false start, the competition management determines the extent of the penalty time imposed on the participant.

Changing footbike
If necessary it is permitted to change footbike.
Important: You need to correctly put your timing-Chip at the front, and number at the handlebar of the new footbike.
Changing footbikes is only permitted to replace a footbike with obvious defects. These defects may not have been introduced by the participant himself for the purpose of being able to change footbikes.

– Overtaking
Competitors must leave space on the course for overtaking competitors who are about to be one or more laps ahead.
The competitor that is about to be overtaken maintains his/her current lane and does not make any unexpected movements that could hinder the overtaking footbiker.

– Last round
There comes a time when the participant who is in the lead in the competition enters the final round.
From that moment on, the officials must inform all passing participants from the same category of the final round. In all cases, juniors, seniors, masters, veterans and ultra-veterans are considered one category in this.

The final round is heralded with a bell.
If multiple categories come through at the same time, the officials must announce which category (or rider) the call is intended for.

In the following case it may happen that the participant is not informed of the final round: If a competitor is passed by the leading competitor in the last lap.

– Finish
All competitors will be flagged and finish after the leader has finished in the race of the same category.
In all cases, juniors, seniors, masters, veterans and ultra-veterans are considered one category in this.
Men and Women are seperate categories.

– MYLAPS transponder Chip
Participants must hand in their chip to the organization after the last race, otherwise a fine of 50 euros per chip will follow.