Participants

Rules & Regulations

REGULATIONS FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE RACE™ 2018
(151 km in 3 stages)

ORGANISATION

The Impossible Race™ is organized by UphillEMG™, a division of Brand Aid® Pvt. Ltd.

EVENTS

The essence of The Impossible Race™ is to offer a mountain bike stage race deep on the trails and paths of the Polo Forest, situated in North Gujarat's Vijaynagar district, approximately 160 km from Ahmedabad (and 120 km from Udaipur, Rajasthan). This event is a cross-country mountain bike race - or XC mountain bike - run in 3 stages, with lots of ups, downs and even large portions of flat, speedy trails. Each stage is non-stop, semi-autonomous and at one's own speed, within plenty of cut-off time. The terrain, though accessible to most, is ideal for racing only by experienced adventure racers and mountain bikers. All stages start and end in the Polo Forest area.

The two first stages are of 50 km and the last one is of 51 km. The cut-off time for each stage is 8 hours. That gives an average of 6,25 km/h and the cyclist plenty of time to finish the stage. Because our 3 stages are brutal, because the rider will sometimes have to walk, push or carry his/her bike on his/her shoulders, we decided of such large cut-off timings. The real deal here is to hang on. If you keep going no matter how hard and crazy the trails and fire roads are, how tired you are, you'll become a finisher of one of the hardest, nicest and finest MTB bike race on the planet. The key to succeed in this race is to never, ever, give up.

Any competitor excluded from the race for any reason and wishing to continue his race can only do so after returning his race number, at his own responsibility and in complete autonomy. In the case of poor meteorological conditions and/or for reasons of safety, the organization reserves the right to stop the event underway or to modify the time barriers.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

To participate, it is essential to:

  • To be totally aware of the length and the specifics of the event, but above all, to be perfectly prepared for it.
  • To have garnered a real capacity for self-sufficiency, prior to the race especially in tackling mountains or hills, from the bottom (sprinting uphill or descending at high speeds!). It is needless to say you will need to be physically fit and enduring.
  • To know how to face harsh climatic conditions, without outside help, which could become very difficult due to the remoteness of this particular forest area.
  • To know how to manage, even if one finds oneself isolated, physical or mental problems arising from high fatigue, fall, digestive problems, muscular or joint pain, minor ailments, etc.
  • To be fully aware, that it is not the role of the organization to help a rider to overcome these specific problems and that for such an activity in the Impossible Race, security depends upon the capacity of the participant to adapt to the problems encountered, or envisaged.

The Impossible Race is open to anyone, men or women, born on or before 1999 or before, club members or not.

SEMI AUTONOMY

Semi autonomy is defined as having the capacity to be autonomous between two refreshment posts (aka aid stations), not only on the food and water front but also that of clothing and tool kit for bike repairs.

This principle is implicated in the following rules:

  • Each mountain biker must have all their mandatory equipment with them at all times during the race (see paragraph EQUIPMENT). They should carry this equipment in a backpack and it must not be changed during the course. At any time during the race, the marshals can verify the bag and its contents. The participant is obliged to accept these controls in a friendly manner, at the risk of exclusion from the race.
  • Refreshment posts have been supplied with drinks and food. Food can be taken away but the drinks have to be consumed on the spot because of trash management issues. This means that only plain water is given for filling-up water bottles or bags. Each participant must be sure to have, upon leaving each refreshment post, the quantity of water and food necessary for him/her to reach the next refreshment post.
  • Personal family assistance is not tolerated. All professional assistance (team or professional trainer, doctor or other persons in the medical profession, paramedics...) outside of race purview is also strictly forbidden.
  • The remainder of the refreshment post is strictly reserved for the participants. You must follow the path scheduled inside the refreshment post if you would like to stop. It is forbidden, to be accompanied or agree to be accompanied during all or any part of the race by a person not enrolled.

ENROLMENT CONDITIONS

A specific medical certificate is necessary to validate your registration. It must stipulate that the participant is physically fit to participate in such a mountain biking race. It is obligatory to bring this medical certificate to the race and present it when collecting your bib number at the race site.

ACCEPTANCE OF THE REGULATIONS AND OF THE ETHICS OF THE RACE

Taking part in the Impossible Race™ involves accepting without reservation the current rules & regulations and the ethics of the race.

CANCELLATION OF AN ENROLMENT/REGISTRATION IN THE CASE OF INJURY

Any cancellation of registration must be made by email only. No cancellations are accepted by telephone or fax. Since we don't have a cancellation guarantee in place we won't be able to reimburse any paid registration unless:

A serious accident or injury to the participant or his hospitalization.

In the case of an injury sustained after registration and not completely curable before the day of the race, the organization recommends that the injured participant does not put himself/herself in danger unnecessarily and that he/she cancels his/her registration and postpone running the race until the following year.

To do this, the participant must make a request to the organization's medical counsel at polo@uphillemg.com. This request must be accompanied by a detailed medical file. If the medical counsel agrees, the participant will automatically be registered for the following year for the same race. His/her payment will be kept by the race organization.

EQUIPMENT

In order to participate in our events, a set of obligatory equipment is required. However it is important to note that those are the minimum necessary and that each trail-participant must adapt it according to their needs. It is important not to choose apparel and gear that is the lightest possible weight in order to gain a few grams only, but to choose items that will give real protection against the weather, therefore giving a good level of security and performance.

  50 + 50 + 51 km
Mountain Bike: Must be adequate for the purposes of an endurance mountain bike event, in good condition and be free of defects.
GPS and compass
MANDATORY
Helmet with chin strap. Helmet must be adequate safety standards approved and free of defects. Many riders' helmets are fitted too loosely making them ineffective. We also recommend a helmet with rear bracing. MANDATORY
GPS: It's given to you for the time of the race by the race management. We will also ensure you have proper replaceable batteries for the 3 days duration of the race. MANDATORY
Tool Kit: Must contain two spare tubes, a bike pump, a multi-tool, tyre levers. MANDATORY
Mobile phone with fully charged battery (keep it switched off as much as you can when you run to preserve the batteries) + the security numbers of the organization added to the repertoire + local police / emergency number. MANDATORY
Stock of water in the form of a tumbler, a bottle or Camelbak type of bag. 1 LITRE MANDATORY
Base Torso Layer - we recommend a technical t-shirt made of quick-drying fabric. We do not recommend cotton fabrics. MANDATORY
Additional thermal mid-layer top- we recommend a long sleeved top made from a warm quick-drying fabric. We do not recommend cotton fabrics MANDATORY
Personal First Aid Kit: Including bandages, plasters, tape, gauze, whistle. MANDATORY
Identity papers (Passport, Pan Card, etc...) are required by border paramilitary forces and local police. MANDATORY
1 torch or headlamp in great working condition with 1 set of replacement batteries. Race management will not provide extra-batteries. In case you get lost and end up alone when night comes, you'll need such device to just survive. MANDATORY
Whistle. MANDATORY
Adhesive elastic band enabled for making a bandage or a strapping (mini 100cm x 6 cm) + Knife or scissors with which to cut the self-adhesive elasticized bandage MANDATORY
Food reserve (bars, gels, dry fruits, snacks... anything you like). MANDATORY
The sum of Rs. 1000 in order to cover the unexpected... MANDATORY
Waterproof Breathable Jacket/Shell RECOMMENDED
Pain relief medication for headaches or any pain, sunscreen, electrolyte replacements, any personal medications you might need, Vaseline or anti-chaffing cream, needle, band-aids. RECOMMENDED
More tools: patch kit, chain breaker (that you know how to use), speed link/spare chain link... RECOMMENDED
Warm tights RECOMMENDED
Full or half fingered bicycling gloves RECOMMENDED
Padded cycle shorts for added comfort RECOMMENDED

All clothing must be the participant's size and without alteration since leaving the factory.

You will carry this material in a back pack which is not exchangeable during the race.

For all your questions concerning obligatory equipment consult the FAQs.

RACE NUMBERS

Every participant will be provided with 3 race numbers.

Every number is individually handed to each participant on him/her producing:

A valid photo identity

Your race pack with all your obligatory equipment. This will be checked by our race marshals.

The race numbers must be worn (1) on the back of the body, (2) on the right side of the helmet, (3) attached to the seat post of your bike. All must be permanently and fully visible throughout the entire race. It must, therefore, always be positioned over any clothing and cannot for any reason be fixed on the front of the torso.

For photographic and marketing purposes, the name and logo of the sponsors must neither be modified, nor hidden.

The race numbers are the pass necessary to get to the refreshment posts, medical, rest areas, showers, areas for depositing or recuperating spare bags... The race numbers should never be withdrawn until the race is finished.

RESCUE AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

An infirmary will be open in race campsite for the duration by the event. Participants who have a severe medical problem may make use of it. First aid posts are positioned at different points throughout the course. These posts are in radio or telephone contact with the race control room. A medical control team is present during the entire duration of the event at the campsite but also at specific key points along the routes. The rescue posts are aimed at bringing help to any person in danger. If it appears that a participant is in too much difficulty or seriously injured to call for assistance: Another participant (if around the injured participant) must go in person to a first aid point or make a phone call to the race officials, or ask another participant to alert the first aid stations. It is essential that each participant helps anybody in danger and alerts the first aid point.

Do not forgot, that due to the problems related to the environment, one might have to wait for assistance for longer than anticipated. Your security, therefore, depends upon the quality of the materials that you have in your pack allowing you to survive on your own for short period of time, a few hours eventually.

A participant calling on a doctor or a rescuer submits himself to their authority and undertakes to accept their decisions. The first-aid personnel and official doctors are authorized especially:

  • To deem any competitor unfit to continue the event and put them out of the race (by invalidating the race bib).
  • To evacuate participants whom they judge in danger, by any means at their disposal.
  • To hospitalize at their convenience any participants whose state of health requires serious medical help.

Expenses incurred, resulting from emergency assistance or evacuation, are payable by the person rescued who is also responsible for all costs relating to their return from the area from where they were rescued. The only resort is then for the participant to constitute and present a dossier to his personal insurance within the deadline given. Consequently, we strongly recommend that all competitors have their own accident insurances that will cover any eventual costs of search and rescue.

An infirmary will be open in race campsite for the duration by the event. Participants who have a severe medical problem may make use of it.

Each participant must stay on the way-marked paths, or the GPS route they've been given, even to rest for a while. Any participant who voluntarily leaves such path is no longer under the responsibility of the organization.

CONTROL AND AID STATION

A control is carried out on the arrival of any rescue or refreshment post / aid station. Only the participants carrying a visible and duly controlled race number will have access to the aid station. At the end of the race a meal is served in base-camp.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

The minute you enter the base-camp, you must obey this simple rule: all trash must be put in a trash can. There will be plenty of such cans placed around the campsite. It's an easy rule to follow so just do it.

During the race, the same rule applies and any participant seen littering in the outdoors and along the route will be stopped immediately and shall be disqualified on the spot. This is a serious matter and we must all have the largest respect for this environment which is our playground. A small pouch for collecting your rubbish is handed to you when you collect your race number. Wear it on you during the race and put all your rubbish in it until you've reached an aid station where bigger trash cans will be available. Trash cans are provided in large numbers at every aid station and they must be used.

Also, to avoid the wastage of disposable plastic cups during the race, every participant has to equip himself with a tumbler (minimum volume of 15cl) or a bottle or Camelback type of bag.

DNF RULES

Except for injury, participants must only abandon the race at a control post. They must alert the head of post regarding their intention to abandon the race who will in turn invalidate their race-bib.

Repatriation will be decided on by the post leader, based on the following general rules:

  • Transports are available from certain aid stations only. Participants who abandon at another rescue or refreshment post but whose state of health does not necessitate being evacuated must wait for the closure of the post to be evacuated or arrange for their own way back to camp (asking a local for a free ride on his two-wheeler is one option. You can choose to leave your bike or take it along with you).
  • In case of abandonment before a control point, it is imperative to return to the previous control point and inform the post leader of one's abandonment. If, during this return, the participant meets the end of race sweepers, it is they who will invalidate the race bib. The participant is then no longer under the organization's control.

WAY MARKERS

There will not be any way markers as this is a GPS navigation race only. That being said, race marshals and local volunteers will be ready to help you and point out the right direction for you in case you get lost.

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