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Rules 2021

VITTORIA ETNA MARATHON
September 19, 2021

1. ORGANISATION

The event is organized under the umbrella of the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) in accordance with the ‘Executive Regulations’ issued for 2021 by the National Technical Off-road section.

2. THE COURSE
    • MARATHON
    • GRAN FONDO
    • EXCURSION
    • E-BIKE
3. ELEGIBILITY AND CATEGORIES

All Italian citizens and foreigners, both male and female, in possession of a valid membership for both amateur and professional cycling for 2021 issued by the FCI or any foreign federation which adheres to the UCI or member of other sports promotion institutes who have signed the agreement for the year 2021 with the FCI  (UISP, AICS ENDAS, ACLI, CSI, etc).

All participants must have a medical certificate, which has to be valid on the day of the race. Non-competitive participants (excursionists) may also participate only on the Excursion or Gran Fondo course but they must present a medical certificate.

 

    • Marathon
      Male Categories:
      Open (Elite/Under23/Under21), Elite Sport (19/29), Master 1 (30/34), Master 2 (35/39), Master 3 (40/44), Master 4 (45/49), Master 5 (50/54), Master 6 (55/59), Master 7 (60/64), Master 8 (65 and above)
      Female Categories:
      Open (Elite/Under23) Elite Sport Woman (19/29), Master Woman 1 (30/39), Master Woman 2 (40/44), Master Woman 3 (45 and above)
    • Gran Fondo
      Male Categories:
      Men Junior (17/18)/Men Junior Sport (17/18), Elite Sport (19/29), Master 1 (30/34), Master 2 (35/39), Master 3 (40/44), Master 4 (45/49), Master 5 (50/54), Master 6 (55/59), Master 7 (60/64), Master 8 (65 and above), Male Hobby (not registered with sporting bodies, 17+)
      Female Categories:
      Junior Woman/Junior Sport Woman (17/18), Elite Sport Woman (19/29), Master Woman 1 (30/39), Master Woman 2 (40/44) Master Woman 3 (45 and above), Female Hobby (not registered with sporting bodies, 17+)
    • E-BIKE
      Men 1 (18/45 born between 1976 and 2002), Men 2 (46 and above)
      Woman (18+)
    • Excursion
      Male Hobby (not registered with sporting bodies, 13+)
      Female Hobby (not registered with sporting bodies, 13+)
4. E-BIKE SPECIAL RULES

ELEGIBILITY AND CATEGORIES

All Italian citizens and foreigners, both male and female, in possession of a valid membership for both amateur and professional cycling for 2021 issued by the FCI or any foreign federation which adheres to the UCI or member of other sports promotion institutes who have signed the agreement for the year 2021 with the FCI  (UISP, AICS ENDAS, ACLI, CSI, etc).

All participants must have a medical certificate, which has to be valid on the day of the race. Those not in possession of a UCI membership card must purchase a daily membership card costing €15.

ADMITTED BIKES

The bikes used in this event are exclusively mountain bikes with pedal assistance. Other types of bike (e.g. hybrid e-bikes, city bikes or walking bikes) are not allowed in the event.

The types of motorisation accepted are those in accordance with the law and therefore defined as velocipedes and not mopeds, i.e. with 250 watt motors and batteries that can be from 300 kwh to 700 kwh) whose only difference is the duration of the battery.

E-BIKE models with motor characteristics greater than 250 watts and a maximum service speed of 25 km/h are not permitted. (type approval directive 2002/24/EC).

It is forbidden to have additional batteries unless they are original and approved by the manufacturer.

It is forbidden to change or charge the battery during the race.

S-pedelecs are not allowed.

All industrially produced pedal-assisted E-BIKES, front or full bikes with 26″, 29″ or 650b wheels are allowed, subject to checking and authorisation by the race organisation, which will carry out a bike check before the start.

It will be obligatory to show the manufacturer’s conformity form during registration. Without it, the cyclist will not be able to take part in the competition.

The race organisation reserves the right not to admit participants with bikes not considered suitable for the event.

5. START TIME

Start and Finish at Piazza Belvedere, Milo, Sicily

    • Marathon: 8:30am
    • Gran Fondo 8:45am
    • E-BIKE and Excursion: 9.15am
6. STARTING BLOCKS

MARATHON

  • 1st grid Marathon white race numbers 1 to 200: Open category M/F UCI and FCI athletes, the top 3 riders in each category of the Coppa Sicilia MX/GF, the top 3 riders in each category of the Mediterranea MTB Challenge, all female riders, race organisation guests and the first 50 registered in chronological order.
  • 2nd grid Marathon white race numbers 201 to 400: All FCI and other amateurs registered for the Marathon course (registration date chronological order)
  • 3rd  grid Marathon white race numbers 401 to 600: All FCI and other amateurs registered for the Marathon course (registration date chronological order)

GRANFONDO

  • 1st grid Gran Fondo blue race numbers 1001 to 1200: Men/Women Junior, All female riders and the first 50 registered in chronological order, the top 3 riders in each category of the Mediterranea MTB Challenge
  • 2nd grid Gran Fondo blue race numbers 1201 to 1400: All FCI and other amateurs registered for the Gran Fondo course (registration date chronological order)
  • 3rd grid Gran Fondo blue race numbers 1401 to 1800: All FCI and other amateurs registered for the Gran Fondo course (registration date chronological order)

E-BIKE + Excursion

  • 1st grid E-BIKE red race numbers 2001 to 2100: All riders registered for the E-bike course
  • 2nd grid Excursion green race numbers 2100 to 2300: All riders registered for the Excursion course

Entry to the grid will be allowed 20 minutes before departure

7. TIMING AND CLASSIFICATION

The timing will be computerised and carried out by means of a transponder-chip to be placed on the bike. The chip will be given to riders together with the race number. A chip rental fee of €3 must be paid in addition to a €12 chip deposit at the time of collection. The deposit will be returned at the end of the race, when the chip is returned.

Race classification will be based on actual times detected by the chips.

8. TIME LIMITS

Marathon:

  • Turn-off Marathon/Gran Fondo after 24km – 11.30am
  • Caserma Pitarrone feed zone after 35km – 1pm
  • Arrival at the finish in Milo km 81 – 4.30pm

If cyclists arrive at the gates after the maximum time allowed, their bib numbers will be removed. No exceptions will be made under any circumstances. Participants may continue by bike without a bib number or take a lift back to Milo.

9. RACE REGISTRATION

Online registration is open on Etna Marathon  website from 12.00pm 16th January 2021 to 11.59pm 17th  September 2021
Registration in Milo is open on Saturday, 18th September from 12pm – 8pm.

N.B.There will be no registration on Sunday.

Registrations will close as soon as 1,000 participants have registered.

10. RACE REGISTRATION FORM

Online:  Registration form.
Registration forms will only be considered valid after payment.
Participants must choose the course at the time of registration

  • Marathon – (FCI and UCI athletes and amateurs registered with FCI or other bodies)
  • Gran Fondo and E-Bike (amateurs registered with FCI and other bodies and not registered with sporting bodies, 17+)
  • Excursion (all bikers who are not registered with a cycling body such as FCI)

Registration can be checked at any time in the “Entry check” section of the site
Entry check

11. ENTRY FEES

Marathon and Gran Fondo

  • € 55
    for the first 100 150 entries
  • € 65
    for the entries 151 to 500 or by June 30th
  • € 70
    registration deadline Sept 5th
  • € 75
    registration deadline Sept 17th
  • € 80
    registration deadline Sept 18th in Milo

Excursion and E-Bike: discount of €5 on the various fees mentioned above

SPECIAL OFFERS (non-cumulable offers)

Combined entries (one ticket-two races)

EtnaMarathon + DolomitiSuperBike (July 7th): €115

EtnaMarathon + Pedalonga (August 1st): €85

EtnaMarathon + Silaepic (August 22nd): €85

EtnaMarathon + Capoliveri Legend Cup (October 3rd): €105

SPECIAL OFFER TEAMS

Outside of Sicily Teams: 1 free entry every 5 entries and multiples (6 entries 5 paying, 12 entries 10 paying, etc.), reserved exclusively for teams from outside Sicily. Payment by one single bank transfer.

Sicilian teams: 1 free entry every 10 entries and multiples (11 entries – 10 paying, 22 entries 20 paying, etc.). Payment by one one single bank transfer.

The categories Open and Junior Male/Female are exempt from paying entry fees and will not be entitled to the race goodie bag.

12. PAYMENT
    • By credit card or Paypal: www.etnamarathonmtb.it/en/ (administration cost €3).
      At the time of registration or subsequently via the link in the confirmation of enrolment or through the entry form verification.
    • By bank transfer made to: ASD Mongibello Team

Banca

IBAN

BIC/SWIFT

Banco Popolare – San Giovanni La Punta (CT)

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13. CANCELLATIONS

The cancellation of participation will be considered valid only if communicated via email to iscrizioni@etnamarathonmtb.it by 05/09/2021. In case of cancelling before the race, the entry fee will be valid for the year 2022. Cancellations will not be accepted after 05/09/2021. A refund of the entry fee will not be made under any circumstances. If a cyclist who has already registered is unable to attend Etna Marathon 2021 for any reason, there will be no refund of the registration fee and there will be no goodie bag given. It is possible to collect the goodie bag during the distribution hours, but in this case the automatic registration for the 2022 edition will be lost. Should the participant be unable to compete in the next edition, the fee is lost and will not be refunded.

14. CHANGE OF COURSE AND REPLACEMENTS

Any registered participant who wants to change from Marathon/Gran Fondo/Excursion/E-bike course or vice versa must communicate this by email to iscrizioni@etnamarathonmtb.it by 05/09/2021. After 05/09/2021 a €10 fee will be requested for the administration cost.

You can replace a participant with another one. This must be communicated by email to iscrizioni@etnamarathonmtb.it by 05/09/2021. A €10 fee will be requested for the administration cost. After 05/09/2021  replacements won’t be possible, the entry fee will be valid for the year 2022, if the cancellations is communicated via email.

15. DOCUMENT CHECK AND GOODIE BAG COLLECTION
  • Saturday 18/09: 12pm to 8pm
  • Sunday 19/09: 7am to 8am

in the service centre under Piazza Belvedere (main square), Milo.

16. RACE SERVICES

Medical care (doctor and ambulance), mechanical assistance at the start and on the course, 6 feed zones on the Marathon course, 3 feed zones on the Gran Fondo course, 2 feed zones on the E-bike course and 1 feed zone on the Excursion course. There will also be a final feed zone on arrival in Milo where there will also be massages, showers and a bike wash available.

17. RACE KIT/GOODIE BAG + GIFT

Every contestant will get a goodie bag containing various items such as typical products from the region, information and other merchandise. At the moment the final contents have yet to be confirmed.

As a gift, all riders registered to participate in the EtnaMarathon 2021 will receive an EtnaMarathon windproof gilet by ALE’ (choose the size at the time of registration).

Mediterranea Challenge subscribers and those registered for the 2020 edition who have moved their registration to 2021 will be entitled to the goodie bag without the gift of the windproof waistcoat. These participants will be able to purchase the windproof waistcoat at the special price of €25 instead of the normal price of €45.

The categories Open and Junior Male/Female are exempt from paying entry fees and will not be entitled to the race goodie bag + gift.

18. FINISHER MEDAL

Each participant who completes the EtnaMarathon 2021, on any route (Marathon, Gran Fondo, E-Bike, Excursion) will win the exclusive “FINISHER” medal that will be given after crossing the finish line.

19. RACE NUMBERS

Each participant will be given a number to attach to the front of the bike. Numbers must be clearly visible and legible at all times during the race. Any participant found tampering with the numbers will be disqualified.

20. TEAM MANAGERS MEETING

TBC

21. FEED ZONES

The following feed zones will be operating until the following times:

  • 1° Località Casa del Fanciullo          15,6 Km         4pm
  • 2° Piano Provenzana                         30,4 Km         12:30pm
  • 3° Caserma Pitarrone                        35 Km            1:30pm
  • 4° Clan dei Ragazzi                            52,7 Km          3pm
  • 5° Località Casa del Fanciullo          66,3 Km         4pm
  • 6° Salita Monte Caliato                      75,2 Km         4:30pm
  • 7° Milo ristoro finale                          81,3 Km         5pm
22. MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE

Mechanical Assistance will be available at the following places at the following times:

  • Milo (start) 8am – 8:30 am
  • Piano Provenzana 11am – 1 pm

Assistance and bike repairs can be carried out here however any spare parts or cost of materials shall be borne by the participants.

23, PRIZES
  • Marathon
    Top 5 men and Top 5 women overall: trophies.
    Top 3 in each category (age groups): trophies
  • Gran Fondo
    Top 3 men and Top 3 women overall: trophies.
    Top 3 in each category (age groups): trophies
  • Excursion
    Top 3 men and Top 3 women overall: trophies.
  • E-BIKE
    Top 3 men and Top 3 women in each category (age groups): trophies.

The prizes will be awarded to the winners at the prize-giving ceremony. Prizes cannot be transferred or dispatched after the event.

24. SAFETY MEASURES

Helmets are obligatory for the entire duration of the race for safety reasons. Riders who do not wear a helmet will be disqualified. The course partly includes public roads and therefore the Italian traffic code is to be observed as well as the general FCI rules for mountain bike competitions. Non-observance of these regulations will lead to disqualification

25. EQUIPMENT

The race takes place on high mountain terrain where the weather conditions can change very quickly and unexpectedly. Each rider must be prepared for this and carry suitable clothing for cold weather, rain and possibly snow.

26. NATURE CONSERVANCY

Littering and leaving behind waste along the course is not permitted. Waste bins will be placed next to the feed zones for all rubbish. Those who do not respect this rule shall be disqualified immediately.

27. COMPLAINTS

Protests must be submitted to the jury in writing not later than 30 minutes after the race classification has been published accompanied by the protest fee (as per FCI regulations) which will be refunded should the protest be upheld.

28. MODIFICATIONS

Amendments to the rules, route and vertical climb profile can be made by the race organizer at any time. All information will be made public through the website which is the official channel of communication of the event.

29. CANCELLATION OF THE RACE

In case of cancellation of the event due to the covid, the 2021 entries will be postponed to 2022.

The event will take place in all weather conditions. In case of very bad weather the FCI Technical Delegate, in agreement with the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and the Head of the Organization, may decide to reduce the course length. If, for reasons of force majeure, the event does not take place, the registration fee, will neither be refunded nor transferred to the following year. All details, will be published on the internet or on-site during the race.

30. GENERAL RULES

The FCI 2021 off-road regulations will cover any matters not covered by these rules and shall be subject to the implementation of the latter. Participation is at your own risk. By registering (even at the hands of third parties) competitors waive any rights, including third party rights, in relation to the race organizing association and all physical and legal persons of other organizations involved in the event.

31. SIGNATURE

By signing and submitting the registration form, you declare to be in possession of a valid cycling membership card, that you have read the rules and consent to the use of data in accordance with the provisions of Legislative Decree no. 196/03 (Privacy Act). Furthermore the participant agrees that pictures and shots taken of participants and kids during the race can be used by the organizing committee for marketing and publishing activities.

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