THE TITAN DESERT by GARMIN MTB MARATHON is an endurance and orientation event for mountain bike (MTB) conducted as a Challenge, in which participants who arrive after the Control Time or drop out of a stage can start in the following stage, but without scoring in the general classification of that stage or in any other classifications.
The competition will be held from April 27th to May 2nd 2014 and consist of 6 stages. The present Regulations shall apply.
*The organisation reserves the right to modify the routes.
2.1. THE TITAN DESERT by GARMIN MTB MARATHON is open to the participation of men and women riders older than 16. Riders under 18 must present authorisation from a parent or guardian to participate in the race.
2.2. Participation may be individual, in teams of 3 persons who may be from different categories and sexes or in teams of two persons of different sexes.
The participant categories will be as follows:
Under 23 Ages 16 - 22 (Year of birth: 1992 - 1998)
Elite Ages 23 - 39 (Year of birth: 1975 - 1991)
Master Ages 40 – 49 (Year of birth: 1965 - 1974)
Senior Age 50 and over (Year of birth: 1964 and before)
Women Age 16 and over (Year of birth: 1998 and before)
4.1. The organisation will provide the following for each registrant:
- A number plate, two bibs and a roadbook (size DIN/A5). The regulations prohibit tearing pages from the roadbook under penalty of ejection from the race. At the end of each stage a check will be made to verify that the roadbook is complete and it will be returned to the owner for the following stage.
4.2. An approved safety helmet whose use will be mandatory for the entire event.
4.3. The number plate must be carried in a visible place on the front part of the bicycle.
4.4. The two bibs must be visible, one on the jersey and the other on the hydration pack.
4.5. A space blanket must be carried.
4.6. All participants must arrive at the starting line with a reservoir of three (3) litres capacity. Water will be provided.
4.7. The use of a compass and odometer is mandatory, and a GPS device is recommended.
4.8. Only the leaders of the women’s and men’s categories may wear the official red TITAN DESERT by GARMIN jersey.
5.1. The event, of 6 days’ duration, will be of the raid type consisting of 6 stages in a row. During the marathon stage all outside assistance (both mechanical and personal) is forbidden until the end. The riders must carry the equipment they deem necessary to pass the night. Participants must sleep in the places designated by the organisation. The stages are cross-country (raid) type races with an individual classification by times which is added up to arrive at a general individual classification.
5.2. The roadbook delivered to each rider includes all the details of the stages, with a description of the course, maps, kilometre marks, a relief map with altitudes, start and finish areas, location of water points, etc. Some GPS waypoints may be included depending on the difficulty of the navigation and the length of the stage.
5.3. The participants must pass through the check points marked. Failure to pass a check point will result in a time penalty.
5.4. The neutral zones and connecting segments, if applicable, must be covered by bike along the route indicated by the organisation.
5.5. The route is open to traffic, which means that riders must follow normal traffic regulations where these apply and proceed with caution in populated areas.
The Director General shall be in charge of the race.
JUAN PORCAR – Managing Director of RPM
FÉLIX DOT - General Director
MANUEL TAJADA – Project Director
RUBÉN PERIS – Sports Director
MÓNICA BATALLA – Participant relations and Registration
VÍCTOR MUR – Press relations
OCTAVI RODRIGUEZ – Medical Manager
7.1. One hour before the appointed time for the start, the starting line control, with a bar code reader, will open. All participants must pass this control.
7.2. The starting line control will close fifteen minutes before the appointed time for the start.
7.3. All riders must pass under the starting arch.
7.4. The top 50 ranked overall have the right to start at the front of the group in a space reserved for this purpose. Riders who dropped out of the previous stage and who want to start must leave from the rear of the starting area.
7.5. An audible starting signal will be given at the appointed time for the start.
8.1. The organisation shall provide water for all participants at the starting line (3 litres) and during the stages (at least every 40km). Water points will be indicated in the roadbook.
8.2. Each rider must write his number on cans, food wrappers and other belongings with an indelible marker and must be properly visible. The incorrectly disposing of these belongings will involve, once the infringer found by the organization through his number, in a first time, a warning of caution. The second time a penalty of one hour in the overall standings, as cumulative in successive violations.
9.1. Stage classification
- Participants will be classified according to the order in which they pass the finish line. The check points will then be revised electronically. Failure to pass a check point will result in a time penalty.
Close of control time and dropouts
- A time limit for arrival or control close time will be established in accordance with the characteristics of each stage and will be communicated during the daily briefing. Only Race Management can modify these in case of adverse weather conditions or for other justifiable reasons.
- In case of arrival at a check point after control close time the rider must remain at that checkpoint until he/she is picked up by the organisation
- Any rider who has been out of control or has abandoned the race and want to get out in the following stages, must complete at least the way to the CP1 in the later stages. Otherwise, he will be definitely excluded from the race.
Any rider who has been out of control or has abandoned the race and want to get out in the following stages, it must complete at least the way to the CP1 in the later stages. Otherwise, it will be definitely excluded from the race.
9.3. Team classifications
- In order to receive a classification all the members of the team must have completed all the stages. - To create a special classification different from the general classification for groups, a minimum of five groups must register for the new classification. - The classification of the teams for each stage is obtained by adding the times obtained by the three members of each team, with the highest classification going to the team which totals the least time. In case of a tie, the positions of the three team members shall be added and the team with the least points shall be the winner. In case of another tie, the winner shall be the team with the highest classified team member for the stage.
- Only teams which are formally registered shall be included in the team classifications.
Two-rider teams (the Duo Mixto category) must ride together and there cannot be more than 1 minute of difference between the members when they pass the check points (CPs) or the finish line. Otherwise, they will be disqualified from the team classification, but they will remain on the individual general classification with a time penalty of 90 minutes.
The three members of corporate teams must ride together and there cannot be more than 2 minutes of difference between the first and the third member of the team when they pass the check points (CPs) or the finish line. Otherwise, they will be disqualified from the corporate classification but they will remain in the general individual classifications with a time penalty of 30 minutes.
10.1. General individual classification by times
- In order to have the right to this classification the rider must have been classified in all the stages. The classification is obtained by adding the times of each rider for all the stages.
- In case of a tie, the winner shall be the participant who has the least points when the positions for the various stages are added up.
- In case of another tie, the rider with the best classification in the last stage shall be the winner.
- The members of the two-rider teams (Duo Mixto) and Corporate shall not be included in this classification.
10.2. General team classifications
- These are obtained by adding the times for the teams from each stage, with the highest classification going to the team with the lowest total time.
- In case of a tie, the winner shall be the team with the lowest total of team position scores for the stages completed.
- In case of another time, the winner shall be the team with the best classification in the last stage.
- At the end of each stage the organisation will deliver, during a briefing which will take place at 8.00pm in the place designated for it, a trophy and the leader’s jersey to the top rider in the general individual classification by times. This jersey must be worn in the following stage.
Classification Ion4 Adventure
- There will be able to take part in this classification all those participants who participate in the race in an individual form, not with a team, and without receiving any type of assistance, not mechanical or physioterapy.
10.5. Special classifications by category
- Special general classifications shall be established for each of the categories: Elite, Under 23, Master, Senior and Women which shall be obtained in accordance with the order of the general individual classification by times.
- Exchanging of equipment (wheels or bikes) by participants during the race is permitted.
- No outside assistance, either technical or material, is permitted during a stage.
- It is the responsibility of each runner to pass the check point in the starting area by passing under the arch erected to that effect.
- It is forbidden to use any road or pavement which does not appear in the roadbook.
- It is forbidden to use unfair methods to gain an advantage over competitors.
- Water can only be supplied in the signed areas which are indicated in the roadbook.
- Only vehicles which have been duly accredited by the organisation can follow the race. No other follow vehicles will be permitted.
- In order to ensure the security of the participants and to maintain the spirit of adventure of the race, it is forbidden for any vehicle related to any of the participants in the race to circulate on the track during the race or ahead of the pick-up cars.
- Participants may be assisted by mechanics, masseurs, physiotherapists, etc. from the end of one stage to the beginning of the next, but at no time during a stage.
- All such assistants must be accredited by the organisation and may only perform their tasks in official hotels, official campsites and areas set aside for the purpose.
- From the arrival of the marathon stage to the start of the following stage, no type of outside assistance to the participants is permitted.
Protests against the decisions of the organisation must be made in writing in the participant relations tent at the latest 30 minutes after being informed of the infraction. A deposit of €100 must be made, which will be returned if the protest is accepted.
13.1. The three top riders in the general individual classification by times, the top three women riders in the women’s general individual classification by times and the top three riders in the various general classifications must attend the briefing before the last stage in their regulation sports clothing.
The top classified man, woman and UNDER23 receive:
- Inscripción gratuita a la edición de 2015 de la TITAN DESERT by GARMIN MTB MARATHON.
The top three riders of each category receive:
The top three of clasifications for TEAMS, DUO MIXTO and CORPORATE receive:
The top classified of the ION4 ADVENTURE receive three free registrations to the race POWERADE ION4 MADRID-LISBOA 2014