THE GAES 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, only once, 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 30th to May 5 th 2017 and consist of 6 stages. The present Regulations shall apply.
*The organisation reserves the right to modify the routes.
2.1. THE GAES 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.
Participation may be administered only in one of the following ways:
2.2.1 On an individual basis
2.2.2 Powerade Adventure – In addition to participating on an individual basis, it is possible to participate as Powerade Adventure. The first will have a free registration for a team in the Powerade MTB Non Stop Series. Participants in this category are not eligible to receive any kind of mechanical or physiotherapist assistance.
2.2.3 By Teams – formed by 3 riders, who participate on an individual basis, and may belong to different categories and gender.
2.2.4 By Mixed Duo - formed by 2 riders, one of each gender
2.2.5 By Corporate Teams – formed by 2 riders from the same company, which may be from same or different gender. They must duly prove their belonging to the same company.
2.2.6 By Ambassador Teams – formed by two riders from the same municipality, which may be from same or different gender.Participants must prove that they are registered on the municipality for more than a year.
2.2.7 Fat Bike classification - formed by participants that compete with bikes Fat Bike. The dimensions of the wheels will be with tire 26 and wide of the tyre of 3.0" or more.
2.3. For a mode of participation is carry on, it must be a minimum of 5 participants/teams registered
The categories of participants will be the following:
Under-23 Born between 1995 and 2001 (16 - 22 years old)
Elite Born between 1978 and 1994 (23 - 39 years old)
Master 40 Born between 1968 and 1977 (40 - 49 years old)
Master 50 Born in 1966 and previous years (50 or more years old)
Master 60 Born in 1957 and previos years (60 or more)
Women Born in 2001 and previous years (16 or more years old)
For a category is formed, must be a minimum of 5 registered participants. In case of not having such cyclists, if they are sub-23 will be considered elite, if they are masters will be considered elite and if they are senior are considered as master.
The organisation will provide the following for each registrant:
- A number plate, two bibs, digital rules and regulations and the route in digital format (GPX)
- A geolocalization system mandatory use.
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.
The two bibs must be visible, one on the jersey and the other on the hydration pack.
The members of the same team must wear the same maillot
4.6. A space blanket must be carried.
4.7. All participants must arrive at the starting line with a reservoir of three (3) litres capacity. Water will be provided.
4.8. It is mandatory the use of a GPS.
4.9. Only the leaders of the women’s and men’s categories may wear the official red GAES TITAN DESERT by GARMIN jersey.
4.10. Participation will be permited with those bikes with two wheels of equal diameter, being the front wheel the guideline and the driving rear wheel; and a system of pedals that acts on a chain-driven. Propulsion will be held solely by the strength of the legs of the rider, in a circular motion, with the help of a bottom bracket, and without power assistance or any other.
The event, of 6 days’ duration, will be of the raid type consisting of 6 stages in a row. One of these stages is a Marathon stage.
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 GPS tracks delivered to each cyclist includes all the details of the stages with the description of the route, profile with indication of altimetry, points of departure and arrival.
The points will be given in format degrees and minutes decimal and DATUM WGS 84.
5.3. The participants must pass through the check points marked and in the order marked for the organization. Failure to pass a check point will result in a time penalty.
5.4. It is mandatory to pass for all the Hydration Stations in the order said for the organization.
5.5. The neutral zones and connecting segments, if applicable, must be covered by bike along the route indicated by the organisation.
5.6. 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 – CEO of RPM
FÉLIX DOT - General Director
MANUEL TAJADA – Project Director
RUBÉN PERIS – Sports Director
MÓNICA BATALLA – Participant relations and Registration
VÍCTOR MUR – Press relations
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 wearing the clothes that will take part in the race.
7.2. The starting line control will close fifteen minutes before the appointed time for the start.
7.3.1 The first day there will be a reserved space for the cyclists with bib numbers 1 to 50 and 200 to 205.
7.3.2 The other stages there will be 3 reserved spaces
- 20 first classified overall standings.
- 3 first females.
- 1rst Duo Mixto Team
- Classified to 21th to 50th overall standing.
- 4th y 5th female
- The other cyclists.
7.4. Riders who are out of the general overall who want to start the stage must do it from the back of of the starting area.
7.5. An audible starting signal will be given at the appointed time for the start. From this moment will start the crhono for all the participants.
7.6. All riders must pass under the starting arch.
8.1. The organisation will provide water for all participants at the starting line (3 litres) and during the stages (at least every 40km). The situation of the Hydration Stations will be indicated in the tracks GPS that will give the organization.
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.
8.3. In the starting line the Organization will verify that all participants carry properly labeling their water equipment.
Each EH will be recognized as a virtual CP.
9.1. Stage classification
- Participants will be classified according to the order in which they pass across the finish line, after verify that they have ride correctly all the route. The check points will then be revised electronically. Failure to pass a check point will result in a time penalty.
- The 3th stage of the race will be called Garmin Stage
- The first three finishers in this sprint will have a bonus of 90 ', 60' i 30 "respectively in the stage classification.
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.
- Any rider who has been out of control or has abandoned the race and want to get out in the following stages, can do it if he has not abandoned or has arrived out of control, and he will not appear int the general overall, neither other classifications.
9.4.1. To be eligible for these classifications all team members should have covered all of the stages.
The team classification of the stage will be obtained by the sum of the time invested by the three runners of each team, being better classed the rider that less time has totalled. In the event of a tie, it will be addressed in favour of the team who has obtained fewer points in the sum of the positions of these three riders. In case of a new tie, it will be resolved in favor of the team with the top-ranked rider at the stage.
To establish the teams classification, only formally registered teams with three riders are taken into account.
9.4.2 Mixed Duo teams: must perform the stage together without more than 1 minute of difference in the passage of every checkpoint (CP) and the finish line. Otherwise, they will be disqualified from the teams classification and consequently moved to the individual general classification with a penalty of 90 minutes.
9.4.3 Corporate teams: the two components of the team should perfomevery stage together without more than 2 minutes of difference between the first and the third member of the team both in checkpoints (CP) and the finish line. Otherwise, they will be disqualified from the teams classification, and consequently moved to the individual general classfication with a penalty of 45 minutes.
9.4.4 Ambassador teams: both team members should perform together without more than more than 1 minute of difference between them, both in every checkpoint (CP) and the finish line. Otherwise, they will be disqualified from the teams classification, and consequently moved to the individual general classification with a penalty of 90 minutes.
10.3. Special classifications by category
Special general classifications shall be established for each of the categories: Elite, Under 23, Master 40, Master 50, Master 60 and Women which shall be obtained in accordance with the order of the general individual classification by times.
Powerade Adventure Classification
There will be able to take part in this classification all those riders who participate in the race on an individual basis, not with a team, and without receiving any type of mechanical or physioterapy assiatance.
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 (man and woman) of the general individual classification by times. This jersey must be worn in the following stage.
11.1 It is a rider responsibility pass the control in the starting area and under the arc installed for that purpose.
11.2. It is prohibited to circulate and go through any road or paved section that isn't reflected in the track.
11.3 It is prohibited the use of any unfair method to gain time over other competitors.
11.4. Only duly authorized by the organization vehicles are allowed to follow the race
11.5. With the aim of maintaining the security of the participants and keep the adventorous spirit of the race, it is prohibited that any vehicle linked with a participant circulating around the track during the course of the race and ahead of the sag wagon.
11.6 It is permitted the exchange of material between participants during the race
11.7 It si not allowed aany foreign material or technical assistance during the development of a stage.
11.8. Participants can be aided by mechanical, massage therapists or physiotherapists, etc... Since the end of a stage to the next exit, but never in the course of the stage.
11.9 Every auxiliar must be accredited by the Organization, and may be only perform their role in the official hotels, official camps and enabled areas.
11.10. Since the arrival of the Marathon Stage until the exit for the next stage any outside help to participants is not allowed.
Complains 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 complain is accepted.
All participants in this race may be subjected to an anti-doping test.
Riders will have 30 minutes from their arrival to take the test
a. The first male rider ranked
b. The first female rider ranked
c. One riders selected by the Organization, whose numbers will be indicated on the panel located at the relationship with the participant's tent.
At the end of the final stage the anti-doping test have to be taken by:
a. The first rnder-23 rider
b. The first Elite rider
c. The first Master 40 rider
d. The first Master 50 rider
e. The first Master 60 rider
f. The first female rider
g. Two riders selected by the Organization, whose numbers will be indicated on the panel located at the relationship with the participant's tent.
At the end of the final stage, a Briefing with all the riders will be held, in which all established protocol acts will take place. The first three finishers of the individual category - male and women – as well as the first three finishers of the rest of categories and team classifications have to be present at the act dressed with their regulatory sports equipment.
The top classified man, woman and UNDER23 will receive:
-A Free registration to the 2018 edition of the GAES TITAN DESERT by GARMIN MTB MARATHON.
The top three riders of each category will receive:
- A trophy.
The top three of clasifications for TEAMS, Mixed DUO, AMBASSADOR, CORPORATE and FAT BIKE will receive:
- A trophy
The top classified of the Powerade ADVENTURE will receive three free registration to the race POWERADE MTB Non Stop Series.
15.1 All participants must be respectful with the other participants, members of the media and the crowd
15.2 The Organisers reserve the right to alter or modify the rules at any time.
15.3 The registratiom on the GAES TITAN DESERT by GARMIN MTB MARATHON implies acceptance of this regulation.
*In case of any doubt in the interpretation of the regulation, the Spanish version shall prevail when making a final decision.