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2017 Vida Spring league

Event Date
2017-08-20
Event starting times
06:00:00
Organizers
Wendy Cole
Enquiries Phone Number:
(021) 671-6340
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PPA’S VIDA E CAFFé SPRING LEAGUE 2017

LEAGUE POINTS LINKS :      

Cat 1    Click here

Cat 2    Click here

Cat 3    Click here

Cat 4    Click here

 

OVERVIEW

The Vida e Caffé League 2017 is owned and administered by the Pedal Power Association under the auspices and endorsement of the Western Cape Cycling Association. The rules set out in this document will govern participation in all of the Spring League 2017 events.

The league series consists of six events, comprising of five road races and one Killarney criterium. Racing will be category-based and not age-based.

Senior riders (18 and older) will be accepted into one of two categories based on their current PPA seeding, or gender.

Riders with a seeding of A or B will race in Category 1, while riders with a seeding of B and C, as well as female riders with a seeding of A-G will ride in Category 2. The categories will be limited to 100 riders. Should there be space in Category 2, male riders with a seeding of D will be considered. Category 3 will consist of male and female riders in the CSA u/17 category, irrespective of seeding. Category 4 will consist of male and female riders in the CSA u/13 and u/15 categories, irrespective of seeding.

While riders are welcome to participate as part of teams in the Vida League, there is no official team competition linked to the 2017 Spring league.   

  1. Conditions for acceptance into the Spring League 2017

In order to enter the league, you need to –

(a) Be a fully paid-up PPA member (PPA day membership is available for visiting riders – please enquire with the league administrators in this regard when entering);

(b) Hold the required PPA seeding per category (see point 3);

(c) Be in possession of a valid 2017 Cycling SA membership licence ( Men in Cat 2, Cat 3 and Cat 4), or CSA full racing license (Cat 1, Ladies in Cat 2). No day licences will be issued;

(d) Duly enter the league series according to the dates and timeframes as set out in this document point 2.2;

(e) Duly enter the respective individual  league events that you wish to participate in.

 

 

  1. Entry, Registration and Communication procedures

2.1  Entries will only be accepted via the Racetec/PPA online entry portal. All cyclists who qualify to ride the league must duly enter the league, as well as the events, according to the various deadlines (please note that some events take pre-entries only, and that a rider cannot enter the league series as such on the day of an event).  Please follow the link from www.pedalpower.org.za to the online entry form on www.racetec.co.za.

2.2 Cut-off times for league entries: Cyclists wishing to participate in the first event of the league series, the West Coast Express on Sunday 10 September 2017, must enter and complete payment for their league registration before 09h00 on Monday 04 September 2017, as well as enter the event itself.

If you miss this cut-off, you cannot ride the first event and will have to wait until Monday 11 September 2017 to enter the league.  Entry into the league will thereafter continue to close on the Wednesday prior to the next event and reopen on the Monday after, for the next event in the league series. 

Please note: league participants need to enter the respective league events separately via the respective events’ online entry or late entry system (as applicable).

2.3 No entries into the league series will be accepted at an event due to the leagues admin that needs to be completed.

2.4 Confirmation of league entry: Once seeding and age criteria have been checked, all entrants will receive an email to confirm that they have been accepted into the league,. Please direct any queries in this regard to leagues@pedalpower.org.za

2.5 Number/race pack collection:

Race pack collection will take place as follows:

DATE

TIMES

PLACE

Tuesday 5 September

16h00-18h00

To be advised

Thursday 7 September

12h00-18h00

To be advised

 

Cyclists can collect race packs on behalf of team mates/friends, provided they are in possession of a printed email from the rider not able to attend race pack collection, authorising the collection.
Riders who enter the league after the initial registration period will be notified as to when and where to collect their race packs. Out-of-town riders who cannot attend the above race pack collections can email leagues@pedalpower.org.za to make alternate arrangements.   

2.6 General Communication: All league queries must be addressed to leagues@pedalpower.org.za. This is the only email address that will be used.

An email with the next league event’s information will be emailed to all league riders on the Thursday prior to the event.

2.7 Late entries into the league: Cyclists who enter the league after the first four events have taken place, will pay a reduced league registration fee.

 

 

  1. Registration fees (Individuals)

3.1 By entering the Vida league, cyclists still  need to enter into the eight events separately that make up the league.

3.2 League registration fees:

  1. a) Individual Riders

 

Category

League registration fee

CAT 1 (A and B seeding) Male cyclists who were born prior to 2001

R500 (excludes your 6 event entry fees)

CAT 2 (B and C) Male cyclists who were born prior to 2001 ; (A – G) Female cyclists who were born prior to 2001. Cyclists who were born prior to 2001 with a D seeding will be allowed only should there be space in the category – please check with the administrators on Monday 7 August between 09h00-14h00

R400 (excludes your 6 event entry fees)

CAT 3 (No seeding requirement) Male and female cyclists U/17  (ie 16 years and not older than 17 years of age)

R250 (excludes your 6 event entry fees)

CAT 4 (No seeding requirement).  Male and female cyclists U13 – U15

R100 (excludes your 6 event entry fees)

 

3.2 (b) Visiting riders: Please see point 17

 

  1. Vida League events, definitions and criteria

4.1 Events

 

DATE

EVENT

DISTANCE

Sun 10 September 2017

West Coast Express

CAT 1 – 3: 78 km; CAT 4: 54 km

Sun 17 September 2017

PPA Cyclosportif # 3

CAT 1 – 3: 91 km

Sun 01 October 2017

PPA Cyclosportif # 4

CAT 1 – 3: 109 km; CAT 4: 39 km

Sat 28 October 2017

Durbie Dash CAT 1 – 3: 90 km; CAT 4: 46 km
   

Sun 5 November

Killarney Criterium

CAT 1 – 90 mins + 1 lap; CAT 2 – 1 hr + 1 lap; CAT 3 – 45 min + 1 lap; CAT 4 – 30 min + 1 lap

Sun 19 November 2017

PPA Cyclosportif # 5

TBC

 

  • General notes and definitions
    • All participants in the league must hold a valid 2017 CSA membership or a full racing licence where applicable and must obtain such licence prior to the first league event. League riders not in possession of a CSA licence at the time of entering the League will be allowed to enter the league on the assumption that they will acquire their CSA licence prior to the first event in which they intend participating. Riders will be disqualified from each event they participated in without a valid CSA licence and no refunds whatsoever will be entertained in this regard. License checks will be done by the officials at events and riders must have their CSA licenses with them at all times.
    • Visiting riders who have duly been accepted and entered into the league, must show a valid CSA membership or racing licence at sign-on.
    • CAT 1, CAT 2, CAT 3 and CAT 4 will each be limited to a maximum of 100 league participants. Each group will have their own separate start, with at least one commissaire per start group. 
    • Male riders in Cat 2 whose seeding is upgraded during the course of the league and who may then qualify for Cat 1, can apply for a transfer to Cat 1 provided that the category limit of 100 has not been reached. Riders will not have any points transferred when upgrading from one category to another. There will be an admin fee of R150 for such an upgrade. Please contact the leagues administrators (leagues@pedalpower.org.za) for more information.

 

  • Categories, definitions and criteria

SUMMARY

CATEGORY NAME

PPA SEEDING CRITERIA

NOTES / OTHER

CAT 1

A & B

Men who were born prior to 2001

CAT 2

B & C (and D) if space allows.

Female cyclists 18 years and older A - G

Men who were born prior to 2001; Cyclists (18+) with a D seeding will be allowed only should there be space in the category

(A – G) Wome who were born prior to 2001

CAT 3

No seeding requirements

Male and female cyclists in the U/17 CSA age categories

CAT 4

No seeding requirements

Male and female cyclists in the U/13 and U15 CSA age categories

 

Note: Please see 4.3.5 regarding category and start group sizes.

  • CATEGORY 1

Male cyclists who were born prior to 2001 with a current PPA seeding of A and B. Gear restrictions are applicable to Junior (U/19) men.  Riders must have a valid CSA licence. Please see 4.3.5. Prize money is payable to the top three riders across the line, per event.

  • CATEGORY 2

Male cyclists who were born prior to 2001 with a current PPA seeding of B and C. Category D will be included provided that the number of entries into the category do not exceed 100. Female cyclists who were born prior to 2001 with a PPA seeding of A – G.  Prize money is payable to the top three females placed per event in this category. Note: No prize money is payable to the men in this category.  Female cyclists in this category must have a valid CSA licence.

 

  • CATEGORY 3

This category is for

  • U/17 male and female cyclists who are born 2001 – 2002 and are in possession of a valid PPA membership and 2017 CSA membership licence. No specific PPA seeding is required for U/17 riders. Gear restrictions apply. No prize money will be paid in this category, however recognition in kind will be given to the top 3 riders on event day and the top three riders on points at the end of the series.

 

  • CATEGORY 4: U/13, U/15

This category is for

  • U/13 and U/15 male and female cyclists who are born 2003 - 2007. No specific PPA seeding is required. Gear restrictions apply. No prize money will be paid in this category, however recognition in kind will be given to the top 3 riders on event day and the top three riders on points at the end of the series.

 

4.3.5 OVERALL CATEGORY GROUP SIZE AND START GROUP SIZES

All categories will be limited to maximum 100 entrants.

 

  1. Gear restrictions

Gear restrictions will be enforced as follows:

 

U/19 (Junior) Men & Women

1999 - 2000

52/14

7.930 metres

U/17 Boys and Girls

2001 - 2002

52/16

6.897 metres

U/15 Boys and Girls

2003 - 2004

52/17

6.626 metres

U/13 Boys and Girls

2005 - 2007

52/18

6.227 metres

 

The regulations regarding the restrictions on gear ratios have been amended to conform to international standards.  With effect from 1 January 2017, the following gear restrictions as measured by one full revolution on the chain wheel set will apply:

U/19 (Junior) Men & Women

1999 - 2000

Equal to and not more than 7.93 metres

U/17 Boys and Girls

2001 - 2002

Equal to and not more than 6.94 metres

U/15 Boys and Girls

2003 - 2004

Equal to and not more than 6.10 metres

U/13 Boys and Girls

2005 - 2007

Equal to and not more than 5.66 metres

 

However, in order to give cyclists affected by the above amended rule an opportunity to change their gearing, this amended rule will  not be enforced during the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017 and the existing gear ratios may be used during that period.  Blocked gears are not permitted.

  1. Gear check

All riders in the above-mentioned gear restrictions categories are required to report to the Commissaires at their starting pens for gear check before lining up to start the race, or immediately after the race, as specified by the Commissaires. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time for the gear check before the start of your group. Cyclists who fail to report for gear check will be disqualified. 

 

 

  1. Race numbers

Participants in the 2017 Vida League will be given specific numbers to wear at all league events. 

The two back numbers must be worn on the bottom far left and far right of the cycling shirt, at all times of racing. This number must be clearly visible on the back of the cyclist at all times.

Participants will also be provided with a frame number, which must be affixed vertically to the seat post, in a manner that will leave the number clearly visible.

Participants agree to use all numbers as provided and will not cut, fold or deface or otherwise modify any of the numbers and accept that he/she will receive the last position/lowest points for failure to ride with all numbers. No number / Modified Number / Folded number = No Result / No points

See point 18 for lost numbers.

 

Different number ranges and prefixes will be issued to the respective categories.  

 

Cyclists will be disqualified from the league and face additional disciplinary action should they give either their league numbers or their PPA seeded numbers to another cyclist to use.

 

 

  1. Vida League 2017 events entry procedures on the day

No rider can join the league on the day of an event due to the administration that needs to be completed in this regard.  Refer to point 2.

On the morning of the event, each rider must sign-on at the League table.  A team manager or representative cannot sign-on on behalf of  a rider - each individual rider must sign-on.

Each league rider needs to enter their respective league events individually i.e. the cost of the league registration fee does not include your event entry fees. 

Sign-on will close strictly 20 minutes before the actual start of that category at an event.

Riders failing to sign-on will be relegated to the last position in their league category for that specific event, even if they achieved a podium position on the day.

 

 

  1. Vida League Results and General Classification

The Spring League results will be run on a ‘Points Based’ System, administered by Racetec.

Riders will receive points in their respective category according to their finishing position over the timing mats.  It is the riders’ responsibility to keep their positions over the line until they cross the timing mats, should the timing mats not be on the finish line.

A rider’s best five results will count towards his / her over-all points standing for the league series.  As a result, riders may drop one race.

The officials will take down only the top 5 riders’ numbers as they cross the finish line in CAT 1, 3  and 4 and the top 5 female riders’ numbers as they cross the finish line in CAT 2, provided that riders wear all individual League numbers in the correct way and that the numbers are not obscured. Cyclists in the top 5 who did not wear their numbers in the correct way, will be relegated to last position.  

 

The top 25 riders in each category will receive “Position Points” for their actual position across the line in their respective category.   The points will be allocated as follows:

 

Position

Position Points

1

25

2

24

3

23

4

22

5

21

6

20

7

19

8

18

9

17

10

16

11

15

12

14

13

13

14

12

15

11

16

10

17

9

18

8

19

7

20

6

21

5

22

4

23

3

24

2

25

1

 

The points will accumulate from event to event during the series and will determine the over all points leader per category. The rider which accumulates the most points during the course of the series will be the overall winner of the series. In the event of a tie between any number of riders in the overall standings at the end of the season, the rider with the most amount of highest positions achieved (within the top 5) during the course of the season will be declared the winner.

All riders who complete an event from position 25 and higher will receive points as detailed above.

Riders who are disqualified from an event will lose all points for that event.

 

 

 

  1. Publishing of race results & Result queries

10.1 Podium result queries: All podium result queries must be done in person on the day of the event, prior to prize giving. See point 12.

10.2 Provisional results:  Provisional results will be published as a news item on the Pedal Power Association website (www.pedalpower.org.za) by 12h00 on the Tuesday following the event, or as soon as the results have been signed off by the race officials.  In the event of the results having been withheld or not yet provided by the race officials, a note to this effect will be published on the PPA website.

10.3 Other result queries: Cyclists have until 16h00 on the Tuesday following the event for any additional queries. No queries will be entertained after that. All result queries must be done IN WRITING via email to leagues@pedalpower.org.za.  No telephonic queries will be entertained whatsoever. No queries will be entertained later than the respective deadlines. The onus is on the league rider to check results.

10.4 Points: The General Classification point standings will be published on  www.pedalpower.org.za by 16h30 on the Wednesday following an event, unless the commissaires have withheld the results for disciplinary or other reasons. In the event of the results having been withheld or not yet provided by the commissaires, a note to this effect will be published on the website. Any queries with regards to the GC as published, must be submitted in writing to leagues@pedalpower.org.za  no later than 24 hours after publication. Thereafter the results will be final and no further adjustments will be made.

 

 

  1. RaceTec results, timing chips, starts and crossing of timing mats

All league riders must wear their personal RaceTec transponder and cross over the timing mats at both the start and the finish of each event in order to obtain a result for that event.

The onus is on the rider to ensure that she/he crosses the start/finish line in such a way that the transponder chip registers, and to reach the finishing mats in the order in which they crossed the finish line.

If a cyclist arrives at an event without a transponder, the cyclist has the option of buying another transponder prior to the start of the event, or not receiving a result/time/points for that event. No manual times will be added for cyclists who forgot their transponders at home. If required, a rider can purchase a new/replacement transponder from the Racetec table at the event.

Any cyclist who fails to complete the full course/route and still crosses the timing mats will be disqualified from the event and potentially face disciplinary action.

Cyclists will be disqualified for crossing the timing mats with the incorrect start groups.

A cyclist who arrives late for his/her league start group must ride with the general funride groups if their league group has already crossed the timing mats to start the event.

A cyclist who arrives late cannot join another league group, cross the start/finish line with another league group or ride with another league group.

League cyclists who miss their league group start can ride with the lowest-seeded funride group accepted for their specific league category without having to first obtain a temp number for the day. In other words,

 

A CAT 1 rider who misses his start, can ride with the B-seeded funride group using his league number, even though the rider in question may hold a higher seeding.  If the rider in question hold a higher seeding and wishes to start in a higher seeded funride group, the correct PPA funride number must be worn, and not the league number.

Cyclists who fail to cross the start mats will be disqualified from the event and potentially face additional disciplinary action.

 

 

  1. Prize giving procedures

12.1 Final podium positions will be displayed on a notice board near the prizegiving podium, as soon as the league results have been finalised. Vida League participants must verify their final positions and lodge any appeals on the day with the President Commissaire and Chief Judge as soon as final positioning is displayed or within the 20 min prior to the prize giving. This rule does not apply to disputes regarding disqualifications, which is dealt with separately below.

12.2 The top 3 positions in CAT 1, CAT 3 and CAT 4 as well as the top 3 ladies in CAT 2 are required to attend the Prize Giving ceremony on the day. All riders must present themselves in full cycling clothing  for the presentations.

12.3 Podium position cyclists will receive a letter regarding prize money (EFT form to be completed) on the day of the event. Podium position cyclists who do not attend the individual event’s prize giving, will forfeit their prize money. The winners in CAT 3 and CAT 4 do not qualify for any prize money but will receive recognition in the form of hampers / vouchers on the day of the event.

12.4 No medals will be awarded at an individual event. Medals will be awarded to the three cyclists with the highest points overall in CAT 1, 3 and 4 and to the three women with the highest points overall in CAT 2.

12.5 The final end-of-series Vida League Prize Giving will take place as advertised.  Prize winners who do not attend the final end-of-series prize giving, will forfeit any overall prize money that may be payable but will receive their medals.

 

 

  1. Prize money allocation

Prize money for Categories 1 and 2 will only be paid out if there are enough starters in a particular League event, as follows:-

Category 1

Position / Prize money allocations

10 or more starters

All 3 positions will be awarded

6 – 9 starters

1st and 2nd positions only will be awarded

4 – 5 starters

1st position only will be awarded

3 starters and less

No positions will be awarded; however the riders will be acknowledged on the day

 

Category 2 (Women only)

Position / Prize money allocation

8 or more starters

All 3 positions will be awarded

5 – 7 starters

1st and 2nd positions will be awarded

3 – 4 starters

1st position only will be awarded

2 starters and less

No positions will be awarded, however the riders will be acknowledged on the day

 

NOTE: Category 3 and Category 4 podium riders will receive vouchers/hampers in stead of prize money, according to the rules as for Category 2

 

 

  1. Prize Money / Recognition

 

For the 2017 Vida League, prize money will be paid out per event as follows:

 

CATEGORY

PRIZE MONEY PER EVENT

NOTES

Category 1

R1500 / R750 / R400

Refer to point 13

Category 2 (Women only)

R750 / R550 / R300

Refer to point 13

Category 3 vouchers/hampers

First, second, third

Refer to point 13

Category 4 vouchers/hampers

First, second, third

Refer to point 13

 

  1. General Points Classification

 

The overall winners of each category will be recognized at the end-of-series prize giving.

 

  1. Support/service Vehicles (excluding the criterium)

16.1 Category 1: While there is no team competition for the Vida League, riders who are duly registered as members of a team registered with Cycling South Africa, may apply to have a team vehicle to follow their riders, provided the team vehicle is driven by a qualified team manager who holds a valid CSA manager’s licence.  Only a maximum of 5 team support vehicles will be allowed per Vida League event. Should more than 5 team vehicles apply to support an event, then PPA will draw lots as to which teams can have dedicated vehicles for that event.

The commissaires will decide which of the vehicles will act as a neutral service vehicle, as well as the convey order at the start of the event. Service vehicles must note the league rules in respect of feeding and drafting. Service vehicles will be rerouted at the finish line. Where there is no reroute available, service vehicles must PULL OFF the road within the last 3 km and may only cross the finish line timing mats at walking speed when it is safe to do so. 

The team manager (the driver of the vehicle) must collect the vehicle signage from the safety meeting prior to each event and sign the vehicle register.  New signage will be given at each event.

The vehicle signage must be placed both in the top left corner of the front windscreen and in the bottom left corner of the rear windscreen and must be visible at all times.

Riders will be disqualified summarily should any vehicles other than the above be found on the race route during the course of the event.

 

16.2 Category 2: One neutral support motorcycle will be allowed for Category 2. Teams must liaise between each other with regards to whose motorbike will be used for each event, provided the motorcycle is ridden by a qualified team manager who holds a valid CSA manager’s licence.

Riders will be disqualified summarily should any vehicles other than the above be found on the race route during the course of the event.

 

16.3 Category 3 and Category 4: One neutral support vehicle will be allowed for each category. No other support vehicles will be allowed.

Riders and/or teams will be disqualified summarily should any vehicles other than the above be found on the race route during the course of the event.

 

16.4 Race radios

The use of radios and electronic devices / ear-pieces between riders and team managers is strictly prohibited.

 

 

 

  1. Visiting riders

Visiting riders who would like to enquire about joining the Vida League 2017 for a specific event only, provided all other requirements are met and tha the group size for the Category has not been exceeded, are requested to contact the league administrator on (021) 671 6340 or email leagues@pedalpower.org.za no later than three full working days before the event in which they intend to participate. (Please see point 4). A general administration fee will be payable, as well as the pre-entry fee for the event in question.

If applicable, visiting riders who have duly been accepted for a specific League event will receive podium places, points and prize money for that event.

Visiting riders will only be allowed to participate in a maximum of two events, failing which they must register and pay for the whole series.

Visiting riders cannot join the league on the day of the event.

 

 

  1. Lost and/or forgotten back and frame numbers

Please email leagues@pedalpower.org.za  before 15h00 on the Wednesday prior to the next League event if you have lost any of your numbers.  A set of replacement numbers will be issued at a cost of R50 and the rider’s number will be changed accordingly on the database.

If a cyclist fails to obtain a replacement number prior to an event, or for whatever reason forgets one or more league numbers at home, he/she may still participate in that event provided that the rider obtains a new set of numbers from the sign-on from the sign-on table, but at a fee of R100 on the day.

A cyclist may not line up for a Vida League event wearing his/her PPA seeded number instead of a duly issued league number.

Provided league riders wear at least one back number but no other numbers, they will be able to participate in the event, but will receive the last position’s points and placing. Cyclists infringing on this rule may be disqualified, fined or both.

Riders will however be permitted to ride with one back number only in the Time Trial and Hill Climb events.

 

 

  1. League Officials

Each Vida League category will have at least one Commissaire and/or Think Bike marshal and/or other official (jointly and severally referred to as the “officials”) following the main / front group (excluding the Hill Climb and Time Trial).

League riders are at all times under the guidance of the officials.

It is the responsibility of the officials to, should a League group catch a non- League group (or vice versa), instruct the League group to pass the non- League group (or vice versa) as soon as it is safe to do so.

League riders who are still in the main group may not pass until they have been so instructed and only while the instruction stands.

 

 

  1. Specific race rules

20.1 Centre line/ “Do not cross the white line”

If a section of a course is not specifically closed to traffic and all participants specifically informed thereof prior to the start of the event, all competitors must keep to the left of the centre (median) line at all times. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the event.

In general Spring League events will NOT BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC, other than possibly the finish straight. Unless specifically informed, participants must accept that the full course is open to traffic and that they must stay left of the median line at all times, irrespective of which way the wind is blowing.


 

20.2 Mixing of different Vida League groups

Racing groups may not combine unless they start together. If it so happens that cyclist(s) come into contact with a league group that is not part of their specific racing category, the cyclist must either ride past or stay 20 metres behind the group.

Similarly, a league rider may not ride with a funride group/rider, and vice versa.

Cyclists infringing on this rule may be disqualified, fined, or both.

 

20.3 Feeding

No feeding from moving vehicles is allowed, with stationary feeding being allowed within 100m from an existing water point.

 

20.4 Service vehicles

See point 16. Riders will summarily be disqualified should vehicles other than officially approved service vehicles follow their racing group

 

20.5 Drafting of vehicles

Riders will summarily be disqualified for drafting vehicles or for receiving any assistance from any vehicle, other than team riders receiving a replacement wheel or mechanical assistance from their authorised team service vehicle while both are stationary.

Team vehicles may under no circumstances pace dropped riders back to the peloton. Cyclists who have been dropped from the race due to a mechanical or any other problem, may be paced back to the peloton only by another cyclist (e.g. a team member) duly entered and riding in the same racing league (and not by a cyclist participating in the funride groups).

In addition to the above league-specific rules, all general PPA funride rules as well as general traffic rules apply.

 

 

  1. Warning system, penalties and disqualifiations procedures

21.1 Yellow and Red card warning system

  1. Yellow Card – First & Final warning – Indicates that you have transgressed a rule;
  2. Red Card – Indicates that you have been disqualified;

           iii. Cyclists will receive only one yellow card / warning per transgression.  If a cyclist repeats an       

               offence after having received a warning, the cyclist is disqualified.

  1. A cyclist will receive a maximum of two yellow cards (for different transgressions) per event.

21.2   Should a cyclist transgress a rule, the following procedure will be followed as far as possible;

  1. If possible, the official will show the cyclist a Yellow card as a warning to indicate that he/she

                has broken the rule, unless the transgression is one listed in 21.3;

  1. The cyclist’s number will be noted;

           iii. Should the cyclist repeat the transgression he/she will receive a RED card as an indication that

                he/she has been DQ’ed.

  1. Any cyclist who has been shown a red card must put up his/her hand and leave the bunch

                 he/she was riding in immediately and my no longer compete in the race.

  1. The rider may fall back to the commissaire’s car to confirm (only for confirmation) his DQ if

                 he/she wants to – NO discussions allowed;

 

21.3.1   A red card will automatically be issued for:

  1. Crossing the centre line
  2. Receiving assistance from a vehicle (ie. towing/drafting and or unauthorised feeding)

           iii. Showing aggression or unsportsmanlike behaviour towards a motorist, official or cyclist

 

21.3.2 Disciplinary action will be considered against riders, their families and team managers for unsportsmanlike behaviour including the use of negative social media that would bring the league, league officials, PPA including event staff and crew, the event organizer, or any league or event sponsors into disrepute.

 

21.4 Riders can still be disqualified even if not carded at the event; if the official could not get to them to show them a card, or if they do not notice the card being shown to them.

 

21.5 Reporting of disqualified participants and appeals

Where it has not been possible for the official to communicate a disqualification to the participant during the event, the disqualified participant’s number will be displayed at the Vida League sign-on area as soon as it has been communicated by the official.

The cyclist in question will also receive an email in this regard as soon as possible after the event.

The normal PPA disciplinary procedures will be followed for instances where the transgressors were not disqualified by officials on the day.

Cyclists who were disqualified by officials on the day have one working day to lodge a writtten appeal as to why the disqualification should not stand. No appeals will be entertained after 17h00 on the Monday immediately following an event.

Riders and, in respect of licensed teams, their managers, may obtain an appeal form from PPA and submit a written appeal within one business day of the provisional results of the event being published.  Appeals will be dealt with by the PPA disciplinary sub-committee in accordance with the PPA Constitution and funride rules.  The PPA disciplinary sub-committee will decide, in their sole discretion, whether any appeal can be dealt with by email or whether a formal hearing will be required to determine the outcome of the appeal.

Note: These appeals are only for DQ’s other than crossing the median line, drafting or receiving unauthorised assistance.

The results for the purposes of the event prize-giving will be determined on the day of the event by the officials. The results will be amended, if necessary, after any decisions have been set aside on appeal and any points and/or prize monies awarded prior to the appeal will be reallocated pursuant to the outcome of any successful appeal if so required by the PPA disciplinary sub-committee. The decision of the PPA disciplinary sub-committee will be final and binding on all participants and teams.

 

 

  1. Traffic laws

All traffic laws must be strictly adhered to, including stopping at traffic intersections if the rider is not specifically waved through by a traffic official.

Please note that the traffic officials may at any point stop riders in order to allow traffic to take precedence.

The riders’ times will not be adjusted should this be the case.

Should any rider endanger him/herself or any other rider in the race, he/she will be liable to either a fine or immediate disqualification. Please also see points 21 and 28.

 

 

  1. Clothing

Riders that are in possession of a CSA full racing licence need to adhere to the CSA and UCI requirements with regards to clothing.

 

 

  1. Race routes

The onus is on the rider to know the race route and know where the finish line is. No appeals will be entertained regarding any rider having ridden the incorrect route.

 

 

  1. Helmets

Riders must wear an accredited hard shell helmet throughout all stages of the race, including during the warm-up and warm-down.

 

 

  1. Payment of fines

Fines may be issued according to UCI / CSA rules. All fines issued must be paid directly to PPA, who will issue a receipt thereof.  If a fine is not paid, then the rider concerned will not be permitted to participate in any further Vida League events until the fine has been paid.

 

 

  1. Race cancellations and date changes

No entry fees will be refunded for any race cancellations and/or date changes of events beyond the  Vida League organisers’ control, including acts of God, weather conditions, government regulations/ restrictions, security alerts or any other unforeseen circumstances.

 

 

  1. PPA funride rules

Participants are bound by all the PPA funride rules when participating in any Vida League event, as well as any additional league-specific rules.

 

 

  1. Vida League website

Information will be uploaded to the PPA website at www.pedalpower.org.za

 

  1. Acceptance of 2017 Vida League rules

By entering and participating in the 2017 Vida League, participants acknowledge that they have read and understood all of the rules and regulations laid out in this document, and are consenting to being bound by them for the duration of participation in the 2017 Vida League.

PLEASE NOTE: The rules and regulations may change or be updated at any time. You will be notified by email should this occur.

 

 

APPENDIX A: PPA Road Funride Rules

PPA Funride Rules

  • The PPA, organisers and their employees, volunteers and assistants shall not be liable to any cyclist or other person claiming on behalf of a cyclist for damage to property, orany damages relating to personal injury or death caused before, during or after any funride of whatsoever nature and howsoever arising, including any damage to property, personal injury or death caused by the negligence of the PPA, organisers and their employees, volunteers and assistants.
  • Every cyclist shall ride carefully and with due regard to the safety of other cyclists and other road users
  • Every cyclist, except cyclists of recumbent cycles where it is impractical to do so, shall wear a bicycle helmet with the strap securely fastened under his/her chin.
  • Every cyclist shall comply with all road traffic regulations except under the following circumstances:
    • When it would be dangerous to do so
    • When directed otherwise by a course marshal or traffic officer
    • A cyclist shall stop at traffic lights and stop streets and yield at yield signs unless directed otherwise by a course marshal or traffic officer
    • Cyclists may ride two or more abreast, provided that they do not impede the flow of traffic unreasonably. 
  • Every cyclist shall immediately comply with the instructions of a PPA marshal, a course marshal and/or a traffic officer.
  • Every cyclist shall comply with all road traffic regulations except under the following circumstances:
  • Every cyclist shall keep as far to the left of the road surface as is safe having regard to the circumstances and conditions, including the need to take a lane when appropriate.
  • A cyclist shall not cross the median (whether the median is marked or not) of any road unless the road is closed to other traffic.
  • A cyclist shall not unnecessarily impede the flow of traffic.
  • Every cyclist shall at all times display his or her race number legibly on his or her back as well as display other identification to indicate participation in the funride.
  • Every cyclist shall identify himself or herself and provide his or her address on request to a PPA marshal and to any other cyclist requesting such information after a collision or race incident.
  • A cyclist shall not ride a bicycle fitted with triathlon, time trial or Spinachi-type bars. Mountain bike bar ends are allowed. 
  • Every cyclist shall ride the full course entered for and shall not cross the timing mats if he or she failed to ride the full course.
  • A cyclist may not use a personal music system or a radio communication device, or a cellular phone, with or without ear pieces, while cycling.
  • A cyclist shall not receive any assistance from a seconding motor vehicle on the course and shall not arrange for a seconding motor vehicle to follow the course, except for riders in a team registered with Cycling South Africa if the vehicle is driven by a licensed team manager and if the team is participating in a team event and has specifically received permission from PPA to have a team vehicle on the route.
  • A cyclist shall not ride with another person’s number or timing identification transponder.
  • The finishing time of a cyclist shall not be adjusted due to any action or inaction of any person involved in the organisation of the race, another cyclist or any other person.
  • A child cyclist under the age of 12 years shall turn 13 (thirteen) years old in the year of the event and shall ride with an accompanying adult at all times if riding solo, and shall turn 11 (eleven) years old in the year of the event if riding on the back of a tandem with an adult. Children under the age of 11 years participating as either solo or tandem riders, may ride only on routes where express provision has been made for such children to ride on the route in question.
  • Cyclists may carry a child in a “baby seat” on a bike, or in a child trailer, provided the child wears an approved helmet, on the short or medium road routes, or the short or medium MTB route if the MTB route is non-technical. The child must be safely and securely anchored in the seat. The suitability of MTB routes will be determined by the PPA Office and will be announced as such. A Cyclist carrying a child in a carrier seat or on a trailer bike may not start in his/her usual seeded start group, but must start with the last seeded start group.
  • A cyclist shall not use foul language.
  • No cyclist shall dispose of any litter along the course except in refuse bins.
  • No cyclist shall smoke at the start chutes or whilst riding.
  • No cyclist may start or attempt to start before his or her designated (seeded) start. If a rider arrives too late to cross the timing mats with his/her seeded group, the rider must start the event with the group he/she crossed the timing mats with, and may not move forward to a previous/higher start group.
  • A cyclist shall endeavour to complete the course with his or her own effort and shall not receive any assistance in this regard other than drafting behind or being pushed by another cyclist participating in the funride or receiving mechanical assistance.
  • Every cyclist shall provide reasonable assistance to any other cyclist involved in an accident.
  • Every cyclist must at all times exercise proper control of his or her bicycle.
  • A cyclist may not participate whilst under the influence of alcohol or any drug or medication that prevents or might prevent a cyclist from properly controlling his or her bicycle.
  • A cyclist may not use performance enhancing drugs. A cyclist (other than a licensed cyclist) is not subject to anti-doping regulations.
  • In addition to these rules, licensed cyclists shall also comply with the UCI regulations insofar as the UCI regulations do not conflict with these rules.
  • Any cyclist who is informed by a person who may summarily disqualify him or her that he or she is disqualified, shall immediately slow down and cease riding with the group that he or she was riding with.
  • Every cyclist entering a funride consents to his name and/or number being publicly displayed and publicised (including on the internet) in the event that he or she is disqualified.
  • Easy Entry tickets are no longer valid.
  • A cyclist may be disqualified summarily for breaching one or more of these rules without a hearing by any one of the following persons:
    •   A PPA marshal;
    •    A member of the PPA Executive Committee;
    •   The PPA funride co-ordinator;
    •   The PPA CEO and/or General Manager;
    •   Any other person so authorized by the PPA.
  • Such disqualification shall be done by 18h00 on the first working day following the event, or as soon as practicable after the information giving rise to the disqualification of a cyclist becomes available to the PPA disciplinary sub-committee.
  • In the event that a person is aggrieved by a summary disqualification he or she may request in writing to the PPA within 24 hours of the completion of the race to be reinstated. Such a person may supplement such a request for reinstatement in the event of he or she receiving further information at a later time.
  • Any such request for reinstatement shall be considered by the PPA disciplinary sub-committee who may:
    •   Take no action;
    •   Reinstate the person;
    •    Order that further information be obtained;
    •   Impose additional or alternative penalties as provided for in the PPA Constitution.
  • Whether or not a cyclist has been summarily disqualified, the PPA disciplinary sub-committee may on notice to a cyclist by e-mail or other means of communication call a hearing or request further information to determine whether a cyclist should be disqualified, a disqualification should be confirmed and/or whether another or additional penalty should be imposed for a breach of these rules.
  • The disciplinary sub-committee shall afford a cyclist an opportunity to make representation either in writing or orally (as determined by the committee) before imposing any penalty other than disqualification.
  • A cyclist shall not be entitled to legal representation at such a hearing, except with the permission of the chairman of the disciplinary sub-committee. The procedures and penalties provided for in the Constitution of the Pedal Power Association shall be applicable, whether or not the cyclist is a member of the Association.

APPENDIX B: EVENT INFORMATION

Information pertaining to the various league events will be emailed to the league participants prior to the event.  Provisional event information will be uploaded to the events section of the PPA website as soon as it becomes available.  Please note that event information may change, at which case it will be communicated via email to league riders in the week preceding the event.

 

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE SEASON OF SPRING  RACING.