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Funride Rules

PPA Funride Rules

Revised January 2014

  •  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 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.