International Gran Fondo Arava Cycling Festival
Policies and information
Friday April 23rd
- 12:00-19:00 – Participant’s kits pick up
- 20:00 – Team managers and commissars briefing
Saturday, April 24th
- 5:00 – Check in
- 6:10 – participants on start line for safety briefing
- 6:30 – 130 km Gran Fondo race with 1414 meters of climbing, individuals, competitive –Men Elite and Juniors.
- 6:35 – 130 km km Gran Fondo race with 1414 meters of climbing – Men level 1, Women Elite
- 6:40 – 65 km for Junior women, Cadet’s men.
- 6:50 – 130 km Gran Fondo with 1414 meters of climbing, individuals, competitive.
- 6:55 – 130 km Gran Fondo with 1414 meters of climbing, individuals, non-competitive.
- 7:00 – 56 km Mini Fondo with 331 meters of climbing, individuals, TANDEM, non-competitive.
13:00 – Ceremony protocol
|Gran Fondo race 130 km individuals/tandem||350||400|
|Gran Fondo non-competitive, 130 km individuals/tandem||300||350|
|Cadets 63 km competitive||150||200|
|Cadets 63 km competitive + official Jersey||330||380|
|Mini Fondo 56 km||120||140||140|
|Mini Fondo 56 km – tandem||150||180||180|
|Mini fondo 56 km for R.C Arava||80||100||100|
|Official JINGA event jersey||180||180||180|
The prices for the tandems are for 2 people!
- The following rules and regulations are part of the Event General Rules and Regulations above.
1. RankingA rider is considered to have completed the International Gran Fondo Arava 2021 if they have correctly started from the Sapir Park start point, passed every checkpoint along the time measured heat course and arrived at the finish line located at the Sapir Park while cycling independently.
2. Participant Number
a) A participant number will be provided in the participant’s kit at the event check-in desk
b) Riders shall place their participant numbers in such a way that they are visible; affixed on his/her helmet, on the front of the bike’s handlebars and on the seat pole.
c) All participants must have their identification card with them throughout the event.
All participants must attend the pre-ride briefing 15 minutes prior to the event starting time. It is the rider’s responsibility to be present at the start point on time.
There are several checkpoints along the course and all riders must pass each checkpoint. A rider who skips at least one checkpoint may be disqualified or receive a time penalty upon arriving at the finish line. The organizers have the right to decide on the time penalty on an individual case basis.
5. Finish Line
Riders must cross both finish line at the end of race as well as the event finish line at Sapir Park.
6. Event Withdrawal
A rider who decides to drop out from the event must immediately notify the organizers. Notice can be given at the start or end points, or by phone at the number provided on the participant card.
7. Riders’ Bus and Time Limit
The time measured heat cutoff time is 15:30. A bus will follow the last rider at the rear and will offer a ride to the finish line to riders who are unable to finish the course by themselves due to fatigue, technical failure or for any other reason. The organizers have the right to instruct riders who are late to board the bus. Participants will follow the bus personnel instructions.
Each participant is responsible for his/her own nutrition (food &drinks)throughout the event. The organizers will provide Feeding Zones (refreshment stations) throughout the course, stocked with fresh fruit, drinks and snacks. Road signs will indicate upcoming feeding zones. Riders must be aware of others around them and communicate well in advance, while cycling, before entering a feeding zone: indicate with your right hand that you are about to exit course and enter the station on your right.
Warning: Littering is illegal. All Riders must dispose their trash in designated garbage bins only.
9. Technical Support
The organizers and sponsors will provide riders with technical support along the entire course. Support vehicles will include mechanics and spare parts (tires, inner tubes, chains etc). Exchange wheels will not be provided. A riders in need of support should stop at the side of the road and mark clearly with his/her hands, or call for support via phone to the number on their participant’s card and provide details on location and the specific problem. Repairs and adjustments are included in the registration fee. Cost of spare parts will be charged at the end of the event, in the technical zone (special tent) at the start/end point.
10. Private Escort Vehicles
Due to the large volume of expected participants and for safety reasons, private escort vehicles will be allowed in one of the following 3 options:
a) Drive early, before the peloton’s start time and meet the riders at the finish line.
b) Drive after the riders’ bus, which follows the peloton at the rear
c) Drive via bypass roads and wait at pre-determined meeting points established between the escort and the rider.
Private escort vehicles cannot join the peloton at any stage nor under any circumstance
Private escort vehicles are forbidden from escorting the peloton throughout the whole event
11. Outside Support
Riders are welcome to help and to support each other. However, a rider is not permitted to position his/her bicycle in the proximity of another moving vehicle so as to benefit from reduced air resistance. This form of drafting is strictly forbidden. Outside support can be provided if clothing, food or drink is needed. Outside support can be provided by a private escort vehicle waiting on the side of the road or by the event support team.
12. Marshals, Judges, Time Penalty and Disqualification
Marshals will be at various posts along the course. Travelling in designated vehicles, a marshal is there to ensure adherence to race rules and regulations. Riders are to obey course marshal’s instructions. Marshals will report to race judges of any irregularity or race violation. Marshals and judges can warn, give a time penalty or disqualify a participant who disregards the heat /event rules (disobeys traffic and heat rules, litters, behaves in a non-sportif way) , has a medical situation or whose bike is found to be in poor functioning condition.
13. Time Penalty and DisqualificationThe judges committee consists of heat judges and a heat manager, who are all authorized to give time penalties or to disqualify participants they believe have disobeyed rules. The judgment committee has the right to change the time penalty on an individual case by case basis, warn or disqualify a rider even if he/she is found to have done something that isn’t mentioned in the table below.ResultViolationDisqualificationDangerous / aggressive riding behaviorDisqualificationLack of helmet or an unbuckled helmetDisqualificationDraftingDisqualificationDisobeying instructions (judges, marshals, heat manager or organizers)Warning & Time PenaltyA deliberate blocking of another riderWarning & Time PenaltyDisobeying traffic rulesWarning & Time PenaltyLittering14. Important Safety RulesThe International Gran Fondo Arava 2021 will take place on roads that will be partly closed for vehicles with the support and supervision of the Israeli Police
a) All riders are to obey traffic rules and asked to ride on the right side lane with caution
b) All riders are to obey traffic officers, heat managers, course marshals and organizing team members; disobeying instructions from these individuals will result in disqualification from the ride
c) Helmets are mandatory. All cyclists must wear a certified cycling helmet with the chinstrap buckled at all times while riding on the course
d) No littering on course: it’s illegal and dangerous. No throwing trash, objects, spare parts, tires, food or wrappers of any kind. Designated garbage bins are located in the Feeding Zones
e) Pass on the left-while cycling, it is mandatory to stay on the right hand side in order to allow the other competitors to pass safely from the left
f) Riders must maintain control and speed of their bike. Extra caution and attention should be given in sections where there is a potential visibility problem, while cycling downhill and through curves. No sudden braking. If a rider chooses to stop while on course, he/she should signal to the riders behind and pull over safely to the right
g) All technical or mechanical issues should be handled off course, roadside
h) Ride within the designated route when entering the finish line zone—no zigzagging.
15. Course Changes
Organizers have the right to cancel or change the cycling route according to police instruction or due to inclement weather conditions such as fog, rain, strong winds etc or for any other reason that may force changes/cancellation of the race route
Each participant may appeal the final results. The appeal must be filed within an hour after reaching the finish line and requires a deposit of 100 NIS, which will be returned only if the appeal is found to be justified
17. Liability and ResponsibilityAll participants are responsible for their own personal safety. The safety of race equipment is the sole responsibility of each and every participant. The race organizers, sponsors, and their respective agents, officials, employees and volunteers, are not liable for any damages or injuries arising from or connected in any way with the condition or adequacy of any rider’s competition equipment or physical condition. By submitting the registration form, the rider confirms that he/she has read all instructions, rules and regulations, course details, and that he/she has been examined by a doctor and is as well, trained and physically fit for this kind of effort.
Age categories for Gran Fondo 130 km competitive
- Participants under the age of 18 need a parent’s approval.
- Israel cycling federation members – 17 and older, otherwise, 18 and older.
Age of participant will be calculated by: 2021 – (year of birth)
The registration policy appears on the registration page.
- Route bounds. The event management will secure and be responsible only for riders riding between the leading vehicle and the SAG vehicle. Riding outside of these bounds is forbidden.
2. Participants who will pass the lead vehicle or stray behind the SAG vehicle at the rear will not be under the organizers’ responsibility and will notbe considered as insured participants.
3. No littering on course: it’s illegal! Riders are to dispose of garbage in designated garbage bins only.
- Route changes. Organizers reserve the right to change or modify the cycling routes according to police instructions or due to weather conditions such as floods, fog, rain, strong winds, etc.
- Authority 1: The organizers have the right to check participant’s bicycles prior the start.
- Authority 2: The organizers have the right to prevent a rider from participating in the event as well as to cease his/her participation during the event without providing any explanations or reasons.
- Pre-race briefing. Each participant must be present for the pre-race briefing. The briefing will take place March 7th, at 06:45 AM at the start point at Sapir center.
- Helmets and shoes are mandatory. All cyclists should equip themselves with two filled drinking bottles and a basic tools kit. A rider who will not follow these rules will be immediately removed from the course. It is strongly recommended to wear glasses to protect your eyes.
- Each participant should have clothing suitable for the anticipated weather in the area (click here for weather). In case of rain, all participants should equip themselves with clothing suitable for wet weather.
- The participants should be able to handle basic repairs by themselves. A technical crew will assist where possible.
- Riders are asked to stay on the designated route at all times. It is forbidden to shorten or to divert from the cycling course.
- Follow traffic rules.Stay in the right lane, close to the right hand shoulder. A rider who chooses to stop while on course should signal riders behind them and pull over safely outside the course, on the other side of the right margin.
- No littering on course: it’s illegal and dangerous.Riders are to dispose of garbage in designated garbage bins only.
- Event Withdrawal.A rider who decides to drop out of the event must notify the organizers as soon as possible. Notification can be given to a marshal or commissars along the route, or to the vehicle at the rear.
- Health Permit and Insurance.All participants must submit a health permit and an insurance permit. Click here for details (found on registration page).
- I hereby declare that I am physically fit to participate in the International Arava Grand Fondo 2021.
- I have a health permit (including Ergometric Stress Testing) signed by a doctor* who has examined me.
- I am aware of the fact that the event organizers gran fondo Israel and Israel cycling federation included) are not responsible for any damage that may happen to me (physical damage, gear damage) before, during and after the event. I hereby declare that I will not press any damages charge (of any kind) against the event organizers.
- I hereby give my consent to the event organizers and sponsors to photograph me during and after the event for publicity use and to use the photos without providing me anything in return.
- In case my age is younger than 18 years old on the date of the event, see below my parents’ consent for my participation in the mentioned conditions.
*Israeli participants must submit a health permit signed by a certified Sports Doctor only.
Changes and cancellation policy
- Requests for heat change should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org until 20/04/2021.
- One can change his/her heat only until the end of registration.
- Changing heats fee is 40 NIS/10 Euro.
- Cancelation within 14 days from registration (until 20/04/2021) – full refund – 50 NIS.
- Until 01/04/2021 – 50% refund.
- Until 15/04/2021 – 25% refund.
- From 21/04/2021 – no refund.
- No changing participant’s kit with another participants is allowed.
No refund for a registered participant that wasn’t attending the event and/or haven’t cancelled her/his registration.
1. Requests for cancellations will be forwarded to email@example.com by 20.4.2021 at midnight.
2. Cancellation fees – Cancellation within 14 days from the date of registration – the entire amount will be refunded with the exception of NIS 50. Handling fees – valid if the registration was made until 20.4.2021
Until 01/04/2021 50% of the registration fee will be refunded.
Until 15/04/2021 25% of the registration fee will be refunded.
As of 21/04/2021, registration fees will not be refunded.
3. No change of kits, for insurance reasons.
4. There is no refund for anyone who has not arrived and has not canceled his participation in advance according to the terms of the regulations.