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Regulations.

A. General

Sporting Spirit

The BXL TOUR is an individual cycling race open to semi-professionals and cycling enthusiasts. Each participant must behave appropriately in all circumstances, demonstrate fair play, and loyally contribute to the sporting success of the event, with joy and good humour. Any assault, threat, insult, indecent behaviour or endangering of others is therefore strictly forbidden.

Registration

Registration is performed via the Chronorace website and will only be validated after receipt of the registration fee. The latter is nominative and may not be transferred or resold to a third party without informing the Organization by e-mail () at least 7 calendar days before the start of the race.

The registration and other administration fees will not be refunded under any circumstances. By registering, each participant acknowledges that they have read these Rules and undertake to respect them.

Timing & ranking

In order to be ranked, each participant must complete the entire race on their own bike, using their own power and without the help of anyone else. The finish line may be crossed on foot, but each cyclist must be accompanied by their own bike. The timing is performed by an accurate electronic timing device and the results are reported in minutes and seconds.

Each participant in the BXL TOUR must attach their numbered plate securely and visibly to the front of their bicycle. The ranking of the event may be corrected by the organisation within 30 days of the end of the race should material errors in the recording of the running order of the riders arise.

Equipment

Each participant must have their own equipment and is personally responsible for it. The use of a well-maintained and functioning bicycle is mandatory (inflated tyres, efficient braking system, etc.). A rigid safety helmet must be worn throughout the entire race, from the start to the finish line, and must be properly fitted on the head and held in place with a sufficiently tight chinstrap.

Glass containers, fixed gear bicycles, electrically assisted bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, child seats, trailers, cargo bicycles, recumbent bicycles and time trial bicycles are not permitted. Extenders are also prohibited, as is the use of the forearms as a support on the handlebars. Handbikes and tandems are only allowed for licensed persons with reduced mobility.

Please inform the Organization of your presence by e-mail. Handbikes must be equipped with a flag or pennant indicating their presence, attached to the end of a strong, flexible rod at least 1.5m above the ground. Any participant not respecting the above-mentioned instructions may be refused access to the starting area and/or be disqualified from the race.

Route

The 40km route will be a “road” type of circuit (asphalt or cobblestone) and will be fully marked. The Organization reserves the right to modify the route. Participants must follow the route and may not take any shortcuts, which would result in immediate disqualification. Intermediate timing mats will be set up to prevent any attempt at fraud.

The participants undertake to comply with the Organization’s instructions from the moment they enter the start area, throughout the route, and until they leave the finish area. The rules of the road will only be applied if a participant is overtaken by the broom wagon and is therefore in traffic (out of the race).

Health

Being in good health is essential to take part in the race. This is why the Organization recommends a preventive medical examination by a qualified sports doctor.

Liability

Each participant is responsible for their own equipment and for any accidents they cause. If a participant behaves inappropriately towards another participant, the latter may file a complaint with the police at the police station of their choice.

The Organization shall not be held liable for:

  • any health problems of the participants during or after the event;
  • any damage, loss and/or theft of a participant’s personal property before, during or after the event. These personal belongings remain in the sole custody of the participants to whom they belong, also if they are left in the (free of charge) lockers provided near the start area (Parc Royal);
  • statutory offences committed in connection with the sport of cycling, even if the Rules are invoked to justify such an offence;
  • in the event of cancellation of the event for a reason beyond the control of the Organization (NB: no compensation may be claimed from the Organization)

Personal data

By registering for the BXL TOUR, the participant agrees that their personal data collected as part of said registration may be processed by the Organization for the purpose of sending them information and newsletters relating to actions related to the sporting events organized by the Organization.

To this end, the above-mentioned data will be kept for 5 years, it being understood that the data subject has the right to request access, rectification or deletion of personal data, the right to request a restriction of processing or the right to object to it, as well as the right to withdraw their consent via an unsubscription form contained in the emails sent.

For any questions relating to the exercise of these rights, the participant may contact the Organization via the email address .

Image rights

Participants in the event also expressly agree to be photographed and/or filmed on the occasion of the event, as well as the possible use by the Organization (without compensation) of their image on the website and the Facebook page of the events organized by the Organization or as part of the event relations, as well as for the presentation and promotion of the latter, and this on any medium whatsoever (paper, film, video, etc.).

B. Master Category

Registration

This category, limited to 150 participants, is exclusively reserved for cyclists who are (or will be) at least 19 years old in the year of the event and who are affiliated to a recognised cycling federation such as Fédération Cycliste Wallonie Bruxelles, Cycling Vlaanderen or another foreign national federation. The membership card with the license number and category must be attached to the registration and presented on the day of the race.

It is also possible to take part in this category using a one-day licence (NB: the form may be downloaded at the time of registration), if accompanied by a medical certificate of fitness issued within 3 to 6 months prior to the race. In this case too, the person must be (or will be) at least 19 years old in the year of the event.

Timing & ranking

MASTER cyclists will need a racing bib, a numbered plate and a transponder. These essential race accessories may be collected on site on the day. The first person to cross the finish line will be crowned the winner of the MASTER category. In case of doubt, the Organization will use the photo finish. The ranking of the participants in the MASTER category will be distributed as follows: Women’s Master and Men’s Master.

Technical assistance

A mobile technical support service is provided for the MASTER category. Several vehicles will therefore follow the race and provide assistance to those who may need it, in so far as possible.

C. Cyclo Category

Registration

This category is open to anyone aged at least 14 years old and able to guarantee an average speed of at least 16 km/h. CYCLO participants will be asked to estimate their average speed at registration. This will determine their start time.

Podium & ranking

The first person to cross the finish line will be crowned the winner of the CYCLO category and will occupy the top step of the podium. In case of doubt, the Organization will use the photo finish. The ranking of the participants in the CYCLO category will nevertheless be established on the basis of time (stopwatch) and distributed as follows: Women’s & Men’s Cyclo.

Technical assistance

Technical stands will be available (free of charge) in the start and finish area. No technical assistance will be provided on the route for the CYCLO category, since each rider is responsible for their own equipment. Therefore, anyone who does not have the means to solve a technical problem (flat tyre, broken chain, etc.) can either wait for the broom wagon (which will take them to the finish area) or leave the race.

Time limit

Participants in the CYCLO category who have not been able to reach the minimum average speed required (16km/h) will have their route reduced by 8 km, which will bring the total distance of their circuit to 32 km (instead of the 40 km initially planned). This will be made possible by means of a bypass system, which will be present at the 24th kilometre.