11 May 2019

RACE ACROSS FRANCE CHALLENGE

Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur 500Km

⚠️SOLD OUT ⚠️Discover our next Challenge "Rhone Alpes", 300km & 500km distance - 1st & 2nd June 2019

Race Across PA.C.A highlights the best cycling spot in the region, Provence Alpes cote d'Azur.

A region with 5 million inhabitants, 6 departments and an exceptional quality of life with an attractive climate.

The route will take us on many small roads that delight cyclists from all over the world, but also between vineyards, olive trees, orchards and lavender fields in the heart of the wilderness.
The opportunity to discover breathtaking landscapes without forgetting the ascent of the mythical Mont Ventoux.

Provence enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with lots of sunshine.
Conditions are at their best in May when temperatures fluctuate around 23°C as soon as the sun abounds, and roads are generally free of holidaymakers. Mornings can be a little cooler but the sun rarely goes below 10 degrees.

The Mistral, this well-known wind, hits Provence all year round. It is a strong wind that can reach 100 km/h and blow for a whole day or even several days in a row. It is sometimes possible that a rainy day slips in here and there. So be prepared to deal with a wide variety of conditions.
Even if the weather is normally fine, it is always good to prepare for cooler weather and/or rain.
We strongly recommend that you bring warm equipment for the descent of Mt Ventoux which can become dangerous for your health if you are poorly equipped.

The base camp, which serves as a departure and arrival point but also as a refreshment area, is in a place that is now well known to cyclists, namely Bed & Bike and its Host Olivier.

Located at the foot of the mythical Mont Ventoux, this place is also the emblematic Time Station 2 of the Race Across France.

General Information

- There is no registration for the day of the event.
- No refund of registration fees.
- Events will take place regardless of the weather.

Information

Start & Finish

BASE CAMP

RACE ACROSS PROVENCE

Bed and Bike
250 Allée des Entrepreneurs
84380 Venasque
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L'épreuve

⚠️SOLD OUT ⚠️Discover our next Challenge “Rhone Alpes”, 300km & 500km distance – 1st & 2nd June 2019

Located at the foot of the mythical Mont Ventoux, this place is also the emblematic Time Station 2 of the Race Across France.

Provence enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with lots of sunshine.
Conditions are at their best in May when temperatures fluctuate around 23°C as soon as the sun abounds, and roads are generally free of holidaymakers. Mornings can be a little cooler but the sun rarely goes below 10 degrees.

The Mistral, this well-known wind, hits Provence all year round. It is a strong wind that can reach 100 km/h and blow for a whole day or even several days in a row. It is sometimes possible that a rainy day slips in here and there.

So be prepared to deal with a wide variety of conditions. Even if the weather is normally fine, it is always good to prepare for cooler weather and/or rain.

We strongly recommend that you bring warm equipment for the descent of Mt Ventoux which can become dangerous for your health if you are poorly equipped.

The 500 K format, which is just as difficult, is reserved for long-distance enthusiasts who want to refine their preparation but also for those who want to exceed their limits and test themselves over a long distance.

You will have to take up the challenge of climbing Mont Ventoux twice by Bédoin and Sault.

It is also an excellent warm-up for runners and crews who plan to do RACE ACROSS FRANCE in the same year.

 

Planning

Friday: May 10, 2019
2pm – 4pm – Registration and distribution of the Participant Packages.
4pm – 6pm – Bicycle control and assistance vehicles for participants with assistance and 500 KM.
6pm – 7pm – Meeting for all participants 500 KM format with or without assistance MANDATORY*

Saturday, May 11, 2019
5am – Departure of the participants of 500 KM Solo and Teams
6am – 7am – Registration and distribution of the 300km Participant Packages
7am – 9am – Equipment Inspections 300 Km format
9am – 9.30am – Meeting for all participants 300 KM format with or without assistance MANDATORY*
10am – Departure of the participants 300 Km Solo and Teams

Sunday, May 12, 2019
10am – Closing of the 300 km course
11am – Lunch / Presentation of plaques and medals 200 Km
7pm – Closing of the 500 km course
8pm – Banquet / Presentation of plaques and medals 500 Km

* The mandatory meeting will cover safety rules, route changes, mapping documents and more. Participants who miss the meeting will not be allowed to start.

 

What is included in the registration

  • Participants 500 KM
  • The provision of a GPS beacon
  • Alert button via GPS Beacon
  • Tracking interface for live progress of the participant via the raceacrossfrance.cc website
  • Tracking application for live participant progress
  • Detailed route information via GPS files
  • Detailed route information by Road Book
  • A number for identification according to your category
  • official t-shirt of Race Across France Challenge
  • Banquet on Sunday Evening.
  • A “sticker” package including (4 Numbers / 1 Cyclist Attention / 1 Slow Vehicle / 1 Race Across France Challenge) for your assistance vehicle (One Pack for Solo participants and Two Packs for teams)
  • 2 “Headset” stickers per Participant
  • 2 “Frame” stickers per Participant
  • All finishers will receive a medal, trophy and a “Finisher” T-shirt.

*All participants and crews of 300 Km and 500 km must attend the mandatory meetings on Saturday evening at 7pm.

 

What you will need to be able to participate

500 KM runners

  • Pay the registration fee
  • Have a complete registration file with all supporting documents
  • Successfully pass the bicycle(s) and assistance vehicle(s) checks
  • Be present at the briefing meeting corresponding to the format in which the team or participant is registered.
  • Sign the necessary discharges, in particular the commitment to comply with the test regulations and safety instructions.

 

Supporting documents Registration file

  • Participant Passport
  • Complete information sheet
  • Certificate of payment
  • Passport of all crew members
  • Driving licences of persons designated as drivers
  • Certificate of insurance of the vehicles constituting the assistance.
  • Medical certificate authorizing the practice of “Ultra – Distance” cycling

 

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Regulations

A few points of settlement in addition to the general regulations.

In complete autonomy. “Self Support”

Solo as well as teams of 2
The start will be made every minute. The Solo self Support and Team x2 Self Support participants will leave at one minute intervals.
The course is not marked on the ground without arrows. Participants must orient themselves. GPS tracks are available to everyone and a paper copy will be distributed at the time of recording.
  • In order to be an official “finisher”, participants must complete the entire course in the Maximum Time of xx Hours.
    All participants undertake to respect the traffic regulations.
    All participants undertake to comply with all traffic regulations in force.
    All participants must not interfere with normal vehicle traffic if you want to be respected
    There will be 1 Time Station along the 300 km route, which will have appropriate food and drinks.
  • There will be 2 Time Station refreshment points along the 500 km route that will have appropriate food and drinks.
    Participants have the possibility to drop off bags at check-in and they will have access to them on the catering of their choice.
    No assistance vehicle or external cyclist will be allowed to accompany participants on their own. If necessary, support teams can assist the participant at the Time Station.
  • The wearing of a cyclist’s helmet attesting to the European Standard is mandatory during the entire event.
    If a participant decides to abandon the race, he must inform the organisation as soon as possible.  The participant is responsible for leaving the course safely.
    In the event of an abanon of the participant or a team, for whatever reason, makes it his personal responsibility to return the Gps box made available to him, either to the organization or directly to the service provider the company “Solustop”.
  • In the event of an abanbon of the participant or a team, for whatever reason, the participant will bear all the costs fixed by our GPS partner “Solustop” in the event of non-return of the box. The costs will be billed directly to him by our GPS service provider.  (Partner in the process of selection)
    The bicycle or bicycles must be equipped with reflective strips as follows: 3 strips (3cm x 1 cm), on each side of the wheels, outside the shoes, on the sides of the front fork, behind the saddle supports, and behind the crank arms (or behind the pedals or shoe heels), and behind the helmet.
  • Participants are required to wear reflective clothing during the night.
    Bicycles must be equipped with front and rear lights. The lights must be sufficiently visible for safety.  The lamps can be fixed or flashing during the day (from 7am to 7pm). The front lamp must be lit permanently at night (from 7pm to 7am). The tail light must be flashing for the duration of the event for your safety. We recommend two rear lights at night, one fixed to be visible and the other flashing to allow motorists to estimate the distance.
  • Additional lights can be attached to the cyclist and/or helmet.
    The bicycle(s) must be equipped with a bell as provided for in the French highway code.
    Participants do not need to stop at the Time Station, as we have chosen to equip you with a GPS chip.
    Participants undertake to protect nature and the environment throughout the entire course. It is forbidden to throw any waste on the roadway.
    It is forbidden to take advantage of any aspiration of a vehicle or other team.

    With an assistance crew.
    Solo / teams of 2, 4 and 8 people.

  • The start will be made every minute. The Solo participants with assistance and Team of 2, 4 and 8 participants will start at one minute intervals.
    The course is not marked on the ground without arrows. Participants must orient themselves. GPS tracks are available to everyone and a paper copy will be distributed at the time of recording.
    In order to be an official “finisher”, participants must complete the entire course in the Maximum Time of xx Hours.
    All participants and crews must respect the traffic regulations.
  • All participants and crews must comply with all applicable traffic regulations.
    All participants and crews must not interfere with normal vehicle traffic if you want to be respected
    There will be 1 Time Station along the 300 km route, which will have appropriate food and drinks.
    There will be 2 Time Station refreshment points along the 500 km route that will have appropriate food and drinks.
  • Participants have the possibility to drop off bags at check-in and they will have access to them on the catering of their choice.
    Bicycles must be equipped with front and rear lights. The lights must be sufficiently visible for your safety.  The lamps can be full or flashing during the day (from 7am to 7pm). The front lamp must be lit permanently at night (from 7pm to 7am). The tail light must be flashing for the duration of the event for your safety.
    The wearing of a cyclist’s helmet attesting to the European Standard is mandatory during the entire event.
  • If a participant decides to abandon the race, he must inform the organisation as soon as possible.  The participant is responsible for leaving the course safely.
    In the event of an abanon of the participant or a team, for whatever reason, makes it his personal responsibility to return the Gps box made available to him, either to the organization or directly to the service provider the company “Solustop”.
  • In the event of the participant’s abanbon, for any reason whatsoever, the participant will bear all the costs set by our GPS partner “Solustop” in the event of non-return of the box, namely XXXXX. The costs will be billed directly to him by our GPS service provider.
    Bicycles must be fully visible. The lighting must meet the following requirements: white light at the front and red light at the rear. The front and rear lights must be mounted on the bicycle, although additional lights may be attached to the cyclist
  • The bicycle or bicycles must be equipped with reflective strips as follows: 3 strips (3cm x 1 cm), on each side of the wheels, outside the shoes, on the sides of the front fork, behind the saddle supports, and behind the crank arms (or behind the pedals or heels of the shoes).
    Participants are required to wear reflective clothing during the night.
    All persons who make up the assistance team must wear a reflective vest for the duration of the event.
  • Bicycles must be equipped with front and rear lights. The lights must be sufficiently visible for safety.  The lamps can be fixed or flashing during the day (from 7am to 7pm). The front lamp must be lit permanently at night (from 7pm to 7am). The tail light must be flashing for the duration of the event for your safety. We recommend two rear lights at night, one fixed to be visible and the other flashing to allow motorists to estimate the distance.
    Additional lights can be attached to the cyclist and/or helmet.
  • The bicycle or bicycles must be equipped with a bell as provided for in the highway code.
    Runners do not need to stop at the Time Station, as we have chosen to equip you with a GPS chip.
    Teams can ride with any number of riders on the road at a time, although we recommend relays.
    Participants must have a crew for the entire event.
    All crew members must be declared before the start of the event.
  • The assistance vehicle must make “chip jumps” during the day so as not to obstruct the support traffic, while at night, it must permanently follow the participant at night (from 7pm to 7am).
    Riders with assistance vehicles cannot advance at night without a tracking vehicle. Night is defined as from 7pm to 7am.
  • The assistance vehicle and its crew must not obstruct traffic. If one or more motorists are slowed down at the back of the assistance vehicle for more than two minutes, the assistance vehicle must stop as soon as possible to allow other motor vehicles to pass. Remember that participants with a crew cannot advance at night without their assistance vehicle.
    A maximum of 2 assistance vehicles is allowed per solo or team.
  • The assistance vehicles must be equipped with the following components: Beware of bicycles in front” sticker positioned at the rear of the vehicle; and participant numbers at the front, rear and both sides.
    Participants and all members of the support team are committed to protecting nature and the environment throughout the entire route. It is forbidden to throw any waste on the roadway.
    It is forbidden to take advantage of any aspiration of a vehicle or other team. (Tolerance)
  • To operate permanently on the assistance vehicle with four-way flashing lights for the duration of the event.
    Certify that the assistance vehicle(s) have adequate insurance coverage.

Notes :
Participants and crew must provide their own reflective signs and reflective vests.
The organisation provides the “Beware of bicycles in front” stickers positioned at the rear of the vehicle; participant numbers at the front, rear and on both sides, slow vehicle.
These rules will apply to all Race Across France Challenge events.
Any violation of these rules will result in the imposition of penalties.  The third penalty will result in disqualification.
Any violation of these rules will result in time penalties being imposed by an official representative of the organization. Each infraction will result in a 15-minute penalty. The third penalty will result in disqualification.
The rules of the Race Across France apply in addition to these few points
(Updated on 1/1/2019)

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