RULES

1. GFNY Portugal is a bike ride where riders are individually timed.

2. Entry

2.1. Entry to GFNY Portugal is open to riders aged 18 or older. GFNY Portugal has the sole discretion over entry numbers and cut off dates.\

2.2. Riders who are serving a ban by a federation for a doping violation will be refused. Riders who have served their ban are allowed to ride in the event but will neither be timed nor be in the results and will start last.

2.3. Each rider has to ensure that his/her health condition is sufficient for the event.

2.4. Each rider is responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. GFNY Portugal may offer additional insurance at its sole discretion.

2.5. Entries are not refundable, transferrable or deferrable. No rider shall be entitled to an entry fee refund in case of disqualification.

2.6. GFNY Portugal reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, to deny entry, to revoke the entry application of any applicant at any time, and/or to disqualify any individual from the Event.

 

3. Equipment

3.1. Bike: any technically serviceable roadworthy bicycle is permitted. The following are not permitted for safety reasons: triathlon bikes, time trial bikes, triathlon/aero bars, tandems, prone bicycles, recumbent bikes and bicycles with chair seating (except for challenged athletes), penny farthings or mono cycles. Unsafe bikes can be banned at any time during the event.

3.2. Helmets must be worn by all riders at all times and have to be securely fastened with a chinstrap at all times while riding.

3.3. Jersey: the official event jersey of the respective year must be worn at all times. No exceptions. Wearing a different jersey will lead to disqualification.

3.4. Bike number: the number plate with the chip timing straps on the back must be attached to the handlebar and be clearly visible from the front at all times. Any alteration of the number will lead to a time penalty or disqualification or the timing chips may not work properly.

3.5. Jersey number: the jersey number must be worn on the jersey pockets, attached by safety pins. Any wrong positioning or alteration of the number can lead to a time penalty or disqualification.

3.6. Wristband: the wristband must be worn at all times during the event.

3.7. Riders have to carry at least one spare tube/tire and a functioning pump or CO2 cartridge.

3.8. The use of headphones will lead to immediate disqualification.

 

4. Start

4.1. The start is at 8am in Cascais. Riders without their GFNY Portugal jerseys, bike number, jersey number, helmet and wristband at the checkpoint will be refused access to the start area.

4.2. The starting corrals close at 7.15am. If a rider is late, he/she will not be able to be elegible for competition.

4.3. Start order:

(1) VIP: Returning champions from the previous year (overall, age groups), guests.

(2) Competitive corrals:

  • (2.1) Top 10% of each age group of the previous GFNY World Championship.
  • (2.2) Licensed racers in several corrals according to their ranking (men/female) and top 10 of the Master category according to the national ranking of the Portugal Cycling Federation and Lisbon Cycling Association. To guaranty access to the front corral, each rider must submit his/her category and rank position register@gfnyportugal.com

(3) General GF riders according to their age group (younger to older).

GFNY Portugal reserves the right to limit the front corral to top 10% finishers at GFNY World events if there are space constraints.

(4) Challenged athletes with hand cycles

Riders have to start in their designated corral. Riders are allowed to start in a corral further back than their designated corral. If a rider attempts to get in a corral further ahead than allocated he/she will be put in the last corral or disqualified.

 

5. Competition

5.1. All riders are timed by chip timing from start to finish. Overall rankings are determined by gun time. Age group rankings are determined by net (chip) time. Only riders who complete the full GFNY Portugal course are eligible for competition ranking and prizes. GFNY Portugal reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, to change the rules if deemed appropriate.

5.2. Categories:

Individual competition

Category is determined by rider’s age on December 31.

  • 18-39 years – male/female
  • 40-44 years – male/female
  • 45-49 years – male/female
  • 50-54 years – male/female
  • 55-59 years – male/female
  • 60-64 years – male/female
  • 65 + years – female
  • 65-69 years – male/female
  • 70-74 years – male/female
  • 75 + years – male

Team competition

Riders can also enter team members and compete in the GFNY Portugal Team Competition.

  • Each team must have at least four athletes. There is no maximum number of members per team.
  • The four best times will be considered and ranked to determine the fastest team.
  • All team member times shall be timed and ranked.
  • The top four riders from the winning team will win a trophy.
  • All team members are eligible to win individual prizes per age group.

Him and Her

Riders must finish within 30 minutes of each other.

  • Since it is sometimes difficult to find two riders with the same skill and physical condition, it is permitted to push, drag, encourage, or use other forms of incentive for team building.
  • Him and Her competition has two categories: sub-90 and 90+, considering the sum of the ages of riders.
  • Members of a Him and Her team are NOT eligible to win individual prizes, since mutual assistance is allowed in this category.

5.3. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category, to the overall male/female champions, and to the best male/female climbers. Distribution of the prizes is at the sole discretion of GFNY Portugal. Prizes not picked up at the awards will be distributed to other riders. Prizes will not be shipped or handed to anyone but the winner.

5.4. All protests concerning the order of finish shall be examined and resolved by the chief judge, whose decision is final and without appeal. It is the rider’s responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with the rules of the event and the course before the start. Taking alternate routes or cutting the course short leads to disqualification from the current competition and to a ban at future GFNY Portugal.

 

6. Abuse

6.1. No rider may be disrespectful toward race directors, officials, staff, riders, volunteers or spectators.

6.2. No rider may use foul or abusive language during GFNY Portugal.

6.3. No rider may assault anyone connected with GFNY Portugal.

6.4. Any of the above will lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban GFNY World events.

 

7. Conduct

7.1. Cyclists have to obey all laws of the road including traffic lights and stop signs unless overwritten by police. Violators may be disqualified from the event.

7.2. No rider may make an abrupt motion so as to interfere with the forward progress of another rider, either intentionally or by accident.

7.3. Any rider who appears to present a danger to the other riders may be disqualified by GFNY Portugal either before, during, or after the event.

7.4. Pushing or pulling or any other physical assistance among riders is prohibited in all categories except the Him and Her categories where pushing or pulling is encouraged. Devices of any sort to pull or push are not allowed.

7.5. No outside assistance is allowed (incl. but not limited to team cars, personal support cars or handing in supplies from roadside).

7.6. If a rider is lying on the ground and is visibly in difficulty, any following rider has to stop and help unless there are already at least three people helping. You may continue if a) the victim is fine or b) medical personnel has arrived. Help others; you may need it one day.

7.7. Any misconduct with respect to the above will lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban GFNY World events.

 

8. Environment

GFNY Portugal is committed to protecting the environment. Please discard trash or food in the designated trash bin. Any urinating in public is prohibited and can lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at GFNY World events).

 

9. Performance Enhancing Drugs

9.1. GFNY Portugal is committed to a drug free sport. Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) are prohibited in preparation for and during GFNY Portugal. GFNY Portugal reserves the right to enforce doping controls before, during and after the event.

9.2. Any violation of World Anti Doping Association (WADA) rules will lead to disqualification, reclaim of prizes and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York, Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY Portugal World events). GFNY Portugal shares positive doping controls with other event organizations as well as the public at large once USADA determined a rule violation.

9.3. If a rider declines to be tested, he/she will be banned.

9.4. A Rider who tests positive at GFNY Portugal will have to reimburse the cost of the doping control. Furthermore, such rider has to reimburse GFNY Portugal for any damages to its reputation that are a consequence of his/her positive doping control. If the rider is part of a team participating at GFNY Portugal, the team can be held liable for this damage.

 

10. Acceptance of Risk

All those who ride and compete under these rules do so at their own risk.

No liability shall attach to GFNY Portugal or any of its officials with respect to any loss or injury sustained or caused by anyone competing or riding in GFNY Portugal

 

11. Rule Changes

Rules can be altered if deemed necessary at sole discretion of GFNY Portugal.