Rules

Saariselkä MTB Stages

General

Anyone can participate the event, and no license is required. Please note that the race organizers insurance doesn’t cover accidents caused by other reasons than organizers’ actions (for example participant crashing during the race).

To fulfill the race, the participant must finish all the three stages. If the participant quits any of the stages, she/he can start to the other stages but will not be a finisher. Remember always to inform the race office if you are not going to finish/start!

Littering

Littering is strictly forbidden during the race. The participants must write down their race number to each gel, bar etc package they are taking with them to the race. In case littering occurs, the race leaders have possibility to give time penalties or even disqualify a participant.

Service

The race organization has service points along each stage. In  the service points we offer BORN sports drink and something small to eat. Participants’ own drinking bottles will also be taken to the official service poins.

Private service is allowed everywhere along the trails, except at areas specifically forbidden in riders’ meeting.

Markings

The trails are marked with arrows, warning signs, and marking tape. It is always the participants’ responsibility to follow the markings.

The participants of the Endurance class will need a GPS with guidance feature. It is not possible to follow the markings during the night time. Some of the markings of the stage race are not even ready on Thursday.

Endurance class

The endurance class rides through all the three stages in a row. The order of the stages is 2, 3, 1.

There are mandatory equipment for the race: GPS with guidance feature (all the gpx files loaded in) and a headlight. The participant must make sure he/she has enough batteries for the GPS and the headlight. It will be dark from start until around 4am. The race organizer offers the participants live GPS tracking.

The service points of the stage race will not be open during the night time. The service point in the race area is open during the entire race. It is possible to leave own equipment and food to the service point.

DUO classes

In DUO classes two participants form a team which has to ride all the stages together (from start to finish and everywhere in between). There are women, men and mixed DUOs. It is allowed to help the other team mate with all possible means.

Insurances

The participants are not insured by the race organizer.