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Piggly Wiggly Race the Trails

Wed 08 Sep 2021, 00:01 @ Nelson Mandela Capture Site Trails, KwaZulu-Natal
Multi Sport
Date :
TBC
Province :
KwaZulu-Natal
Location :
Nelson Mandela Capture Site Trails
Timing Company :
Self-timed (ROAG Leaderboard)

FIRST 100 RIDERS OR RUNNERS GET A FREE RACE THE TRAILS BUFF. THIS IS THE THIRD EVENT OF THE 2021 QUATTRO ROAG SERIES POWERED BY MOMENTUM

Event Location

Other Information About Event

  • HOW RACE THE TRAILS WORKS

    The quick version:
    Enter the Piggly Wiggly Race the Trails, save your virtual bib to your phone (or print it out), and go to the Piggly Wiggly Bike Shop, sign in and go across the road to the demarcated start area.
    1) Take photo / selfie
    2) Save photo and / or post to social media with #PigglyWigglyRTT, #Quattro #Momentum #ROAG

    3) Ensure your GPS device has signal
    4) Start GPS device while standing still and then start riding / running
    5) Complete the course following the GPS route
    6) Cross the finish line
    7) Stop GPS device
    8) Save your ride
    9) Enter your race time, and upload the GPX of your ride and photo to 
    Your ROAG profile on www.roag.org and upload to Strava if you have an account.

    The less quick version:
    Firstly, you need to enter the Piggly Wiggly Race the Trails event (click "REGISTER FOR EVENT" button above to go to the entry page and then follow the instructions). Once you have entered you should receive your virtual running bib/mountain bike board via email (if you do not get the mail, first please check spam and junk folders and then check your email address is correct on your ROAG profile before contacting us and we will help your). You can either print out the mail or save the bib/board image to your phone to show when signing in to ride. You then need to go to the Piggly Wiggly BIke Shop and sign the register and all indemnities.

    Please note, Piggly Wiggly Bike Shop opening hours are Monday -Wednesday 9am-4pm & Thursday-Sunday 7.30am-4pm. If you start your ride before opening time you need to sign in after completing your ride. If you plan to ride after these times please contact the bike shop (073 571 6044) during times when they are open to let them know you are riding.

    Once at the bike park you'll need to take a photo/selfie at the start (we need to be able to see the start banners to make sure that you were physically there and if you post it on social media you stand in line to win R500 in the selfie competition). Start your GPS unit once you are ready and ride the correct course using the GPX route (the onus is on you to follow the GPS route which will deviate from the other marked trails). There may be some basic markings at some parks but it is up to you to follow the correct route. We understand GPS racing has its challenges and following the route is not always easy, but that is part of the challenge.

    Please be aware these routes are shared between trail runners and riders. Be courteous and ride / run safely. There are times when you will be going up routes where riders / runners are descending. Be respectful of your fellow sportsmen and women and ride / run in a manner that is safe for everyone. 

    Finish the route and stop recording your ride.

    Now some important stuff:
    Within 24 hours of starting you must input your race time on your ROAG profile on www.roag.org. If you want to be in contention for a prize you must upload your GPX file; AND post your start photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #VirginiaRTT and # Momentum (and why not show some love to the sponsors who make this possible by including #Quattro and #ROAG).

    We will also accept emailed photos to info@roag.co.za with the relevant subject of "Virginia Race the Trails".

    Keep an eye out on the live leaderboards as your position will be ever changing as other competitors insert their results over the full race period. If you want another chance to beat your time you are welcome to re-ride/re-run the course and re-upload a time. There is no need to re-enter the event, but you do have to pay the day fees to enter the bike park.

    If you cannot record your time on a GPS unit you can time yourself using a watch and enter your time manually but are NOT eligible for podium prizes.

    Please note that the race entry fee includes only (1) entry into the race park where the race will be taking place. If you would like to better your time another day during the time available, you will need to pay to enter the race park again unless you have an annual membership with the park. 

    IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY:
    073 571 6044
    (Piggly Wiggly Bike Shop)

    IN CASE YOU NEED HELP:
    072 12 52 382 (Tim Whitfield - ROAG)

  • RACE THE TRAILS RULES

    1. All timekeeping is done via GPS tracking submitted by competitors to the respective race results site.

    2. There are no permanent rescue and medical services at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site Trails If you have an emergency please phone the Bike Shop (073 571 6044) but do not phone if it is not really an emergency (serious and potentially life threatening injuries are an emergency, but a broken chain or puncture is not).

    3. For a race time to be accepted competitors must be entered and must submit their unaltered GPS file to the results site within 24 hours of starting their ride;

    4. Competitors are asked to turn off auto-pause when recording the ride on GPS. We will use start and finish time from GPX metadata to determine the race results (ie: NOT moving time), but auto pause may cause inconsistencies with the leaderboard;

    5. Competitors can use any GPS unit or a GPS app on a smartphone to record their ride (we suggest the Strava app as it contains all the details we need and we know it works well, but any app that can save a GPX file is acceptable).

    6. ROAG reserves the right to request original GPX files up to two weeks after the event in case we want to check metadata. For this reason, please do not delete your original GPS file before two weeks after the race finishes.

    7. If you are in the top 3 in your age category you will need to submit photographic proof with an unaltered photo taken just before the start of your ride / run. These must be posted on an Instagram, Facebook or Twitter platform with the hashtag #PigglyWigglyRTT, #Quattro #Momentum #ROAG. If you do not have an Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account, photos can be mailed to info@roag.co.za

    8. The onus on submitting correct results and the start photo lies solely with the entrant;

    9. Any person found to be altering GPS files will immediately be disqualified from all 2021 ROAG Series events;

    10. Any person found to be altering their start photo’s metadata will immediately be disqualified from all 2021 ROAG Series events;

    11. Competitors must obey all bike park rules in force at the time. This includes riding motorbikes on the course or riding on the route without paying the required park fees or entering the event.

    12. Competitors must obey all regulations currently in place, these include all government gazetted Covid-19 rules.

    13. Any ride that starts before 12.01 am on September 8th is not eligible to be submitted. Any files submitted after 11.59pm on September 30th will not be accepted.

    14. We understand parents will want to accompany their children with this format of racing and nervous riders / runners may want to be accompanied, but we remind supporters they are not permitted to provide any assistance outside of an emergency. Illegal assistance includes drafting, pushing and carrying of bikes. Navigation help may only be given after an incorrect turn (in other words you cannot tell your child to turn or follow a route until after they have made the mistake - obviously unless there is an element of immediate danger involved in making the incorrect turn). Any parents accompanying their children must enter the event or pay the full park fees and must follow all rules of the bike park and these event rules. A parent's indescretion can and will lead to the disqualification of the entrant.

    15. For obvious reasons there are no marshalls on the course, so the onus is on riders and runners to follow all personal safety protocols. This includes ensuring somebody knows when and where you are riding or running, and the onus is on you to adhere to all road rules, particularly at any road crossings.

    16. ROAG, the sponsors or the venues take no responsibility for any personal injury, or damage or loss to equipment.

    17. Any decision by the ROAG Race the Trails race jury is final and binding;

    18. This is 2021 so we must expect the unexpected, and while we hope we have improved the concept from 2020, this is a new form or racing and we may not have found the perfect formula. In other words, we may not have thought of everything. For this reason we reserve the right to amend the rules as we see fit in the best interests of the sport, the series, the sponsors and the competitors.

  • RACE THE TRAILS TIPS

    1. Before starting your semi-virtual race you will need to download the race's GPX file (or .FIT or .TCX) and transfer to your GPS unit. You can download the race files from the respective race information panels above. For more info on how to tranfer the file to a Garmin Garmin read here

      and to transfer to a Wahoo Element

      Wahoo read here

    2. For other units please read your instruction manual.

    3. Remember, GPS recording drain phone batteries quickly so if you are using a phone app we suggest you make sure your phone is 100% charged, turn off all other apps and ensure your screen goes into “sleep” mode while you are riding and recording your ride.

    4. Competitors are encouraged to enter separate photos for the selfie competitions (these can be manipulated for photographic effect in which case they cannot be used to verify your ride).

    5. Do not forget to start your GPS recording BEFORE crossing the start line and check it is running. Starting recording after crossing the line will mean you have not completed the course.

    6. Make sure you stop it AFTER crossing the line – any delay stopping your unit will be included in your race time.

    7. If you think you can improve your time, you can ride the course again and update your result within 24 hours of starting your “extra” ride, but your race entry only includes one entry to the bike park and any further entries are for your account. Any rider not paying the appropriate full park fees will be disqualified.

    8. You may be racing and think that is the most important thing in the world, but we remind you that you are sharing the trails with people who may be going about their day-to-day lives and we urge you to show respect to anybody you meet on or off the trails.

    9. The first 100 riders or runners to start the Piggly Wiggly Race the Trails will receive a free stylish Race the Trails buff (Note: this is for the first 100 competitors to arrive at the venue, not the first 100 entrants). Strictly one buff per entrant.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT EVENT

Race #3 of the Quattro ROAG Series Powered by Momentum.

This event forms part of the 2021 Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum and points toward the series will be awarded according to race positions in all categories.

 

MTB SERIES

Please note that to qualify for the ROAG Series:

· Nippers, Sprogs, Sub Juniors need to take part in the MTB 20km Intermediate event.

· Youths & Juniors need to take part in the MTB 40km event

· Seniors to Grand Masters need to take part in the MTB 40km Events

TRAIL SERIES

Please note that to qualify for the ROAG Series:

· 18 years & Under need to take part in the Trail Run 8km

· 19 years & Over need to take part in the Trail Run 16km


 

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