Granfondo Yunnan

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Granfondo event regulations

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Standard competition regulations (road bike)

  • Wearing a helmet is mandatory for each participant. No helmet, no start!
  • Participants are personally responsible to ensure their bike and equipment are fit for the task. Participants are free to choose their type of bicycle, but a road race bike is heavily recommended. Please take the cut-off times into account.
  • Triathlon handlebars are NOT allowed for safety reasons.
  • New 2018: in line with developments in the road cycling industry, disc brakes are as of now allowed
  • Only pure leg power is allowed. Any kind of electronic, battery-charged or other mechanical aids on any part of the bicycle is forbidden. People caught cheating against this rule may be banned for life from Nordic Ways events. The Organisation Committee (OC) reserves the right to check bikes before the start. Footpeg, locks, etc. shall all be removed before the start of the event.
  • Participants caught consuming or in possession of prohibited performance-enhancing drugs under the WADA code will be disqualified from the event and from future Nordic Ways events
  • Cut-off times: there will be a minimum speed requirement and thus time limits for the long distance courses. These limits are roughly based on an average speed of 18-19 km/h, except for Lijiang and Tengchong where we tolerate a slightly lower AVS. Please check the cut-off times carefully before you start. Under orders from local authorities, we must stop you at designated checkpoints if you are slower than the announced time limit for the day.
  • Competition: the general classification is for long distance participants only and will be based on each rider’s accumulated times scored in the time trial and the five long distance stages. The winner of the Granfondo Yunnan is the rider who needed the least amount of time to complete the time trial and the five stages. Failure to finish the time trial will result for the rider in question in a 2 hour penalty. Failure to complete one of the five long distance stages means the participant will be removed from the general classification.
  • In addition to the general classification, there will also be age group rankings and ceremonies for the long distance riders in the +40 and +50 age groups.
  • At the 2018 Yunnan Granfondo Tour there will also be team classification for long distance only. The team competition will result in a daily and a general team classification based on time. Teams must consist of minimum five riders, regardless of gender, and cannot be changed after the start of the first stage in Mangshi. In order to obtain a ranking in the daily and general team classification, minimum 3 riders of the team must reach the finish within the time limit of each stage. The finishing times of the three fastest riders of each team are added up to produce the team's finishing time. After each stage of the Yunnan Granfondo Tour, the best team will be called to the podium ceremony to receive a prize. After the final stage in Lijiang, the best three teams in the general team classification will similarly be called to the final podium ceremony.
  • Certificates: each long distance participant who successfully completes four of the six stages will receive a honourary certificate after the event.

Gold: if you finish the prologue time trial and all five standard long distance stages within the cut-off times
Silver: five finishes (prologue + four standard, or five standard minus prologue)
Bronze: four finishes (prologue + three standard, or four standard minus prologue)
All the certificates would be downloaded on the event website after race.

  • Except official event and media cars, no cars are allowed to follow the participants during the granfondo for security reasons.
  • Each participant must carry with him/her spare inner tubes and a basic toolkit.
  • Each participant must carry with him/her at least 1 500ml bottle of water or energy drink.
  • Participants must obey all orders and indications of the race director and/or his assistant, and any official volunteers along the race courses.
  • Fair play is the order of the day: riders who are seen conducting unsporting behaviour towards others will be penalised and/or disqualified from the event by the OC
  • Even though the granfondo course is expected to be kept traffic free by local authorities, expect the unexpected and follow standard traffic regulations by keeping to the right side of the road and stopping for red traffic lights.
  • Participants must follow the course as marked by the Organising Committee (OC). Intermediate checkpoints with electronic time measurements are put at random places along the course and must be passed. No passage at a checkpoint or any other kind of shortcutting will result in disqualification from the day's competition. Participants going off the official course will be self-responsible for any risk or injury occurring during this time.
  • Participants in the event will be assigned to starting blocks.

Block A: invited top riders and the top 50 of the male/female general classification
Block B: long distance group
Block C: short distance group road bike
Block D: short distance group MTB.

  • Long distance participants who start in the wrong start block will receive a time penalty of 30 minutes. Short distance riders who sneak into a long distance start block - with earlier start time - will be disqualified from the race result.
  • In some cases, the start may be neutralised for safety reasons indicated by the race director by raising a red flag. All participants must stay behind the leading car vehicle at controlled speed until the red flag is substituted by a green flag
  • Nordic Ways and/or the local organization committee is authorized to shorten race distances or cancel the event due to unforeseen or exceptional circumstances that jeopardize the security of the event or its participants.
  • Each participant must read through the full specific event regulations and guidelines. By taking the official start of an event, the participant acknowledges and accepts the event regulations. If anything is unclear, please address your question to a Nordic Ways staff or to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .