Tour of Ayrshire Cycling Festival
29th and 30th April 2017
HQ St Joseph’s Academy, Grassyards Rd, Kilmarnock KA3 7SL
HQ St Joseph’s Academy, Grassyards Rd, Kilmarnock KA3 7SL
There are several different communities to choose from, depending on your ability and what you’d like to experience within the event. These communities are set out below:
This is the first rider community to be set off for experienced riders. You will require a Full Racing License to compete in this Rider Community.
In the Race community, you will start in your UCI age group pens so will be racing against your age group/gender. Riders within this community compete for a podium place as well as being able to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
This is the second rider community to start within the Gran Fondo. Sport is for riders who do not hold a race license, enjoy riding Sportives or like to compete in a road race. Riders start with all age groups and genders in a mass start.
Riders are able to self-select expected rider speeds. The Sport gate will be sub-divided into average speed pens, allowing riders to ride with others who have a similar ability and riding speed.
You can qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships from the Sport Community. Every rider will be given a chip time which determines whether they are a qualifier. To qualify you have to be in the top 25% of the starters for your age group across both Race and Sport communities.
Medio Fondo is a timed ride over a shorter distance than the Gran Fondo. The Medio Fondo is aimed at riders to are participating in a cycling road event or the first time, those who want to ride a shorter distance or younger riders and families. The Golazo Cycling Medio Fondos are held on Closed Roads.
Being part of the Race community means that you will be in the front gate, but you will need a current full race licence to enter this gate. You will be asked to show it at the registration desk when you collect your number. If you are unable to do this you will be allocated a place in the Sport Rider Community gate.Do I need to be apart of an affiliated club to ride the event?
You don’t need to be a member of or part of any club to be able to take part in one of our events, the Golazo Cycling festivals are open to all riders, including gender, age and abilities.Are there any restrictions as to what I can wear for the Chrono or Gran Fondo as I am not a member of a team so do not have team kit?
There are no restrictions of what kit you wear for both the Chrono and Gran Fondo; plain, club or branded kit.Do I need a Race License to enter the event?
A race licence is only required for the ‘Race’ community in the Gran Fondo. You do not require a race licence for the Chrono. If you do qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships then a full race license or your own country’s governing body’s race licence will be required.Do I need a medical certificate to enter the event?
You do not require a medical certificate for the event but if you do have a medical problem that may be affected by the event, you may require your Doctors/GPs advice on taking part.
A medical questionnaire will be available on the event website to fill in all rider medical details.
Visit our Blog page at www.golazocycling.com/blog and search for ‘results’ for all previous event results.What are the distances of the routes?
All route information can be found on the specific event discipline pages, including distances, elevation and route maps.Is there an elevation profile of the routes?
All route information can be found on the specific event discipline pages, including distances, elevation and route maps.What are the road surface qualities around the route like?
Golazo Cycling work closely with Ayrshire Road Alliance to ensure the road surfaces are at a good standard. Riders must be aware that the quality of the road is dependent of the weather on the lead up to and on the weekend of the event and should use relevant tyres and wheels. The Chrono and Gran Fondo route is held on rural roads, including ‘B’ roads and country roads around Ayrshire.What are the bike regulations for the Chrono?
Every competitor must ensure that his machine is so constructed, equipped and maintained as to be capable of being ridden on the road safely at all times and in all conditions. The riding position shall be set so that the competitor has good forward vision when in a competitive position. In particular, but without prejudice to the general principles of this regulation:
A UCI Gran Fondo is a race and not a Sportive; you are governed by the UCI World Cycling Tour bike regulations
“The riders can choose any bike they want (road bike, mountain bike, city bike, hybrid bike, cross bike…) with exception of tandem bike or recumbent. In a road race event, time trial bikes are forbidden.”Are disk brakes allowed?
The UCI Management Committee approved a clarification to its regulations and has decided, during its meeting on 2 and 3 June 2016, to authorize the use of disc brakes in mass participation road events. This means that disc brakes are also allowed in the UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualifiers and in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. These clarified rules are applicable with immediate effect.Can I use Tri-Bars?
Tri-bars can be used within the Chrono but completely prohibited within the Gran Fondo. Any rider who is seen to be using tri-bars within the Gran Fondo will be disqualified.I am a keen cyclist; can I cycle the route before or after the events?
Detailed maps of the event routes will be available on this site a minimum of four months prior to the event. Please keep in mind that the roads are public highways, therefore we would ask you to follow the Highway Code and be respectful of other road users and residents of the communities you may pass through.Can I qualify for the World Championships from the Sport Rider Community?
You can qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in both Race and Sport communities. Every rider will be given a chip time which determines whether they are a qualifier. To qualify you have to be in the top 25% of the starters for your age group across both Race and Sport communities.My computer crashed when I was entering and not sure if it took the payment, what do I need to do?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be able to check the status of your entry. We will then inform you of next steps to ensure you have completed your registration.I haven’t received my ‘Confirmation of Registration’ email, what do I need to do?
Email us at email@example.com and we’ll be able to check the status of your entry. We will then inform you of next steps to ensure you have completed your registration and send you your Confirmation of Registration.There’s a group of us riding the event together but we’re in different age groups, can we ride the event together?
You certainly can but only in the communities behind the Race gate, such as Sport and Medio-Fondo.
The Race gate is split into UCI Master’s Age Group pens so you will have to start in separate pens if you’re in different age groups.
The Sport gate is divide into different average speeds, which are self-selected so as long as you whole group select the same average speed group, you can all start together.
You can view your details via the ‘Look at your personal file here’ tab on the ‘your event registration confirmation’ email. If you require to make any changes to your registration details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rider community can only be amended up until 48 hours prior to the start of the event.I can no longer ride the event. Can I have a refund?
Please refer to the terms and conditions via the link at the bottom of the website (Non-Transfer, Non-Refund and Deferral).
We are not able to give you a refund but are happy to defer your entry until the following year’s Event; for convenience if 30 days notice are given to the organisers in writing asking for such.
Within 30 days of the event, there will be no deferrals unless due to a medical reason. The Deferral at any time prior to the Event if deferral is for medical reasons and the request to defer is accompanied by an authorised Medical Certificate.
In the Event that by mistake a participant makes more than one entry for themselves in either the Chrono or the Gran Fondo the surplus entries will be refunded.
For any deferrals or questions about no longer being able to ride the event, please email email@example.com.How are the start times for the Chrono allocated and can I pick a time?
You are unable to pick a time slot as they will be organised by age groups; the males and females of each age group being set off after each other with the oldest age groups first. There is no seeding apart from by age group.I think I have been entered into the wrong age group category as I will not be in the age group allocated until after race day.
Your race age category is determined by your age on 31 December in the year of the event for the season. Therefore, you may think you have been put into the next age group up, but you will be in that age group by the end of the year.Can I enter a group of riders?
If you would like to enter a group of 5 or more riders, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both permanent and portable toilets facilities will be available in both the Event HQ and Start Gate areas. Availability of showers is dependent on the Festival and locality of the event.
Email email@example.com for more information.
All festivals have dedicated Officials parking. There will be variable parking charges applicable at the event; parking charges can be found at here.Can I start the Gran Fondo when I want to?
Unfortunately, you’re unable to start when you’d want to; the start is a highly produced element of the event and is structured to a UCI standard.Are there warm up facilities at the event?
There will be a dedicated warm up area for the Chrono and Team Chrono. This will be set up and managed by the event organisers and will include all turbo trainers.
There will be no dedicated warm up facilities for the Gran Fondo.
The start gates will open one hour before the start time of the Gran Fondo. All start gate are open with a first come first served process for where riders start within the start gate.
There will be a Pace Car which will follow the event, any rider who find themselves behind the Pace Car will be out of the event and must ride to the Highway Code. If the Pace Car passes a rider prior to the Gran Fondo cut off point, they must ride the Medio Fondo route. The cut off point location and critical time of day is stated within the Race Book.
Rider numbers will have their numbers removed if they are behind the Pace Car.What happens if I have a mechanical fault?
There will be no mechanical assistant available on the route. Riders must be self-sufficient to affect mechanical repairs or wait for the Sweep Vehicle to repatriate back to the Event HQ.Are team cars or team support allowed on the route?
All team cars and support outside of the event organisation is prohibited within the race.What happens if I require medical attention?
If you require medical attention while on the race route, contact the nearest official or make your way to the closest Pit Stop or Event HQ.I have a medical condition, do I need to inform the Event Organisers?
A medical questionnaire will be available on the event website to fill in all rider medical details.What will be available at the Pit Stops?
There will be energy supplements, fruit, sweet and savoury baked goods and water.
You can still purchase your images at www.sportograf.com/en.
Remember to have your race number to access the images of yourself.
The Podium positions are determined from the first three riders over the finish line in each age group. These rider’s must start in the Race community.How do you determine the UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualification places?
The UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualification places are determined by the chip time of each rider. Riders must start within the Race and Sport communities and rider the full Gran Fondo route to qualify. To qualify you have to be in the top 25% of the starters for your age group across both Race and Sport communities.Will I receive an event medal?
All riders will be given a finishers medal at the end of the event.How do I find out if I have qualified for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships and do I get a UCI medal?
All results will be published on the event website within 8 hours post event. All riders who have qualified will have a ‘Q’ within the results.
Riders are able to claim their UCI medal, free of charge, from an event partner. All details will be in the Race Book and sent via email.Will there be post-event food and drink available?
Event organisers will provide riders with water after the race. Various food outlets will be available within the Event HQ for riders to purchase.