All three days were presented. Calling to start for Saturday and Sunday was announced at 20 minutes before the start in order to put up to 70 riders in position in time for the start. The audience proposed to reduce the call out time due to the cold and to allow the first row of riders to get their position and then leave to continue warm up.
The proposal has been considered. It’s cold and we’ve looked at the size of the start fields and have reduced the call up time to 12 minutes for the largest start fields and 10 minutes for the rest. For simplicity we want only two alternatives although the smallest start fields can be positioned faster than 10 minutes. If you are not in place when your name is called, you lose your position and have to stand at the back.
With this reduction we will not allow any riders to leave their positions to continue their warm up.
Information for Saturday
Short course / XCC (11 years and older)
Calling out to start:
- 12 minutes before for M 13–14, M 15–16, M Elite. Please be ready and find your position quickly.
- 10 minutes before for the rest
None of the XCC courses include A lines.
For riders 11–16 years old, remember the rules for minimum bike weight, ask the commissaires if you are unsure. Commissaires will check a number of riders either before you start or after you’ve finished.
Use the weights to check that your bike is OK.
There have been some questions about the calculation of the total time for the stage race. The results in the stage race are a ranking of riders’ total time. The bonus seconds from the XCC are deducted when calculating the total time in the stage race, and therefore have no effect on the results for the individual stage/race. There are bonus seconds for the first eight riders at each round and at the finish.
XCO / green course (10 years and younger)
Calling out to the start for 10 years and younger: 10 minutes before