1. Principle

No restriction applies to the type of human powered vehicle used during the races. The only requisite is that only human power is used and that competitors must be riding safely for themselves and others. Since the proposed races are varied, it should allow different vehicle types to be competitive. Nevertheless, prizes will be awarded in each category in addition to the overall world champion title.

Any person entering the competition will have to produce a medical certificate stating his physical ability to cycle in competition, dated less than one year at the start of the competition.

Any person less than 18 years old at the date of competition will have to provide a parental authorization in order to take part to the competition.

The event is organized jointly under the responsibility of the french associations affiliated both to WHPVA and IHPVA, namely France-HPV et l’AFV.

Every competitor is expected to have read and accepted the present rules.


2. Safety

2.1. The vehicle should have sufficient braking power (at least 2 brakes) and stability. Machines with sharp, protruding bits or open tube ends will be deemed unsafe. In case of doubt contact the organization committee.

2.2. The rider should wear a hard-shell helmet. This is also the case for fully enclosed vehicles. This helmet has to be certified by a national or international organism (CE, TÜV…)

2.3. Chainguard is compulsory except when the chainring is inside a fairing or protected by the frame.

2.4. For open road races, although access will be blocked at most junctions, some emergency vehicles might be allowed to move in the same direction as the riders. It is thus very important that you ride safely and obey french traffic regulations (cycle only on the right lane, allow others to overtake, etc). The organizers will make sure that marshals are posted at corners to improve safety, but ultimately the responsibility is yours!


3. Competition

The official timetable for the competitions will be available on the internet and on the organization site in due time. Please refer to this timetable in particular for starting times. An eventual late arrival could lead to disqualification for the race.

3.1. Specific rules for uphill race

3.1.1 Starts are individual within a time frame established beforehand. Starting interval will be 1 min (or less when required). The riders have to be present at least 5min before their starting time. Help at the start is allowed.

3.2. Specific rules for sprints

3.2.1 Starts are individual within a time frame established beforehand. Starting interval will be 1 min (or less when required). The riders have to be present at least 5min before their starting time. Help at the start is allowed.

3.2.2 After your run, quickly free the race track for the following riders.

3.3.3 Stay in the authorized areas of the airport.

3.3. Specific rules for road criterium.

3.3.1 A starting grid will be established based on the results of the previous races. If a vehicle requires help for starting it will be placed at the back of the grid.

3.3.2 The competitor must be able to free himself from the vehicle without assistance (useful in case of mechanical failure or crash).

3.3.3 Drafting is allowed.

3.3.4 The race ends when the first rider has completed the 10 laps. In other words, if you are overtaken once, you will only have to complete 9 laps.


4. Vehicle classes

4.1 Three main classes for which world title will be awarded:

4.1.1 UF - Unfaired: vehicle without any fairing, front or rear.

4.1.2 SF - Semi-faired: vehicle with either front or rear fairing.

4.1.3 FF - Fully faired: vehicle with both front and rear fairing.

4.2 Several sub-classes that will apply for a minimum of 5 entries:

4.2.1. 2UF - 2 wheels unfaired.

4.2.2. 2SF - 2 wheels semi-faired.

4.2.3. 2FF - 2 wheels fully faired.

4.2.4. MP - Multi-person vehicle (2 or more).

4.2.5. TR - Trike: 3 wheels vehicle excluding velomobiles.

4.2.6. VM - Velomobile: including fully or partly faired trikes.

4.2.7. RB - Rowing bike.

4.2.8. HB - Handbike: hand powered vehicle for disabled.

4.2.9. PB - Prone bike.

4.2.10. UB - Upright bike such as UCI, triathlon, folding.

Points combination for the world title is only valid for a couple human/machine in the same class. Nevertheless, racing on several vehicles in different classes is allowed. See below for point attribution matters.

If you have any doubt on your vehicle class, send a picture to the organization committee.


5. Competitor classes

These classes will exist only for a minimum of 5 entries.

5.1. Woman Junior → younger than 18

5.2. Woman Senior → 18 to 49 years old

5.3. Woman Veteran → 50 or more

5.4. Man Junior → younger than 18

5.5. Man Senior → 18 to 49 years old

5.6. Man Veteran → 50 or more


6. Points

6.1 Base points (Pbase) are allocated with respect to ranking independently of vehicle or competitor classes. The point range and distribution will be established according to the number of entrants.

6.2 In order to take into account the rider’s performance, a weighting will be applied on the basis of the ratio of the best time and the rider’s time. For instance, if the best time for the 200m is t_best then a rider racing in t_xxxx will receive the following points: Ptime = P_base * (t_best / t_xxx). An extra bonus will also be applied for the 10 best racers (Prime).

Example for 200m

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 20 50 100 200
Time 10 10.1 10.3 10.5 11 11.5 11.8 11.9 12 12.2 12.3 12.6 13.1 14.1
Pbase 2000 1990 1980 1970 1960 1950 1940 1930 1920 1910 1810 1510 1010 10
Ptime 2000 1970 1922 1876 1781 1695 1644 1621 1600 1565 1471 1198 771 7
Prime 15% 12% 10% 8% 6% 5% 4% 3% 2% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Ptotal 2300 2206 2115 2026 1889 1780 1710 1671 1632 1581 1471 1198 771 7

6.3 The all category or open class world champion title will be awarded to the competitor obtaining the greater point number combined over the different races.

6.4 The other titles will be awarded to competitors in their respective classes.

6.5 For multi-person vehicles, each rider earns point with respect to his ranking.

6.6 For multiple-person vehicles changing any rider either during a race or between races is not allowed.

6.7 During a race a change of vehicle is not allowed. Only replacing secondary elements (wheel, chain rings...) is allowed.

6.8 Removing any part of a fairing (leading to a class change) during a race is not allowed.

6.9 If a fairing part is modified or removed between races and it leads to a class change, points will not be combined.


7. Time keeping

7.1 A transponder will be used for all races. Competitors are responsible for its proper installation on their vehicle and for any damage or loss.

7.2 All participants will receive one (or 2) race number(s). It will have to be fitted on the right side of the vehicle so as to be clearly visible.


8. Complaints

For any complaint concerning ranking, points or race conditions, get in touch with the organization committee.


9. Prize ceremony

The prize ceremony will take place after the road criterium on Sunday at Saône.