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The Arabian Epic Series - Training & Race Programme (pdf)

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Please read the following information carefully for the various costs, dates, FAQs, eligibility, rules, hints & tips, fitness requirements, and more

Registration Process - please read carefully

The process starts on our HOME page. Click on your preferred option, then you will be taken to PremierOnline to complete the process.

  • You must create an athlete account  and provide some personal information
  • You will be automatically taken to a selection of events that you are eligible for
  • You can select the event with the package that you require
  •  Should you need bike hire, or apparel, there is a 'shop' option
  • Prices displayed exclusive of VAT so  the remaining 5% will be added at checkout
  • There is a 5% administration fee added at checkout
  • You will then receive your receipt by email and SMS

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General information

Eligibility

 The Arabian Epic Series is open to professional and amateur mountain bikers. No qualification is required.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and have the necessary fitness level to participate in their chosen discipline (either XCM 1.0 or XCM 0.5).  

Fitness Levels

 It is every rider's responsibility to ensure that they arrive at the race start with the necessary fitness level to participate. 

You are required to have a full medical checkup by your doctor before taking part. This includes supplying race organisers with the rider's medical history for the race doctors. This is essential for the planning and delivery of medical care at the event. Each rider must also sign a personal indemnity form before they are able to compete.  

Race Preparation

 Most riders begin planning for marathon races like these months in advance. It is impossible to over-prepare.

Although a lot of planning goes into the physical training, nutrition strategy and preparation of your bike, mental preparation is just as important. Willpower is just as likely to get you through a tough stage as the latest and greatest carbon mountain bike. We suggest finding a veteran of mountain bike stage racing or previous finisher to help guide your preparation.  

Hints & Tips (pre-race)

  1. Agree upfront a training strategy and set achievable goals.
  2. You will need lots of sleep and rest and good nutrition the week before.
  3. Get the best riding shorts that you can afford and get used to them.
  4. Three sets of team kit should be sufficient.
  5. Get the best that you can afford.
  6. Buy bike early and don’t make any changes before race.
  7. Have your bike professionally set up.
  8. Ensure you schedule a full bike service at least three weeks before the race.
  9. Nothing should change after January in time for stage race.
  10. You will need spares.

Hints & Tips (during race)

  1. One day at a time (stage race).
  2. Start fresh and finish strong.
  3. Always hydrate and refuel at a feed station even if you feel you don't need to.
  4. Ride at your own pace. Pace yourself!
  5. Get to Stage 2 and then aim for Stage 4 (stage race).
  6. Break long days down into sections.
  7. Know the cut off times and don’t get caught out.
  8. Get as much food into you at lunch (if you're back in time) and dinner. 
  9. Get to bed early. It's amazing how your body recovers overnight.
  10. Soak up the wonders of the surroundings!
  11. Check out www.marathonmtb.com!

What to Pack (multi-day race)

  1. Form of photo identification (ID/passport) - for race registration.
  2. Credit card for emergency expenses.
  3. Cable ties (these are always useful).
  4. Bio-degradable washing detergent.
  5. Personal toiletries (including high-factor sun cream, after-sun lotion and lip balm)
  6. Towel
  7. Casual clothes
  8. Mosquito repellent and anti-histamine.
  9. Ear plugs
  10. Laundry Bag
  11. Sleeping bag and sheet liner
  12. Torch
  13. Mobile phone & charger

The Basic Rules

  1. A rider must start and finish on the same bike.
  2. Technical or any other assistance can take place only at designated tech zones, unless provided by a fellow rider.
  3. Being towed by vehicles results in automatic disqualification! It has happened before!!
  4.  A rider that does not finish a stage within the allotted time is classified as a 'Did Not Finish' (DNF) for the full event. That rider can still take part in all remaining stages in the multi-day stage race.

Rider FAQs

  1. Pick-up and drop-off to the airport after the event? YES (excluding "Race Entry Fee Only" entrants). 
  2. For stage races, how many nights of hospitality is provided in the package? FOUR. Riders can book accommodation for the night before or the night after the races at an additional cost. 
  3. Prizes? YES. Prize money for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and lots of other prizes too.
  4.  Viewing points for friends & family? YES. 
  5. Weather? Each country varies, so see the information on the following websites. 


The Points System

  1. Points are awarded based on a rider's finishing position. The rider with the most points at the end of the 5-race series becomes the Series Gold Champion, followed by the Silver and Bronze Champions. This applies to all categories.
  2. Each point a rider 'earns' carries a USD value, and will be off-set as a discount against the entry fees for the stage races.
  3. One point = a discount value of USD 1
  4. The winner of a one-day race 'earns'  200 points. Second place 'earns' 180 points. Third place 'earns' 160 points. Fourth place 'earns' 140 points, and each placing thereafter 'earns' one point less (for example, fifth place will 'earn' 139 points and so on)

In summary, should one rider win all 5 races, then that rider will receive a discount of USD 1,000 from any one of the stage races chosen, or the discount can be spread across multiple races.

Ratings

Individual and overall classification according to times:

  • Ratings: Adding up time of all stages. Disqualified riders who have exceeded the time control will be excluded from the classification.
  • Identical times: The lowest number of all rankings will be considered.
  • Equality: In case of equality the better ranking of the last stage will be considered (for the multi-day race).

Items You'll Need

 Each participant has to bring: 

  • A complete bike
  • An appropriate cycling helmet

Some additional items you should bring:

  • Brake pads and discs
  • One set of spare wheels
  • Derailleur and derailleur hanger
  • Chain and chain links
  • Zip ties
  • Shifting cables. 
  • If you have enough space, pedals and a saddle might be useful too
  • Chain oil and cleaning cloth
  • Two tyres: tubeless and solid tires are strongly recommended
  • Inner tubes
  • Pump for suspensions
  • Pump for tyres
  • CO2 cans
  • Multi tool

Downloads Provided

 Before the race:

  • GPS files
  • Starter List
  • Race Program
  • Rules & Regulations

After the race:

  • Results


* Please note: due to weather and other uncontrollable factors in this region, management may have to re-organise the pre-planned route at any point up to race day.