Race Regulations

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  1. 24. Tartu Rattamaraton (hereinafter RM) is organized by Club Tartu Maraton in co-operation with its sponsors and supporters and according to the competition rules of the UCI, current Race Regulations and decisions of the Board of the Club Tartu Maraton. RM is the fifth stage of Tartu Maraton Cube.
  2. In addition to the main race on 19th of September, there will be a virtual race on 10th to 26th of September according to separate regulations. Registration to the virtual race will not give the right to participate on the main race and vice versa. A participant can take part in one distance either on the main race or the virtual one, but not both. 
  3. 24. RM will take place on September 19, 2021. 
    • 88,7 km (hereinafter 89 km) mass start will be given at 10:00 on Tehvandi Ski Stadium in Otepää. 
    • 40 km mass start will be given at 13:00 on Tehvandi Ski Stadium in Otepää. 
    • 21 km mass start will be given at 10:00 at Palu service point.
    • The finish for all three distances is located near Elva, in Tartumaa Tervisespordikeskus.
  4. 40 and 21 km races are not competitive and there are no prize-giving, results though will be valid for Tartu Maraton Cube overall ranking. 
  5. There are 6 service and split timing points (SP) on the 89 km track: 1. Matu 12,3 km, 2. Ande 23,8 km, 3. Puka 36,5 km, 4. Astuvere 50,6 km, 5. Palu 66,3 km 6. Hellenurme 77,2 km and 2 sprints: 1. Matu 12,2 km, 2. Palu 66,3 km. There are 3 SPs on the 40 km track: 1. Kannistiku 9,9 km, 2. Palu 18,7 km 3. Hellenurme 29,6 km. There is 1 SP on the 21 km track: Hellenurme (10,9 km).
  6. Waste areas for keeping our environment clean. There will be marked waste areas on the race course before and after every service point and at other specially signed sections. Please dispose your waste (drinking bottles, gel tubes etc.) next to the course, do not throw it to the forest or road ditch, where it is hard to find for cleaning crew after the event. It is prohibited to litter outside of waste areas! Organizers and commissaries have the right to disqualify or fine the violators. Disqualification can also be based on photo or video recordings.
  7. Control times of SP’s: 
    Check point 89 km 40 km 21 km
    Embach Matu SP 12,3 km 11:15  - -
    Ande SP 23,8 km 12:30  - -
    Puka SP 36,5 km 14:30  - -
    Astuvere SP 50,6 km 15:00  - -
    Kannistiku SP 9,9 km - 14:30 -
    Hawaii Express Palu SP 66,3 km / 18,7 km 16:30 16:30 -
    Hellenurme SP 77,2 km / 29,6 km / 10,9 km 17:15 17:15 11:15
    RC Cola drink station  85,4 km / 36,7 km
    Finish 88,7 km / 40 km / 21 km 18.30 18.30 12:30
    The riders, who have not passed the SP before the control time, will be disqualified and transported to the finish by bus.
  8. The race course runs mainly on gravel and forest roads, and partially on asphalt. The course is marked at least 48 hours before the start, as stated in the UCI Rules. Roads are open to traffic. Riders must follow traffic rules, signs and the traffic officers’ orders. No team service vehicles are allowed onto the race course, except for the commissaries` and organizer’s cars that have been marked with special markings.
  9. The choice of the bicycle is free. Moving along the course with a car or other motorized vehicle (including electric bicycle), and/or using other unsanctioned outside help (e.g. a female rider being pushed by a male competitor) will lead to disqualification. Disqualification may also be based on a video recording of the race, which shall be revised before publishing the official race results. 
    • A competitor may start on non-standard cycling equipment (points 1.3.007-1.3.009 and provision 1.3.024 of the UCI CR) only with the consent of the chief commissaire and under predefined conditions, and without endangering other competitors on the race course. The result of the participant who has such consent shall be protocolled separately.
  10. Technical service is offered at the start and at all SP-s for free, spare parts have to be paid for and are not guaranteed.
  11. Everyone will participate at their own responsibility!  It is advisable to have an accident and/or health insurance. Organizers are not liable for participants’ health problems or damaged/lost personal belongings.
  12. Wearing a helmet is obligatory, without it, the competitor shall be disqualified. Disqualification may also be based on a video recording of the event, which shall be revised before publishing the official results.
  13. Age limit: all riders born in 2006 (40 km and 21 km 2009) or earlier and are sufficiently trained are allowed to participate. In special cases, younger riders are allowed to participate, if they present a written approval from their coach or are accompanied by a parent on the track. 
    Age groups of 89 km: 
    Women: N17 (year of birth 2006-04), N20 (03-01), N21 (2000-1987), N35 (86-82), N40 (81-77), N45 (76-72), N50 (71- 67), N55 (66-62), N60 (61-57), N65 (56-52), N70 (51 or earlier);
    Men: M17 (2006-04), M20 (03-01), M21 (2000-1987), M35 (86-82), M40 (81-77), M45 (76-72), M50 (71-67), M55 (66-62), M60 (61-57), M65 (56-52), M70 (51-47), M75 (46-42), M80 (41 or earlier). 
  14. Start groups: 
    Start groups 89 km start numbers 40 km start numbers 21 km start numbers
    Elite 1-1005 5001-5200 -
    1. 101-300 5201-5500 8001-...
    2. 301-500 5501-6000
    3. 501-700 6001-6500
    4. 701-1000 6501-7000
    5. 1001-1500 7001-8000
    6. 1501-2000 -
    7. 2001-2500 -
    8. 2501-3000 -
    9. 3001-3500 -
    10. 3501-... -

    The start groups for Tartu Rattamaraton are assembled taking firstly into account the safety of the participants which is why riders of the same level shall be placed in similar groups. The best parameter of one's capabilities is their previous result at the Tartu Rattamaraton.

    Participants that do not have a result from the Tartu Rattamaraton of 2020 or 2019 can, if they wish to, present results from other stages of Estonian cycling competitions (MTBEst and Estonian Cup) of 2021 (if there aren't any, then in exceptional cases results of 2020 may be considered). For these results to be taken into account an e-mail must be sent to with your request and results and with a reference to the website where the finish protocols of the mentioned competition can be found, by the end of the II registration round. Applications sent later shall not be taken under consideration.

    In forming the start groups for both race distances, previous results are only taken in account at registering before 13.09.2021.

    • Results from the same race distance of the Tartu Rattamaraton take priority. The finishing positions in the Tartu Rattamaraton in 2020 (coef. 1), or in 2019, if necessary, (coef. 1.1) shall be taken into account.
    • The right to start in the 89 km elite group shall be awarded to only the cyclists who possess a valid ME or MU cycling licence (issued by a national cycling association that is a member of UCI), top 100 male riders and top 20 female riders from Tartu Rattamaraton 2020.
    • Riders that have not participated in the Rattamaraton in 2020 and 2019 shall be positioned in the last start groups (except for professional cyclists who shall be positioned individually).
    • Based on the short distance results in 2020 and 2019, starting placements from the 4th start group shall be available.
    • Every rider must enter the start gate according to his/her start number. Participants, who start in an earlier start corridor than their start number would allow them to, are disqualified. Exceptions are made for participants that wish to start in a later start group.
    • The start list by start groups will be issued within one week of the first round of registrations, the start list by start numbers will be issued on website three days before the race.
  15. Registration takes place: 
    • on Club Tartu Maraton’s website www.tartumaraton.ee until 17:00 on 18.09.2021;
    • in Club Tartu Maraton until 17:00 on 17.09.2021 (information ph: +372 7421 644);
    • in the race centre at the Lõunakeskus skating rink (Ringtee 75, Tartu) on 18.09. from 10:00 till 17:00.
    • Info about the participation awards HERE 

    • Info about registration to club or company competition is available  HERE

  16. Entry fees: 
    Deadline 89 km 40 km 21 km
    up to 23.08.2021 45 € 35 € 25 €
    24.08.-13.09.2021 55 € 45 € 35 €
    14.09.-18.09.2021 80 € 60 € 40 €
    NB! No registration on the day of the race! A 50% discount is available for the youth up to the age of 18 (included), this discount does not apply to the re-registration fee.
  17. In case of waiving the right to participate, the entry fee will not be refunded, but by submitting a doctor's note by 18.09.21 at 17:00, 50% of the paid registration fee will be transferred to the participant's account in the self service environment of Club Tartu Maraton as a credit which can be used to pay for the registration to next races in the Cube series.
  18. Re-registration is the alteration of the participant’s name or the race distance. Re-registration takes place:
    • on Club Tartu Maraton’s website www.tartumaraton.ee until 17:00 on 18.09.2021;
    • in the race centre at the Lõunakeskus skating rink (Ringtee 75, Tartu) on 18.09. from 10:00 till 17:00.
    • There will be no re-registration on the day of the race.  
    • Re-registration of person of the same distance is free of charge until end of the second registration wave, later all re-registrations will cost 10 € + difference of the participation fees of distances.
    • Starting under wrong name leads to disqualification!
    • In case of a lost / left behind start number, a 10 € replacement fee must be paid.
  19. Handout of start numbers takes place in the race centre at the Lõunakeskus skating rink (Ringtee 75, Tartu, www.lounakeskus.com ) on 18.09. at 10:00-19:00; and on 19.09 at the start area in Otepää for 89 km race at 8.00-9.50, for 40 km race 10.30-12.50 and in Palu feeding point for 21 km race 8:30-9:50.
  20. Cancellation of the event

    1. If the event is cancelled due to a force majeure the participation fees shall be refunded in accordance with the current regulations and rights of the organiser which state that the organiser may deduce the sum used for already made arrangements.

    2. In case of cancelling event due to force majeure with an announcement of the cancellation 72 hours beforehand, 50% of participation fees will be transferred to participants’ self service accounts as credit which can be used for next entry fee payments in the Cube series. The credit is valid until the end of the 1st registration period of the next Tartu Rattamaraton.

      1. If the participant does not wish to use the transfer possibilities mentioned under p.20.2. and wishes to be refunded the 50% of the participation fee, he/she is obliged to present Club Tartu Maraton with a proper application in the course of 1 month after the cancelled event’s date. This must be done by post (Laulupeo pst. 25, 51007 Tartu) or by e-mail (tartumaraton@tartumaraton.ee).

      2. All private persons whose 50% of participation fees will be transferred to next events are obliged to confirm their registration and pay the rest of the participation fee by the end of the first registration period of the next Tartu Rullumaraton. After the named date no complaints will be accepted or satisfied.

      3. Participation fees paid by legal entities (enterprises, clubs, etc.) are only to be transferred to next events. This means that they cannot be refunded. People who were registered to the event by a given enterprise will not be automatically transferred. The 50% of fees paid will be transferred to the account of the representative of the given legal entity. The representative of the enterprise is obliged to renew the registration list (make a new group registration) by the end of the first deadline of registration for the following year’s Tartu Rattamaraton. After this deadline it is no longer possible to use last year’s participation fees and no later complaints will be satisfied.

    3. A force majeure is considered to be any unpredictable event that the organiser has no control over. The organiser cannot change its time or way of occurrence, control it or stop it from happening (e.g. war, rebellion, strike, fire, flood, earthquake, (snow)storm, downpour or any other act of nature, etc.)

    4. If the event is cancelled due to a force majeure no expenditures made to third parties by the participants are to be compensated by the organisers of Tartu Rattamaraton. We advise participants from abroad to purchase a travel insurance that would cover the expenses caused by the cancellation of the event.

    5. If the parties cannot find an agreement the discords shall be solved in accordance with the Estonian laws in the Tartu county court.

  21. Start fee includes: marked course; starting package; time-keeping (only in case of correctly attached time-keeping chip during the whole race); result in the results list (on short race in alphabetical order); service and catering in all SP-s and the finish; awarding (diploma with the name, time on all distances and placing only on 89 km); medal; transport of luggage from the start to the finish; medical service, if necessary; transport for abandoned riders, gold and silver pins according to the statute.
  22. Time-keeping is performed with an electronic timing chip which is attached to the backside of the handlebar start number. The chip may not be removed or damaged in any way. The chip is meant for one-time use only and there is no need for it to be returned to the Organizer after the event.
  23. To get the finishing result, the 24. RM start number with the timing chip must be attached on to the handlebar in a visible location from the moment the starting corridor is entered till arrival at the finish. The shape and size of the start numbers may not be altered, e.g. by cutting or folding the edges.
  24. Unofficial results will be constantly updated on the information board in the finish area, on the website http://www.tartumaraton.ee.  If your result is missing from the unofficial results, you should inform immediately the Race Secretary. Protests concerning unofficial results can be brought up until 17:00 on the first Wednesday after the race at the Race Office in Club Tartu Maraton. Official results will be issued by 17:00 on the first Friday after the race on the website www.tartumaraton.ee.
  25. Special shuttle busses are used for transporting participants from Tartu and the finish parking lot in Elva in the morning of the marathon day to the start location. The transportation of bikes takes place for bus ticked owners with the special trucks which will follow the shuttle bus. Riding the special bus lines is for a fee of 4 €, if purchased previously, and 6 € on the marathon day. The pre-sale of bus tickets is performed at the Race Centre and other places that have been named by the organizer. The bus schedules of the shuttle buses are published on the Club’s website by no later than 2 weeks prior to the race.
  26. Parking in Otepää is is free of charge; cars are directed to the parking lots in the order of fulfill.  Parking in the finish car park (Elva-Hellenurme 2 km) costs 5 € when purchased from pre-sale, and 10 € on the event day. For buses with more than 10 seats it is free of charge.
  27. Medical aid is organized by the Estonian Disaster Relief Team. There are ambulances in the start, in the finish and in all SP-s. If you see someone in trouble on the course, please try to help and let the organizers know immediately or call 112!
  28. The awards ceremony takes place in the finish area as stated in the program. 

    • 6 first men and 6 women of 24. RM 89 km will be awarded.

    • There will be special prizes for sprint winners and cups for age group winners of 89 km.

    • The top three teams in the clubs' / companies' standings are awarded with cups and free entries to the next event of the Tartu Maraton Cube.  The cups are handed over at the prize-giving ceremony of the next event of Cube (Tartu City Marathon)  in accordance to the time schedule indicated in the program of the event. Information about free entries will be sent directly to the e-mail of representative of the club or company. 

    • All prizes will be issued on the basis of start number or ID. 

    • Cash prizes will be transferred to the winners` bank accounts after the official result lists have been validated and the results of any doping tests have been received. The income tax (20% of the award sum) is withheld from all of the cash awards, in accordance with the Estonian legislation.

    • An athlete who is not present in the official award ceremony loses one’s right to an award.

  29. Lost and found items must be handed over to the secretariat (at the start area) or to SP chiefs (at service points). The lost and found items shall be brought to the finish, where they are stored at the Lost and found item’s post. Lost and found items can also be claimed from Club Tartu Maraton’s office within 1 month of the Rattamaraton.
  30. By enrolling to the Tartu Rattamaraton, the participant confirms the willingness to abide by the current race regulations and gives the permission to use the shot photo and video material for the promotion of the event.
  31. With making the entry, the participant confirms the willingness to abide by the Privacy Policy which can be found on the website of Club Tartu Maraton.
  32. The participants of the Tartu Rattamaraton respect clean and honest sports. The international anti-doping rules are fully implemented in the event, and due to this, the Estonian Anti-Doping Agency (www.antidoping.ee) and other anti-doping organisations have got the right to carry out doping tests among all of the participants.
  33. The protests concerning the race results, breaking the Rules, etc. must be brought up with the UCI Commissaire of the race: concerning first 200 finishers, within 1 hour after the 200th participant has finished; concerning all the others, until the closing time of the finish. The cost of a protest (except of the ones concerning race results) is 40 €, which will be refunded only when the protest has been met. All protests concerning the race will be solved by the Commissaries Panel.
  34. Other unforeseen cases will be solved by the Organizing Committee and the Commissaires Panel.