Rules for
GFNY URUGUAY

1. GFNY URUGUAY is a bike ride where riders are individually timed.

2. Entry/Identification

2.1. The entry to GFNY is open to riders aged 18 or older. Registration is done online at www.gfnyuruguay.com. Online entry closes at 10 p.m. on March 13th, 2019. GFNY URUGUAY has the sole discretion over entry numbers and cut off dates. This information will be updated and available through the official site www.gfnyuruguay.com

2.2. Riders who are serving a ban by a federation for a doping violation will be refused. Riders who have served their ban are allowed to ride in the event but will not be timed and not be in the results.

2.3. Each rider has to ensure that his/her health condition is sufficient for the event. IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LOCAL REGULATIONS, ALL RIDERS MUST PRESENT A PHYSICAL FITNESS CERTIFICATE. Download Model Certificate PDF here, to be signed and sealed by your physician.

2.4. Each rider is responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. In case of riders that cannot provide valid insurance coverage, they may purchase it from GFNY URUGUAY at competitive costs.

2.5. Entries are not refundable, transferrable or deferrable.As examples: No rider shall be entitled to an entry fee refund in case of disqualification, no entries shall be refunded, deferred or transferred due to rider's cancellation, or event cancellation. Cancellation of the event proceeds only as a result of circumstances beyond the control of the organization, force majeure, and by decision of/suggested by National competent authorities, such as National Secretary of Transportation, National Transit Police/Highway Police, Maldonado City Hall.

2.6. GFNY reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, to deny entry, to revoke the entry application of any applicant at any time, and/or to disqualify any individual from the Event.

2.7. For identification/registration purposes, the only accepted pieces of I.D. are: Passport, C.I., DNI, or RG (National Identity Card types in South America). Any registered rider who cannot provide a valid photo I.D. of the described kind will not be allowed to take part on the race, and this does not enable these riders to get refunds of registration fees.

3. Equipment

3.1. Bike: any technically serviceable roadworthy bicycle is permitted. The following are not permitted for safety reasons: tandems, prone bicycles, recumbent bikes and bicycles with chair seating (except for challenged athletes), penny farthings or mono cycles. Unsafe bikes can be banned at any time during the event.

3.2. Mobile Phones. It’s mandatory to bring along a cell phone to use in case of emergency. GFNY URUGUAY will have an active cellular phone, and its number will be printed on each rider’s Identity Wristband and Jersey Number,

3.3 Triathlon/Aero handlebars are permitted IF the rider keeps both hands at the brake levers while riding within 10 meters of another rider. A violation can lead to immediate disqualification. Riders using triathlon bikes and/or aerobars will be staged in the last corral

3.4. Helmets must be worn by all riders at all times and have to be securely fastened with a chinstrap at all times while riding.

3.5. Jersey: the official event jersey of the respective year must be worn at all times. No exceptions. The numbers must be attached by safety pins or directly sewn on. Wearing a different jersey or not wearing the number properly will lead to disqualification.

3.6. Bike number: the number plate with the chip timing straps on the back must be attached to the handlebar and be clearly visible from the front at all times. Any alteration of the number will lead to disqualification or the timing chips may not work properly.

3.7. Wrist band: the wrist band must be worn at all times during the event.

3.8. Riders have to carry at least one spare tube and a functioning pump or CO2 cartridge.

3.9. The use of headphones will lead to immediate disqualification.

4. Start

4.1. The start is done on SUNDAY MARCH 18th, 2018 at controlled pace from ENJOY CONRAD, RAMBLA WILLIMAN & CHIVERTA AVE. PUNTA DEL ESTE at 8 am for BOTH the Gran Fondo, and the Medio Fondo. Entry to the start area will be clearly signaled. Riders without their GFNY jerseys, bike number, jersey number, helmet and wristband at the checkpoint will be refused access to the start

4.2. The starting corrals for the Gran Fondo & Medio Fondo open al 7 am and close at 7:45 am. If a rider is late, he/she will not be able to access the corral area nor will be eligible for competition.

4.3. Categories - Corral Order

Category is determined by rider’s age on December 31, 2018. Corrals are ordered by category set by age group. Category order is low to high, and is identified by color..

  • SPECIAL 2019 CORRAL - GFNY URUGUAY 2018 riders who registered before April 1st 2018
  • VIP CORRAL - GFNY WORLD QUALIFIERS
  • CATEGORY/CORRAL 1 - age   18 to 39 - Corral 1
  • CATEGORY/CORRAL 2 - age   40 to 44 - Corral 2
  • CATEGORY/CORRAL  3  - age   45 to 49 - Corral 3
  • CATEGORY/CORRAL  4  - age   50 to 54 - Corral 4
  • CATEGORY/CORRAL  5  - age   55 to 59 - Corral 5
  • CATEGORY/CORRAL  6   - age   60 to 64 - Corral 6
  • CATEGORY/CORRAL  7  - age   65 to 69 -  Corral 7
  • CATEGORY/CORRAL  8  - age   70 to 74 - Corral 8
  • CATEGORY/CORRAL  9 - age    75+   - Corral 9

4.4. Riders have to start in their designated corral. Riders are allowed to start in a corral further back than their designated corral. If a rider attempts to get in a corral further ahead than allocated he/she will be disqualified.

4.6. All Medio Fondo riders will start from a common corral

5. Competition

5.1. All riders are timed by chip timing from start to finish. Overall rankings are determined by flag time. Age group rankings are determined by net (chip) time. Only riders who complete the full GFNY course are eligible for competition ranking and prizes. GFNY reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, to change the rules if deemed appropriate.

5.2. The overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd riders, male & female riders will receive award prizes, as well as the male & female winners by category, PROVIDED THERE WERE A MINIMUM OF 5 RIDERS competing in the category. Distribution of the prizes is at the sole discretion of GFNY. Prizes not picked up at the awards will be distributed to other riders. Prizes will not be shipped.

5.3 In case of mechanical trouble that requires repairing beyond the en route technical support capability, the rider in trouble will be offered to be taken to the next Aid Station for a better chance at fixing the bike, though there will be no guarantee to that effect due to the wide variety of brands and models. Any rider receiving a lift to the next Aid Station will be excluded from the competition, but may still continue the race with full privileges provided he/she keeps within the time limits of the race he registered to, the GF or the MF

5.6. All protests concerning the order of finish shall be examined and resolved by the chief judge, whose decision is final and without appeal. It is the rider’s responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with the rules of the event and the course before the start. Taking alternate routes or cutting the course short leads to disqualification from the current competition and to a ban at future GFNY URUGUAY.

6. Abuse

6.1. No rider may be disrespectful toward race directors, officials, staff, riders, volunteers or spectators.

6.2. No rider may use foul or abusive language during GFNY.

6.3. No rider may assault (an unlawful attempt, coupled with the present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another) or do battery (any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another) to anyone connected with GFNY (including but not limited to riders, spectators, public officials, volunteers, staff, etc.). Should it become necessary, any violent behavior will be immediately reported to Highway and Traffic Police officers on duty involved in the race

6.4. Any of the above will lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban for Gran Fondo New York Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World events).

7. Conduct

7.1. Cyclists have to obey all laws of the road including traffic lights and stop signs unless overwritten by police.For elementary safety reasons RIDING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD IS A MATTER OF SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT. Violators of this rule will be disqualified from the event, and may be fined by local law enforcement.

7.2. No rider may make an abrupt motion so as to interfere with the forward progress of another rider, either intentionally or by accident.

7.3. Any rider who appears to present a danger to the other riders may be disqualified by GFNY neither before, during, or after the event.

7.4. Pushing or pulling or any other physical assistance among riders is prohibited in all categories except the Him&Her categories where pushing or pulling is encouraged. Devices of any sort to pull or push are not allowed.

7.5. Team cars or personal support cars are not allowed.

7.6. If a rider is laying on the ground and is visibly in difficulty, any following rider has to stop and help unless there are already at least three people helping. You may continue if a) the victim is fine or b) medical personnel has arrived. Help others, you may need help one

7.7. Any misconduct with respect to the above will lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World

8. Environment

GFNY is committed to protecting the environment. Any discarding of trash or food outside the designated trash receptacles at the aid stations or “eco zones” is prohibited and can lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York.

9. Performance Enhancing Drugs

GFNY is committed to a drug free sport. Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) are prohibited in preparation for and during any GFNY event. GFNY URUGUAY reserves the right to enforce doping controls before, during and after the event.

10. Hydration Policy

GFNY URUGUAY offers a hydration mode aligned with its general environmental policy, and consists in the Aid Stations system. This means that the riders who wish to take advantage of it must stop and refill the race bottles. WATER BOTTLES, CUPS OR RACE BOTTLES WILL NOT BE HANDLED TO RIDERS IN MOTION. Furthermore, GFNY URUGUAY advices against private hydration along the courses, for traffic safety reasons, and to preserve the utmost fairness of the competition. Those riders who, despite this advice decide to organize their own on-the-go hydration system, must do so in compliance with the following conditions:

  • There may be JUST ONE such assistance per rider in the whole race, at the Ramallo Climb, just South of intersection of Routes 60 and 12.
  • Under no circumstance there will be such assistances done in any other sections of the course apart from the location mentioned above
  • Private assistance crews must park all vehicles in open spots, away from road shoulders, and observe general traffic regulations.
  • Crew members who handle the water must do so ON FOOT and on the RIGHT SIDE shoulder ONLY.
  • As a rule, race bottle handling is advised. In case water bottles or cups are handled, it is the duty and responsibility of the assisting crew to pick up after the riders and dispose of any and all trash derived from these actions.
  • ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE ABOVE WILL RESULT IN 15 MINUTE PENALIZATION OF THE PRIVATELY ASSISTED RIDER.

    11. Acceptance of Risk

    All those who ride and compete under these rules do so at their own risk. No liability shall attach to GFNY URUGUAY or any of its officials with respect to any loss or injury sustained or caused by anyone competing or riding, or in support of riders who take part in GFNY URUGUAY.

    12. Rule Changes

    Rules can be altered if deemed necessary at sole discretion of GFNY.