Setouchi Shimanami Kaido International Cycling Meeting CYCLING Shimanami 2024 Event Rules

  • The “Event Rules” are defined as the rules that people participating (herein “participants”) in Setouchi Shimanami Kaido International Cycling Meeting, ‘CYCLING Shimanami 2024’ (herein “the event”) must observe or take note of.
    Participants will be deemed to have agreed to all terms and conditions by completing their entry into event.
  • 【important】
    In order to hold a safe and accident-free event, we have consulted with related organizations and are now able to run on major expressways.
    Violation of this benefit may result in the event being canceled or not being held in the future.
    Please be sure to read and abide by the terms and conditions.
    There are harsh opinions from local residents regarding the manners of participants who do not comply with these rules. In addition to obeying road traffic laws, please also observe good manners and be considerate of local residents and fellow participants.

1 General Notes

  • 1. This event is not a race measuring rank or time. Participants are responsible for paying sufficient attention to safety and health management and participating in the tournament with safety as the top priority.
  • 2. Participants must confirm, understand, and accept the rules, precautions, important matters, and pledges (herein “Event Rules”)set by the organizer in advance before participating in this event.Participants who violate the rules will not be allowed to participate in this event.
  • 3. Participants should pay attention to the announcements and mailed materials from the event organizer and make efforts to obtain the latest information on this event through the official web site and other media channels.
  • 4. Participants not in compliance with the “Event Rules”, may have their right to participate revoked.

2 Participant Eligibility

(1) To the participants for all courses
  • ①Participants must be in good health and able to complete their selected course within the time limit
  • Course Express way All sections
    A About23km(Mukaishima IC -Omishima IC)Within 1 hours 5 minutes About70km Within 5 hours
    B About17km(Mukaishima IC - Administrative Road to Ikuchijima Minami IC)Within 55 minutes About55km Within 4 hours
    C About17km(Mukaishima IC - Administrative Road to Ikuchijima Minami IC)Within 55 minutes About70km Within 6 hours
    D About43km(Imabari IC-Innoshima Minami IC)Within 2 hours 20 minutes About140km Within 7 hours 50 minutes
    E About43km(Imabari IC-Innoshima Minami IC)Within 2 hours 20 minutes About65km Within 4 hours 30 minutes
    F About35km(Imabari IC-Ikuchijima Minami IC)Within 2 hours 5 minutes About75km Within 6 hours
    G About30km(Imabari IC-Omishima IC)Within 1 hours 35 minutes About100km Within 7 hours 30 minutes
    H About17km(Imabari IC-Oshima BS)Within 1 hours 25 minutes About40km Within 4 hours 30 minutes
  • * Time spent at Aid Stations, on a ship, etc. is included.
  • This table is only the estimated time it will take for the last participant to travel the relevant section.
  • In reality, each course has its own checkpoint and finish closing times, so be sure to run within the time limits.
(2)Course A-G
Participants must be 15 years or older and have already completed a course of the same distance that they are registering for in a previous cycling event.
(3)Course H
Participants must be 9 years or older and able to ride on their own. Riders under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

3 Bicycle Class Rules

(1) Allowable Bicycle Class
  • ① Bicycles must be equipped and fully featured for road-cycling, complying with laws and regulations.
  • ② Bicycles shall be freewheel with gears and both front and rear brakes in perfect working condition.
  • ③ Electric bicycles which fit into the types exemplified above are allowed.
    However, we will not charge your battery on the day of the event. (Only vehicles that meet the Bicycle Class Rules for each course can be used.)We recommend that you apply to the appropriate course to its travel range and to bring an extra battery on the day of the event.
Allowed

Course A-G <Sport-type bicycle>
・Road bike
・MTB Mountain bicycle
・Hybrid bicycle
・Small tire diameter bicycle (16-24 inches in diameter)
Course H <Sport-type bicycle/City bicycle/Tandem bicycle>
・Road bike
・MTB Mountain bicycle
・Hybrid bicycle
・Small tire diameter bicycle (16-24 inches in diameter)
・City bicycle (with drive train system)
・Tandem bicycle(Two-seater only)
Prohibited

×

Certain types of bicycles have been deemed ineligible for use during the event due to safety concerns even if it is allowed to rider on the public roads.
City bicycle with electrically assisted bicycles cannot be used on courses A to G. Only H course can be used.
・Piste bicycle (fixed gear)
・Recumbent bicycle
・Hand cycle
・Bicycle with training wheels
・Bicycle trailer
・Bicycle with auxiliary chair for a child
・Any vehicle which is not within the limits outlined for each course

*There are no restrictions to tire type or width, but please note that tubular tires are unable to repair.

*City bicycle with electrically assisted bicycles cannot be used on courses A to G. Only H course can be used.

(2) Handlebar shape
  • 1)Handlebars without a quick brake operation and/or are unfit for controlling on steep roads are prohibited.
  • 2)Handlebars differing from the original equipment and are considered dangerous for travel are prohibited.
Sport-type bicycle  Allowed

・Ordinary drop handlebar
・Flat bar (Bar ends are usable)
・Riser bar
・Bullhorn handlebar
Prohibited

×

・DH handlebar
・Clip-on bar
・Spinaci
・An extension handlebar which is attached to the drop handle listed above

  • DH handlebar
  • Clip-on bar
  • Spinaci
City bicycle /
Tandem bicycle
Allowed

・The handlebar equipped at the point of purchase or the one which is the same form
Prohibited

×

・Any handlebar which is different from the one equipped at the point of purchase
・Any handlebar angled beyond necessity or oppositely-attached, although they are the same form
(3) Accessories ・ Equipment
  • 1)All participants are required to wear a helmet and recommended to wear gloves, and their bicycles must have a headlight, tail light or reflector, and a bell.
  • 2)Accessories which are not necessary for the ride and prevent safe riding are prohibited.
Necessary equipment ・Helmet (leather or fabric helmet is prohibited.)
・Bell
・Headlight
・Taillight or light reflector
 *Taillight is advisable for the ride in tunnels.
Recommended ・Gloves
Allowed ・Bottle cage
・Cyclocomputer
・Saddlebag
・Mudguards
・Cameras (only allowed when they are fixed directly onto bicycles or helmets etc. with adequate protection from falls)
・Others, necessary for the ride
Prohibited ・Accessories which are not necessary for the ride and prevent safe riding
・Baggage or clothes carried in any bike baskets are prohibited.

4 Bicycle Inspection and Supervision, Clothing, Accessories

(1) Bicycle Inspection
  • ① Participants are responsible for preparing and maintaining their bicycles in accordance with the rules and regulations. All bicycles must be equipped with a headlight, taillight or light reflectors, and a bell.
  • ② Participants are encouraged to undergo inspections and maintenance of their bicycles in advance at a bicycle shop or elsewhere.
  • ③ Participants are required to submit a self-conducted bicycle inspection report at the reception on the day before the event.
  • On the day of the event, event staff will conduct visual inspections of bicycles.
    Bicycles that the organizer deems to be insufficiently maintained or unable to ride safely will not be allowed to participate.
(2) Bicycle supervision, theft and damage
  • ① The organizer does not take responsibility for theft, damage, loss, etc. of bicycles.
(3) Clothing
  • ① When riding a bicycle, wear clothing that is suitable for exercise and highly visible, and wearing costumes and costumes is prohibited.
  • ② Participants must wear helmets while riding and are encouraged to wear gloves to protect themselves from injury in case of a fall.
(4) Accessories
  • ① Participants must have a number on their clothing, as the registration number will be used by the organizer to identify the participant. If you are carrying a backpack, attach it to your backpack and make sure it is visible.
  • ②  Attach your bicycle number to the handlebar so that it can be seen from the front. Also, attach your helmet bib to the front so that it can be seen from the front.
  • ③ Participants are in principal required to repair flat tires on their own. Please carry the necessary tools, an air pump and a spare inner tube.
  • ④ Please carry gear appropriate for the weather (rain gear, wind breakers, etc).
  • ⑤ Participants should carry their health insurance, cell phone and money in case of emergency.
  • ⑥ Participants are encouraged to bring food and drinks or a water bottle.
  • ⑦ Participants are not allowed to carry items in the basket of their bicycles when riding because of the danger falling items could pose to others.

5 During the Event

We have consulted with related organizations and are now able to run on major expressways.
Violation of this benefit may result in the event being canceled or not being held in the future.
Please be sure to read and abide by the terms and conditions.

(1) General riding rules
  • ① Please obey all traffic rules and regulations, and be sure to follow instructions from staff, police officers, security guards, and other personnel.
  • ②  If a participant’s riding is judged to be dangerous, or does not obey the directions given by event staff, they will be given a warning. If their behavior is not changed or is judged to be malicious, they may be disqualified.
  • ③ Please check the route, junctions, aid station locations, checkpoints, time limits, and other important information of the course you will be cycling before the event.
  • ④ Participants involved in or witnessing an accident or injured should alert staff immediately. If there is no staff available, participants should contact the event headquarters directly.
(2) Traffic regulations applicable to both the highway and regular roads
  • ①  Participants must ride in a speed and manner that does not pose any harm or danger to others, changing their pace in accordance to road conditions.
  • ② Participants on each course must stay behind the staff guide.
  • ③ Participants must run forward direction.
    If a rider intentionally deviates from the course, the rider will be forced to retire, be placed in a storage vehicle, and then transported to the finish venue.
  • ④ When passing other participants is unavoidable, participants should give physical and verbal signals. Participants must ride safely and make mutual concessions.
  • ⑤ If event staff judge a participant unable to finish within the time limit or unable to continue riding, they will be picked up in a vehicle. Participants must accept the judgments made by event staff.
  • ⑥ Participants are prohibited to use earphones with the exception of necessary hearing aid equipment.
  • ⑦ Riding your bicycle with one hand holding a camera, smartphone or other device and the other on the handlebar is prohibited.Photography using a drone (small unmanned aircraft) is prohibited.
  • ⑧ Participants must turn on their lights during inclement weather, at sunset, and in tunnels.
(3) Traffic regulations for the highway
  • ① Highways are not intended for bicycle riding, such as because the outer walls and guardrails are low to prevent falls.
    Do not enter areas other than the roadside or on the course that begins with colored cones,Participants must abide by the rules stipulated by the organizer and drive safely at all times.
  • ② The up lane (from Imabari to Onomichi) will be the driving lane.On one lane sections, participants should ride in two lines in the center of the lane.
  • ③ Please do not enter the outbound lane (from Onomichi to Imabari) as it is an emergency vehicle lane. If an emergency vehicle or other vehicle approaches, drive close to the side of the road. (Do not drive within the roadside strip.)
  • ④ Stopping and taking photos is prohibited.Participants are not allowed to stop on the highway except in case of accidents or other unavoidable circumstance like the above.
(4) Traffic regulations for regular roads and bicycle and pedestrian areas
  • ① As a general rule, the participants should endeavor to ride single file and left side of road.
  • ② Always assume that there will be oncoming vehicles in areas where you need to be especially careful, such as areas with poor visibility or curves (narrow roads, access roads, bridges), and always drive at reduced speed and check for safety. Unreasonable (dangerous) overtaking and crossing into oncoming traffic are strictly prohibited.
  • ③ While driving, be careful of surrounding pedestrians and general vehicles, and for safety’s sake, be sure to signal with your hands or arms when turning left or right.
    However, if it is dangerous to use your hands or arms to signal, please notify those around you by calling out to them.
  • ④ Family and friends are not allowed to drive parallel to your bicycle. This is dangerous and an obstruction to traffic.
(5) Bicycle Repaire
  • ①  If your bicycle breaks down, move your bicycle to a safe place like the emergency parking area on the side of the highway or the sidewalk before doing repairs.
  • ② As a general rule, participants must repair punctures etc. by themselves; if this is not possible,please seek help from the nearest staff member.
  • ③ We offer mechanical service at the starting point and aid stations. If replacement parts are needed, the participant is responsible for any resulting costs.

6 Checkpoints and retirement

(1) Checkpoints
  • ① Checkpoints are set up as shown in the charts below on the main lane of the highway, regular roads (aid station) and at the finish.
    Each checkpoint has a set end time, and for race management purposes, everyone except retirees must pass by that time. The closing times may be changed.
  • ② Participants should understand the closing times of each checkpoint to manage their riding time and pace.
  • ③ Participants who cannot reach the next checkpoint by the end time will be directed by event staff to board an event vehicle and be transported to the finish location. Follow the instructions of event staff in that case.

【Express way】

Course type Checkpoint Distance from starting point Start time Closing time (subject to change)

※1

Format barrier time(subject to change)

※2

A Express way

Innoshima Kita IC

About7km

7:37~7:47
300 participants every 5 minutes from

8:35

Ikuchijima Kita IC

About12km

9:00

Administrative Road to Ikuchijima Minami IC About17km 8:50※3
9:15

Omishima IC

About23km

9:10

General road

AS/ Tatara Shimanami Park

About24km

10:55

AS/ Hakata Sports and Culture Park

About34km 14:05

10:45

AS/ Yoshiumi Rose Park

About47km

15:05

11:50

Hirokoji ≪Finish≫ About70km

16:30

B Express way Innoshima Kita IC About7km 7:52
300participants start at once
8:35
Ikuchijima Kita IC About12km 9:00
Administrative Road to Ikuchijima Minami IC About17km 9:15
General road

AS/ Setoda sunset beach

About23km

9:50

AS/ Manda Fermentation Co., Ltd

About40km 13:50

Mukaishima Sports Park ≪Finish≫

About55km 15:45
C
Express way Innoshima Kita IC About7km 7:57~8:02
250,300 participants every 5 minutes from
8:40
Ikuchijima Kita IC About12km 9:00
Administrative Road to Ikuchijima Minami IC About17km 9:15
General road AS/ Setoda Sunset Beach About23km 9:50
AS/ Iwagi Port ※5 About41km 12:00  
AS/ Manda Fermentation Co., Ltd About57km 13:50
Mukaishima Sports Park ≪Finish≫ About75km 15:45
D Express way Hakatajima IC About23km 8:23
100participants start at once
10:15
AS/ SetodaPA About33km 10:45
SetodaBS About38km 10:55
General road AS/ Manda Fermentation Co., Ltd About47km 11:20
AS/ Mukaishima Sports Park About63km 12:30
AS/ Tatara Shimanami Park About101km 14:30
AS/ Hakata Sports and Culture Park About111km 14:55
AS/ Yoshiumi Rose Park About124km 15:30
Hirokoji ≪Finish≫ About140km 16:30
E Express way Hakatajima IC About23km 8:27~8:31
300 participants every 4 minutes from
10:15
Omishima IC About30km 10:30
AS/ SetodaPA About33km 10:45
Ikuchijima Minami IC About35km 10:40 ※4
SetodaBS About38km 10:55
General road AS/ Manda Fermentation Co., Ltd About47km 13:50
Mukaishima Sports Park ≪Finish≫ About65km 15:45
F Express way Hakatajima IC About23km 8:35
250participants start at once
10:15
Omishima IC About30km 10:30
AS/ SetodaPA About33km 10:45
General road AS/ Setoda Sunset Beach About41km 11:50
AS/ Iwagi Port ※5 About60km 14:00
Yuge Port ≪Finish≫ About75km 16:00
G Express way Hakatajima IC About23km 8:39
300participants start at once
10:15
General road AS/ Tatara Shimanami Park About31km 10:55
AS/ Omishima Branch About47km 12:25
AS/ Hakata Sports and Culture Park About72km 14:05
AS/ Yoshiumi Rose Park About85km 15:05
Hirokoji ≪Finish≫ About100km 16:30
H General road AS/ Yoshiumi Rose Park About20km 8:49~9:01
100 participants every 3 minutes from
15:05 11:50
Hirokoji ≪Finish≫ About40km 16:30
  • *1 Closing time: The time a participant will be required to retire.
     If a rider cannot pass each point within the time limit, they will be unable to continue riding.
     Riders who do not make it to the finish by the allotted time will not be certified as having completed the course.
  • *2 Nominal checkpoint closing times: Times as cycling pace guides (Not recorded as DNF even if you fail to meet the time limit.)
     Participants who haven’t left the Aid Station after the closing time will be directed by event staff to leave immediately.
  • *3 Participants who arrive at Administrative Road to Ikuchijima Minami IC after 8:50 A.M. are possible to return to race if they get off from highway roads and run the local road. They need to follow instructions from the staff on the day of event.
    Participants who arrive at Administrative Road to Ikuchijima Minami IC after 9:15 A.M. are unable to return to race.
  • *4 Participants who arrive at Ikuchishima-Minami interchange/exit after 10:40 A.M. are possible to return to race if they get off from highway
     roads and run the local road. They need to follow instructions from the staff on the day of event.
  • *5 eparate closing times are set for Courses C and F at Iwagi Port, which the two courses pass through, as there is no possibility.

(2) Retirement
  • ① Do not retire without first speaking to staff.
  • ② If you are retire due to bicycle malfunction or poor physical condition, please notify the staff etc. of your intention to retire and be sure to remove your numbers and bicycle numbers.
  • ③ The participants who retire will be taken by an event vehicle or ambulance to the finishing point.

7 Reception and Starting Points

(1) Reception
  • ① Please be sure to check in by the day before the event (October 26th). (Reception on the day is not possible)
  • ② Please complete the procedures at the check in venue selected at the time of application. >(Venue changes cannot be made after application)
  • ③ If you fail to check in during reception hours, you will not be allowed to participate.
(2) Starting Points
  •   Parts of the Nishi-Seto Expressway (Setouchi Shimanami Kaido) will be closed from 6:00am on the day of the event (October 27) along with some roads near the designated starting points of Course A-H at the Mukaishima IC、Imabari IC. Please consider your traveling time and come to the directed starting point on time.
  • ② Participants who apply for parking can park their car in a designated parking area.
  • ③ Participants are responsible for their transportation from parking areas to the starting points.
  • ④ Participants who do not arrive at the starting point by the designated time will be disqualified and are not entitled to refunds.

8 Exemption of Liability

(1) Cancellation or suspension of the event
  • ① The organizer will may cancel or suspend the event due to earthquake, flood, windstorm, snow, struck by lightning, criminal cases, accidents, diseases, or expected danger by J-Alert (disaster warning system).
  • ② Entry fees will not be returned in the case that the event is cancelled due to events such as bad weather, deterioration of road conditions, spread of infectious diseases, etc., beyond the organizer’s control.
(2) Event Insurance
  • ① Compensation for illness and injury of participants is limited to that specified within the range of the accident insurance provided by the organizer except when the result of an intentional act or gross negligence by the organizer.
  • ② Damage or theft of bicycle, equipment or belongings is not covered by the insurance provided by the organizer. Participants are encouraged to purchase supplementary insurance on their own.
  • ③ Participants will receive first aid treatment at the aid stations for injuries sustained during the event, however, they are responsible for any resulting treatment cost including initial visit fees when they receive required treatment in a hospital. Please bring health insurance.

[Contents of accident insurance (could change)]

Coverage Benefits payment
Accidental Death Accidental Injury ¥5 million
Specified Diseases
Disability Accidental Injury ¥5 million max
Specified Diseases
Medical Treatment in-patient
(per day)
Accidental Injury ¥5,000 (within 180 days)
Specified Diseases
outpatient
(per day)
Accidental Injury ¥3,000 (within 90 days)
Specified Disease

Coverage Period: Event start to finish

9 Cancellation Policy

  • In the case of Cancellation/non-participation due to personal reasons, the entry fee will not be refunded.

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