Regulations Gran Fondo Eddy Merckx 2014
  • The Gran Fondo Eddy Merckx 2014 has 3 routes (162 km, 120 km and 80 km). The 162 km is a cyclosportive with time recording and qualifier for the UWCT Final. The 2 others are tourist cycling routes.
  • The time of each participant for the 162 km is individually recorded and results are made up per age categories (see table). Times will also be recorded at several intermediate points. No time recording is done on the 80 km and 120 km routes.
  • Wearing a helmet is obligatory.
  • The number plate must be fastened to the handlebars. This number must be visible and legible.
  • The Gran Fondo Eddy Merckx is not a cycle race.
  • The participants must respect the traffic regulations and strictly follow the instructions of the marshalls.
  • Each cyclist must take position in the starting box of his age category. The youngest are at the front, the older people at the back. There is a mass start and the chip timing starts at gun time and not when crossing the timing carpet.
  • The preregistration fee (through June 9th) is €45 (+5€ timing chip number plate deposit) for the 162 km and € 10 (+5€ number plate deposit) for the shorter routes.
  • The deposit for the timing chip and/or the number plate is reimbursed exclusively at the finish.
  • The participation is only valid after payment of the registration fee.
  • In the event of non-participation, for whatever reason, the participant may not claim reimbursement of the registration fee and the registration cannot be transferred to another Sportinez event on another date.
  • If, due to exceptional circumstances, the event is cancelled, the participant can register free of charge for the next edition of the same event. The organizer cannot be obliged to reimburse the registration fee.
  • Each participant will receive confirmation by e-mail approximately 10 days before the event.
  • By his participation, each participant declares that he accepts the regulations and that he will strictly comply with the traffic regulations; and that he understands that the traffic on the route is not being interrupted; that, in the event of violation by him, he will be held solely liable for any damage and accidents caused by him; that the organization cannot be held responsible for accidents on public roads; and that the "Gran Fondo Eddy Merckx" is not a race.
  • The participant declares that he's in good health. Prior to participation, the organization recommends that a preventive sports-medical examination be conducted by a certified sports physician.
  • The Gran Fondo Eddy Merckx is an organization of Sportinez vzw in collaboration with Golazo sports, FCWB and Andenne.