Competition regulations

  • The Organisers reserve the right to amend the Regulations without prior notification.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to amend the race course with prior notice to participants
  • Whilst every reasonable precaution will be taken by the Organisers to ensure the participants’ safety, participants partake in this event at their own risk and the Organisers shall not be liable for any bodily injuries, loss and/or damage to property, whether personal or otherwise, and howsoever arising. See also the event’s Conditions of Entry.
  • Wearinga helmet is mandatory for each cyclist in the competition. No helmet, no start!
  • Participants are personally responsible to ensure their bike and equipment are fit for the task. Participants are free to choose their type of bicycle, but a road race bike is heavily recommended.
  • Time Trial (TT) bikes and triathlon handlebars are allowed
  • Disc brakes are allowed
  • Only leg power is allowed. Any kind of automatic or mechanical aids, such as battery-charged cranks, magnets etc) are strictly prohibited. The Organisation Committee (OC) reserves the right to check bikes before the start of each stage. Footpeg, locks, etc. shall all be removed before the start of the event.
  • The start will be split in three separate starting blocks: (A) = ELITE, (B)= Individual Age Groupers, (C) = Team Relay
  • No-drafting rule – As in triathlon, during the biking leg, participants are not allowed to ride behind each other and need to keep a distance of 5 metres. You are allowed 15 seconds in someone’s draft zone to make a pass. Once you are passed, you must immediately drop back, out of the draft zone, before you may overtake the person who passed you. Time penalties and disqualification may be the result if a rider breaches this rule.
  • There will be a minimum speed requirementfor safety reasons and road security. Please check the competition rules of the specific event for details on the minimum speed requirement
  • Except official event and media cars, no cars or vehicles are allowed to follow the participants during the racefor security reasons.
  • Each participant in the cycling leg must carry with him at least 1 500ml bottle of water or energy
  • Participants must obey all orders and indications of the race director and/or his assistant, and any official volunteers along the race courses.
  • Fair play is the order of the day: riders who are seen conducting unsporting behaviour towards others will be penalised and/or disqualified from the event by the OC
  • Even though the course is expected to be kept traffic free by local authorities, expect the unexpected and follow standard traffic regulations by keeping to the right side of the road and watch out at for red traffic lights, especially during the cycling leg
  • Participants must follow the course as marked by the Organising Committee (OC). Intermediate checkpoints with electronic time measurements are put at random places along the course and must be passed. No passage at a checkpoint or any other kind of shortcutting will result in disqualification from the day’s competition. Participants going off the official course will be self-responsible for any risk or injury occurring during this time.
  • Participant who wishes to protest against another competitor or notify a violation must do so in writing to the Organisers within 30 minutes of his/her finish time. A deposit of RMB 200 or equivalent must accompany the appropriate protest and will be refunded if the protest is successful.
  • The Transition Area will be opened at least 1 hour before the commencement of the race and participants shall place their essential race items at the designated location marked by their race numbers in the Transition Area. The essential race items are to be arranged according to the allocated race numbers. All participants shall be ready and assembled at the Run Start Holding Area 15 minutes prior to the Run. Participants must follow all guidelines at transition zones. Participants who place their bikes at the wrong spot will receive a time penalty and in the event of major obstruction of other participants disqualification
  • The entry and exit of the transition zone will be clearly marked. Participants must get off their bike upon entry of the zone, and can only get on their bike upon exit of the zone for safety reasons.
  • All participants in relay teams are responsible for personally passing their Timing Band to their teammates at designated areas after completing their respective legs. Passing of Timing Band outside of the designated area would result in immediate disqualification. In other words, the runner will have to hand over the Timing Band to the cyclist at the designated area, and in turn, the cyclist will have to hand over the Timing Band to the runner at the same designated area.
  • Runners must wear their race numbers at the front of their adorned apparel at all times during the run.
  • Cyclists must wear their race numbers on their back and on the backseat
  • All participants will have to perform their own repairs if their bicycles should breakdown.
  • Wearing headphones is not allowed at all times
  • Nordic Ways and/or the local organization committee is authorized to shorten race distances or cancel the event due to unforeseen or exceptional circumstances that jeopardize the security of the event or its participants.
  • Each participant must read through the full specific event regulations and guidelines.By taking the official start of an event, the participant acknowledges and accepts the event regulations.  If anything is unclear, please address your question to a Nordic Ways staff or to registration@nordicways.com

Additional regulations for Shangri La

  • Altitude sickness and sunburn. In Shangri La the competition will be held at a very high altitude. People should take protect themselves from sunburn, as well as refrain from heroism should any respiratory difficulties or headaches occur. There will be sufficient medical staff along the course, but stop immediately if you feel dizzy.
  • There will be an individual and team relay competition at the Shangri La Duathlon Challenge. Each participant can only take part in one competition.
  • In addition to the ELITE category, there will also be age group rankings and ceremonies. There will be for AG 18-39, AG 40+ and AG 50+.
  • If an age grouper manages to finish the race in the top 3 overall, he/she will be called to the podium twice: once for the elite category, once for the age group
  • Cut-off times:
    • Bike leg: km 26: 11:50
    • 2nd transition entry zone (end of bike leg): 13:15
    • Finish closure: 14:15
  • All participants are expected to arrive in Shangri La on Friday in order to acclimatise to the high altitude. This is for your own safety and event satisfaction, and we re-emphasise that Nordic Ways cannot be held liable should any medical ailment or incident occur during the event. Your participation is at your own risk.