Rules & Regulations

Regulations for Samarathon mountain bike marathon 22-24 Feb 2018

The Samarathon race in held at the nature reserves of Yotvata, Ketura, Zuqe Shayyarot and Massif Eilat. It is important to know and remember that the bicycle wheels leave marks and grooves in the soil and harm the biological membrane, which changes the draining area, harms habitats of rodents and reptiles and scars the landscape with unnatural wounds. Therefore, riding is allowed only on permitted and marked trails and singletracks. Cutting curves and shortening turns is prohibited. Please preserve nature for the sake of future generations.


1.    The right to participate in the race is reserved for those who registered, paid, appear on the participants list, and presented a medical certificate for bicycle races as well as a fitting personal accident insurance.

2.    Participation under a different name is prohibited and endangers the rider.

3.    it is mandatory to ride with the race number plate and the time-keeping chip, which will be handed to riders prior to the race

4.    The minimum age for participation in the event: 18 (2000).

5.    Participation in the event is in pairs only. Throughout the competition both partners must ride together, go through the checkpoints and feeding stations together, and arrive together at the finish line. This is a challenging desert marathon and your partner is the primary guarantee for your own safety. Maximum permissible time difference between partners: 120 seconds. Couples who will open a bigger gap will be disqualified.

6.    Obligation to physical readiness and equipment preparedness for the event. It is the duty of each participant attending the event to arrive prepared and trained for the nature, length and difficulty level of the route, and after experiencing similar trails and distances. It is the duty of each participant to arrive with a proper mountain bike checked by a professional mechanic prior to the competition, and proper riding gear (tires, wheels, shock absorbers, helmet, backpack, etc.). Launching the organizers rescue vehicle due to an untrained participant or faulty equipment constitutes lack of responsibility towards each and every participant who invested in training and equipment. This desert marathon will take you and your gear to the edge – be prepared!

7.    Mandatory equipment:

* A mobile phone for each rider or for each couple

* A fitting helmet- wearing a helmet is mandatory at all times.

* A minimum of 1.5 liters of water per rider (2 big bottles or a backpack)

* A reserve inner tube for each rider

* For each couple: a pump or CO2 cylinder, a puncture kit, multi-tool, chain

The organizers are not committed to extract riders due to technical faults.

8.  Clothes: wearing a shirt with sleeves is mandatory.

Contest etiquette

9.  One must follow instructions given by the contest staff: judges, marshals, organizers, management and rescue vehicles, police and army. Participants who fail doing so will be disqualified.

10.  The organizers reserve the right to prevent a participant from continuing the race, if for any reason they come to believe that the participant’s safety or health are at risk.

11.  Participants caught throwing waste on the trail will be disqualified! Do not leave waste of any kind in the area of the competition. All participants must collect and carry in their pockets all the waste which they produce. In the feeding stations there will be garbage collection facilities – please use them.

12. Maintain good sportsmanship throughout the event (we recommend maintaining it in life in general). Participants who will violate rules of conduct and proper behavior towards the judges, marshals, other competitors or other users of the area (pedestrians, cyclists, hikers, SUVs, etc.) will be disqualified. Examples of unsportsmanlike behavior: violent bypassing, cursing; pushing, endangering others.

13. A participant who had to withdraw from the race for any reason, will notify the race team face to face or over the phone and wait for instructions from them. Participants who leave the trail without notifying the organizers will be charged for the expenses of the search teams launched to look for them.

14. The trails are marked with arrows along their entire length. Do not deviate from the marked path. In every intersection slow down and look for the official marking of the competition organizers.

15. Categories of the various heats:

·        Women

·        Mixed

·        Men (both riders are 18-39 years old, 1979-2000)

·        Masters 40+ (both riders are 40-49 years old, 1969-1978)

·        Grand Masters 50+ (both riders are 50+, 1968 or before)

(a) Participants’ ages will be calculated according to the year of birth (not by day and month). For example, both a participant born on January 1977, and a participant born in late December that year, are aged 40 for the category calculation.

(b) The category is decided based on the birth year of the younger participant of the two.

(c) A Category will open with a minimum of five couples. In case a category does not reach the minimum number of couples, its participants will be included in the next category.
(d) Age categories will be updated towards the race by the official time-keepers.

16. Staging and Start:
Stage 1: Riders will start from corals by estimated average speed (over 20 kmh, 16-20 kmh, under 16 kmh)
Stages 2, 3: Riders will start from corals according to lists published on the previous evening, according to their GC ranking. The first team in each category will start first.
There will be a time gap of 3-5 minutes between each coral’s start.

17. Results and rankings:

For each category there will be results and a winner ceremony on each day (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) as well as general ranking and a general winner ceremony based on the accumulative time of each couple for all three sections (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

18.  The time measuring in the competition is per couple: the calculated time for each pair is determined by the time in which the slower partner crosses the finish mat. The measurement will be carried out by the Israeli Cycling Federation.

19.  Personal time will be measured for each participant.

20.  Judging in the competition is under the responsibility of the Israeli Cycling Federation.

21. Cut Off Time:


Stage 1: Riders have to pass the 2nd feeding zone in the top of Shacharut Ascent at 53 km no later than 5 hours and 30 minutes from the start (average speed of 10 km/h).

Stage 2: Riders have to pass the 2nd feeding zone at the top of Sayarim Ascent at 52 km no later than 6 hours from the start (average speed slower than 9 km/h).

Stage 3: Riders have to pass the entrance to Timna Park at 41 km no later than 4 hours and 30 minutes from the start (average speed 9 km/h).

Riders arriving after this cut-off time will be driven by the organizers to the riders’ village, and will comply with love and a smiling face.


22. Appeals: appeals will be made within half an hour from the publication of the preliminary results, using an official form found at the registration station, and with additional 100 shekels. In case the appeal is accepted, the money will be refunded.

23. The competition is run according to UCI and the Israeli Cycling Federation regulations.

צרו קשר

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ראשון-חמישי 10:00-17:00 נועה 052-6673151 (ווטסאפ גם אפשרות טובה)