What is the TPR?
The Trans Pyrenees Race is a bicycle race from point A to point B, via Control Points, where solo riders and pairs race without outside assistance. The riders agree to follow our ten rules when they apply.
What is a Control?
A Control is a mandatory key location which racers must navigate to in order to validate their participation in the race. It is also where the race records their timings for race reporting. Controls are chosen for their dramatic terrain, natural beauty and opportunities for adventure / route dilemmas. The Trans Pyrenees Race has ‘Control Points’ and ‘Control Parcours’.
The Control Point is a fixed station where race staff validate the arrival of the racers by recording their arrival and time stamping their Brevet Card. The control points are established by the production and media team and are then manned by volunteers in shifts until the control closure time. Some controls provide a round the clock reception whilst others may temporarily close overnight and have an automated check in feature. Failure to report in at any of the control points will mean that the rider is no longer qualified for inclusion in the finishers classification. Control Points are open from the time of arrival of the first rider, to the date specified in the Race Manual. After this time the control will be closed and no longer be manned. Riders who arrive after closure of the control are excluded from the General Classifications but remain within the race.
The Control Parcours is a fixed length of route which riders must complete. On the Trans Pyrenees Race some Control Parcours are connected to a manned Control Point and some are not. A Control Parcours is usually mandatory throughout the entire race, even after the control has closed. A rider’s tracker or other evidence can satisfy the requirement to show it has been ridden. Sometimes parts of parcours which are subject to limited permissions or which can be hazardous may be closed with the control. If a rider does not complete the full parcours a compensation penalty may be given. This is usually a time greater than that of the slowest recorded crossing.
For photographers and videographers the control points and parcours offer the opportunity to capture images of the racers in spectacular landscapes along a known route and to document stories of the racers with candid images at the control points. It is also a chance for the race reporters to capture some of their testimony and reaction and to observe their performance and condition over demanding terrain. Time recording allows us to measure the differences and time gaps between racers and share it to the followers of the race.
What are the Rules?
They are few but we expect them to be taken seriously.
The rules are designed primarily to promote safety, sportsmanship, self reliance and equality. Riders of the Transcontinental Race must abide by the ten simple rules at all times whilst racing and any rule infringements will be taken seriously by the organisers. Our founder Mike Hall developed what has become the 'Spirit of the Race', an ethos of fairplay that all our riders aspire to.
All riders must meet these 10 rules in order to be awarded a completion and finishing time.
Ride from the designated start line to the designated finish via the Control Points and parcours specified.
No 3rd party support, private lodgings or resupply. All food, drink and equipment must be carried or acquired at commercially available services.
No drafting (other than pairs with their partners).
All forward travel overland must be human powered.
The following ferry services are permitted - Direct river crossings.
All riders must maintain evidence of their ride.
2+ days of inactivity without report to the Race Director will be deemed a scratch.
Travel insurance, cycle helmets and lights are mandatory.
Riders must know and observe all local traffic laws.
Ride in the spirit of self reliance and equal opportunity.
Any standard commercially available solo upright bike is permitted with reasonable personal modifications. This is however, a race and we want riders to have a fair and comparable equipment baseline for a credible athletic and strategic competition. Equipment should not provide such a dividing line in performance such that there is no reasonable comparison of two rider’s efforts. It is for this reason that Tandems and Recumbents and other out of class machines will not be classified on GC (General Classification) unless they allow a rider to compete on par with the efforts of other abled body riders where they would not normally be able to do so.
How much does it cost?
The cost of The Trans Pyrenees Race is:
£200 Basic entry fee + basic media license* + tracker deposit*
Payment is non-refundable.
How do applications work?
In order to apply to race TPRNo1 a rider must register and establish an account with us. Application will be available mid January 2019 and remain open for 2 weeks. This should allow plenty of time for riders to get their application in without favouring any particular nationalities. The application process consists of reading the Race Manual (available after registration and a few legal questions) and answering our questions which will give us an idea of your knowledge regarding the concerns and methods of route planning, an understanding of the the basic requirements of the race and an idea of your experience to date.
Completion and payment will be available to those riders who are offered a place. Riders should get to know if they have been offered a place early in the new year, more detail will be available during application. The entry allocations procedure follows Lost Dot’s Transcontinental Race applications procedure; there will be a mixture of pre-selected applicants and a ballot.
There will be a number of pre-selection quotas to encourage and reward certain applicants. If the number of applicants in these categories exceeds the quota then they will be selected on a ballot. If a rider is not successful in the pre-selection ballot then they will be put into the main ballot. Exact quota numbers will be determined proportionally and be dependent on the demographics of the entries as a whole.
Pre-selection will also be made for the following.
Volunteers - those who have given a significant contribution as a volunteer in the last race (for example volunteering on a control) will be prioritised. There will not be a quota on volunteer places.
Veterans - In the past most if not all Transcontinental Race veteran racers got a place, however there are now too many veterans of Lost Dot events to make that possible and so there is a quota and a pre-selection ballot for these applicants.
Under-represented applicants - namely female riders and under-represented nationalities may have a quota.
Private SPOT quota - We don't want private purchase of a SPOT to be a pre-requisite to getting a place on the race so this quota will be small but it does benefit us slightly to encourage private tracker usage and ownership is often indicative of an experienced serial bikepacking race entrant. There will again be a discount for private SPOT users, we will need device details in order to guarantee this discount.
All solo riders unsuccessful in the quota ballots or not eligible for pre-selection will go into the main ballot. It is not the purpose of the allocation process to delete entries from the process as not good enough. We may contact applicants if we believe there has been a gross misunderstanding of the event's demands or that the applicant may be a liability to their own safety or that of the event. We do reserve the right to refuse entries but this we generally reserve for those that are made as obviously non-serious, abusive or containing false information. There may be other circumstances but you get the idea.
There will be a separate quota for pairs riders. Riders who apply as a pair will only be eligible for a pairs place, if unsuccessful they will not be entered into the main ballot. Riders must firmly decide and commit to which category they are entering and enter only one. Duplicate registrations will be removed. Pairs entry cannot be back door mechanism to a solo start. Riders should assume that selection is only made for the category of the application and they will not necessarily be able to transfer from one category to another at a later date.
Transfer or Withdrawal of Entries
The offer of an entry, if made, is for the edition applied for only, it is not deferrable until the next year and in the case of solo riders is not transferable. In the case of pairs only one of the original applicants may be substituted and the starting pair must contain one of the applicants selected. In previous years we have offered a discretionary 50% refund for withdrawals before April. Now we don't take the balance of 50% until April so that there is no need to administrate withdrawals before this time. As a result the deposit and balance are non-refundable.
Will there be more guidance?
There will be more guidance offered in the Race Manual updates. The Race Manual is only available to race applicants (after registration and applications open mid January 2019).
Do I need a tracking device?
Hire of one of our SPOT Trace tracking devices in included in the basic entry fee. Each rider will need to provide a £100 security deposit on each TCR tracker used and this will be refundable upon safe return of the device. If you will be using your own SPOT tracker for the race then no deposit will be required and you may also qualify for a discount. You will need your own service plan active on your tracker during the race and we will need you to provide details of your tracking device and share page url.
What is the Media License?
The rider agreement, among other things, says that the rider agrees to yield the commercial rights of all the media they collect on the Event to Transcontinental. We do this as our basic deal with the rider is just to provide race administration and its services in return for the entry fee - this helps keeps that fee low. Some riders and companies may also benefit from the race's profile and publicity through rider sponsorship, so for this we can license back some of the commercial rights for use on things like social media. We will provide a separate agreement to provide clarity on what the license covers.
What does this mean? - Well firstly it means that the true 'privateer' racers pay a slightly lower entry fee, secondly it means that the riders who benefit more from the media of the race pay a slightly higher entry fee and third in the future it may help protect the race from becoming too commercially influenced as it grows.
So if a rider will use their participation in the race to promote ANY commercial organisation (including one they own) then they will need to buy the media license. This is available when the balance of entry is due. It can also be added later by request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: that there will be limitations to this license - it won't extend to things like advertising campaigns and video projects with sponsors. You will need to write to us for separate agreement on these bigger projects.
I am racing in a pair, do we both need to register?
Yes, we need you both to register, both to apply, both to sign the rider agreement and the race entry fee is the same per person as the solo racers, it is not one entry fee per pair. If you are not both registered and have paid the deposits by the deadline then your entry may be cancelled.
Who is Lost Dot Ltd?
The Lost Dot team includes Anna Haslock and Rory Kemper, supported by our media team Camille McMillan, James Robertson, Antonin Michaud-Soret and Tom Bonnett and our race partners and friends. Lost Dot is comprised of both racers and those who worked closely with Mike. We are only too aware that we will never be able to replace the genius of Mike Hall; the TCR and the bikepacking community as a whole will forever be the poorer for having lost such a leading light. We can, however, ensure his hard work and vision are kept alive. Our mission is to ensure that Lost Dot events remain grassroots events, the way Mike Hall envisioned; run by racers for racers.
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