General rules

Here is quick look at the general rules of the 808 Challenge. Participants will each receive a more detailed version in the participant’s manual.

The Bonneville 808 Challenge will be using public roads that will not be closed for the event. Participants will therefore be sharing the roads with motor vehicles. Cyclists must at all times obey the event rules as well as the highway safety code, which includes but is not limited to: stopping at traffic lights, stop signs, and level crossings and riding on the shoulder side of the road.

Participant’s code of conduct

  • Obligation to obey the highway safety code at all times.
  • Time limit: to be recognized as a rider who has officially finished the 808 Challenge, participants must complete the entire route within the prescribed times, which are 48 hours for the 808 km and 24 hours for the 404 km.
  • Course: every kilometre in the challenge must be covered by the rider or relay team.
  • Riding in a peloton (drafting) is forbidden, as is outside assistance.
  • Bicycles: bikes must be human-powered only and equipped with reflectors.
  • Rules specific to teams: members of a relay team must ride one leg of the route at a time, from one timed station to the next, and do relays at those stations.

Rules for support vehicles

  • A support team is obligatory for all participants, except in the 404 km - day only
  • An escort vehicle can be assigned to two teams. Team members must ride in pairs during the overnight portion of the event (6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)
  • Support vehicles will be regulated in keeping with the organization’s directives.
  • Support vehicles must be equipped with at least two flashing amber (not red) lights, a “CAUTION BICYCLES AHEAD” panel, and a “Slow Moving Vehicle” reflective triangle on the rear of the vehicle.
  • Vehicles wider than 78 inches cannot be used to follow a cyclist (RVs are not permitted).
  • The support team must be composed of at least two persons, other than participants, for the solo ride and two-person relays.
  • Night riding: if support team members are unavailable at night for any reason whatsoever, the participant will not be permitted to continue the ride and must remain in the support vehicle.

Transition zones and timing stations

  • The Bonneville 808 Challenge organizers will use timing chips at timing stations to record passage time of riders, with the data then being transmitted to the 808 command centre to track the riders’ standings and arrival times.
  • Results will be available per timing station and per category.
  • All riders and crews must activate their timing chip at each timing station.
  • Relay teams must stop at each timing station to facilitate rider changes.
  • Failure to comply with the rules will entail a time penalty for individual riders and teams, using a pre-established scale.

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