I. General information

A. General rules

  • It is the responsibility of each participant to read and comply with the rules. All participants and support crews must sign the consent and terms of use form before the start of the Bonneville 808 Challenge.
  • Attendance at the pre-event participants’ meeting is obligatory for all team captains and solo participants, along with at least one member of the support crew. ALL participants and support members are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting and are generally expected.
  • The Bonneville 808 Challenge takes place on public roads that will not be closed for the event. This means that participants will be sharing the road with motor vehicles. Participants and support crews must at all times comply with the Highway Safety Code: obligatory stops at traffic lights, stop signs, riding as far to the right as possible, etc.
  • Violations of the rules will be considered as unsporting and unsafe conduct and will be sanctioned by the race manager of the Bonneville 808 Challenge. That officer has the authority to intervene at any time to uphold the safety (1), fairness (2) and integrity (3) of the Bonneville 808 Challenge.
  • All individuals associated with the Bonneville 808 Challenge are event ambassadors and must conduct themselves in a manner befitting the values of the Bonneville 808 Challenge.

B. Safety and emergencies

  • Safety is the chief concern for all parties involved in the 808 Challenge. Safety prevails above all other rules and regulations. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.
  • All accidents, injuries or decisions to drop out of the event must be reported to the 808 Challenge race manager as promptly as possible by calling 1-888-352-3334.
  • With sportsmanship in mind, members of a support crew have a duty to assist any participant at any time.
  • Participants and their support crews are an autonomous unit on any given section of the route and must assure their own safety at all times.
  • Should you observe unsporting or unsafe conduct by another participant or support crew member, you are required to report it to an 808 Challenge official.
  • All support vehicles must be equipped with a complete first-aid kit and a mobile phone.

II. Participant

A. Challenge rules

  • To be recognized as a participant who has officially completed the challenge, all registered participants must complete the challenge in accordance with the following limits:
    • 808 Solo – Team of 2 – Team of 4
      • End: Monday, Sept. 25, 7:00 am (48 hrs)
      • Cut-off time to reach the St-Donat timing station 3, Monday, Sept. 25: 1:20 am
    • 404 Solo – Team of 2 – Team of 4
      • End: Sunday, Sept. 24, 11:00 am (24 hrs)
      • Cut-off time to reach the St-Donat timing station 3, Sunday, Sept. 24, 5:20 am
    • 404 day only solo – Team of 2 – Team of 4
      • End: Sunday, Sept. 24, 7:00 pm
      • Cut-off time to reach the St-Donat timing station 3, Sunday, Sept. 24, 1:50 p.m.
  • The timing system will not be stopped or paused for any reason whatsoever.
  • A participant may not receive assistance in the form of pushing or propulsion by another person or vehicle.
  • Participants can walk or run if they wish, as long as they keep their bicycles with them.
  • No participant or support car may block or hinder the progress of another participant or team vehicle.

B. Drafting/Riding in a group

  • Drafting and/or riding in a group is forbidden at all times.
  • Participants must ride on the road shoulder at all times.
  • The following distance must be maintained between two participants, except during a passing maneuver: a) for a participant riding without a support vehicle: 15 metres (length of 3 cars) from another cyclist or vehicle or b) riding with a support vehicle: 100 metres. There must be enough space between two participants to allow traffic behind to securely pass the cyclist and vehicle at the same time.

C. Route

  • The riders must follow the entire route exactly as described in the Participant’s Manual.
  • Every kilometre in the challenge must be ridden by each participant or relay team. In the event of a course error – for example, a wrong turn – the participant must go back to the precise spot where he/she left the route and resume the ride from that point.

III. Bicycles and equipment

A. Bicycles

  • No assisted bicycles are permitted for 808 and 404 challenges. Only the E-bike will be permitted for the 115 km challenge.
  • All bicycles must be equipped with a functional brake system.
  • Visibility: For night riding (between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am), all bikes must be equipped with a functional and legal front lamp and rear light system, which must be ON from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am (does not apply to 404 day-only participants).
  • All bikes must be equipped with a front lamp (white, minimum 300 lumens) that is to remain on at all times.
  • All bikes must be equipped with a rear light (red) with blinking capability and visibility from 200 metres.
  • Reflective strip: when riding at night, participants must wear on their persons or have on their bicycles reflective material that is visible in all four directions. Each bicycle must have, at the very least, reflective adhesive tape on:
    • saddle sides (minimum ¼” width by 3” length)
    • forks – both sides (minimum ¼” width by 3” length)
    • gear wheel (visible from the side)
    • pedals or shoes (visible from behind)
    • wheels (3 to 4 pieces 1” to 3” long – do not apply to surface of brakes)
  • Tip: Apply electric tape to surfaces first; it will facilitate removal of reflective strips after the event.
  • Each bicycle must be identified with its participant’s number.
  • All bicycles must pass inspection by 808 Challenge officials.

B. Clothing

  • Helmets are mandatory.
  • Earbuds/headphones are forbidden.

IV. Support crew

  • Each participant or team must have a support crew (excluding participants in the 404 day only) composed of at least two persons other than the participants for the solo challenge and the Team of 2 challenge.
  • One person must be appointed as the support crew captain and will act as the spokesperson for the crew and the participant.
  • Members of the support crew may not run or walk beside, in front of or behind their participant for any reason whatsoever (except when providing fuel or water during daytime hours).
  • The support vehicle must not create any advantage for the participants by blocking the wind from the front or side.
  • Support crews must not hinder other vehicular traffic.
  • Support vehicles must not block or impede the progress of other participants or support teams.
  • Support vehicles must not park on or be on the challenge route near cyclists for the first 12 kilometres of the challenge (Highway 323, intersection of Highway 117). Participants must do their own mechanical repairs on the first 12 kilometres of the route.

Day riding:

  • Support vehicles must not follow participants at any time during the day (between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm). During the day, the support vehicle is required to follow the leapfrog method: stopping 1 km ahead of the participant and waiting until they pass and are out of sight before safely continuing the route.
  • When stopped, the support vehicle must park fully off the road with hazard lights on

Night riding:

  • If no support crew members are available at night, regardless of the reason, the rider will not be permitted to continue the challenge and must remain in the support vehicle.
  • All participants must be literally followed by the support vehicle in the most direct (10 metres) and safest way permitted at night. When following a participant, the support vehicle must drive as far to the right as possible so that other motorists can see and overtake the vehicle.
  • Under no circumstances can two or more support vehicles be behind a participant. Caravanning, or two support vehicles behind a participant, is strictly forbidden.

V. Support vehicule

  • Support vehicles must be equipped as follows:
    • The retro-reflecting, fluorescent orange “Sport” panel (T-50-7) indicating a sporting activity on a public road, measuring a minimum of 750 mm by 750 mm.
    • Three magnetic stickers – one on each side and one at the rear.
    • One “CAUTION: CYCLIST AHEAD” sticker on the rear end of the vehicle. The lettering must be 6 inches high in reflective red on a white ground.
    • The hazard lights must be on at all times during night hours (7:00 pm to 7:00 am) when the support vehicle is following the participant.
    • A basic first-aid kit.
  • Recreational vehicles (RVs) or camper vans are not permitted as support vehicles, due to their width. A minivan is the ideal support vehicle.
  • Support vehicles may not tow an object of any kind.
  • All support vehicles must have valid proof of insurance.

VI. Timing station and transition zone

  • All participants and teams are obliged to cross through each of the timing stations.
  • All teams are required to stop at each timing station to do rider relays and transfer the timing chip to the next rider.
    • 808 Solo (1 single participant completes the entire distance)
    • 808 Team of 2 (must change riders at each section)
    • 808 Team of 4 (must change riders at each section)
  • Members of the relay team are to ride one section at a time, from one timing station to the next.
  • Only one participant per team is allowed to be on the road at any given time, with the exception of the last 350 metres of the challenge (Chemin des voyageurs/Chemin Duplessis), when all members of a team will be permitted to ride together to the finish line.

Layout: Timing and Relay Station

VII. Penalties, disqualification and dropouts

  • The penalty for violating any of the rules outlined herein is disqualification, unless a time penalty is imposed at the discretion of the race manager.
  • Violation of a rule without disqualification will result in a time penalty for the participants or teams and will be imposed at the St-Donat timing station.
    • First offense: 15 minutes total
    • Second offense: 45 minutes total
    • Third offense: DISQUALIFICATION
  • A participant who drops out of the event must notify the 808 Challenge race manager as promptly as possible by calling 1 888 352-3334.

VIII. Summary of mandatory inspections

Please contact us with any questions you might have. We assume that these rules are clear and that you will be responsible in complying with them.