Every cycling fanatic probably knows The Rules van Velominati. A beautiful set of unwritten rules that every righteous cyclist has to live by (well, sort of). However, the lists lacks rules about gran fondos. Hence we've created CycloWorld, The Rules.
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Some organizers call their event a gran fondo. A gran fondo is a one-day event that meets the following criteria:
Everything else is a sportive. Events that do not 100% meet all requirements are carefully assessed by our team of specialists. If it says gran fondo in our calendar, it is a gran fondo.
Zwift gran fondos, Strava gran fondos, they are great. But they are not a gran fondo. So don't call them as such.
If you ride the route of the Marmotte you didn't ride the Marmotte. Make no mistake, riding the same course is a lot of fun with friends. Call it Tour de Marmotte, Marmotte loop or whatever, but never The Marmotte. This title is only for the official event.
No discussion. One exception: you may start the event in the shirt.
This rule always applies, however if there is an ultra fondo you may deviate from it.
The official time counts, the rest is secondary.
Whatever goal you set, you go for it. Whether your goal is to achieve a good classification, to ride for a certain time (e.g. gold) or to finish. Freewheeling can only be done in your own time.
Organisers put in hunderds of hours preparing an event. Often the event takes place on the public road. So yes, legally you have the right to ride along with the participants. CycloWorld, The Rules goes beyond the law on this point and strongly forbids fare-beating.
You'll have to accept that. If necessary, have a chat, maybe something beautiful will happen...
Supply people, signalmen, officials, they work for you in their spare time. If things don't go as you want, that's a pity, but don't ever take that out on these people.
Your medical statement not valid, time-measuring chip not fitted properly? It doesn't matter: not in the ranking = not ridden.
No matter how hard the effort, keep your eyes open. Coming back without having seen anything of the surroundings is really not possible.
Give it your all, but don't take yourself too seriously. Even if you ride a top classification, you're still an amateur.
Some people train hard just to finish. Contempt for one's performance times says a lot about one's own mentality.
Whatever your goal, finishing safely is top priority by far.
The most important rule in this list.