Race 1: Elimination race

Time: Friday 7pm
Track: Sloten 2.5 km

The elimination race is effectively a 2.5 km sprint with flying start, but it includes a competitive element that makes it more fun to watch and participate in. Read the rules carefully, you may need good tactics to win.

Strategic advice: stay close to your direct competitors, you need to finish before them to beat them.

The race has the following rules:

  • There are three separate starts for the categories (1) hand- and handfoot bikes/trikes, (2) unfaired and partially faired bikes/trikes, and (3) fully faired bikes/trikes.
  • At the start, it is advised that fast riders position themselves in front of slower riders.
  • Each race covers three laps plus a final lap.
  • In each race, there is a 'designated front runner' who shall not be overtaken during the first three rounds.
  • The front runner has the instruction to maintain specific speeds during the successive laps:
    - for the hand- and handfoot bikes, the speeds are 20, 30, 35 and MAX km/h
    - for the unfaired and partially faired bikes/trikes, the speeds are 30, 40, 45 and MAX km/h
    - for the fully faired bikes/trikes, the speeds are 40, 50, 55 and MAX km/h
  • Riders do not need to complete all laps. What counts is your fastest lap. This fastest lap is calculated as the time between two start/finish line crossings, with one additional condition: if someone who crossed the line before you(*) was slower than you, your time is adjusted to that rider's time minus one millisecond. This means that if you are behind someone at the start of a lap, you must pass him before the end of the lap to beat that person.
  • If you feel that your next lap won't be faster then the previous one, then you may quit the race at a location where it is safe to do so.
  • During the race, we will hold up a sign at the start/finish line that states the target speed for the front runner, for example the sequence 40, 50, 55, MAX for the fully faired race. When MAX is on display, you may overtake the frontrunner.
  • We may resort to a boring 'individual fastest lap with standing start' type of race if forced to by COVID regulations.

(*) The precise condition is: if someone who started the lap between you and the front runner finishes the lap before you.