July 7 & 8,
USAC Permit# 2018-1266
Page 2 … Welcome
Page 3 … General Rules and Regulations
Page 4 … General Race Information
Page 5 … Stage Venues & Rules
Page 6 … Lodging
Page 7 … Directions
Skylands Cycling is pleased to welcome you to the 14th annual Giro del Cielo Stage Race. This race started as a Stage race to develop women’s cycling and has grown over the years to include a number of men’s fields. This year we have made a number of changes to provide a better race and experience for all.
FEEDING: There will be no feeding or water hand-ups from the side of the road allowed during any event.
HELMETS: All competitors must wear an approved and securely fastened helmet whenever mounted on a bicycle. USA Cycling rules provide for a $20 fine and disqualification for failing to wear a helmet.
MECHANICAL SUPPORT: There is no support for the time trial during the event. A wheel pit will be available for the Criterium and riders may supply wheels for the follow car in the Road Race.
RACE NUMBERS: Each rider will be assigned two numbers for use in all three stages. For all stages, the number must be placed vertically on the Right and Left sides, over the rib cage. It is the rider's responsibility to correctly position her number. Numbers may not be crumpled or folded.
SIGN-IN: All riders must sign in before the start of the Criterium and Road Race.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: Any rider using profane language, expressing anger or hostility toward another rider, official, coach or spectator, or otherwise engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind is subject to immediate disqualification without warning.
RULE ENFORCEMENT: The rules of this event have been established to promote and ensure a fair competition, a sportsmanlike environment, and a positive and rewarding experience for all competitors and their families. In the event that strict enforcement of any rule would be inconsistent with these goals, the chief referee may in his or her discretion enforce these rules in a manner consistent with the goals and objectives of this event.
CATEGORIES: The promoter reserves the right to combine categories
TEAMS: To be considered for the Team GC prize, there must be a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 6 riders per team in each stage. A team cannot have more than 6 riders in any stage.
The race is Pre-registration only. BikeReg
There is a field limit of 100 riders in W123, M123, M3 and M45+, 75 riders for W4/5 and M4/5 for the stage race.
All riders must have a current, valid USA CYCLING license in their possession at time of registration. A completed release will be ready for signing at registration.
Please do not litter at any of the venues. Avoid throwing bar wrappers, water bottles or other debris on the ground. Please be considerate of our hosts, the venue owners, and help protect the environment.
First aid supplies will be present at the three venues and Emergency medical personnel will be on call. Newton Memorial Hospital is located on High St/Rt. 94 in Newton, New Jersey, approximately 6 miles from the criterium and road race venues.
Results for each stage will be posted as soon as possible and no later than one hour from the completion of each event. Each rider is responsible for checking her result in a timely manner to make sure it is accurate. All protests for individual events must be made to the chief judge within 15 minutes of posting, after which the results will become final and will not be changed. Overall individual results will be posted within one hour of the completion of the final stage on July 8, 2018 . Any protests of overall results or scoring must be made to the race director or chief judge within 15 minutes of posting, after which the results will become final and will not be changed.
Prizes for each individual stage will be awarded immediately following the protest period. Overall prizes will be awarded immediately following the final stage awards. Riders placing in any stage or general classification are asked to report to the results area in person for the award ceremony and photos following each event.
The top 5 finishers of each stage for each category will receive cash prizes. There will also be cash and merchandise primes in the criterium and road race. Individual championships will be awarded in each classification based on total points earned. The top 5 overall finishers in each category will receive cash and/or merchandise. The top 5 Cat 3 women in each stage and the overall GC of the W123 competition will receive cash prizes.
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION POINTS DISTRIBUTION
Points will be assigned to the first 15 GC finishers in each stage towards the General Classification:
i.e. If a GC rider places 7th but is the 5th stage racer, 5th place points will be awarded to that rider.
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION TEAM COMPETITION
Each team must have a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 6 riders per team to be eligible for the Team GC. The points scored from the top 3 riders from each team, in each stage, will be totaled for the Team competition. Ties will be broken by totaling the number of 1st place finishes, then 2nd place finishes, then 3rd place finishes, etc., until a clear winner is established.
There is no Team GC for Cat 3 Women.
In the event that two or more riders are listed in the official results with the same time (or place), both riders will be given the point value of the highest place, and no rider will be given the point value of the lower place(s). For example, if two riders tie for third in a race, each of the riders will be given the points for third place, and no rider will be given points for fourth place.
While the stage race is in progress, all riders with the same total points will be given the same place in the standings. At the end of the stage race, if two (or more) riders are tied for any place, ties are broken by totaling the number of 1st place finishes, then 2nd place finishes, then 3rd place finishes, etc., until a clear winner is established.
The road race will take place on a new 5.8-mile road course through Sussex County, NJ.
The Staging/Parking area is at the High Point Regional High School. MAP
Circuit on Ride with GPS # 27458944
Roads are not closed to traffic. Yellow line rule is in effect! Any rider violating the yellow line rule is subject to disqualification.
Race distances and approximate start times are:
|Men 123||10||58||8:00 AM|
|Men 45+||8||47||8:05 AM|
|Women 123||7||41||10:20 AM|
|Women 4/5||5||29||10:25 AM|
|Men 3||9||46||12:30 PM|
|Men 4/5||6||34||12:35 PM|
The time trial route is the original Old Mine Rd TT course and will be a 13 mile rolling loop starting
from the Walpack Inn along Old Mine Rd and returning on Walpack
Flatbrook Rd to the Walpack Inn. Google Map
The road will be open to cars during the race, so riders should ride on the right side of the road at all times.
Registration will be at the Walpack Inn.
The first rider will start at 8:00 AM. Riders will start at thirty (30) second intervals. Start times will be emailed the day before, and made available at registration on Saturday, July 7. Riders will start in the following order M123, M45+, W123, W4/5, M3, M4/5. It is each rider's responsibility to know their start time and to be at the start area on time. Results will be calculated based on the assigned start time, even if the rider is late.
Riders may warm up on Route NPS 615, East of the Walpack Inn.TT Course Map:
The criterium will take place on a 1.4 mile loop at The Sussex County Fairgrounds, Plains Rd, Augusta, New Jersey.
Race distances and approximate start times are:
|Category||Duration||Approx. Start Time|
|Men 123||60 min.||Noon|
|Men 45+||45 min.||1:05 PM|
|Women 123||45 min.||1:55 PM|
|Women 4/5||35 min.||2:45 PM|
|Men 3||45 min.||3:25 PM|
|Men 4/5||35 min.||4:15 PM|
It is each rider’s responsibility to be aware of the start time of her race and be at the starting line on time.
Officials will track the time for the first few laps and then will use the lap cards to indicate the number of laps remaining.
The officials may direct out-of-contention riders to withdraw from the race and leave the course, in the interest of safety. Any rider so directed must do so immediately, in a sportsmanlike manner. Such riders will be placed in the finish order and will be scored for GC points.
There will be a wheel pit near the start/finish. Any rider experiencing a flat tire or other mechanical problem as defined by the USA CYCLING rules will be allowed one free lap, until there are 4 or less laps remaining.