John & Ann had some pretty simple rules. “No whining” and “No Cheating”.
We feel the need to elaborate and spell out what may constitute cheating and whining. Race officials reserve the right to enact any rule at any time as it becomes necessary to do so without prior notification. We don’t foresee doing this, but you never know what might come up.
1) Race officials reserve the right to stop the race due to weather, serious accident, or rider death. For purposes of those participating in the Cup Points we will score you based on distance traveled at the time of race termination.
2) No short cutting the race route. No deviating from the race route. The South Solon checkpoint is there to make finding a shorter way around the 50 mile loop impossible. If we find you off route we will direct back onto the route. You will not be credited with your off route mileage.
3) No punching your own score card. We will at different times punch the card with a different size or shape of punch. If during results tabulation we see that your score card does not correspond to the scheduled pattern of holes and shapes you could be disqualified. Believe it or not we get to learn who is in what place in the race. If at the end you seem to come out of nowhere, we will be suspect.
4) The mirror rule is in effect all race long. If we see you without a mirror we will stop scoring you until you are in compliance.
5) Blatant disregard of the Ohio bicycling laws is cause for disqualification. The race in held on roads open to vehicle traffic. Some of the roads on the route are narrow and most are lightly traveled. It is easy to become complacent and let your guard down. Echelons are prohibited. (Unless they are no more than two riders wide, as permitted by Ohio law). Any riders seen riding left of center will be instantly disqualified. All of the Calvin’s Challenge Race Directors are racers ourselves. All of have extensive experience at Calvin’s. Racing safely is paramount to success. “You can’t win if you can’t finish, and you can’t finish if you are dead”. The race has experienced one tragic death; we don’t want you to be next.
6) Disqualification will result for failure to obey course marshals or law enforcement officers. They are out there to protect you from harm and get you through intersections as fast as possible.
7) Verbally or physically attacking a fellow racer, course marshal, race official, spectator or persons along the route will result in disqualification.
8) No drafting anyone but race participants. No drafting in the 100TT or drafting the 100TT racers by the 12 or 6 hour racers. No drafting of the Fun riders. So, no signing up of your friends in the fun ride and have them pull for you later in the race.
9) No altering or destroying of the course markings.
10) No crew vehicles on the race route. Crews can meet their rider at the main checkpoint and at the South Solon check point. There is a route for crews to follow to get between the two check points. If your rider has a mechanical or physical problem and must be picked up out on the route, please contact a race official before hand.
11) Protests must be made verbally first to one of the race officials. It then must be submitted in writing within 30 minutes of the end of the race that you are participating in. (12, 6 hour or 100 mile TT). The ruling on the protest by race officials is final.
12) Any racer that assists an accident on the route will be compensated for miles lost. Let race officials know of the situation ASAP so that we can make the proper adjustment to scoring.
13) We are making every effort to have as many people punching score cards at the check points as we can get. Whining about it will not get you through any faster. Every racer will face the same problem, so it is just one of the challenges you’ll need to overcome.
We are absolutely positive that the weather will be perfect, as it has been every year for the past hundreds of years. If by chance the weather is not your idea of perfect, whining about it will fall on deaf ears. This is a race, make adjustments and be prepared, get on with it. This is no social century ride, it’s a race!