21 February 2017
Use of eBikes at the 2017 Dirt de Femme
The Dirt de Femme (DdF) event is an event run by women for women and has evolved from the feedback and recommendations from you, the competitors. Our goal from the first event held in 2012 was to make a fun and inclusive event to encourage the development and longevity of women and girls into the wonderful pastime of mountain biking.
Recently the DdF Organisers were asked to permit the use of an eBike at this year’s DdF event. Having consulted with the venue management at Stromlo Forest Park (SFP), Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) and other mountain bike event organisers we have concluded that for the 2017 DdF, strictly cross country (human powered) bikes must be used. Presently SFP is reviewing it’s use of eBikes at the mountain bike park as is MTBA reviewing the use of eBikes in competition. Therefore once a policy is confirmed from MTBA, and with consultation and approval from land owners, the DdF organisers will reconsider creating an additional category for the use of regulated eBikes for future events. However as we are well into the planning, structure and established logistics for the 2017 event, to make a change of this nature would create additional cost, strain and workload on a predominantly volunteer, break-even event.
For participants who have already entered the 2017 Dirt de Femme event and were planning on using an eBike we ask that you contact the organisers for a refund or to change your cycling steed to meet the requirements for the event. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however we look forward to working with all of you to make this year’s and future DdF events as fun and inclusive as possible.
Dirt de Femme - RACE RULES
Dirt de Femme - RACE RULES
- ALL RIDERS MUST ABIDE BY THE RULES OF MTBA – Mountain Bike Australia
- All riders must have a technically sound (human powered) mountain bike in good working condition
- All riders must wear an Australian approved cycling helmet
- All riders must carry enough water and food to sustain them for each lap of the course. A feed table will be provided at transition to allow additional waterbottles etc for competitors
- All riders must carry a pump, puncture repair kit and spare inner tube (and know how to use them)
- Race numbers must be firmly attached to the front of each bike, and be clearly visible
- Please do not litter the venue. All riders to take rubbish out as they leave
- Riders are expected to assist other injured riders. Where appropriate, the time will compensated
- All riders must register at the advertised times
- All riders who have entered on-line have ticked the box to say that they agree to the waiver form. All other riders (those who have been entered by race organisers or who enter on the day), must read the waiver and sign the form at registration agreeing that they concur with the terms of the waiver form.
- Overtaking – call “track” or “rider” if riders need to overtake. But remember, the rider in front has right of way, until a clear section becomes available for passing
- There will be a cut off time to be confirmed. No rider from any category will be allowed to commence another lap after this time.