The Lifecycle PBCh Race has been conducted twice a year for 3 years, on two different routes: Sinhagad Fort and Lavasa. This time we are conducting a road race to Panchgani. With a total elevation gain of 1500 mt or 5000 ft this one promises to test the toughest! The small climb of Katraj is followed by a small downhill and a flat, until one crosses the backwaters of Veer Dam near Shirwal. After that one starts climbing a low gradient till the next climb up Khambatki ghat, a small descent and one turns off the highway toward Wai and starts the 10 km long Pasarni ghat climb to Panchgani.
The previous 6 editions have been completed successfully, attracting a huge diversity of participants whom ranged in age from 15 to 61 yrs. Participants are of diverse backgrounds, from amateur leisure cyclists to state and national level athletes. Participants come from Hyderabad, Sangli, Bangalore, Mumbai, Nashik, Kolhapur, Ahmedabad and Chennai. The race takes on an international flavor with riders from Russia, Israel, Germany, America, Norway, Holland and Scotland also having participated. Previous editions are well known for being hard fought, with amateurs and pros both battling it out for the podium.
Date : 28th September 2014
Time : 6.30 a.m.
Start Venue : Pune
Finish Venue : Harrison’s Folly, Panchgani
25th September – Online Registration Closes – 12 midnight
27th September – Mandatory Rider Briefing, Issuing of Rider no. and printed instructions, Signing of indemnity forms at Lifecycle Mall – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
27th September – Volunteers briefing at Lifecycle Mall – 7 p.m. onwards
Event Day Details
5.30 a.m. – Reporting at Lifecycle mall
6.15 a.m. – Start of Neutral section from Lifecycle Mall
11.30 a.m. – Finish of all race categories
11.30 a.m. – Breakfast
12.00 noon – Prize announcement ceremony
6.30 p.m. – Prize distribution ceremony at Lifecycle Mall
1. There are two Categories of Bikes – Road Bikes and Hybrid. In Men’s Youth, Women’s Open and Women’s Masters the bike categories are merged. Riders can choose to ride on a Hybrid or Road Bike.
2. Racers in Masters and U-18 category must fit in to the age criteria described below, and provide a copy of age proof.
3. Bike and age Criteria are described in detail below. Please ensure that you register in the correct bike and age category. MTB, Fixed wheel or recumbent bikes are not allowed.
4. If there are less than 3 participants in any category, the race will be cancelled, but participants may ride in the open category, as directed by race committee or receive a refund. Bike Categories will not be merged with each other.
1 position will be declared for a race with minimum 3 registrations.
2 positions will be declared for a race with 4 to 6 registrations.
3 positions will be declared for a race with 7 or more registrations.
Age Criteria –
U-18 (Youth) :
Born in the years 1997, ’98 and ’99 (i.e. all persons born between 1st Jan 1997 and 31st Dec 1999). Copy of Birth Certificate, Passport or other Age proof is required to be submitted at time of mandatory rider briefing session on 28th September at Lifecycle mall alongwith the signature of parent/guardian.
Born in 1974 or before (i.e. all persons born on or before 31st Dec 1974) Proof of age in the form of copy of driving license, Pancard, Passport or any other government attested document is required to be submitted at time of mandatory rider briefing session on 28th September at Lifecycle mall.
Bike Criteria –
Road Racing :
Must have a freewheel mechanism (single or multiple gears), two working brakes; two wheels equal in size – 700c (622mm bead seat diameter of rim and tyre) and a drop handlebar (curved racing handlebar). Tyre sizes of varying widths are permitted. Track (fixed wheel) or recumbent bikes are not allowed. Not allowed are aero bars or aero bar extensions these must be removed before the event.
Must have a freewheel mechanism (single or multiple gears), two working brakes (V, cantilever or disc); two wheels equal in size – 700c (622mm bead seat diameter of rim and tyre) or 28in (622mm bead seat diameter of rim and tyre) wheels and a flat or riser handlebar. Bar ends are permitted. The fork may be rigid or with suspension. Tyre sizes of varying widths are permitted. Not allowed are aero bars or aero bar extensions these must be removed before the event. MTB, Fixed wheel or recumbent bikes are not allowed.
No Mountain Bikes allowed
Rules & Regulations
Guiding Principles behind the Rules and Regulations :
1. To ensure the safety of all participants.
2. To run a clean race and ensure fair play.
A – General :
1. Wearing of Helmets is Mandatory. Helmet straps are to be secured firmly. If found riding without a helmet, rider will be disqualified and rider no. will be immediately taken away.
2. The Bicycle must have working brakes.
3. Wearing of Rider No. is Mandatory. Rider number should be clearly visible on the left and right thigh of riders. It is the riders’ responsibility to ensure that the number affixed properly, and remain unfolded and clearly visible for entire duration of the race.
4. Riders need to line up at the start line according to their categories for the Mass start. Road bikes ahead of Hybrid bikes. You will be guided by marshals on race day.
5. There will be a Neutral zone from opp. Lifecycle Mall, until the start line on the Bombay-Pune Highway. All riders will reassemble; rider attendance will be taken before flagging off the race.
6. Racers are warned that the road is not closed to regular traffic. Race with full awareness of other users on the road.
7. Riders who have finished the race must not block the finish line area. They may walk their bicycles back along course to the gate of Harrison’s Folly, staging area of finish. Riding back along the race course while the race is in progress is strictly not allowed and will result in a penalty.
8. Any rider found violating any of the rules will be subject to the decision made by the Race Committee.
9. Race Committee’s decision regarding results is final.
B – Cheating :
1. Drafting of any motorized vehicle is strictly forbidden. Any Rider seen attempting to gain advantage by drafting a motorized vehicle will be immediately disqualified by route marshals.
2. Towing any other vehicle is strictly not allowed. A violation will lead to immediate disqualification and ban from future races.
3. Any rider seen using a motorized vehicle to move ahead on the course will be disqualified. If for any reason a rider decides to withdraw from the race, she/he must inform race official before taking any form of transport. If unable to establish telephonic contact, a sms or text message must be sent.
4. Any deliberate act of taking advantage over others is considered cheating and will lead to immediate disqualification.
C – Support Vehicle & Crew :
1. Support vehicles with a support crew may be used by riders or teams, to carry spare wheels etc and also be used for keeping riders supplied with nutrition and water.
2. Riders may make use of a support vehicle in the limited way as described below. Any deviation will lead to a penalty for the first offense and a immediate disqualification for the second offense.
3. Only stationary Hand-offs are allowed between crew and rider. Support vehicle can go to a safe distance ahead of the rider and the peloton, ensure that it does not obstruct other riders on the course, pull off the road as far as is possible to the left side to ensure traffic and other riders are not obstructed. A support crew may then exit the vehicle and hand over or take items from the rider.
4. Rider and crew in support vehicle may NOT make any hand offs from a moving vehicle. The first offense will be given a 5 minute penalty and the second offense will lead to an immediate disqualification. In the event that the hand off looks like an attempt was made to get towed it will be immediate disqualification at the first instance.
5. Riders will get a few minutes to take support at the Race Start on the Highway. After which support is allowed only after riders have crossed katraj tunnel, except in the case of a mechanical problem.
6. Support crew may provide support to the riders for bicycle punctures or other mechanical issues provided they ensure safe practices and do not obstruct other riders or traffic.
7. Support vehicle may NEVER be leading a rider. When passing a rider or a group of riders, vehicle must drive at traffic pace, in the traffic lane and get more than 100 mts. ahead of any rider, give a left turn signal and only pull over to the left if it can safely do so.
8. Crews are instructed to drive the vehicle in the middle lane, to the right side of the riders, at normal traffic pace when attempting to get ahead of the riders. Slowing down to have a extended conversation with the rider will lead to a penalty.
9. Crew must exercise extreme caution so as not to obstruct the riders when they want to pull out of the traffic and park at the left side. Unsafe practices will lead to an immediate disqualification.
10. Unsafe driving on the part of the support crew, obstruction of traffic, or obstruction of riders will lead to a penalty.
D – Unsafe Behaviour :
1. The safety of the entire group takes precedence over any single rider’s determination to win. Any unsafe behavior, intentional or unintentional, any attempt to push or otherwise cause injury to a fellow rider will be dealt with my road marshalls asking the rider to drop back, stop and wait for 5 mins.
2. Unsafe behavior on the part of the support crew in motorized vehicle will lead to an immediate disqualification.
E – Penalties & Disqualifications :
1. It is within the discretionary powers of the race officials to make a decision related to cheating or unsafe practices by rider or support crew .
2. It is within the discretionary powers of the race officials to issue a warning or a penalty based on their judgement.
3. In the situation of a fast paced race such as this, race marshals will take spot decisions and that it is rider’s responsibility to ensure and rider or support crew do not give any cause for doubt.
4. Race Marshals may not be able to issue any kind of warning or inform rider or crew of a first offense. Having noted the first offense they will immediately issue a disqualification on noting a second offense.
5. The race committee has the authority to override, modify or create rules based on unfolding circumstances during the course of the event, and that the Race Committee has the final word on any dispute.
Table of Penalties :
Terms & Conditions
I accept the following TERMS AND CONDITIONS for participating in Lifecycle Pune Bicycle Championship – 7th Edition Pune Panchgani 100K Classic
1. I have read and agree to abide by the Race Rules and Regulations.
2. I agree to comply with the traffic and road laws and regulations of India.
3. I fully understand and agree that I am entering this event entirely at my own risk and accept without exception full and complete liability for all and any risks and will not hold responsible nor make claims against Lifecycle and Pune Bicycle Championship, any of the participants or organiser, its committee members, agents or servants for any loss, damage or injury however caused in relation to my participation in this event.
4. I understand that when I am riding a bicycle, I am required to wear a properly secured helmet at all times during the event.
5. I understand that I am required to comply with all the safety requirements set out in the Race Rules.
6. I understand that fees once paid will not be refunded under any circumstance. Only in case organisers are forced to cancel the event will fees be refunded after deduction for operational expenses.
7. I agree to sign the waiver form and submit a copy of age proof/ID in the form of Driving Licence, School ID, Pan Card, Passport, at the time of Race Registration prior to the Race.
8. U-18 category riders have to get a copy of attached Parental Consent form duly signed by a parent.
9. I understand that any attempt at cheating or unsafe practices by myself or my support crew (as determined by the race officials on the road) will result in immediate disqualification.
10. I understand that in the situation of a fast paced race such as this, race marshals will take spot decisions and that it is my responsibility to ensure and I and my support crew do not give any cause for doubt.
11. I understand that the race committee has the authority to override, modify or create rules based on unfolding circumstances during the course of the event, and that the Race Committee has the final word on any dispute.
Bike and Helmet Rentals
Lifecycle Mall – 020-24440035,36,37
Cymour – Aniket – 9049059779, 020 – 6060 3333
Bike Transport to and fro Start and Finish point
Cymour – Aniket – 9049059779, 020 – 6060 3333
For any queries call Lifecycle Mall 020-24440035,36,37