DEFINITION OF A CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY
A Cross-Country Rally is a sporting event staged over varied terrain and is intended to prove the skill, the endurance of riders, and the reliability of their machines. Moreover, this discipline must reveal the skills of navigating of the Rally riders.
The terrain consists of natural landscapes and usually not modified by the organizer as follows:
- Mountains, rocky sections
- Rivers, dry riverbeds, mud tracks
- Open public road
- Natural vegetation, bushes, high grass, forests
- Asphalt roads, off road tracks
- Terrain with snow conditions
DNF – Did not finish – A rider who is issued a DNF may at their discretion continue the route, they must get to next bivouac area as scheduled. A DNF allows the rider to still participate but their time will be effected by penalties if they decide to do so for missing waypoints in that stage.
DQ – Disqualified – A disqualified rider will have the RallyComp removed from their motorcycle at the finish line and leave the event immediately. Their rider box with their belongings will be delivered to the Montrose County Fairgrounds when the riders return to Montrose on the last day of the rally. If you cannot abide by federal, state, county and municipal traffic laws and regulations don’t register for this event. Your actions could lead to civil litigation by the organizer for jeopardizing the event.
Federal land managers, law enforcement and county permitting have the right to terminate this event at any time for reckless behavior. As stated, before this is NOT a maximum speed race!
The organizer will provide transportation and recovery for participants and their motorcycles to the bivouac area or the nearest town if they have a mechanical or physical issue. The organizer will transport supplied field boxes to bivouac areas. Water will be provided at each bivouac for refilling hydration systems and for cooking of freeze-dried food. The organizer will provide sweep riders / recovery for the entire route position at different locations along the stage for assistants once a notification is made. If a participant has a mechanical problem, or if they are injured, sweep riders and recovery will assist. Every rider WILL be accounted for!
The COTAH rally is a sum of all five days times added together for one overall completed time, there are no special test sections, speed sections or transfer sections for this event. The entire event is a navigation, riding skills, endurance and machine reliability competition. Once the participant starts each day the time clock will not stop until they reach the finish line at the bivouac on that given day. The top three participants who can navigate and master all stages and not collect time penalties and finish the event with the best overall times will receive prizes.
1 second over speed limit = 1 minute.
Failure to stop for 3 seconds = 3 minutes.
Failure to stay at neutralization / gas stop per required time 1 second = 1 minute.
Neutralizations are 15 minutes or longer, failure to complete the indicated time at the neutralization every second will equate to a 1 minute time penalty. Other wards there are 900 seconds in 15 minutes.
Unmasking a waypoint =10 minutes.
Skipping a waypoint 20 minutes
Loss of time card = 1 hour.
Running out of fuel and needing a refuel by recovery crew = 30 minutes
Missing your start time you will be an accessed a time penalty of 30 minutes plus your total time while waiting for your new start position. You will be sent to the end of the start order so as not to interrupt the other competitors start times. There will be no seeding of a late starter between competitors. If a competitor has a mechanical they will have thirty minutes to have their machine fixed after the last competitor has departed. After thirty minutes they will be a DNF if they fail to make the start. Competitors do have the option of starting the clock by pushing their machine across the start line to start the clock if they have a mechanical and then working on their machine as long as they make their start time without generating a time penalty.
Failure to stop for injured rider or party if nobody is first on-scene = Disqualification.
Careless or reckless behavior = Disqualification
Failure to yield to equestrian riders, pedestrians and cyclist = Disqualification
Protest must be in writing within 60 minutes after rider crossing the finish line and deposited in the protest box.
Only the Timing Referee can make time adjustments for scoring and no other parties attached to the rally.
PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMING
All Pictures and video taken by COTAH RALLY ADVENTURES shall be used for marketing and are the property of COTAH RALLY ADVENTURES.
Filming and photography for this event can be used for personal use, in accordance with Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service regulations.
EVENT CANCELLATION OR EVENT MODIFICATION:
The event will be cancelled for the following; forest fires, heavy rain, heavy snow or any other unforeseen event which has the possibility of happening during the event. The overall combined stages or daily stage can also be modified for kilometers due to weather, heavy rain, heavy snow, forest fires or modifications by a federal, state, county or municipal agency or the organizer. The event can also be modified by any federal, state, county or municipal agency per a change in their code or regulations.
At the discretion of the event organizer, a partial refund or no refund may happen.