The race will be over a course that’s between a mile and 2.4 kilometres long.*
Starting and finishing
The race will start with one blast on the ceremonial Singapore Cyclocross bugle, and for the next 45 minutes, competitors should try to do as many laps as possible.
To avoid bunching, or just because it will make things more interesting, we’ll have a Le Mans style start. You’ll have to run from the start line about 50 metres to where your bike is, before you start to ride.
After 45 minutes, we’ll start ringing the official Singapore Cyclocross bell, and that will signify that you’re on your last lap. After the bell starts being rung, you have to finish the lap that you’re on.
The winner will be the person who’s ridden the most laps in the shortest time.
Eg: Albert does 9 laps, Bob and Colin both do 10. Albert will be placed third, and if Bob completed his 10 laps ahead of Colin, Bob will be first.
If you’re lapped, you should retire. Consider a peaceful life, somewhere near the sea, wear a cardigan, smoke a pipe, that sort of thing.
You need to have a bicycle with two wheels, and brakes. No unicycles, no fixies, and tandems are probably asking for trouble. You can ride a mountain bike if you like; we’d prefer you to be on a bike with drop bars, but it’s not like we’re demanding you do that if you don’t want to. However, you probably want a bike with fairly high gearing for the quick segments.
Or a bike with decent suspension for the rough bits.
Or a bike that’s really light. Or heavy. Or, or, or … it’s confusing, isn’t it? Don’t worry: we aim to make a course where every kind of bicycle will be equally disadvantaged, one way or another. Just no bar ends and you must have a bike that we think is safe to ride.
There are some highly detailed rules from the UCI, but in the interests of keeping things simple: if your mother wouldn’t like it, don’t wear it. In the event of dispute about what your mother would like, we’ll phone up my mother and ask her. (You don’t want this: she’s in a time zone eight hours behind Singapore, and she won’t be too happy if I have to call her up to adjudicate on whether somebody can wear a lime green mankini and nothing else or not.)
We’ll going to race at night, so although there’s some illumination on the course, you’ll need to have a decent front light. We haven’t decided yet whether rear lights are compulsory, or banned. That’s one to figure out when we run our beta test.
As per UCI rule 5.1.058,
In the event of difficult weather conditions (e.g. strong winds, heavy snowfall, temperatures below –15 °C) the president of the commissaires’ panel may decide to cancel the event,after consulting the UCI technical delegate in case of need and the organizer.
if it snows in Singapore on the day of a race, the race will be rescheduled.
* We mix imperial and metric to mess with your head. If you’re not confused, perhaps you’re not trying hard enough.