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Fortunately Finale has a perfect climate for doing outdoor activities all year round. With 300 days of
sunshine a year, it is the perfect place for going mountain biking. That said, you must realise that there can
be weather conditions which are hard to deal with during a mountain bike race. In the event of rain, wind,
hail or snow the event programme may change.
In general we adopt the principle that mountain biking, like outdoor activities in general, can be done on
snowy or rainy days, so the event is never changed a priori, but only after confirming that the situation is
truly dangerous and could put the safety of participants at risk.
The objectivity we employ to confirm the situation is based first on analysis of official bulletins issued by
the civil protection service, which give a regular, consistent report on the level of alert and the details
If the alert level remains low, apart from in special circumstances, the event will not be changed and the race
will continue uninterrupted.
There will always be people in the office who are ready and able to answer all sorts of questions. The
detailed rules will be explained during the captains' briefing before the start.
It depends on the section you are in and the size of the team:-
The SOLOs and TEAM 2 leave on Saturday at 11.00
(finishing the race on Sunday at 11.00)
TEAM 4, TEAM 8 and TEAM 12 leave on Saturday at 14.00
(finishing the race on Sunday at 14.00)
All the CYCLE TOURISM riders (whether in TEAM 4, TEAM 8 or TEAM 12) also leave on Saturday at
14.00, but, can be, from a different starting place from the competitive teams.
The magnetic chip is fundamental to the correct functioning of the timekeeping equipment.
The team captain will get chips (which are given out on payment of a deposit) to be used by teammates who
will take turns on the course. The chip reading stations allow us to check on the correct running of the race,
ensuring that no-one takes a short cut, and they record the lap times.
Each rider must fix the chip to his ankle before doing a circuit. If they forget, the circuits they have done will
The changeover area is where members of a team pass the baton to change places on the course. The baton is
represented by another magnetic chip which must always go with the personal chip carried by the rider
during racing. If this baton chip is lost the squad cannot continue to ride the course.
No, the baton may only be passed inside the changeover area.
Any changes made elsewhere will be punished with a penalty by the referee.
The 24H course will not be lit during the night. Night riding provokes strong emotions - it is truly a leap in
the dark. But without proper lights you will be in complete darkness in the woods. For this reason, the rules
state that, in addition to your normal bike lights, you must have a substitute light in case your principal lights
fail. Without a spare light, the staff will not allow a rider to depart during the night phase.
If you have problems getting to the end of your lap (tiredness, a mishap, a mechanical breakdown etc), go to
a control point on the course (you will find one about every kilometre), who can dispatch your teammate to
do a 'flying change'. The control point, run by our staff, will contact the changeover area by radio and say
that your teammate can start (using the race number). Once that's done your circuit will be discounted, and
only that of your replacement teammate will count.
The event has a rulebook, which is a very important document for ensuring the event is enjoyable for
everyone, but above all safe, avoiding accidents and mishaps. For this reason the regulations must be read,
understood and accepted by all participants.
W.E.M.B.O. is the acronym of“World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation”.
It was set up in 2011 to establish an international standard for 24-hour mountain bike events, and to create
the World Championship of the speciality every year called "24-hour Mountain Bike". The "24-Hours" has
always been overshadowed by other organisations, who sometimes refuse to recognise it as a discipline
worthy of its own league. WEMBO has become the most important international reference for the world of
24-hour MTB, and organises a world championship every year. Recently it has also begun to organise
continental championships in Europe and Oceania.
World championships organised by WEMBO:
2012: Finale Ligure (ITALY)
2013: Canberra (AUSTRALIA)
2014: Fort William (SCOTLAND)
2015: Weaverville (CALIFORNIA – USA)
2016: Rotorua (NEW ZEALAND)
For more information go to www.wembo.com.au