Road bikes, mountain bikes, folding bikes, hybrid bikes, in safe working order are allowed. Bikes must be fitted with working front and rear brakes and bar ends or extensions must be securely plugged. No aero bars allowed. Participants may not ride a bicycle fitted with triathlon, time trial or "Spinachi"-type bars and the organizers reserve the right to disallow the use of certain types of bladed wheels that are considered unsafe.
Participants must wear a properly secured helmet at all times during the race including when a participant is pushing or carrying their bike. Failure to wear a helmet will result in disqualification.
7-Eleven Tour official race number plates must be displayed on the seat post of each participant's bike. Only registered racers may compete. A participant should not cut, fold, apply stickers to or alter in any way the number plate.
Note: Race bib number and bike number should be attached in order to enter the race central and race course.
Participants will be given a start time and wave designation. It is the responsibility of the participant to be at the start area ahead of their release time. Participants who arrive late will be moved to the last wave start. 106 Km category must be in the venue by 5:30 AM for the sign in and corralling. Organizers will start releasing the 106 KM category at 6:00AM. The 48 KM category must be in the venue by 6:00 AM for sign in and corralling. Participants for the 48 KM will be released starting 6:50 AM.
There will be a course cut off, at that time any participants remaining in the course will be escorted back to the start area by race officials along the most direct route. Riders are required to complete the tour course within the allowed hours to be awarded a result and a medal unless the race organizers determine otherwise. This time is calculated from the time the rider's wave crosses the start line.
Organizers will start sweeping any participant at KM 53 at 9:30AM. Participant who failed to reach the Turn Around point at KM 53 at 9:30AM will be classified as DNF and will be escorted by the organizers to sweeper vehicles.
No. Each participant is responsible for having their bike in good operating condition. All participants must be self-sufficient during the race. Repairs during the race must be performed by individual racers. Tools and spare parts used during a repair must be carried by the racer. Participants whose bicycle can't be fixed will have to wait for the sweeper vehicle.
Any participant who does not complete the course correctly or is unable to finish the course, will be recorded as DNF (did not finish). It's the sole responsibility of each participant to know the designated course. There will be no time adjustments in the results for participants who fail to follow the correct course for any reason whatsoever.
Only registered racers may compete in 7-Eleven Tour. 7-Eleven Tour race registration and race numbers are non-transferable. Any participant found to be racing under a different name will be disqualified.
The race director may at any time prior to, or during an event, shorten, stop or cancel the event where there is a likelihood of serious injury to competitors or spectators, or damage to the environment.
Every rider must keep as far to the RIGHT of the road surface as is safe having regard to the circumstances and conditions.
Turn around points for the 48KM (km24) and 106KM (km24, km53 and km82) will all have hydration stations.
Ambulance and medic stations are strategically located on the race course. Roving marshals and medical teams will also be found on the race course.
Riding with somebody else's number. Riders may not start or attempt to start before their designated start group. Any rider who does may be disqualified. A rider may not participate while under the influence of alcohol, or any drug or medication that prevents or might prevent a rider from properly controlling his/her bicycle.
I see little value in taking more than two bottles. If it's particularly hot and you run out of water, just refill them at the next water station. Make sure your bottle cage is secured – dropping your bottle during the race can mess with your hydration and nutrition strategy, and become a spinning ball of terror for riders behind you.
Significantly slower, and your bike will be heavier and have more rolling resistance. Slick tires would help. But if you're more comfortable and more confident on your mountain bike as opposed to your road bike, then stick with it.
Use gels only if you have trained with them and are used to them. Don't try anything new on race day. Also, the timing of your gels is important, as you will get an energy spike from them – if you use them too early and can't maintain energy intake, you'll hit the wall, and suffer for the rest of the ride. Lots of water is also important when using gels.
You should rather be a spectator if you are unwell in the week before the race, or have a medical illness that is not under control, such as uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart or lung disease, to name a few. You should also carefully consider withdrawing if you are carrying an injury that could result in permanent damage should you ride.
Med team numbers will be provided during race week.
The most common issues that can be repaired roadside are how to join a broken chain, and how to change a tube – many people don't know how to do this.
The gradual climb from Floridblanca Interchange to Porac Interchange, approximately 10km with a 230m elevation gain.
For no longer than the time you spent on the saddle.
Of course. After all, if it's not on Strava, it never happened.