1. Le 1000 du Sud is a 1000 km ride (randonnée) in Southern France, organized by Provence Randonneurs, which is a non profit bicycle touring association governed by the Law of 1901.
2. Each rider must be self-sufficient. Support vehicules, even occasionally, are totally forbidden. This rule also applies to the possible overnight stops.
3. The route is variable, but always tourism-oriented and mountainous. The route uses, as much as possible, low traffic roads.
4. A detailed cue sheet (road-book) and a GPS track will be published on the organizer’s website. The organizer will not put any sign or marking on the roads.
5. In addition to the start and finish controls, the route includes a number of intermediate controls, to verify that the participant has followed the route. These controls are inhabited or uninhabited places the route passes through, like town, mountain pass, lieu-dit (any small geographic area which has a name assigned to).
6. Any participant who takes the official start, rides the entire route, validates all controls and respects the present rules, is considered Finisher of Le 1000 du Sud, either in the Randonneur option, either in the Tourist option.
7. The time limit in the Randonneur option is 100 hours.
8. There is no time limit in the Tourist option.
9. There is no opening or closing times for the intermediary controls.
10. Le 1000 du Sud is not a competitive event. No rider classification is made. No special reward is granted to individual performance. A Finisher list is published on the organizer’s website, but individual time results are not published.
11. All participants are required to conduct themselves in a civil manner under all circumstances. Incorrect behaviour of a participant towards the ride organizer and the volunteers is ground for disqualification. Each must be dressed decently.
12. Each rider must obey the French traffic law and all road signs placed by territorial authorities.
13. Each rider must respect the environment. Is is forbidden to litter.
14. At the start, the participants receive a personal card in which all control places are noted. They must keep the card with them throughout the ride. They must note on it their date and time of passage at all intermediate controls. At the end of the ride, they must note their date and time of arrival, and deposit the card in a specified place. Missing control times, or loss of the card are grounds for disqualification. Each participant is responsible for completing his or her card.
15. Within three month after the ride, each Finisher is sent by post a certificate issued by the organizer, as well as his or her card.
16. Each participant must prove his or her passage at the controls : Either by taking a picture of his or her bike at the place designated by the organizer (detailed information will be provided about where to take the picture). The pictures will be shared with the ride organizer, after the ride. Either by answering a question written on the card, relating to the control place. Either by getting the card stamped at a local establishment. The stamp must show the name of the control place, otherwise it is no valid. Each participant must carry out the control operations himself or herself. A non-validated control will result in disqualification.
17. In order to ensure compliance with the rules, the organizer may carry out one or more controls on the course, at the place and in the time slot of its choice. The place and the time slot remain secret. Participants who pass outside the time slot are not controlled. Being not controlled at a secret control is not disqualifying, unless the participant's times of passage at the official controls located immediately before and after the secret control involve his or her passage at the secret control within the time slot.
18. The start of the ride takes place at a specified time, which is published on the organizer’s website. The controllers let the participants start in small groups (less than 20 cyclists) so as not to hamper traffic. The exact start time of each is noted. Once started, participants can leave their starting group.
19. Le 1000 du Sud is a free-paced ride. Each participant rides at his or her own pace. No participant can claim to form and manage a group. Titles (like team captain) are not allowed.
20. Participants must not ride more than two side-by-side on the road. They must line up in single file when a vehicle is approaching if the road is not wide enough to allow safe passage. They must remain in single file on high traffic roads. They must remain in single file at night and in other low-light conditions (rain, fog ...).
21. Bikes must be equipped with a lighting system securely and permanently fixed on the bike, even during daytime. Backup lighting system and headlamp are recommended. Flashing LEDs at the rear are forbidden, so as not to dazzle other participants. At night or in other low-light conditions, lights must be turned on at all times and a high visibility vest must be worn, as requested by the French traffic law.
22. Participants who choose the Tourist option must inform the ride organizer either before the start or, if it happens during the ride, by email or text message.
23. Participants who abandon must notify the ride organizer by email or text message. The organizer does not offer any repatriation at the start place, nor bike repairing service. The organizer does not provide permanence at the start place during the ride.
24. In the event of a personal accident, the participant or any person assisting the participant must call the emergency services (112) and notify the ride organizer by email or text message.
25. At the end of the ride, the participants must take a picture of their bikes at a designated place (finish control). The finish picture will be shared with the ride organizer, together with the other control pictures. Participants must note their date and time of arrival on their card, and deposit the card in a specified place. The organizer does not provide permanence at the finish.
26. Le 1000 du Sud is open to any cyclist, whether French or foreign, whether member of a cycling club or not, regardless of his or her sports affiliation.
27. Participants are strongly advised to take out individual accident insurance extended for cycling (unless they have a sports license including such insurance).
The organizer has no individual accident insurance for participants.
The organizer did not take out insurance for the repatriation of the participants.
The organizer is insured in civil liability, for the duration of the ride, in accordance with Article L321-1 of the French Sports Code.
The organizer's insurance does not cover the Permanent.
28. Any rider under the age of 18 must have consent of his or her parent or legal guardian, and wear a helmet.
29. Participation as a professional coach, tour operator, fundraiser, or other gainful activity, is prohibited.
30. To validate the registration, each participant must personally provide the information requested on the organizer’s website, and personally pay the registration fee. No intermediaries will be accepted.
31. All kinds of bicycles are accepted, provided they are equipped in accordance with the provisions of the French traffic law, in particular with safety and braking systems. Electric bikes must be declared.
32. Any fraud will result in disqualification.
33. Le 1000 du Sud cannot be counted as participation in another event held in conjunction with it.
34. While taking part in Le 1000 du Sud, the riders accept the publication on the organizer’s website of their identity and possibly of photos where they appear. Provence Randonneurs will not use their identity, or transmit it to a third at commercial purpose.
35. Any rider who registers for and starts Le 1000 du Sud has read all the present rules, and accepts by these actions the present rules without any exception.
36. Any complaint or question must be submitted to the ride organizer in writing, within a month from the finish of the ride.
37. It is possible to ride the route of Le 1000 du Sud as a Permanent, subject to registering two weeks before the planned start date, and sign a waiver. These regulations apply to the Permanent. Any participant who takes the planned start, rides the entire route, validates all controls and respects the present rules, is considered Finisher of Le 1000 du Sud, either in the Randonneur option, either in the Tourist option.
38. The start and finish place of Le1000 du Sud is at the organizer's place. The organizer provides participants with a reception area called Camp de Base du 1000 du Sud. Participants are required to have a correct attitude, to be dressed decently, and to respect the main instructions of the organizer. It is forbidden to throw waste and pollutants into nature. It is forbidden to make fires. Any degradation of the facilities must be reimbursed.
December 30, 2020