THE ULTRA SPICE RACE

The Ultra Spice Race has 3 distances – 1000km 1200km and 1750km with option of solo and team, all starting and finishing in Bogmalo, Goa. In the 1000 and 1750 km categories, for relay team and RQ solo 2 support vehicles with a minimum of 2 drivers in each vehicle are mandatory. Relay is RAAM style and Solo Races of both distances are RAAM Qualifiers, ie Solo racers who finish within stipulated time will qualify for The Race Across America. In this 4th edition we have introduced 1200 KM and 1750 KM SOLO UNSUPPORTED (ie no crew), which is not an RQ. The Races are also on the Ultramarathon Cycling (UMCA) calendar. 

Race Schedule

START DATE: 25th Jan 2020 – Solo Unsupported 1200 & 1750KM

START DATE: 26th Jan 2020 – Solo RQ and Team 1000 & 1750KM

START & FINISH : Johns Seagull, Bogmalo Beach, Goa

DISTANCE: 1000, 1200 & 1750 Km

FINISH DATES: 28th Jan – 1st Feb

FORMAT: Solo event and Team Based relay event

PRE RACE: Registrations 24th Jan & 25th Jan

Facebook Event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/2369603693271015/

 

Race Route

The Race starts right on the beach, and follows the coast crossing coconut tree lined creeks, before turning inland. Here the route goes through the forest and plantation covered mountains of the south. Different distances expose you to everything from Betel Nut, Pepper and Coffee plantations to tea estates. The route returns again along the coast to finish back on the beach.

Categories And Timings

SOLO RAAM QUALIFIER

Support Vehicles and crew are mandatory for SOLO RAAM Qualifier! Solo racers ride the entire distance, while their crew provides them with full support. Categories and Timings are based on Racing Age and Gender. Racing Age is the age each Racer will turn during the calendar year of the race (year of race minus birth year). Solo RQ category Racers in 1000 and 1750KM Qualify for The Race Across America if they finish within the cut off timings.

SOLO UNSUPPORTED

Inspire India introduces a New Ultracycling Race format in the Ultra Spice Race 1200km and 1750 km… Solo UNSUPPORTED! Enjoy this lush green route on your own steam… No support vehicles, no crew, minimal support from race organisers. Refer to timing chart below. Racing Age is the age each Racer will turn during the calendar year of the race (year of race minus birth year).
PLEASE NOTE UNSUPPORTED 1750 KM IS NOT A RAAM QUALIFIER.

RELAY TEAM

Supported vehicles and crew are mandatory in this RAAM style format. The team event is a relay, not a peloton of 2, 3 or 4 members. Team members take turns riding, while other/s rest in the support vehicle and move up the road. Teams have the freedom to decide how often you swap riders, how long each member rides and how much distance each covers.
Categories and Timings are based on Team Age and Gender. Team Age is the average racing age of all Team members (total number of years divided by 2,3 or 4 depending on team size). Racing Age is the age each Racer will turn during the calendar year of the race (year of race minus birth year). Team members may share the driving of the support vehicle, though at least one dedicated driver is mandatory for safety.

  • All Men
  • Mixed – at least 1 member is Male and 1 Female
  • All women

Relay Team Format

If Rider A is cycling, the support vehicle will position the next rider B, with her/his cycle up the route. B will wait for the A to come right up to that point, and overlap cycles, before starting to ride. A will stop, put bike on car and vehicle will follow B and move up to the next exchange point. (refer video below) Team members may share the driving of the support vehicle, though at least one dedicated driver is mandatory for safety.

Watch a Video of a well conducted Relay Team Exchange – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEvH2fuuA9Q

Outline of Timings

DistanceMen 18-49Women 18-49Men 50+Women 50+All Teams
Ultra Spice 100056 hrs60 hrs60 hrs60 hrs48 Hrs
Ultra Spice 1200 Unsuppported84 hrs90 hrs90 hrs90 hrs
Ultra Spice 1750 Supported (RQ)120 hrs128 hrs128 hrs128 hrs96 Hrs
Ultra Spice 1750 Unsuppported144 hrs154 hrs154 hrs154 hrs

Metrics

DistanceElev GainClimbing in Mt/KmSolo men cut offAverage speedTeam Cut offAverage speed
Ultra Spice
1000 km Supported RQ
9536 mt9.53656 hrs17.85 kmph48 hrs20.83
Ultra Spice
1750 km Supported RQ
21183 mt12.05120 hrs14.6 kmph96 hrs18.23
Ultra Spice
1750 km Unsupported
21183 mt12.05144 hrs12.15 kmphNANA

FOR MORE ON ALL ULTRA RACE ELEVATION METRICS – https://www.inspire-india.in/international-ultra-race-data/

Rules & Regulations

Guiding principles

  • Safety of all persons involved
  • Running a Clean and Healthy race with a level playing field for all
  • Creating a Race of International standards
  • Protecting Race integrity and reputation

(The guiding principles will dictate decision making by the Race Committee on any issue not specifically covered in these rules)