THE ULTRA SPICE RACE

The Ultra Spice Race consists of 3 distances – 600km, 1000km and 1750km all starting and finishing in Bogmalo, Goa. Comprising solo and relay team categories, all racers in all categories must have a support vehicle and crew. In the 1000 and 1750 km categories, 2 support vehicles with a minimum of 2 drivers in each vehicle are mandatory. Relay is RAAM style and Solo Races of all 3 distances are RAAM Qualifiers, ie Solo racers who finish within stipulated time will qualify for The Race Across America. The Races are also on the Ultramarathon Cycling (UMCA) calendar.

Race Schedule

START DATE: 27th Jan 2018
START & FINISH : Johns Seagull, Bogmalo Beach, Goa
DISTANCE: 600, 1000 & 1750 Km
FINISH DATES: 28th Jan – 1st Feb
FORMAT: Solo event and Team Based relay event
PRE RACE: Registrations 26th Jan

 

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

SOLO is just that…. Solo! 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 Racers at The Deccan Cliffhanger Qualify for The Race Across America if they finish within the RQ timings.

 

RELAY TEAM

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

Relay Team Format for Deccan Cliffhanger – This is really a fun event, to enjoy the route, challenge yourself, while you share the distance with your buddies.

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.

Outline of Timings

DistanceMen 18-49Women 18-49Men 50+Women 50+All Teams
Ultra Spice 60030 hrs32 hrs32 hrs32 hrs27 Hrs
Ultra Spice 100056 hrs60 hrs60 hrs60 hrs48 Hrs
Ultra Spice 1750120 hrs128 hrs128 hrs128 hrs96 Hrs

Metrics

DistanceElev GainClimbing in Mt/KmSolo men cut offAverage speedTeam Cut offAverage speed
Ultra Spice
600 km
6600 mt1130 hrs20 kmph27 hrs22.22
Ultra Spice
1000 km
9536 mt9.53656 hrs17.85 kmph48 hrs20.83
Ultra Spice
1750 km
21183 mt12.04948805120 hrs14.6 kmph96 hrs18.23

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)