CX80 WCup & EMTBOC, EJMTBOC and EYMTBOC participants for Sprint, Middle and Long distance will receive start bibs numbered according to their start order.
Bib numbers for each individual competition will be provided after the respective TLM at the Event Centre.
Team officials should remember to collect them after the meeting.
Bib numbers for the Relay will be provided, in self-service mode, inside the Relay arena quarantine.
All athletes must wear their bib numbers at all competitions.
The start bib must be attached in front of the bike.
The use of telecommunication devices (mobile phones etc.) inside the quarantine zones is not allowed.
The last 20 athletes Men and Women of CX80 WCup & EMTBOC to start in Middle, Mass Start and Sprint (all of group 4 and significant part of Group 3) and 13th relay teams (first 13 numbers bibs) will be wearing tracking units (GPS). A numbered vest for holding the GPS unit will be delivered at the Arena of the competition day and must be returned after the final of the race. If a vest is not returned, there will be a charge of 40 EUR.
Vests will be issued in sizes XS & S for women and M & L for men. The vest must be worn underneath the athlete’s cycling top. Athletes may bring and use their own vests. GPS units’ size: 2,2*3,8*6,8 cm.
Start procedure for Middle distance, Long distance and Sprint
SIAC-clear is found outside start boxes.
There are 3 start boxes, in which you enter 3 minutes before time start.
In box 1 you have the SIAC-check.
In box 2 you have the SIAC-tested.
In box 3 you take your map (it is your responsibility to take the correct map).
After time start you have to follow a mandatory route to the start point which is marked by a flag in the terrain.
Start procedure for Mass Start, Mixed Relay and Relay
The athletes entering to the Start area should perform the following procedures:
– First leg:
Competitor stays on his Bike, with at least one foot on the ground, until start signal.
The Competitor will receive the Map when arriving to his position in his start lane, that should remain face down till 60 seconds before the start signal (in the Mass Start the maps will be given 2 minutes before the start signal), the Maps shouldn’t be turned the other way till the order ‘maps’ be given.
After the start signal, the athletes follow the road to the map start point marked by a flag in the terrain.
– Second and third leg:
The preceding rider on your team touches the following athlete in the change-over area, athletes then go to the start area, collect their map and start the race.
Finish procedure for Middle distance, Mass start, Long distance and Sprint
Finish SI box will be in the finish line.
Finish procedure for Mixed Relay and Relay
– First and second legs:
First and second leg riders do not cross the finish line. After the last control, when entering into the changeover area they touch the next rider. After this the rider discharges his SIAC Card, and after this operation goes to the finish quarantine.
– Third leg:
Crossing the finish line is decisive. Finish SI box will be 5 meters after the finish line.
If abandoning a race, an Athlete must immediately go to the finish area to report and read out the SIAC.
CX80 WCUP & EMTBOC
For the Sprint and Middle Distance, the starting order must be drawn in four starting groups. Competitors ranked 1–15 in the IOF World Ranking list as published 10 days before the event are placed in group 4, competitors ranked 16-30 are placed in group 3, competitors ranked 31-45 are placed in group 2. All other competitors are placed in group 1. For every athlete ranked 1-45 that is not entered for the competition, the size of the specific starting group is reduced by one. Within every group the starting order is drawn at random.
For Middle Distance and Sprint the competitors from the same Federation must not start consecutively. If they are drawn to start consecutively, the next competitor drawn must be inserted between them. If this happens at the end of the draw or at the end of a starting group, the competitor before them must be inserted between them.
Start Group for Men and Women:
(WC) The MTBOC has decided to issue a Wild Card for the EMTBOC 2023 to Kaarina Nurminen, FIN, who was a Junior until last year. This decision was not taken unanimously because the Wild Card is not primarily meant for Juniors. However, Kaarina won all individual competitions at last year’s JWMTBOC, and she also had excellent results at the 3rd World Cup round 2022 when she was given a Wild Card as well. It goes without saying that the Finnish MTBOC member did not vote and did not participate in the discussions either.
For the mass start, the order of competitors in the start rows is determined by the IOF World Ranking list as published 10 days before the event (see list above). The reigning World Champions, who are always given the first start position, are also the current leaders of the World Ranking.
Kaarina Nurminen (Wild Card) will be on position 8 in starting group 4.
For the mixed relay, the order of competitors in the start rows (and their start numbers) is determined by the results of the EMTBOC 2022. Those not being placed in the EMTBOC 2022 are given the subsequent start numbers in alphabetical order of Federation abbreviation.
All information about participation in the different competitions must be entered in Eventor. In case of problems with Eventor, please send an email to: email@example.com. This information should be updated till 15h00 of the day before the date that the competition takes place – April 25th, Middle Distance, April 26th, Mass Start, April 27th , Sprint and April 28th, Mixed Relay. Help on how to enter this information into Eventor can be found in section 33 Eventor Guide on Submitting Start Groups and Relay Teams.
EJMTBOC & EYMTBOC
For Middle Distance, Long Distance and Sprint the starting order must be drawn at random. The draw must be made in three starting groups (1-early, 2-middle and 3-late). Team officials must allocate their athletes to starting groups in IOF Eventor.
For Middle Distance, Long Distance and Sprint the competitors from the same Federation must not start consecutively. If they are drawn to start consecutively, the next competitor drawn must be inserted between them. If this happens at the end of the draw or at the end of a starting group, the competitor before them must be inserted between them.
For the relay, the order of competitors in the start rows (and their start numbers) is determined by the results of the EJMTBOC 2022 resp. EYMTBOC 2022. Those not being placed in the EJYMTBOC 2022 are given the subsequent start numbers in alphabetical order of Federation abbreviation.
There will be no Open classes, as a minimum of 20 registered athletes was not achieved.
To submit Start Groups (EJYMTBOC) and Relay Teams, go to IOF Eventor and fill the form after login.
All maps will be made according to the IOF International Specification for MTB Orienteering Maps ISMTBOM 2022 (see https://orienteering.sport/iof/mapping).
The maps for the competition will be new and updated.
Old maps: Faro | Loulé | Loulé Norte | Loulé Canil | Quinta do Lago | Salir
All events will be organised in accordance with the competition Rules for IOF MTB Orienteering Events as published by the IOF, the Special Rules for the World Cup in MTB Orienteering and the IOF Anti-Doping Rules valid at the time of the Event. IOF MTB Orienteering Competition rules are available on: www.orienteering.sport.
Summary of the most important rules:
Riding off the track, trail or paths is allowed, only riding in private or forbidden areas are not allowed. Riding outside the mapped area during the competition is not allowed.
In Portugal one drives on the RIGHT side of road. Therefore, riders must ride on the RIGHT side on all roads and tracks.
Overtaking slower riders should be done by the LEFT.
Complaints and protests:
Complaints and protests may only be made by team officials or competitors.
Any Complaint shall be made in written form and handed in at the Event Office at the arenas as soon as possible.
Complaints regarding the results shall be made no later than 15 minutes after the publication of the provisional results list. That moment of the publication will be announced by the arena Speaker. Complaints received after this time limit will only be considered if there are valid exceptional circumstances which must be explained in the Complaint.
A Complaint is decided by the organiser. The complainant must be informed about the decision immediately. If the organiser is unable to make the decision, the IOF Event Adviser must decide in their place.
A written Protest can be made, against the Organiser’s decision about a Complaint. Written Protests shall be delivered personally at the Event Office at the arenas no later than 15 minutes after the organiser has informed the complainant of the decision about the Complaint.
A Protest fee of 50 EUR shall be paid to the IOF Senior Event Adviser in cash when making a Protest. The fee will be returned if the Protest is accepted by the jury, otherwise the fee will be sent to the IOF. Forms for making a complaint or protest will be available at the arena Event Office.
SPORTident Air+ (range: 1,5m) will be used on all events with SI Active Cards (SIAC) and compatible Control Stations.
Competitors may use their own SIAC (plus backup SIAC) or they can rent it from Organisers for € 15 for the event or € 5 per day, plus a € 80 security deposit (there are a total of 120 SIAC units available for this purpose).
Doping is strictly forbidden and the organisers of the European Championships 2023 and the first round of the CX80 World Cup 2023 are dedicated to supporting the anti-doping authorities in their work. Doping tests are always carried out in accordance with the procedures described in the WADA International Standard for Testing. The IOF Anti-Doping Rules and the World Anti-Doping Code apply. Athletes who are selected for the doping tests must bring an official identification (with photo) to the doping test area. The athlete should also bring along their therapeutic use exemption (TUE) if applicable. In general, it is advisable that the athletes bring along their ID to all the competitions and events.
For more information and anti-doping documents, please consult:
The areas marked on the map are partially embargoed.
These areas can be visited without an orienteering map, and it is also possible to stay in accommodation there.
However, visitors have to stay on the public road network.
Any orienteering activity is forbidden and it is also strictly forbidden to ride a bike with the intention to test route choices.
No participants or anybody with a potential connection to a team (athletes or others) may visit the areas with a map.