THE ULTRA SPICE RACE
The Ultra Spice Race has 600km & 1200km race distances with option of solo and team, all starting and finishing in Bogmalo, Goa. Relay is RAAM style and Solo supported Races of both distances are RAAM Qualifiers, ie Solo racers who finish within stipulated time will qualify for The Race Across America.
All participants of the 600 km race, Solo and Team must have minimum 1 support vehicle with 3 crew members including at least 2 drivers. In the 1200 km category, for relay team and RQ Solo 2 support vehicles with a minimum of 2 drivers in each vehicle are mandatory. The1200 KM has a Solo SELF SUPPORTED Category (ie without crew support) which is not a RAAM Qualifier. Briefly this race format is a Stage Race, Bike Packing style but with Drop Bags and night halt provided.
Ultra Spice Race Schedule
DATE: Jan 2023
START: Goa- Johns Seagull, Bogmalo Beach, Goa
DISTANCE: 1200 & 1750 Km
FORMAT: RAAM Style Solo and Relay; Self Supported Style Solo
FINISH: Goa- John’s Seagull, Bogmalo Beach, Goa
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 600 and 1200KM Qualify for The Race Across America if they finish within the cut off timings.
Inspire India has a New Ultracycling Race format in the Ultra Spice Race 1200km… Solo SELF SUPPORTED! 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 SELF SUPPORTED 1200 KM IS NOT A RAAM QUALIFIER.
1- 600 KM - SOLO RQ
2- 1200 KM - SOLO RQ
3- 1200 KM - SOLO Self Supported
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. 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.
2 and 3 member teams can manage comfortably in 1 support vehicle with a bike rack. 4 member teams can also manage with if it is a large pick up type of vehicle that can accommodate 4 bikes or if members want to share bikes.
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).
Mixed – at least 1 member is Male and 1 Female
Outline of Timings
Rules & Regulations
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)