THE ULTRA SPICE RACE

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A beautiful, tough, 6 day race through the spice, coffee & tea plantations of south India.

SMELL THE COFFEE! 

The Ultra Spice Race has 1200km & 1750km race distances with options of Solo RAAM Qualifier, Solo Self Supported and RAAM Style Relay Team, all starting and finishing in Bogmalo, Goa.

 The Solo SELF SUPPORTED Category (ie without crew support) is not a RAAM Qualifier. Briefly this race format is a Stage Race, Bike Packing style but with Drop Bags and night halt provided. 

The Races are also on the World Ultra Cycling Association (WUCA) calendar.

Race Details

  • Location – Bogmalo Beach, Goa

  • Distance – 1200km, 1750km Race

  • Start Date –  23rd January 2022

  • Elevation Gain – 13,162m (for 1200km), 23,764m (for 1750km)

  • Start Elevation – 0m (0ft) above sea level

 

Race Schedule

At the Ultra Spice Race, racers need to get their equipment inspected and attend briefings at the pre-race venue. Detailed schedule for meetings, briefings, and inspection slot bookings will be sent to racers on email upon completing online registration. Listed below is an outline of the schedule of the Ultra Spice Race Edition 6 (2023)

 

Sunday 22 January - Pre-Race inspection and briefings of all racers including Solo Self-Supported, Solo RQ and Relay racers
Monday 23 January - Race Flag Off
Thursday 26 January - 1200km racers finish

Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 January - 1750km racers finish

 

Ultra Spice 1200

Race Route

The 1200km ‘out and back’  race was introduced for the first time in the 4th edition in Jan 2020. The Race starts in Bogmalo, Goa heads south along the Coast road, heading inland from Honavar towards Jog Falls. Rolling terrain soon turns into a steady climb up the Western Ghats to Jog Falls and Shivmoga. The Route continues to Chikmmagalur through forests and coffee and spice plantations, and continues till Madikeri in Coorg. The distance of 1200 Km has a the total elevation gain of almost 13,000 Mts.

Metrics

Distance: 1200km

Elevation Gain: 13,162m
Highest Point: Madikeri at 1,236m above sea level  
Tentative Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31568801

Categories and Timings:

Solo RAAM Qualifier

SOLO is just that…. Solo! Solo racers ride the entire distance, while their crew provides them with full support. Solo Racers at The Ultra SPice Race Qualify for The Race Across America if they finish within the RQ timings. 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 i.e. year of race minus birth year).  

Category Code
Category
RQ Cut Off (Hrs)
A
RQ Women 50+
79:00:00
B
RQ Women 18-49
75:00:00
C
RQ Men 50+
75:00:00
D
RQ Men 18-49
70:00:00

RAAM Style Relay

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. As a collective, the team must ride the entire route without exception. 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).

Category Code
Category
Cut Off (Hrs)
1
All Women 50+
60:00:00
2
All Women 35-49
60:00:00
3
All Women 18-34
60:00:00
4
Mixed 50+
60:00:00
5
All Men 50+
60:00:00
6
Mixed 35-49
60:00:00
7
All Men 35-49
60:00:00
8
Mixed 18-34
60:00:00
9
All Men 18-34
60:00:00

Solo Self Supported

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.

Category Code
Category
Cut Off (Hrs)
E
SS Women 50+
94:00:00
F
SS Women 18-49
90:00:00
G
SS Men 50+
90:00:00
H
SS Men 18-49
84:00:00

Ultra Spice 1750

Race Route

The longest Ultracycle race in India, the race approaches Madikeri through the spectacular coffee and spice plantations of Coorg. Then the route descends down from the Sahyadris to Iritty in Kerala before heading up to Wayanad. Heading into the Nilgiri mountains through Eucalyptus trees the route climbs up to Ooty at 2200Mt through a winding 25 km route. Turning around the route returns the same way back to Goa. The distance 1750 Km has a the total elevation gain of 23,764 Mts.

Metrics

Distance: 1750km

Elevation Gain: 23,764m
Highest Point: Ooty at 2,260m above sea level  
Tentative Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31761327

Categories and Timings:

Solo RAAM Qualifier

SOLO is just that…. Solo! Solo racers ride the entire distance, while their crew provides them with full support. Solo Racers at The Ultra SPice Race Qualify for The Race Across America if they finish within the RQ timings. 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 i.e. year of race minus birth year).  

 
Category Code
Category
RQ Cut Off (Hrs)
A
RQ Women 50+
128:00:00
B
RQ Women 18-49
128:00:00
C
RQ Men 50+
128:00:00
D
RQ Men 18-49
120:00:00

RAAM Style Relay

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. As a collective, the team must ride the entire route without exception. 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).

Category Code
Category
Cut Off (Hrs)
1
All Women 50+
96:00:00
2
All Women 35-49
96:00:00
3
All Women 18-34
96:00:00
4
Mixed 50+
96:00:00
5
All Men 50+
96:00:00
6
Mixed 35-49
96:00:00
7
All Men 35-49
96:00:00
8
Mixed 18-34
96:00:00
9
All Men 18-34
96:00:00

Solo Self Supported

Inspire India has a New Ultracycling Race format in the Ultra Spice Race 1750km… 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 1750KM IS NOT A RAAM QUALIFIER.

Category Code
Category
Cut Off (Hrs)
E
SS Women 50+
160:00:00
F
SS Women 18-49
154:00:00
G
SS Men 50+
154:00:00
H
SS Men 18-49
144:00:00

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)

Mandatory Pre-Race Requirements:

​Each race has certain mandatory pre-race requirements that racers must meet in order to receive a clearance to race. If racers do not meet with these requirements, their registration may be cancelled and racers may be denied from entry to the event. Please read the requirements carefully before registering for the event. 

Rules and Regulations for Ultra Spice Race are under review and will be available online soon.