Race Rules - X4


I/We understand and agree to the rules established for Red Bull Defiance. I/We agree to wear the event race top throughout the event and to not cover the sponsors branding. I/We acknowledge that Red Bull Defiance is being filmed/photographed and content is being developed for the use of sponsors and Red Bull Defiance to leverage on an on-going basis. I/We accept that by entering Red Bull Defiance I/we agree to my/our image being captured and  this will be at no cost to the sponsors and I accept emails from sponsors regarding their services. I understand that participation in this contest is at my own risk and I accept full responsibility for my well being during the event.

1.1. The race consists of a two day multi-stage event in Wanaka and surrounds.
1.2. Disciplines include mountain biking/kayaking/running/abseil/other activities.
1.3. Each day is split into a series of disciplines with a known well marked course and designated transition areas.
1.4. All teams commence the race early morning on day one in mass start format.
1.5. Teams must make their way from one transition area to the next in the defined discipline.

2.1. Red Bull Defiance X4 (“X4”) is a two day, four-person stage race and includes the following categories.
2.2. Three categories: Mens, Womens & Mixed.
2.3. Teams must  have four team members. Only two people from each team will race at any time, completing each stage as a pair. There will be at least one ‘team challenge’ where all four competitors will take part for a brief period. 
2.4. Teams are free to decide which competitor does each stage. Every team member must complete at least two stages and a maximum of four stages. No more than two people from each team are permitted on a stage. 
2.5. Teams are permitted to change the order of who is racing which stage at any time. However, changes of team members may only occur at designated Transition Areas – no substitutions are permitted anywhere else on the course. Teams caught changing over during a stage will be disqualified.   
2.6. The team of four self support themselves during the race with the exception of travel to the start line from Edgewater Resort to Camp Creek/Minaret Station. Teams are permitted to bring additional support crew as required but are asked to respect other teams and competitors by keeping support to a reasonable level.
2.7. Racing pairs should not receive any outside assistance, support or food/drink from supporting team mates during any stage.

3.1. Entries officially open Thursday the 20th of August 2018 at 9am. Entries officially close at 5pm on the 31st of December 2018, or when capacity is reached at 30 teams.
3.2. Entries received after capacity is reached or after the 31st of December, will be wait listed and notified if additional entries become available or in case of injury or cancellation of pre-registered teams.
3.3. To secure an entry in X4, one person per team of four needs to register and complete the entry form via the Enter Now page.
3.4. Once your online entry has been submitted and payment has been processed you will be notified by email. You do not need to have a complete team of four to complete your entry.
3.5. The organisation reserves the right to increase the capacity of the event at a future date.

4.1. If a registered team wishes to cancel their participation in the event for whatever the reason, the team must notify the event organisers in writing via the email bex@redbulldefiance.co.nz, providing his/her name, team name and contact details.
4.2. Cancellation requests received up until midnight, 30 September 2018 will receive 50% refund of their entry fee. Entry refunds requested from 1st October until midnight 30th November 2018 will receive 25% of their entry fee. Entry fees are non-refundable from 1st of December, 2018.
4.3. All additional purchases and bank charges are nonrefundable. Refunds will be made in one payment to the team administrator and will not be split between the two team members.
4.4. If two teams do not have sufficient members and decide to join together, this will be strictly considered as one team cancelling their entry. Refund policy will be as stated above, no exceptions.
4.5. If any member of a team is deemed not competent enough to undertake the event whilst participating, the whole team will be disqualified and no refund will be given. Details of expected competencies are be promulgated on this web site and in the Newsletters. However, it is a pre-requisite of entry that every competitor and team enters the event with their eyes wide open and that they have investigated the likely scenarios they will face during the race
4.6. If the event, or any part thereof, is cancelled, postponed, shortened, or modified in any way, or if any of the amenities, goods, or services in relation to the event are no longer provided, whether due to force majeure, legal restrictions, disputes, safety reasons, failure by service providers to perform, or any other reason or cause, the entry fees and all other fees paid will not be refundable.

5.1. If a team cannot make the event, they are not permitted to transfer their entry to a future edition of the event.
5.2. Teams are permitted to transfer or sell their entry to another team if available. This will be a transaction between the teams and the event organisers will not, in general, facilitate putting teams in touch with each other. The original team administrator must notify bex@redbulldefiance.co.nz if an entry has been transferred or sold.

6.1. No responsibility is taken by Red Bull, Red Bull Defiance, 100% PURE Racing or sponsors for any loss or damaged property of competitors, assistants, or friends during Red Bull Defiance. By completion of the entry form the competitor accepts full responsibility for the risks entailed in competing in Red Bull Defiance. Competitors and support crews must have their own personal insurance policies to cover against injury and equipment.
6.2. The event takes place in the mountains and surrounding environments. As a competitor in this event, you are personally responsible for your own safety and are required to carry the compulsory equipment at all times, unless instructed otherwise by the Red Bull Defiance Race Director.

7.1. The Red Bull Defiance Race Director reserves the right to disqualify or impose time penalties on any competitor for disregarding race rules or compulsory safety requirements of the Red Bull Defiance
7.2. Rules are enforced for your safety and to create a fair event. We encourage all competitors to abide by these rules and the spirit in which they are written. Any teams found disregarding the specified rules or purposely changing the interpretation of rules for their benefit may be disqualified.

8.1. Any competitor or assistant who wishes to make a complaint about another competitor must do so in writing with supporting evidence (photos/videos) to the Red Bull Defiance Race Director within 24hrs of the completion of the event. The Red Bull Defiance Race Director’s decision regarding the complaint is final.

9.1. In the case of withdrawal of a team member, or an entire team, the organisers must be notified by the quickest possible means.
9.2. If you are evacuated from any part of the course by helicopter or jet boat, you must report to an official immediately on arrival of your safety destination. If you are seriously injured, it is yours or your support crews responsibility to notify race officials. You will remain in the race until you have been checked off the course by course officials.
9.3. Any team member/team that does not complete a stage (this includes failure to meet cut-off times) is automatically disqualified, and cannot continue on the stage or subsequent stages. The exclusion to this rule exists on day 2 STAGE 4 Skyline run. There will be a course B option for any team who does not meet the cut off time of 3.30pm at Mt Alpha.

10.1. iPods, MP3 Players, personal audio devices and headphones, etc. are not allowed to be used during the race and will result in disqualification.

11.1. A large majority of this race is on private land.
11.2. Red Bull Defiance race crosses a number of property boundaries. It is an activity that complies with relevant management plans and strategies and has a number of contract conditions that must be adhered to.
11.3. There will be NO access granted to train on these privately owned stations prior to race day. Access is only permitted on race day so please respect private property both before and during the event. Competitors must not harm, approach or interfere with any stock, and at all times stock and farm vehicles have right away.

12.1. TAKE OUT ALL YOUR RUBBISH! If your race number is identified littering you will be disqualified immediately.

13.1. There are road closures on the course and normal road rules apply throughout. You must give way to any medic or support vehicle on course. If they are approaching from your immediate front or rear, please move to the side and let them pass. Anyone not adhering to this rule may be disqualified.

14.1. If you advised us of a medical condition on the entry form, then you are required to have an emergency action plan that will assist you to manage with any serious/life threatening conditions that you are susceptible to, and to carry the appropriate medication to self manage any such incident.
14.2. The event organisers decision to remove a person from the race due to medical or safety reasons is final
14.3. Intravenous Fluids (IV) may only be administered by approved medical staff. Any administration of IV fluids by anyone other than race medical staff will result in immediate disqualification of the team.
14.4. If you or your team comes across someone who is in a genuine emergency situation, you MUST stop and give assistance. Organisers will attempt to re-credit lost time where possible.
14.5. Accident Response – as a fellow competitor you may come upon an accident or emergency. If so you should proceed as follows:
14.6. First on Scene: If you are the first on the scene please stop and assist the injured/distressed competitor & gather as much information as possible.
14.7. Next on Scene: Talk to first on the scene then proceed to the nearest radio (Aid Station/Medic/4WD/Tail End Charlie/course officials) to report the situation so expert help can be requested on the scene ASAP.

15.1. Instruction by course officials to competitors and support crews must be followed. Failure to do so will see disqualification or time penalties.
15.2. Negative behavior towards race officials, volunteers and public (this includes support crews) will not be tolerated, and could result in disqualification.

16.1. Should a helicopter approach, competitors are to follow the directions indicated by the crew. Do not approach the helicopter until instructed or signaled. If the helicopter approaches, do not move away from it. Never, under any circumstances go to the rear of the helicopter – remain in full view of the pilot and crew.

17.1. Mountain bike and gear checks are recommended for all mountain bikes – ensure that you have your bike/s checked to ensure they are in safe functioning state. Carry all compulsory gear/equipment and know how to use it.
17.2. Remain in control at all times, especially on the steep downhill sections. Out of control riders are a hazard to themselves and others.
17.3. Due to the nature of the course, it is strongly recommended your brake pads have less than 25% wear and you use no smaller than 160mm disc brake rotors.

18.1. Each X4 team needs to provide either one double or two single kayaks for the Day 1 kayak stage on Lake Wanaka. The kayaks must be suitable for the conditions and the ability of both team members. X4 teams are responsible for moving the kayaks around the course and to each transition. Teams will use the Organisers inflatable canoes on Day 2 for the Clutha River. X4 teams must provide double bladed paddles for both stages. 
18.2. No certification is required to participate in the kayak stage of Red Bull Defiance. The kayak stages of Red Bull Defiance are both graded 1/2.
18.3. Competitors should be competent paddlers to a minimum Grade 2 standard, be water confident and capable of self-rescue. It is the competitor’s responsibility to have adequate skills to negotiate and avoid the hazards on a grade 2 river.
18.4. No Kites. Sails, Umbrella or other methods of wind assistance are permitted.
18.5. Teams should be aware that the rivers will have other users. Power boats must give way to vessels powered by paddles. If a power boat is approaching you from directly ahead, then both must turn to starboard (right) – do this early to avoid confusion.
18.6. If you are in difficulty on the water then you can use your whistle which should be attached to a lanyard on your PFD (one blast = ‘attention – possible emergency’ : three blasts = ‘Help – emergency’)
18.7. Red Bull Defiance supports Biosecurity New Zealand in their attempt to stop the spread of Didymo throughout New Zealand’s streams, rivers, canals and lakes. All kayak equipment and mountain shoes must be cleaned to biosecurity standards after the Red Bull Defiance. Check out www.biosecurity.govt.nz/didymo for procedures.

19.1. Teams must follow route markers and stick to the assigned/marked track.
19.2. Team members must remain within 100 meters of the route, not more than 50 meters apart and within ‘line of sight’ of each other throughout the race.
19.3. Competitors must use stiles wherever possible do not open or close gates, and obey marshal’s instructions.
19.4. Appropriate running gear must be worn and carried, this is the responsibility of the competitors.

20.1. All other activities will be as per the instructions of the marshals at the specific site.

21.1. All transition areas will be manned by official race staff and times will be recorded at each area. No outside assistance is allowed on course and no spectators persons are allowed in designated transition areas.
21.2. X4 teams are self supported and will transport bikes, kayaks and other equipment around the course as required (notable exceptions include transport to Day 1 start at Minaret Station and transport of inflatable canoes to Day 2 start at The Outlet).
21.3. Only teams of four are permitted inside the designated Transition Area and teams are permitted to assist the ‘racing pair’ in and out of the Transition Area. Additional support crew are permitted to assist the non-racing pair outside of the Transition Area but no support is to be given to the racing pair whilst they are on the course or during a stage.
21.4. English is the official language of the Red Bull Defiance Adventure race.