Our goal is every rider’s safety so here are a few Pomme de Toure Rules:
1. The race director, volunteers, sponsors, and all those involved in bringing this race about are not responsible for your safety or your well-being.
2. Participants must obey all laws: city, county, state, federal, etc. They must conduct themselves at all times in a manner that will not bring discredit to the event.
3. Watch for and yield to traffic; there will be no course marshals to hold up traffic. Yield to all vehicles and follow all official directions.
4. Each participant is considered to be on a private excursion and remains solely responsible for any accidents in which he or she may be involved. No responsibility can be accepted for participants becoming lost, injured, or worse.
Route and Checkpoints
5. Participants will be responsible for downloading course maps, cue sheets, and/or GPX files prior to race day. These files will be riders’ means of navigation. There will be little course markings. Some street signs may be missing or illegible.
6. There will be checkpoints along the route where all participants must check in.
7. At each checkpoint (or in other course locations with medical standing by) any participant found in need of medical attention may be pulled from the race by official medical personnel. This is for your safety.
8. The route must be followed at all times. No short cuts or alternate routes are permitted. If you are caught cheating (by cutting the route) you will be disqualified. However, the course may be altered by the promoters in the event of inclement weather or other unforeseeable circumstance. Should this occur, participants will be sufficiently advised.
9. If you exit the course for food, supplies, or any other reason, you must re-enter the course at the same spot you left. If you get lost, you must backtrack to the point you left the course.
10. Participants may not advance along the route by any means other than by bicycle or by foot.
11. Participants must start and complete the entire course on the same bicycle frame. All other components and equipment may be repaired or replaced during the event.
12. While operating their bicycle, participants must wear a securely fastened helmet that meets the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard for bicycle helmets.
13. All participants must have at least one clear front headlight and one red taillight for the duration of the event. All participants must have something reflective on their body, in case they are off the bike; e.g., vest, arm or leg bands, clothing. All bikes must have mounted front, back and side reflectors.
14. No e-bikes, electric assist, nor anything other than a 100% human powered, two-wheeled vehicle is allowed.
15. The Pomme de Toure is a self-supported event on mostly gravel and dirt roads in Hickory County, Missouri. Participants should carry with them necessary food, water, equipment, and/or money for C-stores.
16. Personal outside support is not allowed during the race. Crew being present out on the course handing you aid, helping you with navigation via phone, or leaving drop bags (outside of the checkpoints) will result in your disqualification. No prize money will be given to disqualified persons.
17. Drafting on another event participant is allowed. Drafting on a non-participant cyclist or on a motorized vehicle will result in disqualification from the event.
18. Have a plan for whom to contact in an emergency or in case you cannot finish the race and need to be picked up. Note that cell service can be limited in certain areas; be prepared to travel several miles to receive a signal.
Withdrawing from the Race
19. Participants may, in the case of an emergency, mechanical failure, or other problem, be assisted by motorized transport. By accepting motorized transport, you will be automatically disqualified from the event.
20. If a participant needs to withdraw from the race, notify the race directer via the phone number that will be provided to all registered participants.
By registering for any of the distances of Pomme de Toure Gravel, you agree to the above 20 Race rules.