24 Hours of emotions riding the Le Mans track

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22nd-23th
August 2020
Shimano
24 Hours Cycling of Le Mans
D--36
Before the 2020
edition
4074
participants
for the 2019 edition
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HEALTH PROTOCOL AND FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS


Dear riders,

Thank you for your support! We promise we will get back to each team representative very soon. For information, we were determined to make “a perfect copy”, with a solid health protocol, the updated version of which should have been sent to you this afternoon. So we decided to publish it, don’t we know, to help another organiser…

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS

Will we be able to ride as a peloton? If yes, with or without a mask?
Yes, and without a mask. At the end of June, the French Cycling Federation confirmed a return to normality for the practice of cycling activities, after examining the measures contained in Decree No. 2020-759 of 21 June 2020. The official press release states: “Whether in competition or in training, on the public highway or on a public or private site, indoor or outdoor establishment, the rule of 10 riders maximum in the same place at the same time is no longer practical. The rule of 2 metres distance between participants is no longer practical during the sporting activity. Of course the cycling activities must be carried out in compliance with the basic hygiene practices, such as coughing in his elbow or spitting into a tissue.

Will it be compulsory to wear a mask on site?
Wearing of the mask will be compulsory on the whole site, except for riders on the track and in relay area. Each participant must bring his equipment (masks, gels,…), however we have a stock of 1000 masks on sale (cost price) at our two shops on the circuit. The whole staff of the organization will be wearing a mask.

Which measures will you take about sanitary facilities?
The “Outdoor Hotels” sanitary protocol has been a base to decide which measures will be applied in each of the 7 sanitary modules (wc/shower) on the circuit : compulsory wearing of a mask throughout the site, regular cleaning and disinfection carried out by a professional, floor markings inside and outside to remind people the distance of one metre between each person, hand soap dispensers and a sign to remind people the sanitary measures.

Which measures will you take to provide a good cohabitation in the paddock?
In addition to the compulsory wearing of masks on the site (except on the track), the sale of paddock accesses will be limited to control the attendance. Everywhere in the site, signs will remind everyone to respect the sanitary measures and audio reminders will be made by our speakers. Our “covid team” will ensure the respect of these instructions. We will mark out each team area in the box and only the team riders and the 2 “paddock attendants”, included in the registration (green bracelet), will be able to access the box, with a maximum of 3 people per team at the same time. We remind you that the box is a sports area, a place of transition between two relays and not a place to live like the campsite. The move in the box have to be done in good relation with your neighbours and always in respect of the sanitary measures, especially regarding water and electricity access In addition, small structures stuck to the boxes, such as 3×3 metre arbours, will be tolerated at the back of the paddock. Outside the box, “paddock visitors” (blue bracelet) will be allowed to circulate in the pedestrian areas of the paddock (in front and behind the boxes) while respecting distance between participants, they will be allowed to cross the box without stopping in it.

What is a “team bubble”?
At the end of June, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) published the protocol with measures to follow regarding road cycling competitions for the 2020 season. This protocol underlines that each team (riders and support staff) must enter a “team bubble” upon arrival at the competition site and thus apply sanitary measures towards other team bubbles. In the campsite for example, the team bubble can share the same space but respecting a distance of one meter with the neighbouring team bubbles.

Which measures will you take to withdraw bibs?
Only the team representative, or one of the riders, will be allowed to collect bibs for all his team, ALL AT ONCE. He will have to present each ID cards, as well as riders medical certificates (if not downloaded before the closing date of registration). Digital versions or photocopies will be accepted. On each contacts points on the circuit (such as the withdrawal of the race bibs) the following measures will be applied: all members of the organization will wear a mask, a «covid team» will ensure that the sanitary protocol is respected, hydro-alcoholic gel will be available, a marking on the ground will remind the distance of one meter between people and a barrier will remind the traffic direction.

What measures did you take for each contact point (for example bibs withdrawal)?
On each contact points on the circuit, such as the withdrawal of bibs, the following measures will be applied: all the organization members will wear masks, a «covid team» will ensure the respect of the sanitary, hydro-alcoholic gel or handsoap will be available, a marking on the ground will remind the distance of one metre between people and a barrier will remind the traffic direction.

Could I enter the Bugatti circuit as a visitor to watch the event?
Although the limit of “5000 people” may be subject to a prefectoral dispensation, we have decided to stay below the limit of 5000 people maximum on the site. A single entrance will allow access to the site and the participants counting, team leaders and visitors. Visitors are welcome via the “competitor’s entrance” or the campsite “Le Houx” entrance (7€/pers. and free parking on the “annexe du Houx”). On the other hand, the number of accesses available on site will be limited in order to respect the limit of 5000 people on the site. We recommend to people coming from far away (and who have not already accesses) to follow the event via the live video and photo system broadcast on Facebook, Instagram and Strava, animated by Bruno Vandestick. It will allow you to follow the weekend’s highlights as if you were there. The live ranking will also be available on www.24heuresvelo.fr/en/

Will “La Matinale Le Maine Libre” will be held this year?
La Matinale Le Maine Libre, the family meeting on Saturday morning, will be exceptionally cancelled and replaced by a racetrack studying in two sessions for the competitors. Those who have ordered “Matinale” options will be refunded as soon as possible.

The access to the circuit being limited to 5000 people, I decided not to come this year. How will I be able to follow the event?
The number of accesses available on site will be limited in order to respect the limit of 5000 people on the site. We recommend to people coming from far away (and who have not already accesses) to follow the event via the live video and photo system broadcast on Facebook, Instagram and Strava. Animated by Bruno Vandestick, it will allow you to follow the weekend’s highlights as if you were there. The live ranking will also be available on www.24heuresvelo.fr/en/

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