Samarathon 19-22/2/2020


Organiser's remarks: The Samarathon race is held in the natural reserves of Yotvata, Ketora, Shayarot Cliffs and Eilat Massiv. It is important to know and remember that bicycle wheels leave traces and colisses in the grounds, and damage the biological crust for years, changing water drainage, harming rodent and reptile habitats and scratching the view in unnatural traces. Therefore riders must ride only on permitted and marked trails and singletracks, and must not cut corners, in order to maintain nature for future generations.


  1. The right to participate in the "full Samarathon” and “mini Samarathon” is granted to those who registered, paid, appear on the starters’ list, completed and signed a waiver and release to the organizers and presented (1) a health authorization from and authorized sports medicine clinic and (2) a proof of insurance covering competitive cycling. Instead of the last two requirements it is permitted to present a 2019 racing license from a national federation affiliated with the UCI.
  2. It is forbidden and dangerous to participate in the event under a different name
  3. It is mandatory to ride with a frame number, a back number and a timekeeping transponder that will be distributed as part of the distribution of participant kits before the start of the event.
  4. The minimal age for participation in the full Samarathon: 19 (born in 2001 or before)

The minimal age for participation in the mini Samarathon: 17 (born in 2003 or before)

  1. Participation in the event is for teams of two only. Both riders of each team must ride together during the competition, pass through the check points and feeding stations together, and reach the finish line together. Samarathon is a challenging desert marathon and your partner is the first and foremost guarantee of your safety and help in case of need. The maximal gap allowed between partners is 120 seconds. Teams that will exceed this gap will be disqualified.

The exception to this rule is the daily “KOM/QOM” segment, where it is allowed to ride individually until the top of the climb, where the leading rider must wait for his slower partner.

  1. Duty of physical preparation and equipment preparation for the event. Each participant is obliged to come to the event prepared and trained for its physical difficulties of the course, its characteristics and length, and after having experienced similar courses and distances. Each participant is also obliged to come to the event with a mountain bike in good condition that has been checked by a professional bicycle mechanic prior to the competition, and adequate riding equipment in good condition (tires, wheels, suspensions, helmet, backpack etc.) Using the organiser’s vehicle to pick up and untrained participant or one who came with ill maintained equipment that failed is an act of irresponsibility towards all participants who did invest in proper preparation in training and equipment. A desert marathon will bring you and your equipment to the edge – be prepared!
  2. Mandatory equipment:

* A mobile phone for each rider or team. It is recommended to turn the phone off and turn it on only in case of emergency. An emergency phone number and instructions are printed on the back of your frame number.

* A suitable helmet – wearing a helmet is mandatory whenever you ride your bike.

* At least 1.5 litters of water per participant (2 large bottles or a camelback)

* A spare inner tube for each participant.

* For each team: a pump or CO2 container, a kit for fixing punctures, a multi tool allen key, a chain key.

The organisers do not promise to pick up riders from the course due to mehcanicals.


  1. Important – the courses are not sterile and are occupied by other users: hikers, other riders and possibly motor vehicles. Riders must give right of way to pedestrians, and beware of motor vehicles, especially in blind curves/corners where riders should keep right and pay attention to traffic in the opposite direction.
  2. In case of a health or mechanical emergency the organisers must be informed via the following order (if it is not possible to inform the via article 1 then opt for article 2 etc:
    1. Via the emergency number on the frame number
    2. Via course marshals and organisation vehicles along the route
    3. Via other riders
    4. Search for a point with mobile phone service, call 100 and send a self-location via whatsapp
  3. Clothing: It is mandatory to wear a shirt with sleeves
  4. It is forbidden to use earphones or music players.

Conduct during the race

  1. Riders must follow instructions of the competition management, referees, marshals, organisers, police and military. A participant who will not follow instructions will be disqualified.
  2. The organisers reserve the right to prevent a participant from continuing the race if the organisers conclude for any reason that continuing will pose a safety or health risk.
  3. A participant caught throwing garbage will be disqualified! It is forbidden to leave any kind of waste on the course. Each participant must collect and keep in his pockets any waste he created. At the check points and feeding stations there will be garbage disposal containers – please use them.
  4.  Participants should conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner throughout the competition (and in life in general). A participant who will behave in an unsportsmanlike manner towards a referee, marshal, other competitor or other use of the course (pedestrians, hikers, ATV’s etc.) will be disqualified. Examples of unsportsmanlike behavior: violent passing, cursing, pushing, preventing another rider from passing, putting other people at risk.
  5. In track sections where overtaking options are limited (single-track), a slow cyclist is asked to clear a lane when a faster cyclist behind him asks to overtake, as required by UCI rules. The fast cyclist must announce his arrival, ask to overtake and safely avoid jeopardizing other cyclists and himself, according to track conditions. The slow rider must clear the track, even if it means he has to clear the single-track for a moment.

    Please Note! Be respectful and considerate competitors. During the competition, telling the cyclist behind you, "Wait until we have completed the single track and I can let you overtake," is the same as refraining from clearing the single track and slowing the race for him / her. Give him / her the opportunity to overtake and continue.

  6. A participant forced to abandon the race for any reason must report the race staff in person or by phone and must wait for their instructions. Participants leaving the course without informing the organisers will be charged for search and rescue expenses.
  7. Course markings: The courses are marking in their entirety by arrows. Riders must not leave the marked course. In any intersection riders must slow down and search for the official race signs marking the path: straight, right or left. Do not turn at an intersection of you did not see an arrow instructing you to do so. The race course will be marked with A4 sized black arrows on an orange background. Apart from right-hand turns, arrows will be placed to the right of the riding lane. On right-hand turns the arrows will be placed to the left of the riding lane.

Dangerous sections of the course will be marked with red arrows on a white background pointing downwards. When you see a red arrow, slow down immediately, face up, stay away from the obstacle and pay maximum attention to the conditions of the path. If you have doubts about your ability to ride the section safely, you should pass it walking. Before a long, dangerous and technical descent large signs reading “beware dangerous descent” will be posted on both sides of the path. You should consider the entire descent that follows as a dangerous one until its end!

  1. Categories:

4 days Samarathon UCI

  • Men
  • Women

 2 days Samarathon

  • Women
  • Men ( Samarathon UCI: both riders or the younger of the two is aged 19-39, born 1981-2001; 2 Days Samarathon: both riders or the younger of the two is aged 17-39, born 2003-1981)
  • Masters Men (both riders or the younger of the two is aged 40-49, born 1971-1980)
  • Grand Masters Men (both riders or the younger of the two is aged 50+, born 1970 or before)
  • Mixed


            One-day 35 km Samarathon

            Youth boys 15-16 and girls 15-16

            Men 19-29

            Men 30-39


            Men 50-59

            Men 60+         

            One-day 52 km Samarathon

Junior boys 17-18 and girls 17-18

            Men 19-29

            Men 30-39


            Men 50-59

            Men 60+

The age of the participant will be calculated based on the year of birth (and not the day and month). As an example, a participant born in either January 1980 or in December of the same year will be considered 40 years old.

The category of the team is based on the age of the younger team member.

A category will be opened only if a minimum of 5 teams will participate (except in the one-day race). If a category does not have the minimum number of teams, it will be merged into another category.

Final and official categories will be published after the end of registration.

  1. Results and Classifications

Full Samarathon

In each category there will be results and awards ceremony for each day of the race:

  • Satge 1   on Wednesday 19.2.20
  • Stage 2 on Thursday 20.2.20
  • Stage 3 on Friday 21.2.20
  • Stage 4 on Saturday 22.2.20
  • General classification combining the times of each team in each stage

 Samarathon 2 Days

In each category there will be results and awards ceremony for each day of the race:

  • Stage 3 on Friday 21.2.20
  • Stage 4 on Saturday 22.2.20
  1. Timekeeping will be calculated per team based on the time of the slower rider's crossing of the finish line. Timekeeping will be done by the Israel Cycling Federation
  2. The start time will be based on the time of the start given by the timekeeper and not the time in which each participant crossed the start line.
  3. Commissaires (officials) will be appointed by the Israel Cycling Federation
  4. Time Limits:
    1. Prologue 19.2.2020  no time limit
    2. Stage Thursday 20.2.20 Short Course Cross Country no time limit
    3. Stage Friday 21.2.20 riders arriving at the second feeding station at km 51, at 12:55 (4 hours 25 mts from the start, average speed of 11.5 km/h) will not be allowed to continue the race.
    4. Stage Saturday 22.2.20 riders arriving at the second feeding station at The Bows site, km 40, at 11:25 (3 hours and 25 minutes from the start) will not be allowed to continue.

Riders exceeding the time limit will be picked up by the organizers’ vehicles with a smile.

  1.  Feeding and technical assistance stations

Prologue 19.2.2020: start and finish

Stage Thursday 20.2.20: start and finish

           Stage Friday 21.2.20: F.D.1 at Km 28. Water at Km 43. F.D.2 at Km 51.

           Stage Saturday 22.2.20: F.D.1 at Km 27. F.D.2 at Km 40.

It is forbidden  to receive liquids, technical support or nutrition  in any place other than the official feeding and technical assistance stations.

  1. Appeals: Appeals must be submitted within 30 minutes from the publications of results, on an official appeals form, with a payment of 100 Shekels. If the appeal is accepted the money will be returned.
  2. The race will be held according to UCI and Israel Cycling Federation regulations.
  3. Starting order for stage 1 (prologue): In order to keep the conditions as equal as possible, starting order will be based on categories. Within each category the order will be decided randomly. In the UCI competition teams will start in reverse order of the UCI ranking of the highest ranked rider of each team. Starting times will be published on the event website by Tuesday February 18 at 12:00.
  4. Teams registered for the Full Samarathon in the Men or Women catagories may participate in the UCI competition, provided they have a UCI license for 2020 and have chosen to participate in the UCI category.
  5. Participants in the UCI category are eligible for ranking points and prize money based on UCI regulations. Prizes will be paid by the Israel Cycling Federation within 90 days of the last day of the race.


The organisers reserve the right to change the regulations at any point before the start of the race.