2018 Alcan 5000 Regulations


Draft 3, 2/25/2016 (minor changes)

ENTRY & FEES

  1. The entry fee is $3000 for one passenger vehicle & two drivers, or $2000 for one motorcycle & rider.  Make checks payable to Rainier Auto Sports Club, Inc (Mastercard and VISA are also accepted).
  2. The additional fee for a third vehicle driver or second cycle rider is $900.  (Two-person motorcycle teams are possible if organizers have room to transport one rider)..
  3. Entry will close June 1, 2018 unless field is declared full earlier.
  4. Payment in full is required by June 1, 2018.  A $500 room fee will be retained for cancellations after that date, and no refunds are made once a vehicle has left the start line.
  5. A total of 50 entries are expected, with a close balance of autos and cycles. The organizers reserve the right to refuse any entry without providing reason, and to assign vehicle numbers as they see fit.
  6. Lodging on route has been arranged in advance.  The entry fee includes 9 nights accommodations (double occupancy), plus receptions and banquets.

DOCUMENTATION & ELIGIBILITY

  1. The rally is open to the general public. Minimum age is 21 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  2. Entrants must attend the August 20 driver orientation and sign a liability release before participation is allowed.
  3. Entrants must present valid driver's licenses (with motorcycle endorsement if applicable), vehicle registration, and proof of vehicle liability insurance.  NOTE: Canadian law requires that proof of insurance be carried at all times!  Entrants also need a passport for border crossings.
  4. Drivers may be changed or added during the event, but this must be prearranged and documented with event organizers. Trading drivers among vehicles is freely allowed on transit sections, but any such trade on a TSD section must be approved.  (This could be allowed for press purposes, but not if it appeared to give a scoring advantage.)
  5. No passengers are allowed in a rally vehicle (except in an emergency) unless they have been registered.

SCRUTINEERING & VEHICLE ELIGIBILITY

All vehicles:

  1. All vehicles shall be road legal and licensed in strict compliance with regulations of its state or country of registration.
  2. All lights must dip to low beam with a single switch.
  3. A SPOT or DeLorme GPS tracking device is required in every vehicle.
  4. A vehicle may be excluded from the rally at any point due to unsafe condition or actions of the occupants. This includes violations of these rules, multiple citations, and acts that endanger the general public or discredit the event.
  5. Any participant cited for reckless driving will either placed in touring class or not allowed to drive for the remainder of the event.
  6. GPS is allowed in all vehicles at all times, and organizers will provide GPS waypoints to assist course following.
  7. Laptops may be carried by all, but only unlimited vehicles may use these or similar devices in TSD sections.
  8. Words like "Race" or "Racing" should NOT appear in team names, team wear or custom vehicle decals.  These are only allowed on manufacturer provided goods for related products, or established teams with documented history.  (ie: "Fox Racing" gear or decals would be fine, "Fox Racing Team" would probably not.  Please ask in advance if you're not sure).

Cars, Trucks, SUV's:

  1. Vehicles must be equipped with OEM seat belts for all as a minimum.
  2. A roll bar is required in soft top vehicles.
  3. A "business band" radio that receives & transmits on 151.625 Mhz is required in autos (see RADIO & COMMUNICATIONS).
  4. A maximum of four additional forward facing lights are allowed, and forward facing roof mounted lights are prohibited
  5. A tow strap, 5BC minimum fire extinguisher and highway flares or DOT triangles are required.
  6. No fuel cans are allowed inside a vehicle, and any additional fuel tank must be an OEM or otherwise certified installation. Secured fuel carriers are allowed in a truck bed,or attached to the rear bumper, hitch, or roof of any vehicle.

Motorcycles:

  1. Fuel must be contained in OEM or comparable quality main tanks, RotopaX fuel carriers, or auxiliary cells from OEM or major aftermarket suppliers (please ask in advance if there's a question).  Home-built systems are not allowed, and cells or carriers must be securely mounted to the vehicle not stored in panniers or luggage.
  2. Helmet use is required at all times.  Helmets must be DOT or SNELL approved (CE is acceptable for foreign entrants).
  3. Organizers will transport 40# of clothing or gear for each cycle, plus 2 spare tires.  Gear may be in 1 or 2 containers, clearly marked with the entrants name & number.  A packing list must be provided as this may be required at customs.  Please pack securely in a weatherproof bag, not hard-sided case.  In general clothing and overnight gear will be carried by advance crews and unloaded nightly, tires & parts will be unloaded only on request.
  4. A "buddy system" is required.  This means entrants must declare their riding partners (buddy groups of 2 to 4 riders) before the event start, and such group must keep track of each other throughout each riding day.  (This doesn't mean "buddies" must stay behind with a non-running cycle, but must pass information to an event official before leaving the scene).
  5. Alcan routes & support are intended for dual sport cycles.  No heavy road bikes are allowed, and sidecars will be considered only on special request from past Alcan finishers.

CLASSES

AWARDS

SERVICE & VEHICLE REPAIRS

No service crews are allowed during the event.  Pre-arranged help is allowed only at facilities available to all.

STARTING ORDER

Vehicles will be started at 1 minute intervals in numerical order. As the event uses a "perfect time" format they will be due in this sequence and interval throughought: The route instructions include the perfect time for "car #0" at the start and finish of every section. Each vehicle is in turn due at this time plus the number of minutes given by their assigned number.

ROUTE INSTRUCTIONS

  1. All instructions are supplemented by an official mileage, which will take precedence. If a sign or reference is missing, use the mileage.
  2. In the absence of a route instruction, the obvious main road should be followed. Redundant instructions may be used to clarify the main road.
  3. All roads used are public, through roads unless otherwise specifically indicated in the route book.
  4. There are no course following traps on this rally!

DEFINITION OF SECTIONS

TRANSIT: A time and mileage will be given only for the start and finish of a Transit. These are touring sections, and competitors may proceed at their own pace as long as they enter noted controls at the correct time.

TSD: In these "Regularity" sections teams must maintain average speeds shown in the route book. A time and mileage will be given for the start and finish of a TSD and controls may be located at any point within. Practice is not allowed and vehicles may not enter TSD sections before set opening times.

CONTROLS & TIMING

PENALTIES

NO FAULT SCORING

No scoring queries will be considered unless there is an obvious control log error or they describe a situation common to a number of vehicles. Instead each entry will have their worst TSD control score subtracted at the end of day #1, day #4, day #8, and at the finish (from scores accumulated during each successive period).

FORCE MAJEURE & FORCE HOMME

* Once the first official car has passed through a section it is considered open and will be scored barring an accident or safety problem. No control will be scored, however, if less than 20% of the vehicles still competing are able to reach that control on time.  (Cycles will be considered a separate group, and this rule applied for each group).
* In order to eliminate any pressure for illegal behavior, an additional allowance will be made for delay due to official action such as construction or road closure. If less than 80% of all vehicles still competing are able to arrive on time at a subsequent control due to such delay that control will not be scored. (Cycles will be considered a separate group, and this rule applied for each group).

QUERIES & PROTESTS

The organizers will attempt to deal promptly and fairly with any query received. These must be presented in writing to the next MTC after the incident in question and will be answered in writing before the next morning restart unless a meeting must be arranged to investigate details.

RADIOS & COMMUNICATIONS

  1. An emergency VHF radio operating on 151.625 Mhz ("Red dot" frequency) is required of all autos, and encouraged on cycles.
  2. Radios are available for rent ($50) through the organizers, please reserve in advance.
  3. CB radios do not substitute for required VHF equipment. most officials will monitor only VHF & Ham.
  4. Licensed Hams are encouraged to bring their equipment, and all official vehicles include Hams.
  5. NO two-way radio transmission is allowed near any TSD section except in an emergency.  (Monitoring 151.625 is encouraged at all times).
  6. RASC has an FCC license for 151.625, but Canada is not reciprocal.  VHF is strictly for emergency use in Canada, and must not conflict with local traffic.

GENERAL

  1. Maximum planned distance between fuel is 140 miles, but a range of 200 (cycles) or 300 (autos) is encouraged.  Fuel is the final responsibility of the entrant, and failure of any advance arrangements will be considered force majeure.
  2. The rally was measured with an AlfaPro odometer from the front axle of an AWD vehicle.
  3. Any situation not covered by these regulations will be ruled on at the discretion of the organizing committee.

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