Rules for B class

Rules for B Class, 10 person teams 2016 

These rules are subject to change until May 1st 2016. Please familiarize yourself with the “Arrangement and General Rules for all Categories.

Class B Teams

  1. Teams have three days (72 hours) to cover all 1358 km.
  2. The first 3 men’s teams, women’s teams and mixed teams (teams with both men and women) receive medals.
  3. To be considered a mixed team a B class team must consist of members of both genders with no more than 7 members of each gender.


Class B Team Members

  1. The total number of team members in Class B teams cannot exceed 10 (not 12) and the minimum number of team members is 8. All team members are allowed to drive and cycle for their team. It is not necessary for all team members to cycle. Team members are allowed to be solely drivers.
  2. There are no restrictions on the number of cyclists a B team can have cycling at the same time (with the exception of when the race starts, see rules 10-15), but at least one cyclist needs to be cycling at all times during the race.  
  3. It is not necessary for team members to accompany their team the whole course although at least one marked team vehicle with the WOW Cyclothon GPS system needs to accompany the team the entire course.


Class B Team Vehicles

  1. Only registered team members can drive the team’s vehicles, regardless of the number of vehicles (one or two) the team uses to accompany the team the entire course.
  2. Only registered team members are allowed to transport the members of a team from one place to another and they can only do so in a registered team vehicle.
  3. If three or more Class B teams cycle together only one of each team’s vehicles can ride immediately behind their cyclist. Secondary vehicles for each team must keep a distance and not participate in the line of vehicles behind the group of cyclists or be present during changeovers (this applies if a team uses two vehicles for their team). Both team vehicles can accompany their cyclist if only one or two Class B teams cycle together.
  4. The team vehicle that accompanies the cyclist must be equipped with the WOW Cyclothon GPS tracker (Arctic Track) and must not leave a cyclist alone on the road for more than 20 minutes. During the race a team vehicle’s location will be published on a map in real time on WOW Cyclothon’s Web Page.
  5. Race management, in coordination with Arctic Track, will assign each B Class team a time frame during which they must be fitted with the WOW Cyclothon GPS system by Arctic Track. Each team will sign a contract ensuring that they will return the GPS system fitted in their vehicle.
  6. Team vehicles must adhere to Icelandic traffic laws and have seats with seatbelts for all team members.
  7. All team vehicles and trailers used in the cyclothon shall meet the requirements of regulations no. 822 according to Icelandic laws on automobiles and their equipment. 
  8. Drivers of team vehicles must fully comply with Icelandic traffic laws and regulations.


Race Start

  1. The B class starts on Wednesday, June 15th at 7 PM (19:00) and ends on June 18th at 7 PM (19:00), meaning a total of 72 hours. 
  2. More information on the start will be published soon.
  3. At the starting line the clock will start at “gun shot” and all teams in the B Class will get the same starting time.
  4. No more than two cyclists from each team can participate in the start and cycle the first leg of the competition.
  5. A Police vehicle will accompany cyclists at an even pace from the stadium, onto Sæbraut and then onto Vesturlandsvegur, to the parking lot at Mt. Esja in Kollafjörður. Once there the Police escort car will peel off and the competitors are released for a flying start, though timing begins at Laugardalsvöllur Stadium.
  6. B Class cyclists will continue on Vesturlandsvegur and then make a right turn onto Hvalfjarðarvegur (Route 47).
  7. The teams’ first changeover is permitted after the team’s first cyclist has reached the flags at Tíðarskarð in Hvalfjörður. Team members who participate in the start and the first leg of the race must cycle the entire distance from Laugardalsvöllur Stadium to the flags at Tíðarskarð.
  8. All B class Team vehicles designated to follow their cyclists in the beginning of the race shall vacate the parking lot at Laugardalsvöllur Stadium no later than 10 minutes before the start 6:50 PM / 18:50) and drive to Hvalfjörður.
  9. In Hvalfjördur, after reaching the flags in Tíðarskarð, B class Team vehicles shall be positioned at the right shoulder of the road (Route 47) with appropriate space in between. The Public Roads Administration has granted a permission for delays in general traffic on Hvalfjarðarvegur (Route 47) between Vesturlandsvegur (Route 1) and Kjósaskarðsvegur (Route 48) during the first changeover (8 PM to 9 PM / 20:00-21:00) due to WOW Cyclothon and will warn general traffic of the presence of cyclists and team vehicles on this section of the course.  
  10. Race management requests that all B Class teams perform their first changeover with great care, both regarding their team vehicles and cyclists so as not to endanger their safety or the safety of others on the road.
  11. After the first changeover by Tíðarskarð in Hvalfjörður, changeovers are permitted anywhere on the course provided that the team vehicle can safely peel off to the side of the road without posing danger to general traffic or other teams.
  12. Cyclists that cycle the first leg of the race (Laugardalur Stadium – Tíðarskarð, Hvalfjörður) are obliged to carry a cell phone in order to communicate with their team vehicle in case an accident occurs and the cyclist cannot go on.
  13. In case of accidents during the first leg of the race the team vehicle must get another team member or equipment to the location in question to be able to continue the race. No other cars than the team vehicle can be used during this first leg of the race. Race management shall be informed in all instances about the causes for a changeover during the first leg of the race.
  14. A B team’s secondary team vehicle may join the team based on rule no. 9, which states the allowed number of vehicles accompanying a cyclist or group of cyclists.

The Course

  1. The Cyclothon is a 1,358 km relay race around Iceland, north to south. The course runs along Route 1 with four exceptions:
  2. West Iceland: The route north goes around Hvalfjörður Fjord, not through the Hvalfjörður Tunnel.
  3. North Iceland: When competitors reach Lake Mývatn they should turn left at the farm Laxá. For safety reasons, the route goes north of the lake. Later on, competitors take a right turn towards Reykjahlíð, before turning left towards Egilsstaðir. Competitors must not cycle to the south of the lake, past Dimmuborgir. You might like to know that this is the only place where Route 1 splits into two, because both the north and south routes around Mývatn are Route 1.
  4. East Iceland: All teams must take Öxi mountain road, Route 939, and not Route 1 over Breiðdalsheiði. This is the reason teams need to have a mountain bike/cyclocross bike with them to traverse the 29 km of gravel on the Öxi road.
  5. South Iceland: When teams reach Selfoss they turn south, onto Route 34, passing Eyrarbakki and then cycling on Suðurstrandavegur (Route 427) through Krýsuvík until they reach the Finish line which will be set up close to Reykjanesbraut at Vellir neighborhood in Hafnarfjordur. Part of that course is on Route 427, a gravel road. It is up to each team to decide whether to use a mountain bikes/cyclocross bikes or brave the gravel road on racers.


  1. The first changeover is permitted after the team’s first cyclist passes a WOW Cyclothon flag by Tíðarskarð in Hvalfjörður.
  2. Cyclists’ changeover takes place when the front tire of the cyclist finishing his leg overtakes the front tire of the cyclist who is starting his leg. The front tires are considered a team’s baton and the baton is passed and the changeover thus valid when the front tire of the bike finishing a leg passes the front tire of the bike starting a leg. There is no need for team members to touch for the changeover to be considered valid.
  3. It is very important that the cyclist finishing his leg always peels off to the right shoulder and stops immediately, never going into the middle of the road for a changeover. This way other cyclists know where the finishing cyclist is heading to pull over and a collision can thus be avoided.  
  4. A team vehicle drives ahead of its team for a changeover, roughly 2 km, and stops at a safe location. The vehicle should not pose any danger to others or be in any danger from other traffic. The next cyclist uses this stop to prepare to take over from the one finishing his leg.  
  5. Please be extremely careful during changeovers and abide by traffic laws at all times with regard to other competitors and general traffic. Use rest areas (lay-by), tracks and other options that reduce the chance of accidents. Make sure not to stop before or after blind rises or at solid central lines.  
  6. Teams decide for themselves how frequently they change cyclists but when five or more teams are cycling together the minimum time between changeovers is 25 minutes.

The Finish Line

  1. The finish line will be situated at the end of Krýsuvíkurvegur (Krýsuvík Road), midway between Seltorg and Reykjanesbraut in the town of Hafnarfjörður.
  2. Each team will be given three timing chips before the race, to be fastened onto three of the team’s bikes before they reach the detection loops, installed in the track at the finish line.
  3. A team’s timing stops when the first cyclist of that team goes through the detection loops at the finish line.
  4. Should a need to decide the results between two or more teams arise, race management will look at photos from a camera situated at the finish line. Results will be decided based on when the furthest forward point of the front tire passes the vertical line over the front edge of the finishing line.
  5. The last part of the course through Krýsuvík Road will be closed from all traffic. Team vehicles must drive onwards through Hraunhella to the west to reach the finish line at Krýsuvík Road from Reykjanesvegur. At the finish line the WOW Cyclothon GPS tracker will be removed from the team vehicle and the riders will return the timing chips.

Other Information

  1. Class B teams can only use slipstream from other Class B competitors, i.e. competitors that have the same colored markings on their seat tube.
  2. When a faster team catches up to a team competing in a different class, the slower team should give the faster team room to pass and gain at least a 2 km advantage. The teams’ cyclists are allowed to cycle side by side for up to 15 minutes but need to part ways after that.
  3. A team vehicle should always accompany the cyclist and have visible markings so that other drivers are alerted to the fact that there is a cyclist on the road ahead. Vehicles may take breaks for service while their cyclist(s) continues the race, but such breaks may not last longer than 20 minutes.
  4. Time trial or triathlon bicycles, time trial helmets, disk wheels or aero bars on racers are not permitted in Class B teams.
  5. Fee for participation is 125.000 ISK per team and shall be paid upon registration. After April 1st the fee will be increased to 150.000 ISK.
  6. Comments and questions regarding the rules or the competition in general can be e-mailed to:
  7. All WOW Cyclothon participants, cyclists and drivers/assistants must hand in a signed waiver of consent before June 1st or the registration is considered invalid. The teams’ captains are responsible for gathering their team members’ signatures, scanning them into one document and e-mailing it to or mail them in an envelope marked “B Class” as well as their team’s name to: WOW Cyclothon, Katrínartúni 12, 105 Reykjavik

Last updated January 7th, 2016