Rules for solo rider

Rules for Individual Class 2016

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


Individual Class Teams

  1. Individuals have three and a half days (84 hours) to cover all 1358 km.
  2. The first 3 men’s teams receive awards and the first 3 women’s teams receive awards. 1st price for each category is airfares with WOW air.


Individual Class team members

  1. An individual team consists of one cyclist and 3-5 drivers/assistants. A team must have at least 3 assistants.
  2. All of the team assistants must accompany the cyclist the entire course.
  3. There are no restrictions on the length of breaks taken by the cyclist along with his team vehicle.  


Individual Class team vehicle

  1. A team vehicle must be labeled in such a way that other drivers in the general traffic are warned that there is a cyclist on the road ahead.
  2. A team vehicle must be equipped with the WOW Cyclothon GPS system (Arctic Track). During the race a team vehicle’s location will be published on a map in real time on WOW Cyclothon’s Web Page.
  3. Race management, in coordination with Arctic Track, will assign each Individual 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.
  4. Individual Class team vehicle should always accompany the solo rider but service breaks are allowed. Service breaks where the team vehicle leaves solo rider to cycle alone on the road may not last for more than 20 minutes.
  5. 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. 
  6. Drivers of team vehicles must fully comply to Icelandic traffic laws and regulations.


Race Start

  1. The Individual class starts several hours before the A and B class start. More information on the individual start will be provided soon.
  2. At the starting line the clock will start at “gun shot” and all cyclists in the Individual Class will get the same starting time.
  3. When individual cyclists take off the race starts immediately and they are free to control their own pace from the start. All participants shall adhere to traffic laws from the very start of the race.

Rules of the Cyclothon

  1. Individual class cyclists can use slipstream from other individual class cyclists from the start of the race until they reach Route 1 again after Hvalfjörður. After they return to Route 1 at that intersection it is not permitted to use slipstream from other cyclists, regardless of their class.
  2. When a faster team catches up to a team competing in a different category, 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 after that they need to part ways.
  3. The team vehicle can stop at any time but needs to make sure that it does not pose a threat to other competitors and general traffic. Use rest areas and other options that reduce the chance of accidents. Please be extremely careful during rests and abide by traffic laws at all times.
  4. If an individual cyclist wants to rest, he must use the accommodation available in the vehicle. It is not permitted to use hotels or other such services during the race. There are no time limits on how long an individual class team vehicle can stop for service or rest.

The Course

  1. If a cyclist leaves the course he must re-enter at the exact same spot.
  2. The Cyclothon is a 1358 km race around Iceland, north to south. The course runs along Route 1 with four exceptions:
  • West Iceland: The route north goes around Hvalfjörður Fjord, not through the Hvalfjörður Tunnel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 bike or brave the gravel road on a racer.


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 solo rider will be given a timing chip before the race, to be fastened onto his/her bike.
  3. A team’s timing stops when the bike goes through the detection loops, installed in the track at the finish line.
  4. Should a need to decide the results between two or more solo riders 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 rider will return the timing chip.


Other Information

  1. If an individual cyclist wants to rest, he must use the accommodation available in the vehicle. It is not permitted to use hotels or other such services during the race. There are no time limits on how long an individual class team vehicle can stop for service or rest.
  2. Time trial or triathlon bicycles and aero bars on racers are permitted in the Individual Class.
  3. Fee for participation is 30.000 ISK per team and shall be paid upon registration. Note that after April 1st the registration fee will be increased to 50.000 ISK per team.
  4. Comments and questions regarding the rules or the competition in general can be e-mailed to:
  5. 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-mail it to or mail them in an envelope marked “Individual Class” and their team’s name to: WOW Cyclothon, Katrínartúni 12, 105 Reykjavik


Last updated January 7th, 2016