DRT Essential Elements

Disaster Relief Trials

What will DRT Portland look like this year?

Great question.

Here are the Disaster Relief Trials Twelve Essentials

1. CHECKPOINTS
Competitors visit in order (5) or more staffed checkpoints, creating a circuit. Checkpoint addresses, features, and order will be revealed one hour prior to start on laminated Rider Map. Competitors design their own routing between checkpoints. Because checkpoints are the only places that competitors must visit prior to finishing, the required circuit features below (barrier, water feature, cargo, competition monitoring) must be incorporated into these checkpoints.

2. BARRIER
(1) one-meter-tall barrier, to be visited by competitors after they accumulate at least 25kg of relief supplies.

3. WATER FEATURE
(1) water crossing, at least 15cm deep

4. ROUGH TERRAIN
(1) section of off-road terrain, rough enough to make most competitors dismount and walk at least once, 400 meters or longer

5. CARGO
50kg accumulated payload. Must include (1) dozen-egg carton containing (3) eggs, representing fragile relief supplies such as medicine vials. Any broken eggs result in a 10-minute penalty.

6. DURATION
Roughly (3) hours for the fastest competitors.

7. COMPETITION MONITORING
At least (1) mid-circuit checkpoint and the start/finish line checkpoint must be staffed by local ham radio operators who provide real-time competitor status information, recorded on a results board displayed at the finish line such that spectators have a prominent view.

8. RIDER MAP
(1) Laminated and annotated checkpoint map and 1″ spring clamp supplied to competitors 1 hour prior to start.

9. START
LeMans style start!

10. SAFETY
Competitors must comply with all traffic laws at all times to avoid immediate *or* post-competition disqualification.

11. MOTORS
A separated electric assisted bicycle competition class may be offered as long as the competition parameters include off-grid dead battery charging–with the charging phase starting as early as 24 hours prior to the start of the riding phase. Charging must be monitored at the start/finish checkpoint.

12. ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION DEVICES
Only the electric assist class may use electronic navigation devices. Off-grid charging of a dead device battery must be demonstrated.

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