World Snowkite Contest 2019 – Alto Sangro – Italy

The format of the competition is simple: no fixed route. Each rider has gps system will have to make more km, in the allotted time, more variations in altitude, more perimeter an more distance from the starting point.
All participants will have to leave the starting gate and return at the appointed time in the gate and will be relatively autonomous, there will in fact be a window of 15 minutes to go, and after a time of race have (30 min, 60min, 90min) to go over the gate and stop their gps.

GPS Formula “Fixed Time Task”

General Description
The format of the competition has no predefined route. Each rider has to travel the most distance, taking in account the realization of an overall perimeter of his track as long as possible in a defined time. The final score will also consider the total altitude gained and the maximum distance achieved from the starting point as well.
All participants will have to leave the starting gate and return at the appointed time in the gate and will be relatively autonomous for the time of race of 30 min, 60min or 90 min to go over the gate and stop their gps. A Fixed Time task gives an individual start time to each rider. A riders’s start time is taken when he crosses the start Area for the first time, to continue and run the task. A start opening/closing time and last goal time will be set.
The race management software will be abled to calculate points after the start Area and those immediately before arrival.

Distance: By distance we mean the total line covered by a rider in the time unit and will be expressed in meters.

Perimeter: The external perimeter of the track is a parameter to distinguish a rider who realizes his distance, always back and forth in the same space by a rider who travels his distance always looking for new spaces.

In the figure 1 (Rider 1) shown, the red line is the distance and the yellow line is the space of the perimeter. As you can see, the system excludes all that is internal from what is external.
You can see the different skills of two riders:
The rider 1: has a relatively low perimeter in relation to the overall distance

Rider 2: performed a good run

Furthest point
This parmeter measures the rider’s ability to get away from the starting point to the maximum, managing to get back in time

Altitude gain
The system measures and rewards the rider who will gain more altitude, choosing slopes over flat areas.
In case of avalanche risk the organization can change this parameter up to 0 to avoid that the riders are led to look for steep slopes

Mandatory Equipment
Artva , shovel , probe in 2 of the 5 diffent spot of the Area
(Aremogna and Pratello spot)
– helmet,
– at least 2 kites (different sizes),
– GPS receiver GPX format capable with update frequency (TBD)

Recommended Equipment
– VHF Radio, Clock water, food, warm clothes, smartphone

Task phases and procedures
For every task the race director will define:
1. a Starting gate (indicated by an UTM coordinates and a radius) that MUST be visualized on the ground with a Flag and a coloured circumference around it (SG1)
2. the Open Window Time (OWT)
3. the Close Window Time (CWT)
4. the Task Duration (TD)
5. the Goal Dead Line (GDL)
Task duration defines the Goal Dead line using the Close window time according to the following scheme:
Task Duration Close Window time (CWT) Goal Dead Line Total time for penalty purposes*

30 minutes XX:XX:XX 40 minutes after the CWT 40 Minutes
60 minutes XX:XX:XX 80 minutes after the CWT 80 Minutes
90 minutes XX:XX:XX 120 minutes after the CWT 120 Minutes

Riders will be given up to 30 minutes every day for every spot visited to familiarize with the conditions and dangers.

The Start Gate is the projection on the ground of a circle centered in SG1. Any rider entering this Area after the OWT will start the task time countdown. For security purposes a second flag will be set in the starting area to make sure the riders will cross the gate with a tail wind. It will be mandatory for the riders to go through these to flags to validate their Start Sequence.
The Organization will make sure that no raider will stop in the Starting Area during the Race phases.

Once the individual time has started the raiders will have the selected Task Duration (30/60/90 min) to perform the task.
Raiders must get back to the start gate (now called Goal) before the end of the assigned Task Duration. The Goal line can be crossed from either sides.

The goal will close as stated at a certain time Raiders crossing the goal line after the closing time will be disqualified for the current task.

Scoring System and Parameter
The final scoring takes in account different parameters along with their particular coefficients. All the calculations will be based on the meters travelled
• Total distance (x1)
• Perimeter (x6). The perimeter of the will be calculated with a complex function. It will be taken in account only the outer edges of the track, the projected on a flat surface and then calculated.
• Total Height gained (x20)
• Maximum distance between 2 points of the track (x15)

A progressive linear penalty will be applied to the the raiders that will cross the Goal late. The selected algorithm is set to apply an increasing percentage of penalty on the total scoring.
This percentage will always reach 100% after the (Total time for penalty purposes)* has expired.
• Passage to prohibited areas cancellation of the run
• If the athlete does not return to the starting point, the run will be canceled

Communications and signals
Flags, acustic signals , radios
6 different signals are needed to communicate with the riders:
– Freeride Phase
– 5 minutes to opening start window
– Start window Open
– Start windows Closed
– Goal Closed
– Races for the day are over

Ranking and complaints
The ranking system will be the official IKA system. The points of the individual runs will not be added up. The runs of 30 minutes should be equated with those of 90 minutes.

Precedences: the precedence system will be that of IKA. However, because in the mountains on a slope two riders can travel one of the stern and the other upwind the precedence will have the rider coming down as it is more in difficulty to stop

Local rules
1) Ban on flight during the race Walking is allowed, but each rider must start with the kite and return with the kite on arrival
2) Obligation to use a GPS receiver able to record the track in gpx format with a frequency of at least 1 point every 3 seconds
3) Maximum number of gpx files to be submitted for reporting: 1
4) Ban on engaging the Startgate during the freeride phase
5) Prohibition to stop in the Startgate
6) Obligation to turn on the GPS (start logging) before opening
of the Startgate
7) Obligation to turn off the GPS (stop the log) once the goal (StartGate)
8) Name the gpx files to be submitted for reporting as follows: Lycranumber _ Racenumber.gpx
9) The use of a Race category Kite even in a single task pass the rider in the Race ranking.
10) obbligation to have for Artva, shovel and probe.
11) The use of VHF radio is recommended
12) Obligation to send gpx tracks by email before 19:00 to
13) Task cancellation: if 50% + 1 of the riders do not load the track. For security reasons in the judgment of the competition judges
14) Obligation to participate in the rider’s meeting every morning
15) Respect of areas (No Kite Area)
16) riders must sign daily check-in and check-out

Vorbidden areas Spot Aremogna



Snowkite Contest 2019

Race schedule

Thursday, jan 24
8.30-9.30: Official registration at Pizzalto
9.30 10.00 Riders meeting
11.00 Race Start
15.00 Race ends.
15.30 meeting at Lago D’Avoli
19.00 Upload GPX File
21.30 Results analysis at Gran Caffè in Rivisondoli

Friday, Jan 25
9.00 Riders meeting
10.00 Race Start
15.00 End of the race.
15.30 Meeting at Lago D’Avoli
19.00 Upload of GPX files
21.30 Results analysis at Gran Caffè in Rivisondoli

Saturday, jan 26
Rider meeting
11.00 Race Start
15.00 End of the race.
15.30 meeting at Lago D’Avoli
19.00 Upload GPX Files
21.30 Results analysis at Gran Caffè in Rivisondoli
22.00 Party TBD

Sunday, jan 27
9.00: Rider meeting at Pizzalto
10.00 Race start
13.00 End of the race.
13.00 Upload GPX file and send to
14.30 Price giving ceremony at Pizzalto

Service and accommodation Included with the inscription
Agreements with hotels, half board:
– SINGLE 80 € per person
– DOUBLE 55 € per person
– TRIPLE 45 € per person
– QUADRUPLE ROOM 40 € per person

SKIPASS: Included in the cost of the hotel there is also a free ski pass

– Medical certificate
– Own Insurance