Conduct of athletes

1. General Behavior

Practice good sportsmanship at all times;

  1. Be responsible for his/her own safety and the safety of others;
  2. Know, understand, and follow all Competition Rules, as stated herein, in the Event-specific Athlete Information Guide, and at the Event-specific athlete briefings;
  3. Obey traffic regulations and instructions from Race Officials and Vietnamese traffic authorities;
  4. Treat referees, local presidences, volunteers, spectators, the public, and other athletes with respect and courtesy;
  5. Obey laws and local ordinances and avoid any type of demonstration of political, religious, or racial propaganda. Failure to obey laws or local ordinances and/or failure to refrain from demonstration will result in disqualification;
  6. Avoid the use of abusive language;
  7. Inform a Race Official promptly after withdrawing from the Race. Failing to do so may result in temporary suspension or permanent expulsion from other Events;
  8. Disposal of trash or equipment on the course may lead to immediate disqualification from the race (except at aid stations or other designated trash-disposal points).
  9. Do not gain or attempt to gain any unfair advantage from any external vehicle, motor or object; In case of any unfair means being reported, the race director will hold the right to evaluate the situation and even disqualify the participant if found guilty.
  10. Do not use any device that will distract the athlete from paying full attention to their surroundings (mp3 players, phone, etc.)
  11. Follow the prescribed course. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know the course. Athletes must cover the prescribed course in its entirety. Failure to do so will result in a disqualification. If an athlete must exit the course, he or she shall re-enter the course at the same point of departure before continuing
  12. Avoid indecent exposure and public nudity at all times during an Event. Indecent exposure/public nudity may result in a disqualification.
2. Assistance
  1. Assistance provided by Race Marshals or Race Officials (including official Event volunteers) is allowed but is limited to: providing drinks, nutrition, mechanical and medical assistance, and other necessary assistance (as may be approved by the Race Director or Head Referee).
  2. Athletes competing in the same Race may assist each other with incidental items such as, but not restricted to: nutrition and drinks after an aid station, pumps, tires, inner tubes, and puncture repair kit.
  3. Athletes may not provide any item of equipment to an athlete competing in the same Race if it results in the donor athlete being unable to continue with his/her own Race. Such equipment includes but is not restricted to: shoes, complete bicycle, frame, wheels, and helmet. The penalty for this will be disqualification of both athletes;
  4. Unless otherwise pre-approved by the Race Director or Head Referee, no athlete shall intentionally cause the physical forward progress of another athlete on any part of the course during the Race. The penalty for this will be disqualification.
3. Anti-Doping

     1. Each athlete acknowledges notice of the Anti-Doping Rules (as such term is defined below), and acknowledges that he/she is bound by, confirms he/ she shall comply with, and voluntarily consents to all provisions of the AntiDoping Rules.

**“Anti-Doping Rules” means all anti-doping rules adopted by Coupe De Hue including, without limitation:

(1) The World Anti-Doping Code (the “WADA Code”);

(2) All associated International Standards, including , without limitation the List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods (the “Prohibited List”) as issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”);

(3) All other rules, policies, and/or procedures adopted by Coupe De Hue.

     2. Each athlete acknowledges that Coupe De Hue’s Anti-Doping Rules may be amended from time to time and at any time by Coupe De Hue without notice to athletes other than, as the case may be, posting such amendments on Coupe De Hue’s website and fanpage Coupe De Hue Gran Fondo;

3. Each athlete is personally responsible for knowing what constitutes a violation of the Anti- Doping Rules (including, without limitation, all substances and methods that have been included on the Prohibited List). Certain medications, common beverages, supplements and other “over the-counter” or otherwise legal products may contain banned substances. Each athlete is fully responsible for knowing what substances are banned in accordance with the Prohibited List and for monitoring his/her own compliance with the Anti-Doping Rules;

4. Each athlete is required to inform applicable third parties (e.g, including,  without limitation, medical personnel and athlete support personnel) of athlete’s obligations under the Anti-Doping Rules including, without limitation:

(1) Restrictions against the use of prohibited substances and prohibited methods

(2) The athlete’s responsibility to make sure that any medical treatment received does not violate the Anti-Doping Rules);

(3) Any athlete using or intending to use a prohibited substance or prohibited method, for a legitimate medical reason, must seek a Therapeutic Use Exemption (“TUE”) from their National Anti-Doping Organization (“NADO”) or Regional Anti-Doping Organization (“RADO“) as applicable in accordance with the policies and procedures of the applicable NADO and RADO organizations and the Anti-Doping Rules.

4. Eligibility
  1. Athletes must meet all requirements of the Event’s sanctioning body (e.g., including but not limited to the sanctioning bodies’ licensing and/or insurance requirements). Licensing and/or insurance requirements will be stated in the Event-specific Athlete Information Guide;
  2. Athletes under suspension by Coupe De Hue are not allowed to compete in any Coupe de Hue Event;
  3. Minimum racing age is 18 years old at time of event;
  4. An athlete who competes in a category different from his/her age will be disqualified from the Event(s) in which he/she participated in. Any awards, prizes, and/or points will be revoked;
  5. Any athlete that commits fraud by entering any Event under an assumed name or age, falsifying an affidavit or giving false information will be disqualified and risk suspension or expulsion from other Events;
5. Bike conduct
  1.   The bicycle shall be propelled solely, through a chainset, by the legs moving in a circular movement, without electric or other assistance. Any bicycle found to have performance enhancing upgrades may be inspected and will result in disqualification.
  2. It is the sole responsibility of each athlete to know and follow the prescribed cycling course. No adjustments in times or results will be made, for any reason whatsoever.
  3. All athletes must obey all traffic laws while on the cycling course unless otherwise specifically directed by a Race Referee or Race Official with actual authority. Unless otherwise directed in accordance with the preceding sentence, all athletes must come to a complete stop when required by a traffic sign or traffic control device and must not proceed through any intersection unless such intersection is clear of oncoming traffic. In no case can a cyclist cross a solid yellow line indicating a no passing zone;
  4. No cyclist shall endanger herself/himself or another athlete. Any cyclist who intentionally or recklessly presents a danger to any athlete or who, in the judgment of the Head Referee, appears to present a danger to any athlete will be disqualified;
  5. All athletes must exercise extreme caution and decrease speed if necessary in passing the site of any cycling or other athletes;
  6. Cycling with a bare torso is prohibited. Athletes must wear a shirt, jersey, or sport- top/sports bra at all times during the cycling segment of the Race
  7. Athletes must wear 2 side bike helmet number; 
  8. The athletes’ bike frame sticker must be securely attached to the bike and must be visible from both sides;
  9. Any item that needs to be discarded, including but not limited to water bottles, gel wrappers, bar wrappers, broken bike parts, or clothing items, may be discarded only in the designated trash drop zones at each aid station. Discarding any item outside of the trash drop zones is prohibited; (5:00 Minute Time Penalty)
  10. Any additional equipment that has the effect of reducing wind resistance is prohibited during the bike segment of the Race (whether such equipment is worn under the athlete’s clothing, over the athlete’s clothing, or is otherwise attached to the athlete’s body or the athlete’s bike);
  11. Failure to comply with any of the Competition Rules may result in an athlete being punished with disqualification from the Coupe de Hue Event.
  12. Race Referees will notify athletes of a rule violation by showing the athlete with a verbal directive. 
  13. A suspension or an-expulsion will occur for serious violations of the Competition Rules (the severity of Competition Rule violations shall be determined by the Head Referee in consultation with the Global Head Referee) 
  14. In any circumstance where a Race Referee deems an unfair advantage has been gained by an athlete, or if a Race Referee determines that an athlete has intentionally or recklessly created a dangerous situation, such Race Referee may, at the Race Referee’s discretion, assess penalties or disqualify athletes (even if such violations by the athlete are not expressly set forth in the Competition Rules).
  15. When a rule violation is issued by a Race Referee with respect to conduct on the bike course, the Race Referee will notify the athlete that the athlete has a received a notify
  16.   A suspension may be issued for fraudulent conduct or certain rule violations including, but not limited to, illegal transfer of entries, repeated rule violations, intentional course cutting, or dangerous or unsportsmanlike conduct;
  17. Appeals by athletes penalized for judgment calls will not be considered.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Kit Bag Pick Up (KBPU) and Event Waiver

Riders must bring the Passport have a photo and sign their own event waiver at the Kit Bag Pick Up point at the following locations:

Phu Van Lau park

Friday 18th

2pm to 10pm

Saturday 19th  

10am to 8pm

Laguna Lang Co (only for participants staying there)

Friday 18th

9am to 8pm


The Coupe De Hue do not have a refund policy for all the riders that have registered and paid. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions and there will be no refund. 

However, we understand that there may be cases of unintended and unforeseen health issues or problems for the riders.

As a result we have a transfer policy.

3. Transfer Policy:

The riders, who have registered and paid, can transfer competitions to other rider with surcharge of $25/ticket. Please send to the organizers the transfer policy by email request. We only accept cases of rider information reservation before 12.00 pm Friday 11th September 2020.


The riders need to respond to the following conditions:

  1.         Riders committed to being 18 years old before the event.
  2.         Riders do not suffer from any medical conditions which may put them and other riders at risk.
  3.         Riders to provide documents related to the commitment to health and fitness in accordance with the events of the event. Athletes must provide valid insurance documents.
  4.         Riders authorize the Organizing Committee to use photographs, tapes, videos and anything related to my participation for any legitimate use, without any remuneration.
  5.         Riders are required to deposit a $10 (200.000VND) deposit when they receive a registration Kit Bag for a time chip. When the race is over, the riders are willing to give back the time chip and receive deposit back.


**Please note: The Organizing Committee reserves the right to not accept any unwanted entries.

Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

 1. The event Coupe De Hue Cycle Race Gran Fondo 2020 will be divided into 2 race stages:

==>Bach Ma Laguna KOM + Gran Fondo 

==>Bach Ma Laguna  KOM + Half Fondo

The riders must register with their real age.

Participation in both or only one of these events is optional.


  • Stage 1

Bach Ma KOM Challenge: 15km. Elevation gain: 1,350m


  • Stage 2

Coupe de Hue Half Fondo: 70km. 

Starts at Phu Van Lau: Le Duan – Da Vien Bridge – Bui Thi Xuan – Phan Chu Trinh – Dien Bien Phu – Minh Mang – 1A – Tuan Bridge – T Junction 49 – 49 National road – TURN AROUND POINT – 49 National Road – T Junction 49 – Tuan Bridge – Khai Dinh – Vo Van Kiet – To Huu – Ha Huy Tap – Duong Van An – Le Quy Don – Dong Da – Nguyen Hue – Le Loi – Bui Thi Xuan – Da Vien Bridge – Le Duan – Phu Van Lau Park.


Lowest point: 2m

Highest point: 248m


Coupe de Hue Gran Fondo: 150km.

Starts at Phu Van Lau: Le Duan – Da Vien Bridge – Bui Thi Xuan – Phan Chu Trinh – Dien Bien Phu – Minh Mang – 1A – Tuan Bridge – T Juntion 49 – 49 National road – A Luoi KOM starts – 49 National Road – Ho Chi Minh – A Luoi town – turn around – 49 National Road – turn right onto Tuan Bridge – Khai Dinh – Vo Van Kiet – To Huu – Ha Huy Tap – Duong Van An – Le Quy Don – Dong Da – Nguyen Hue – Le Loi – Bui Thi Xuan – Da Vien Bridge – Le Duan – Phu Van Lau Park.

Lowest point: 2m

Highest point: 614m

There are 2 stages


  • Bach Ma: Climbing Time trial. Open category participants will depart every 5 sec. Age group participants will depart every 2 sec.


  • Coupe de Hue Gran Fondo and Half Fondo road race. Participants will be categorized according to the open group (professional cyclists), and age groups. All races will be run as mass start race in which time and place of riders in each age category group will be calculated to decide the ranks.


2. Registration fee

Gran Fondo + Bach Ma KOM: 100 USD / 2,350,000 VND per participant

Half Fondo + Bach Ma KOM: 80 USD/ 1,900,000 VND per participant

3. Categories:

  • Open (for professional cyclists)
  • Age group:
  • 18 to 34 years old (born in 1986 to 2002) 
  • 35 to 49 years old (born in 1971 to 1985)
  • 50+ years old (born in 1970 and before)

Age groups will be valid as long as there are 6 riders and above registered in that age range. If there is not enough riders, register participants will be moved to another age group at organizers discretion. 

Age groups categories are only for amateur cyclists.

4. Biking rules of Cycling and Sport Motor Bikes (issued in 2007) and current UCI rules will be applied. 

5. Health: Riders should absolutely not use stimulants, alcoholic drinks, banned for doping substances in competitions. Any discovery or complains about a health issue will result in disqualification.


6. Insurance: Insurance Waiver must be signed by each rider prior to joining the event. All riders must have their own insurance and show proof of it when collecting the bib number. Vietnamese Riders who register for the tournament must have a health certificate issued by a district or higher health authority and commit to take full responsibility for their personal health or any accidents that may occur during the race


7. Helmets are mandatory: Riders must wear a cycling helmet with the chinstrap buckled at all times while riding on the course and absolutely follow the coordination of the Organizing Committee and Police.


8. Tri bars are not allowed.


9. Costumes: Riders attending racing competitions are required to wear cycling gear.


10. Weather: The Coupe de Hue will take place in rain or shine unless the event is cancelled by the authorities. Please prepare your gear accordingly. Riders please note: choose the right outfit/jersey and preserve their personal property in the bad weather.


11. Ride within the designated route: Ride safely and in control. Any cyclist who is deemed to be riding unsafely, discourteously or recklessly will be disqualified from the Coupe de Hue. Any riders found cycling outside the designated Coupe de Hue cycling route will be automatically disqualified and pulled from the course on the spot. Cameras may have been installed along the route to catch offenders. In dangerous locations the organizer may put out cones, marshals and ropes to prevent accidents. 

The decision of the race director and the organizer will be deemed final. 


12. Compliance with traffic rules: ride on the right side of the track and only on the left side of the track when passing. Extremely careful when driving down hill, it is often narrow, kinked and out of sight.


13. All the vehicles support will have logo stick of Coupe De Hue. Please note in cases where assistance is required.

14.  The only preferred special vehicles are ambulances and fire trucks. Please stop and give way to special vehicles.


15. Always wear BIB numbers provided when receiving KIT bags. The registration numbers are as follows: 

1 at seat-post, 

2 side stickers on helmet,

2 bibs at rear pockets

** Note: When wearing the absolute number, do not leave the number hidden even in any position. Riders who fail to do so will not receive an official finish time.


16. Riders are allowed to use a road bike, normal basic mountain bike (MTB – mountain bike) or Hybrid bicycles and professional mountain bike. If a rider uses another special bicycle, they must inform the organizer 1 month prior to race date. 

If a bicycle is found to have a hidden motor, or any performance enhancing mechanical installations the race director will inspect the bicycle and disqualify the rider immediately.


17. Do not use earphones or the Bluetooth speakers during the race.


18. Please note that bringing your Local ID, or passport will be mandatory for race kit collection.


19. Please read and sign their own event waiver.


20. Please put trash in the trash bins.


21. The organizers are not responsible for those who register via the registration channel outside the list of channels or partners of Coupe De Hue. Official website and ticketbox.


22. Male and Female riders will be located on their respective gender category for results purposes.


23. Start zones: there will be a mass non-timed neutralized ride from Phu Van Lau Park to the start line at road QL49 after Highway 1 bridge. Upon arrival, riders will be assigned to a start zone based on their age group provided at registration.


Age groups will be valid as long as there are 6 riders and above registered in that age range. If there is not enough riders, register participants will be moved to another age group at organizers discretion. 


The organizer will arrange standing positions for riders. Please be present 30 minutes before departure time.


24. Cut off time: 

For safety and medical reasons this cut off time will be very strict.

-There will be a cut off time for Gran Fondo participants at A Luoi, consisting of 4 hours from race starting point. 

– Half Fondo will also have a cut off time of 2 hours from race starting point located at U-turn point on road 49.


25. Timing Chip. Each participant will receive a timing chip at the moment of registration.


26. Calculate result: Overall winner will be the one that manages to get the best overall time after 2 stages. Participants can participate in only one if, but their time on the one they did not participate will be same as last participant to cross the finish line of that stage.


27. The results will be published for the shortest competition time for individuals in Gran Fondo and Half Fondo.


28. Team prize is only counted for teams that has 3 members that have crossed the finish line. Team members of 1 team has to be all in one race either GF or HF. There will be prizes for first, second and third of each race GF and HF.

In the event of a tie, the team with more finisher riders will win. 


29. All cases of fraud detection in the competition or unfair competition will be canceled at any time.


30. This is a self supported race, so each participant must carry all necessary equipment to fix punctures or any mechanical issues.


31. A “sweep van” will be on hand to pick up riders who cannot continue the race.


32. All riders must attend the race briefing to ensure attendance due to course safety reasons.


33. Water points and technical supports are at various locations along the course. 


34. All riders have to follow traffic officers and course marshals. To disobey instructions from these will result in disqualification from the ride.


35. No public urination. Facilities are provided on the course and at the Start/Finish line.


36. The Organizers reserve the right to cancel the competition results, and refuse entry into the event if any of the above rules are violated by any participant.


37. If there is any argument, the team leader can make a complaint in writing with a fee (500,000vnd) within 20 minutes after the race. If the complaint is correct, the fee will be refunded. 


38. The Organizers reserve the right to adjust the rules and regulations of the Coupe de Hue event.

Coupe De Hue Event Racing Committee