The non-profit-making and international objectivess of B.I.G are the following:
B.I.G. is an open, international community that is there to facilitate and promote cyclo climbing. It does so by means of the main challenge BIG and a number of so called parallel Challenges (a.o. National Challenges). Each challenge has its own closed list which contains the summits that are to be reached by bike. The closed list of the main challenge, B.I.G, contains 1,000 numbers that correspond to 1,000 summits and this list is also reffered to as the Superlist. Only summits in the Superlist are allowed to be referred to as BIGs.
• All summits and sides in the lists are selected through 3 criteria and 5 principles.
Sport (Sport Challenge that an ascent offers)
Tourism (the environment an ascent is located in)
Media (how well an ascent is known in the media).
1,The ascents must be dispatched in the best possible way over different mountainous regions.
2,Some ascents must help to discover the natural and cultural tourism.
3,Some asents must be challenging ascents but the overall level of difficulty of the ascents must be average.
4,Some ascents must help to discover the main ascents included in the cycling history.
5,The ascents must be mainly surfaced roads, giving some place to gravel roads but only when these offer real additional value.
These 3 criteria and 5 principles will stimulate members to travel and in this way learn more about other countries, cultures and people.
1 - GENERAL RULES OF THE CHALLENGE
Article 1. – General rules for the Superlist of the 1000 BIGs
A1.1. The 1,000 summits are presented according to 10 series with a determined quota and a special zone
Zone 01: Nordic countries 50
Zone 02: British Islands (Ireland and United Kingdom) 50
Zone 03: Benelux 50
Zone 04: Germany 50
Zone 05: continental France & Corsica 175
Zone 06: Spain, Canary Islands & Portugal, Madeira, Azores & Andorra 150
Zone 07: Switzerland & Liechtenstein 75
Zone 08: Austria 75
Zone 09: continental Italy, Sardinia, Sicily & San Marino 150
Zone 10: East 115
Superbig : free (ex-USSR + 5 continents) or
Eurobig : fixed (Eastern Europe) 60
A1.2. Inside the zones 1 to 10, the tops are fixed and named. Inside the zone +, they are either fixed and named (eurolist), or free but with obligations (superlist)
A1.3. The areas covered by the zones are clearly defined by the countries'borders. Official maps are eidted, showing clearly the limts of the zones in Europe and of the other continents in the world.
A1.4. The faraway territories, included in european countries politically, included in those maps in other continents, are definitely included, for the BIG, in those continents.
Article 2. - Rules for claiming ascents there
A2.1. If a member has reached on a day in his life, one top corresponding in the list to a number among the 1,000 of the superlist, that it reached it on a bicycle (not an electric one) , by climbing entirely one side described in the BIG website to this top, then he can claim, by honour, the success of achieving the ascent corresponding to this number.
A2.2. When a member claims the success of a number, this is for all his life. He claims the number tied to the summit at the time it was ascended. If after that, the name of the summit is amended to another summit, then the member will still preserve the success of climbing this number.
A2.3. The B.I.G. Association reserves itself the right to requestthe date back to the successes in the case of possible claim abuse if it is evident that the claimant appears too confident and B.I.G. will refuse the inscription in this extreme case.
A2.4.The BIG gives motivation to its members through steps. If a registered member declares less than 10 numbers, then he is placed in the list of the members "in waiting".
The member becomes possessor of the "Welcoming Certificate" (C.A./ Certificate d’Accueil) as soon as he has claimed a minimum of 10 different numbers. He will become possessor of the ranks BIG01 to BIG20, alongside his life as a cyclo-climber, according to the following progression:
BIG01>= 30; BIG 02>= 60; BIG03>= 90; BIG04>= 120; BIG05>= 164, BIG06>= 240; BIG07>= 300; BIG08>= 360; BIG09>= 430; BIG10>= 500, BIG 11>= 550; BIG12>=600; BIG13>= 650; BIG14>= 700; BIG 15>= 750, BIG16>= 800; BIG17>= 850; BIG18>= 900; BIG19>= 950; BIG20>= 1.000
A2.5. The BIG still increases the motivation of its members through levels.
With the score of 164
The member becomes "BIG-Pretender" when he has attained 164 different numbers (in memory of Raymond Mayeur, deceased at this score), with a minimum of 10 different countries. This is shown with the acronym BIG next the the members number of claims.
With the score of 500
The member becomes 'half-BIG Winner » when he reaches the score of 500 different numbers.
More, he'll become "Winner of the BAG" when its summits are spread over at least twenty different countries and three different continents outside Europe (i.e. North-America; South-America, Africa, Asia and Oceania). This is shown with the acronym BAG (Brevett Adventurous Grimpeur / Certificate for the Adventurous cyclo-climber ) next the the members number of claims.
With the score of 1000
The member becomes "Eurobig-Finisher" when he reached the score of 1000 different numbers. This is shown with the acronym Eurobig-B.I.G Finisher .
More, he'll become « Superbig-Finisher », supreme level, if in addition, he conquered or replaced all the 60 numbers in zone + by summits located in ex-USSR and in the 5 other continents, according to the special rules linked to this zone +.
A2.6. The zone + belongs to special rules well defined. To reach the Eurobig, the member must simply claim the 60 fixed and named numbers of this zone. If he wants, on the other way, to reach the « Superbig », he has to conquer or replace those numbers of this zone, with the following restrictions. A mix between the 60 fixed names in Europe and some other ones out of Europe following the same restrictions, has our agreement to reach the "eurobig", but it must use the good continents according to the good numbers.
Those 60 summits in zone +, Superbig section, will never be determinated by the Committee but will be freely choosen by the member. The restrictions to be followed are :
a) Among those 60 climbs, we need to find 10 in Asia, 10 in Africa, 10 in Oceania, 10 in North or Central America, 10 in South America & finally10 in Ex-USSR(866-875( see map)).
b) The total difference of level per continent must be at least 5000m.
c) The Zone +climbs must also adhere to the through 3 criteria and 5 principles. The member can check in advance if the foreseen claim will be allowed by B.I.G through a visible ordinogramm in the website. The manager(s) of this zone + will analyze this request and according to the informations given and to the ordinogramm, will declare received or denies the claiming of this number for the given member.
d) The member declaring a number of 951 to 1000 (zone +) , Superbig section, has therefore imperatively to accompany his declaration under a formular by filling :
The name of the continent
The name of the top reached
The length of the climb
One sheet of a map with the trak or coordinates GPS of foot and top
The height of this top
The name of the foot where the climb was started
The elevation of thes foot
The year of completion of the climb.
e) Exceptions are allowed to regularize BIGs claimed in Turkey and removed from challenge in 1997. They have a sign * before their names.Exceptions are allowed for climbs claimed before 2009 and following former regulations. They have a sign ** before their names. Other exceptions are also allowed for claims before 2016, to update the regularisation what has been agreeded before the birth of the eurobig challenge. Those names will have a sign *** before their names.
f) To recall the obligation to get minimum 5000m D.O.L for a full continent, the claims with less than 500m D.O.L, declared received, will be followed by a sign *.
2.1. – Iron BIG
To have success, a member must claim 25 times one number inside the whole year, but
a. if the difference of level is less than 500m, to claim it 25 times inside only 1 month
b. if the difference of level is less than 200m, to claim it 25 times inside only 1 day
The member prevents by email the committee of the challenge that he'll try a precise number in the list
Afterwards, he claims by the same way the dates of his success, little by little or in one time
After success in his attempt, he'll become the godfather of this BIG and his name will be written in the descriptions'pages of this climb forever as the godfather for life of this BIG.
2.2. – National Challenges
1. The national challenges, called NATaCHAs, must be overviewed by the newlistgroup of the B.I.G-challenge. It gives some delegation (choice of the tops) to a national group that has to follow the methodology guide to build a national list.
2. The national challenges are based on a closed list of a multiple of 25 tops located in their country. This quote must always be under 1000. Each top can suggest maximum 4 sides but one top is only one number.
3.The amount of tops is the consequence of the work, managed through the methodology guide and must be decided in agreement with the newlist group of the B.I.G challenge according to the motivation that this amount of tops can give and compared to the amounts of tops of the other countries. This amount of tops can't be decided immediately in the start but must be the conclusion of the work.
4.The national list must include at least all the tops included in the superlist1000 of the B.I.G-challenge and located in this country, in company with a majority of other ones.
5.The national list and its building must follow the 5 principles of the BIG-challenge
6.The BIG member is included in the classement of this challenge since the first claim in this national challenge's list.
7.The B.I.G challenge shows the national lists and the general classements of those national challenges in its website