A Word about Safety

  • All riders must wear an ANSI or SNELL approved helmet.
  • Every rider MUST to be registered to participate.
  • Familiarize yourself with the routes before the day of event.
  • Ride with identification.
  • Riders must obey all traffic rules and regulations.
  • Do not obstruct traffic.
  • The courses will NOT be closed to traffic.
  • There will be course marshals and law enforcement agencies to assist along the course. Do not assume they will stop traffic.
  • Ride in single-file to the right.
  • Leave room for others to pass on your left.
  • Call out to fellow cyclists when you are going to pass.
  • Be predictable and don't weave.
  • Don't draft. Drafting in a crowd is dangerous.
  • Carry a large water bottle, spare tube & patch kit, pump, tire changing tools, sun screen.
  • Have your bicycle tuned up before riding.
  • Know what the road signs mean.Wear bright clothing to be noticed.

 

FOOD AND HYDRATION

You also should carry some type of high-energy food. Usually food is available when you want it, but there are always times when you may need a boost. Don’t put yourself in danger because you’re not drinking enough fluids. The temperature, wind, distance and previous day’s events all will determine your need for fluids. One rule of thumb is that a bicyclist should drink water every 15 minutes, but water is not enough. You should carry at least two water bottles with you. Because we sweat and lose those precious minerals when we exercise, we have to replace them through sports drinks and other fluids. And since certain beverages can hinder the effectiveness of some important vitamins and minerals, it’s a good idea to have some vitamins on hand. Sugar and carbohydrates keep your body going, but don’t try to eat them all at one sitting. It’s much better to eat several times a day than to try to pedal on a full stomach.