Here are the top things you need to keep you and other riders safe while enjoying Cycle of Hope!
- Always ride with traffic, not against
- If you need to stop for a repair or to rest, move up on sidewalk/off of road
- Do not draft off of vehicles or follow cyclists too closely
- Never ride more than 2 abreast
- Always use hand signals when turning
- Talk to other cyclists with signals (ie: pointing out gravel/objects, “car back”, “stopping”, signaling tracks, etc)
- Stay as visible as possible (safety lights strongly recommended, bright colored clothing, etc.)
- Hold your line, don’t swerve or make drastic moves as an accident will likely occur is a group setting
- Do not cross wheels with the person in front of you and always watch for their signals (this is the cause of many accidents on the roads)
- Stay hydrated! Dehydration can lead to nausea, cramps, vomiting, lightheadedness, dizziness, and fatigue. Do not get behind on your fluids – carry at least 2 water bottles (one with water and one with an electrolyte fluid). Nuun will be the new on-course electrolyte drink this year!
- Come prepared with sunscreen applied
You are Ready…But is Your Bike?
To help ensure a fantastic ride experience, not only do you want to be physically ready, but your bike needs to be too. Here are some things to remember and prepare before you take off from the start line:
- For a cyclist, few things feel better than a freshly tuned-up bike. Contact any of the 12 Mike’s Bikes locations to get yours in before the ride to have it checked
- Always check your tire pressure, condition, and wheels before you ride
- Check brakes for worn pads, cable tightness, alignment, locked in place after transporting
- Inspect gears and shifting
- Decide if your bike fit comfortable and readjust where necessary
- Check handlebars – make sure they are secure at headset
- Although we will have SAG (Support And Gear), all riders need to have their saddle bag stocked with a fresh tube, CO2 canister/pump, tire lever, patch kit and any extra nutrition that may be needed along the route. With 500+ riders on course, SAG is there to assist when possible, but it is the responsibility of riders to know how to change a flat/tube.
Road ID Safety Video:
How to Change a Flat Tire: