Safety and Terms and Conditions
Safety is paramount. We strive to continually improve our event in order to ensure that it is as safe as possible, but we need your help!
There are many precautions that we take to make your ride a safe one, but remember that the entire course takes place on public roads which are open at all times.
All MTB courses take place on public tracks.
We want to keep everyone safe at the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. For that reason it’s important you’re used to cycling in groups. If everyone plays by the cycling rules and sticks to the event etiquette we’ll all have a great day.
Make sure your bike is well maintained and set up properly. This includes checking tyres are inflated and not leaking, drive train is in great working condition, both front and rear brakes are functioning properly, and your seat at the correct height. We recommend you get a professional service prior to the event. Please carry your own spares and tools, and know how to use them.
AT THE START
Seed yourself on the start line based on your current ability. You are risking injury to yourself and others if you confuse ambition with ability and ride in a pack too quick for you.
Helmets must be worn at all times and fastened securely while cycling. These must meet the NZ Approved Standard.
Don’t overlap wheels. Stay behind the rider in front of you or move up beside them.
STAY ON THE LEFT
Do not cross the centre line. Always stay as far left as reasonably practicable.
KEEP YOUR LINE
Maintain a straight line. Practice taking the water bottle out of its cage and food out of your back pockets before the event. During bunch riding wobbling is dodgy. Minimise looking behind you – often it causes you to veer from a straight line.
Sudden movements create problems for riders around you. Keep an eye on developments ahead of you. Don’t always look down at the rider in front of you, but use their back as your target while regularly glancing 3 to 5 riders ahead, and also up the road to see problems before they occur.
Keep your upper body relaxed and loose. Any bumps on the road will be absorbed. Hitting a pothole with rigid arms, could cause an accident.
When moving from a seated position to a standing position, put extra pressure on the pedals so that you bike doesn’t ‘stall’.
If you see a hazard which would affect the line or momentum of the bunch it is your responsibility to signal to following riders, with subsequent riders continuing the signal further down the group.
Pass on the right, not the left.
INDICATE YOUR INTENTIONS
This lets riders around you know what you are doing.
If you are passing a rider in front of you, say loudly “ON YOUR RIGHT”. If you are being passed you must keep your line.
DO NOT USE AEROBARS
Aerobars do not belong in bunch rides. They are dangerous and do not allow the rider to easily access their brakes.
LONG DOWN HILLS (Waihi and hatepe Hill descent especially)
Don’t stay on your brakes. It’s safest to ‘feather brake’ which means tapping the brakes and applying intermittent pressure. This is wise in wet weather too. If you need to slow for a corner, do the braking BEFORE the corner and release the brakes as you turn. Touching your brakes in a turn will make your bike go straight.
You must stick to the road speed restrictions, particularly the 50mk/h and 70km/h speed restricted areas. Use the back brake more than the front (about 60 to 40%). Slide your weight back on the seat. Avoid locking up the wheels.
EASY ON THE BRAKES
Don’t jam your brakes on suddenly – stay alert for hazards ahead and brake with control.
If you have to stop, clearly signal your intention and get clearly off the road (always on the left).
Wear high visibility or brightly coloured clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. Invest in appropriate clothing. A warm and comfortable rider is a safer rider.
We highly recommended you have a rear red flashing light either fitted to your bike or worn on your back or helmet.
Always obey the road rules of New Zealand, including the Give Way and Stop Signs on course. There must never be more than two cyclists cycling next to one another. When the road is narrow or vehicles cannot pass, everyone should cycle in single file. It is illegal to for three or more cyclists to ride next to one another. For more information, please read through the NZ Road Code for Cyclists.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL ROADS ARE OPEN AT ALL TIMES AND ROAD RULES APPLY!
OFFICIAL EVENT STAFF
Always pay attention to and act upon instructions given by course marshals, traffic management professionals and police.