RULES OF THE ROAD
Your safety is our #1 priority here at the Best Buddies Challenge and in order to ensure that our events can proceed, there are a few general rules and safety regulations that every cyclist must follow. The Best Buddies Challenge is a very large event that involves a great number of participants, volunteers, staff and spectators. For everyone’s sake, please be sure to read over these guidelines before you arrive on event day.
All riders are subjected to the rules of the road as stated by the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Transportation. There will be CHP Officers on motorcycles and in vehicles patrolling the route to help make the ride safe and secure.
1. You must begin your ride at Hearst Ranch or Ragged Point at the announced start times only. Any rider who starts from an unofficial start area or before the announced start time will be riding on their own at their own risk with no route support from the CHP or the Official Route Staff and will not be covered under the Best Buddies Challenge ride insurance.
2. (For Heart Ranch start only)To enable all riders to get through the traffic lights and other difficult areas in the first 9.74 miles we will ride at the speed of the slowest rider about 12 MPH. You must listen to the California Highway Patrol and the Official Bike Marshals (they’re the riders in the yellow jerseys). You will need to keep some room between you and the rider in front of you and stay in the right lane so traffic can pass.
3. Ragged Point will be opened with CHP officers stopping traffic until all riders are safely on the route. Once you are on HWY 1 you must obey all rules of the roads such as, but not limited to stop signs, traffic lights and yield signs.
4. You must ride single file except when in designated bike lanes, then no more than two abreast.
5. You must listen to the CHP and the Official Bike Marshals for instructions and warnings; they are there for your protection. They will be on the route supporting the ride for the day.
6. There will be SAG support service on the course with experienced bike route support personnel and bike techs. There will be a medical team and multiple ambulances on the main course. There will be a SAG system on the route that will bring you and your bike forward in the event you need some help. The SAG support van will drop you off so you can continue the ride from a location further along the course. There will be a SAG shuttle service from each rest stop to help those who do not want to continue and will bring you to the finish. There will be a sweep van that will follow the slowest riders, designated by a flashing yellow light affixed to the roof. There will be a sweep bike on the main course and he will make sure that riders are keeping pace so they will be into the finish before the route closes. Per order of CalTrans the route closes at 4PM.
7. We have well equipped bike techs in the SAG vehicles and at each rest stop, however, you will be required to carry a spare tube and a way to inflate it with you on the bike.
8. Helmets are mandatory any time you are on the bike. Headphones will not be allowed.
9. Mileage markers are at each rest stop. Every effort will be made to pass along to you any information in regards to road work or pavement conditions.
10. Route signage will be as designated by CalTrans and will be at multiple locations along the route. Mileage countdown signs will at 10 mile intervals beginning at 90 miles until 10 miles when they will be at every mile
11. All four Rest Stops will have food and drink, medical, restrooms, SAG and bike tech support.
12. If you drop off clothing or equipment at any of the rest stops please make sure your items get into the lost and found box in the bag provided and you identify the bag with your name and rider number. All lost and found can be retrieved at the luggage pickup area at the finish and the end of the day.
13. Riders must use caution on descents.
14. A complete Emergency Medical Plan will be available to all route support.
15. There will be base and hand held radio communication along the route. Pay phones are available at RS 3 & 4.
16. The State of California cannot confirm that this route meets all of the criteria set forth in Section 1000 of the State’s Highway Design Manual. It is the responsibility of the event organizer to inform orally and in writing each participant to ride with caution.