We firmly subscribe to the safety and etiquette guidelines recommended by the Amy Gillett Foundation. For information go to www.amygillett.org.au.
**** NORMAL OPEN ROAD RULES APPLY - KEEP LEFT AT ALL TIMES, OBEY OFFICIAL SIGNALS, DON'T RUN RED LIGHTS OR STOP SIGNS UNLESS DIRECTED BY POLICE.
**** OBEY DIRECTIONS GIVEN BY POLICE, COURSE MARSHALLS & EVENT STAFF. IT'S FOR YOUR SAFETY.
**** IT IS NOT A RACE. DANGEROUS RIDING WILL RESULT IN EXCLUSION & POSSIBLE PROSECUTION.
**** KNOW YOUR LIMITS & RESPECT THEM.
**** WARNING & SLOW DOWN SIGNS ON DESCENTS MUST BE RESPECTED. DON'T PUT YOURSELF OR OTHERS IN DANGER.
**** BE COURTEOUS & RESPECTFUL TO MARSHALLS, POLICE, EVENT STAFF, PUBLIC, RESIDENTS & OTHER ROAD USERS.
• Keep to the left on the road to allow clear passage for passing traffic.
• Be predictable and always indicate your intentions.
• When riding with others; ride no more than two abreast but be courteous if the road narrows - ride single file on climbs where possible.
• Communication is the key – signal or call your intentions and hazards to ensure your safety and the safety of those near you.
• At lights and intersections, stay in position behind queued vehicles & riders rather than rolling up the side of stopped traffic.
Make sure you understand your body’s carbohydrate requirements for a day on the bike. As a general rule you should consume one gram of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight per hour. Don’t wait to feel hungry before you eat. Make sure you have a good breakfast before the ride and map out a nutrition plan for the day, eating something every hour of the ride.
Make sure you carry 2 large water bottles – one full of water, the other full of sports drink. Stop at every rest area and refill your bidons. Plan to drink all fluids by the time you get to the next rest area, ready to refill again. Don’t wait to feel thirsty before you drink.
Make sure your bike is in good working order, have your bike checked and serviced by your local bike shop prior to the ride. Ensure your brakes are working well. Check your cluster size is right for hill climbing - Gran Fondo riders should have at least a 25 cog on the back (fit a 28 just in case!) Make sure your chain is not worn and won't snap as you power up the climbs. Bike service & repair (at owners cost) will be available at our trade expo on Saturday for last minute tune-ups.
Don’t forget your helmet, shoes, spares kit, mobile phone, sunglasses, sunscreen and money.
There will be a number of options for parking on the Sunday with car parks allocated for Cyclists, maps can be found on the www.gccyclefest.com.au website. Although there will be parking available we suggest that you share lifts or ride to the event as it will become very busy during the day.