The three things we are really strict about
For the safety of riders, motorists and the general public there are three key things that we are very strict about and which can and will lead to rider disqualifications if we see them being breached
No more than 2 a breast. Our roads are very narrow and windy and the roads are not closed to other traffic. If you ride more than 2 a breast it is impossible for cars to pass and this is when dangerous situations can arise. In 2018 the worst offenders were group 2 who were seen climbing Pumpkin Hill 3 and 4 a breast. They were lucky the whole group were not disqualified. There will be motorcyclists with the first few groups who will be monitoring this very closely this year and if it happens again disqualifications will be issued.
No Support Traffic Every year a small minority of riders seem to have a support car following them around the course. This not only provides the riders with an unfair advantage, it is positively dangerous. Marshals have been asked to keep a look out for this behaviour and again riders will be disqualified. One year the first rider home in the K2 was being supported and was disqualified.
No Crossing the Centre Line onto the right side of the road. This can be very tempting on the steep windy descents. It is incredibly dangerous and again anyone seem doing it will be disqualified. So please – “RESPECT” and “RESPONSIBILITY”. Please respect our rules and please take personal responsibility for yourself and others safe. Other things that we also request:
Traffic travelling to the K1 start in Coromandel. Please travel via Thames and not Whitianga. It gives you an opportunity to see the course, but more importantly, it means that you will not jeopardise the safety of the K2 riders who will be on the course. There is not much difference in the time it takes.
Not littering on the course – please help us keep the Coromandel beautiful.
Be careful of loose clothing during the event. One year on the descent of the Kopu-Hikuai, a riders jacket, that they had around their waste, went into their wheel with disastrous consequences.
If you are a recent entrant, please read the race updates on the news section of our website
Hope you have a safe trip to the Coromandel and look forward to seeing you in a couple of days.