The event takes place on public roads which are OPEN to other road users. The roads are extremely narrow in places and there are a number of steep and windy ascents and descents. There is no road closure.
In 2008 there was a serious accident during the Mito Q K2 because some of the above rules were not adhered to. Some bunches were several riders wide and crossing the centre line and some cyclists were being followed by support vehicles.
This is not acceptable and puts cyclists and other road users safety in jeopardy. The police will stop supporting the event if this behaviour continues.
Race rules encompass the NZ Road Code, the Cycling NZ Rules and some specific event rules designed for participant safety.
These rules are as follows:
I acknowledge and agree that,
(a)I am aware of the dangers of road racing and the real risk of injury and accept all risks flowing from my participation in this event;
(b)I am responsible for reading and understanding any written race instructions;
(c)I will abide by all race rules and directions issued by the event organisers and will obey all relevant road rules;
(d)Briefings, signage, and course marshals, are a service to me and other competitors but are not a guarantee of safety;
(e)Should circumstances require a change of format or categories within this event, I consent to those changes being made by the organisers;
(f)As the organisers cannot control every eventuality, I release all persons associated with this event from any claims arising out of my participation;
(g)If I am involved in an accident, I will not seek to blame or make a claim against the organisers; nor will I assist anyone else in making such a claim;
(h)In the event of an accident I consent to receiving any medical treatment the event organiser or medical or paramedical personnel think necessary;
(i)I am responsible for the roadworthiness and safety of my bicycle and the security of all other equipment and personal possessions used in connection with this event;
(j)If I have any concerns with the race organisation, I will raise them with the organisers first.
MITO Q K2/ CERVELO K1 / NICHOLAS BROWNE CHALLENGE EVENT SPECIFIC RULES
More specific detailed race rules for each event will be posted closer to the event.
- Cyclists must stay on the left side of the road at all times.
- Riders must not ride more than 2 a breast.
- Riders must not be supported by a vehicle or spectator during the race.
- Drafting is allowed
- Under no circumstances should you accept a tow from a vehicle
- No Littering – any competitor seen blatantly littering will be disqualified.
- No Tri Bars
- No IPods or similar devices
- Support vehicles are strictly forbidden to follow their riders along the course.
Mito Q K2 - RELAY
- Stage 2 Relay riders must make their way to Tairua via Whitianga.
- Stage 1 relay riders must drive back to the finish line in Coromandel via Thames.
CERVELO K1 - SUPPORT
- Support vehicles travel to the finish line in Coromandel via Thames and not Whitianga.
NICHOLAS BROWNE CHALLENGE – SUPPORT
- Support vehicles must leave for Whitianga before the start of the race. They must not stop on the way to provide support or as a spectator.
BREACH OF RULES
- Riders that are seen being supported or who are seen on the wrong side of the road, or blatantly littering or being towed, will be disqualified from the race and the organisers reserve the right to exclude those riders from future events.
- Any complaints or protests about the race and penalties imposed for breaching the rules of the race, must be lodged with the race director within 3 days of the running of the event.
Race entry is subject to agreement with the Terms & Conditions of Entry. Click here to read.
RULES OF THE ROAD AND CYCLING ETIQUETTE
Regardless of your cycling ability there are basic road riding rules that must be adhered to at all times, for the safety of you and other road users.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.
- Wear brightly coloured clothing.
- Obey the road rules, including traffic lights, give way and stop signs at all times.
- Helmets are compulsory.
- Keep to the left.
- Obey instructions by police and route marshals.
- Do not ride more than two abreast. It is not always safe to do so.
- Ride single file where there are double lines (i.e. no overtaking areas).
- Only pass in single file and to the right of others.
- Use clear hand signals when you want to turn.
- Call “passing” when overtaking or “stopping” when slowing down.
- Move over to allow motor vehicles to overtake.
- Never overlap wheels.
- Point and call out any road hazards.
- Maintain a consistent speed when climbing a hill.
- Be predictable with your actions. Maintain a steady straight line and avoid braking or changing directions suddenly.
- Do not rest on the right hand side of the road.
- When walking your bike keep well off the road and in single file.
- Keep a safe distance between riders.
- Move off the road before you dismount.
- Don’t wear headphones while riding.
- Keep alert – most accidents happen when concentration lapses.
- No towing of other cycles is allowed.
- Finally, cyclists do not have a right to ride two abreast in all circumstances. While the traffic regulations prohibit riding more than two abreast, they also require cyclists to ride in a careful and considerate manner. When their slow speed impedes the normal and reasonable flow of traffic they are required as soon as reasonably practicable to move as far left as is practicable when this is necessary to allow following traffic to pass.
Some other basic road safety tips to ensure an enjoyable and safe ride include:
- make sure your seat is at the right height;
- brakes should be within easy reach of the hands;
- check that both rear and front brakes are working well;
- take adequate food and water and remember to eat and drink.