As a child you were always taught safety first! That’s because safety is our number one priority. Having fun is number two.
You can’t have fun if you are injured or worse!
There are many potential hazards in an open road race of this type including, but not limited to: automobile traffic, road and trail conditions, and inclement weather.
We kindly ask that all teams please take appropriate precautions to ensure a fun and safe event. Please help us keep the relay safe by focusing on being safe cyclists, safe support crews, and by helping us keep the relay as a whole safe.
To help ensure your safety and the safety of those around you, please review and adhere to the course rules as stated in the Event Bible.
Night riding will be one of the coolest things you ever do!
With the proper gear, night riding can be extremely peaceful and enjoyable. Each vehicle must check-in on race day prior to their start time with 6 reflective vests, 2 headlamps and 2 blinking LED tail-lights (we recommend you bring extra batteries.) Each cyclist starting a leg after nighttime hours must wear a reflective vest, a headlamp, and a blinking LED tail-light. Any participant (not just the current rider) who is outside of their team van during nighttime hours must also wear a reflective vest.
In street clothes at night, you are only visible to drivers up to 200 feet, in dark conditions. Most reflective vests make it so runners become visible to drivers up to 1200+ feet. Adding headlamps and flashing LED tail-lights provides an even further increased visibility.
Riding in hot, humid, and sunny conditions can be taxing on the body.
Know your limits. Keep an eye on your active riders and the riders from other teams. Know the signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Pre-hydrate – before your rides, hydrate – during your rides, and re-hydrate – after your rides. In other words… Don’t stop drinking water!
Electrolyte replacement is just as important as hydration. We recommend mixing in an electrolyte-enhanced drink with your water to optimize your electrolyte levels and keep you hydrated. Consult your doctor if you have a pre-existing condition that may be exacerbated by riding in hot conditions.
Other safety tips for riders
Make sure to know the rules of the road. Click HERE to educate yourself on cycling laws in Utah. Cyclists must ride with traffic. Riding with traffic ensures better visibility for automobiles, cyclists, and runners. It’s also the law. Listening to music with headphones while biking can be dangerous as you don’t hear traffic and the sounds that keep you alert on the roads. It’s a good idea to carry a cell phone while riding in addition to the active GPS device you will receive at check in. Cyclists should always carry their ID while biking, whether by ID band or an id in your jersey pocket. This helps authorities respond quickly if there is a need for emergency assistance. An ID tag which states medical conditions/history is extremely useful.