Event Rules and Safety

These are important points. Further rules will be described in the entry form, emails, newsletters, confirmation letter, race pack information, pre-race safety briefing and course signage. Such rules form part of the event rules.

All road rules, event signage, directions of event personnel and police must be obeyed at all times. In the absence of police control all road rules must be obeyed. You will be cycling on public roads and must share the road with other users. No crossing the white centre line.

Cycles must have either standard drop style or flat mountain bike style handle bars. No aero bars or handlebar bar fittings that could cause injury to other riders are permitted in the NBS Around Brunner Cycle Ride and the Hits Around the Bridges Rides.  The Enduro Ride cyclists are aloud to use Aero bars.

Individuals, Tandems and the Stage Team member cycling the first stage from Greymouth to Inchbonnie must attend the safety briefing prior to the start.
 

Each stage team member must complete one stage. The stage team member cycling from Inchbonnie to Greymouth may not leave until their team member arrives at Inchbonnie.

Where marked on roadways, cyclists must use cycle lanes.

Cycle helmets must be of a standard recognised by Land Transport NZ and must remain on your head, securely fastened at all times while the cycle is in motion.

There are pedestrian crossings on the cycle ride where you must give way to pedestrians.

There are railway lines on the cycle ride. Please obey the road rules and stop for trains.

There are one-lane bridges on the cycle ride. Please obey the road rules and give way to traffic.

Repair of punctures and mechanical issues are the competitor’s responsibility.

Riders do not have to advise their estimated total time for 130km, although you should know approximately what time you will do the ride in and start at your estimated completion time as marked at the start.  Many entrants over-estimate their ability on time and skill. If groups of friends wish to ride together, they must choose the time based on the slowest performing rider, not on the fastest.
 

The Race Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any competitor for cheating or breaking the event rules. The decision of the Race Director or his/her representative is final.

Timing Transponders, Helmet Stickers and Race Numbers

Timing transponders, helmet stickers must not be removed until competitors have passed through the stage team changeover area or finish timing chute.

Helmet stickers must be worn with the numbers clearly visible at all times by ALL competitor taking part in each stage. The helmet numbers are for clarification of finishing places in support of transponders, not for media.

Stickers must not be altered in any way.

Failure to return a timing transponder on race day will result in a charge of $50.

Support Crews - Assistants

Support crew vehicles must not follow or lead their participant during the cycle ride. Unauthorised support vehicles cause an unacceptable and significant hazard to cyclists.

Police will strictly enforce all event and road rules. Support crews must be at the finish line to take their competitors cycle away from the area immediately – we have limited space.


 Medical

In the event that you sustain an injury or illness whilst participating in the cycle ride, you authorise the appointed medical personnel to perform and administer such emergency medical attention as they think is necessary. They have the right to remove competitors from the course based on medical grounds. We appreciate the assistance that riders may give to injured participants. See us at the finish line and we'll adjust your time.
 

Equipment

Competitors are responsible for the equipment they use in the cycle ride and for arranging any insurance to cover loss or damage to equipment.

They must ensure that equipment is in good condition, safe and serviceable. It is strongly recommended that all entrants have their bike serviced and helmet checked out by a bicycle retailer prior to the cycle ride. 

Withdrawals during the event

Anyone picking up a race pack that chooses not to participate on race day must inform the race organisers before the race start and return the timing transponder, helmet and cycle stickers and cycle bib. This is very important for safety reasons.

If for any reason you are unable to finish the cycle ride please notify a course marshal and hand in your timing transponder and cycle bib. This is very important for safety reasons.
 

Cut off times

Cut off time Inchbonnie 12:00noon (4 hours after the start time)

Last finishing time Greymouth 4:20pm (8 hours 20 minutes after the start time)

Enduro Riders:

Cut off time of first lap is 9:00am after lap 1, Inchbonnie at 12:00noon on second lap with Finish time of 4:20pm.

Prize giving starts at 5:00pm.

The Race Organisers reserve the right to alter cut-off times for safety or other reasons.