Rules & Policies
"It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information." ~Oscar Wilde
Be safe, so there's room for the fun. Here are the rules:
- Wear a Helmet - Helmets are required for all participants in the Gran Fondo, the Festival Ride, and the kids’ rides. The helmet must be worn with the chin strap fastened at all times while riding.
- Ride a Festival-Approved Bicycle - We welcome any type of bike as defined by New York State law here: "Every two or three-wheeled device upon which a person or persons may ride, propelled by human power through a belt, a chain or gears." However, for everyone’s safety, we may ask any unusual bikes to start in the back. Triathlon and time trial bikes are welcome, but we require you to ride on the brake hoods (not in the aerobars) whenever riding in a group.
- Obey Traffic Laws - We’re proud to say that our routes don’t encounter a single traffic light. But the roads will be open to cars, so abiding by the rules of the road is a must. We’ll have marshals posted at any tricky intersections.
- Use Electronic Devices Safely - Please leave your headphones at home so that everyone stays alert. Also, use of electronic devices is only permitted off the road and off the bike. We don't want any distracted cyclists!
- No Littering or Watering - Please do your part to keep Rensselaerville and the surrounding area in great shape. No littering or public urination. Aid stations will have trash cans and bathrooms, so please hold it till then!
- Look Out For Each Other - When riding in a group, please adhere to general cycling courtesies like calling out pot holes or debris and riding in an organized fashion on the side of the road.
- Say Thank You - Lots of generous folks around town are volunteering their time to make this a great day, so please show them your appreciation. Like our routes, our volunteers will be clearly marked. You'll recognize them in the race shirts with "VOLUNTEER" across the back.
- Have Fun! - It’s going to be a spectacular day on the bike, so make sure you enjoy it!
Other information You'll Want To Know:
- Medical Assistance - Medical support will be on hand at the start/finish and each aid station will be stocked with first aid supplies. In the event of an emergency out on the road, please call 911, call the race number at 518-662-0211, and notify the nearest course marshal.
Mechanical Assistance - Mad Dog Bicycles will be on hand at the start/finish to help get you rolling in the morning. Aid stations will be stocked with spare tubes and some tools. We also suggest carrying a few tubes and a pump or CO2 cartridges just so you don’t get stuck out there.
SAG Vehicles - We’ll have some help for you out on course. If you can’t keep going because of a crash, mechanical trouble, or because you bit off more than you can chew, our SAG (support and gear) crew can pick you and your bike up and take you to the next aid station or back to the party at the start/finish.
Registration and refund Policies
- Entries are Non-Refundable - This our event's first year, so cancellations will affect us greatly.
- Entries are Transferable - If your plans change and you can't make it this year, feel free to convince your pal to take your place. Just please don't re-sell your entry.
- Things Outside of our Control - In the very unlikely event that Rensselaerville gets hit by a hurricane, or some other natural or man-made disaster that is outside of our control, we may have to cancel the rides and the entire event. In that improbable scenario, we can't refund any entry fees, but we'll do our best to give out all your t-shirts, gifts, and prizes.