We believe that civility and responsibility are essential in life and, as such, also during this event.
With that in mind, we leave here some guidelines on how to prepare yourself to ride your bike in a group, outdoors and within a competitive atmosphere, so that you have the safest and most enjoyable experience possible on the day of the ride.
This will ensure that we can repeat the event for many years with minimum impact for the environment and for all of those not taking part in it.
These are the guidelines:
1. Remember where you are
• The Gran Fondo Lisboa is not a competition.
• It’s a bicycle touring event in which the participants ride at their own pace along the full extension of the course - even if the time it takes to complete the course, or some of its segments that are to be announced before the event, may be recorded.
2. Observe the traffic laws
• Traffic is controlled but still open - this forces all participants to observe the current traffic laws.
• Always obey all traffic signs.
• Respect the other drivers throughout the course.
3. Prepare in time
• Carry the adequate amount of water and nourishment, and also means to purchase additional supplies if necessary.
• Learn how to use a tire repair kit and the relevant tools, and make sure you carry them with you.
4. Respect the starting boxes
• The boxes have been organised in order to facilitate the circulation of all cyclists at the start of the event.
• Do not try to force the entry into a box that is not yours.
• Arrive on time to the box. If you don’t start at the front, you will have plenty of time to get there in the first kilometres.
5. Respect the others
• Respect the authorities involved in your safety.
• Respect the organisation’s staff.
• Respect all the other workers you may find - pay special attention to them, for oftentimes they are volunteers, not professionals, who give their time for their love of cycling.
6. Pay attention at the refuelling stations
Pay special attention when you approach the refuelling stations. Just like you, there will be many other participants focused on the same place.
•When you stop, try to eat and drink without hindering others.
•Do not ride past them on your aero bars.
•Take the strictly necessary to the next refuelling station.
•Do not stop your bike in front of the stations, even if it’s just to get your flasks refilled. This creates big congestions and seriously hinders the ones behind.
• And, above all, do not urinate next to the stations - some volunteers spend six hours there on that day!
7. Respect the environment
In order to cause the least possible environmental impact, the participants should:
• Use the containers located at the refuelling stations to dispose of their bottles, packages, or food leftovers that they may have used up to then.
• Avoid disposing of any item on the road during the course, at the risk of being disqualified.
8. Be alert all the time
• Do not use your phone while you ride - exit the road if you need to make a call or send a message.
• Do not take photos and selfies while you ride.
• Leave the playlists and podcasts for when you train in enclosed areas.
• Keep your head up, especially when within a group. Look at the road and at the athletes around you, not at your bike computer.
• We recommend you don’t use them but, in case you use the aero bars, do not look down at the road, look up ahead.
• When you ride in a group, look beyond the cyclist right in front of you in order to anticipate any problems before they happen.
• Be gentle on the brakes when you ride in a group. Ride smoothly, don’t block wheels, and always ride up the inner line of a peloton.
9. Communicate with the others
• Use verbal and manual signs so that others know what you’re about to do.
• Maintain visual contact with drivers and other cyclists.
• As you ride, point out and communicate verbally to others riding near you, the dangers you encounter on the road, including holes, rubbish or animals.
• Carry your personal ID and emergency contact information with you at all times.
• Carry a phone for emergencies. If an accident occurs, the Organisation should be informed about it as well as told of your whereabouts.
10. Safety comes first
• Ride as close to the hard shoulder as possible.
• If you are riding with other athletes, make sure to ride in single file or allowing the traffic to pass behind you.
• Avoid using the aero bars when pedalling in a group, unless you are at the front.
• Taking unnecessary risks may earn you a few seconds during the ride, but you may be risking your life. Always ride in an intelligent way.