Rider & Road Etiquette
Tour de Cure aims to be recognised as the most responsible cycling peloton on Australian roads. To that extent Tour de Cure have developed a Bunch Rider Rules and Etiquette document for our Team members.
Bunch riding offers many obvious safety features for cyclists, most notably, being seen by other vehicles on the road, as well as by pedestrians.
However, to ride safely in a bunch requires a number of important factors including – appropriate riding experience, fitness, a mechanically sound bike, alertness, consistent riding style, and excellent communications through clear and universally understood signals. If these general factors are not followed, the rider is putting him/herself in danger as well as the bunch. A small or simple error in bunch riding can lead to a disastrous outcome.
Tour de Cure Bunch Riding Rules and Etiquette guidelines are an amalgam of opinions and recommendations from experienced cyclists, designed specifically for Tour de Cure riders. It is important to note that all riding groups may have slight variations on signals and calls, on formations and etiquette and when riding with other groups, it is prudent to ask first what their bunch riding etiquette rules are.
An aim of Tour de Cure is to be recognised as a respected pack of responsible and competent cyclists, held in high regard for their approach to bunch riding, their support of team riders and their commitment to Tour de Cure's Bunch Riding Rules and Etiquette.
A key principle of Tour de Cure's bunch riding etiquette is that the pack is as fast as the slowest rider. That is, we stick together as a focused and supportive unit.