It is important for you to understand and observe the rules and regulations of the Tour. By riding the Tour de Boland or any of its related rides you confirm to agree to disagree with us and talk to one of us if something is bothering you. We can make a plan to ensure we meet your expectations, or at worst, to adjust your expectations 🙂 By entering the Tour you confirm to understand & abide to these rules.
The road is open to all normal traffic. We obey all traffic rules, officials, marshals, medics and ride captains. We are courteous to all people, including on the roads, where one often finds a phenomenon known as a “driver.” They tend to be less courteous than humans, and like going fast in special transporters that make them impervious to life’s joys.
This is a tour, not a race. There are no prizes, so you will not be penalized for outside assistance en route. If you have a friend or mistress in a support vehicle, ensure the driver adheres to the route & rules, and try stay away from all riders while in convoy. Their best position is behind a group, and to be aware of any riders behind them. They may drive in the emergency lane (denoted by a yellow line).
Ensure your bike and gear is in good working order. Carry some basic spares with you. Limited mechanical assistance may also be provided by your ride captains, but a tube, a few essential tools and a small pump will always be expected.
Know the route
We do not use route markings other than the GPX tracks provided. Ensure that you are familiar with the route information and maps. (if we change it, you will know, and your ride captain will make sure you are all close to each other). Stay close to your ride captain.
Do not deviate from the official route. When in doubt, ask your ride captain. Know which town we are sleeping in every night. Then you will not get too badly lost, and learn to pronounce the name, otherwise you might get truly lost. Even have a mobile phone on you – more about that later.
Keep it clean
We are proudly South African. Please don’t litter.
No helmet, no ride
Helmets should be worn for the duration of the event. It is the law. Carinus doesn’t agree with the law. But that is not the point.
Don’t overtake any vehicle, unless directed by the police, the actual driver, or a ride captain. Be courteous, ride defensively. Things are a little weird here. Never ride more than two abreast. Single file whenever asked, or when sense requires same. Don’t endanger anyone.
If you are requested to take a ride in the sweep vehicle you must please comply. If you want to ride in a sweep / support vehicle – just tell your ride captain. Try only make such a switch at a designated water stop. Your ride captain is your go-to guy.
Don’t use your phone, earphones, ipod or listen to music while cycling with us. mySOS is a handy app that we use for emergencies and available for free on https://www.mysos.co.za/download.html.
You are responsible for ensuring your security, on and off the bicycle. If someone really wants your bike, give it to them. Yes, muggings can happen. But has never happened on our tours.
You must personally ensure your bike is not stolen. We can’t look after your bike, unless you have a PlanetUs tracker on it. Ask Carinus.
Be on time. The event will not be delayed if you fail to show up on time. The Tour will take place regardless of bad weather. It will only be cancelled, re-routed or stopped for reasons of safety and at the discretion of the organizers. We have done this before and will be forced to do so again. Ask Jan how cool it was going over Bainskloof in 2016.
Oh, keep left – this is a former British colony (and Dutch, and German, but that’s not the point, is it?)