In order to keep the Eifel Cycling Classic enjoyable for all our participants, but above all safe, we apply a number of rules that our participants must adhere to. In case of incorrect adherence to the rules below, which endangers the safety of the tour, we reserve the right to hold a participant to account and, if necessary, even refuse it.
- Wearing a crash helmet and appropriate cycling clothing is mandatory for all participants.
- As a cyclist you are simply part of the traffic. This applies to professionals, but also to recreational users. Take other road users into account and do not forget the rules below.
- Always obey the traffic rules; you are legally obliged to adhere to this.
- Stay polite. Not all road users are alert to the speed at which you go through traffic, so keep in mind that not everyone reacts or notices you equally quickly.
- Safety always comes first. If you want to do a sprint, only do this if the environment and situation allows it. Remember that it is not just about your own safety, but also the safety of other road users.
- Consider the environment: do not throw away packaging or other waste. Take it with you in one of your bags and throw it in a trash can on the go or at home. Of course, there are also garbage cans available at the food stations en route.
- Make your own decisions and keep assessing situations yourself; if the rest of the group makes a dangerous decision, it doesn’t mean you have to do it indiscriminately.
- Think forward; anticipate people’s behavior and estimate what they want to do. Take this into account in your speed.
- If you drive in the front of a group, think as a group; assess the situation and know that the rest of the group is (partly) relying on your directions.
Warn the group about anything
Special gestures that you will encounter a lot when cycling in a group:
- Hand up + ‘stop!’ means that there is coming a point that must be stopped. If you are in the lead yourself, give this sign well in advance.
- ‘Free!’; a dangerous point (intersection, blind bend) can be passed by the whole group. The front of the group assesses the situation for the rest of the group.
- ‘Left!’ or ‘right!’ + extending the relevant hand: a turn is made in the indicated direction.
- ‘Against’! + a left hand moving along at the hip level: for indicating oncoming traffic.
- ‘In front of!’ + a moving right hand at the hip: to indicate that traffic that is being overtaken on the right.
- “Behind!” – the signal that traffic is approaching from behind. Make room and drive behind each other.
- ‘Beware!’ + point towards obstacle: indicate that an obstacle is approaching, such as a post in the middle of the road.