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Ride Rules

  1. This is not a race. Helmets are mandatory. Cyclists must wear a CSA approved cycling helmet. Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on the course.

  2. Carry I.D. It is recommended that all participants carry personal ID and health card in case of emergency.

  3. Obey all traffic laws. All cyclists are personally responsible for obeying all traffic laws; this includes traffic lights, stop signs. and left hand turns. Violators may be ticketed and/or disqualified and removed from the event. Local law enforcement will be on the course to assist with traffic safety and to monitor compliance with applicable road laws.

  4. Ride safely. Unless passing another rider, please ride on the right side of the lane as far as possible. Before passing another rider, announce yourself by the words "passing on the left" and ensure there is no vehicular traffic approaching from either direction. Ride in single file whenever possible. Please be aware there may be obstacles on the course. You are responsible for your own safety.

  5. Personal support vehicles will not be allowed on the course.

  6. Chip placement. Please refer to instructions in package for correct placement of bike chip.

  7. No unregistered individuals. Unregistered riders will be excluded from all event activities.

  8. Standard road bicycles, hybrids, commuters or mountain bikes. Hand cycles, e-bikes, wheelchairs and tandems will be allowed but may be required to start at the back of the ride. Please be aware that due to issues of size/weight it may not be possible to transport these bicycles back to the finish area should assistance be required. Child carriers, trailers or motorized vehicles of any kind are prohibited. The use of tri-bars is prohibited!

  9. Personal Drones, iPods and other headphones are not allowed while on the bike course.

  10. Event Cancellation. The race directors and local law enforcement have the authority to modify or cancel the event in the event of unsafe conditions. The race directors reserve the right to modify, postpone, shorten or re-route the event at any time either on their own judgment or if instructed by local law enforcement personnel.

  11. Entry fees are not refundable. Rain or Shine. This event will proceed in the event of rain so please come prepared.

  12. Event Cut-off time. Any participant on the course after 4:30pm will not be supported and will not receive a finish time. The event is finished at 4:30pm; any riders on the course after that assume all risk.

  13. All riders must sign a waiver. No signed waiver, no package, no ride.

  14. Under 19 Riders: All riders under the age of 19 must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian and submitted at the time of package pick-up (waiver can be printed from website). Under 14 Riders: All riders under 14 years of age must be accompanied in the Cycling Event by a supervising adult approved by the parent or guardian.

  15. No littering: If you are caught littering while participating in the event, you will be subject to removal and/or fined.

  16. Traffic Management Personnel and course marshals. If it is observed that a participant ignores or disobeys the instructions from traffic personnel/course marshalls they may be removed from the event.

  17. Without volunteers this event would not be possible. We value our dedicated volunteers and want to ensure that they have a great time. Abuse of any volunteer will not be tolerated. Please thank them for helping make your day a successful one.

  18. The Creston-Kootenay Lake Gran Fondo reserves the right to use your image for promotional purposes.



  1. Be familiar with British Columbia’s Rules of the Road. Riders will be sharing the road with regular traffic, as such it is advisable you familiarize yourself with BC’s cycling and road rules.

  2. Be aware of others around you and communicate well in advance while cycling. Use gestures in combination with verbal commands. Pass on the left only. It is recommended that cyclists advise others that they are about to pass – politely saying “on your left” upon approaching a rider usually does the trick. Ride with your head up. Look down the road not at the person in front of you.

  3. If you choose to stop while on course, signal to the riders behind and pull over safely. Our on-course support team (mechanics, ride marshals, medical staff) may ask you to indicate whether or not you need assistance. If you’re okay, then signal with a “thumbs-up” to say, “Everything’s good with me.”

  4. Maintain control and speed of your bike, even going downhill.

  5. Know your limits. Crashes can occur when inexperienced riders do not have bike-handling skills to make quick decisions in a pack.

  6. Always plan an escape route.

  7. Never overlap your wheels with another cyclist.

  8. Be respectful of other riders and help others when needed.

  9. The use of aerobars/tri-bars is not permitted.

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