Gran Fondo Important Details
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Gran Fondo Rider Instructions Coming Soon.
No Event Day Registration!
Registration for the Fondos must be completed online by June 5. If you procrastinate, you can still register in person Friday night at the Blue Dome Criterium venue located at 2nd & Elgin. We do this to make sure everything runs smoothly for you on ride day. Focus on your ride, not your registration. If you wait until the Saturday morning of the ride to sign up, you are out of luck. DON’T WAIT! Click Here to Register now.
Registration Packet Pickup
We STRONGLY recommend you pick your packet up Friday night to avoid any type of Saturday morning rush. And by strongly, we mean that we wouldn’t do it any other way. C’mon, 6:00 in the morning before the ride? We will be there near the Start Line for a LATE Packet Pickup option. Do you really want to mess with attaching a bib to a jersey and a timing chip to your bike right before staging up? You are smarter than that. The preferred method of SFTT Fondo Packet Pickup is to head to the Blue Dome Criterium venue located at 2nd Street & Elgin on Friday, June 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pick up your packet and watch some Friday night Crit action! You are the only person that is allowed to pick up your packet - make sure you have your ID.
Please perform a thorough inspection of your equipment BEFORE event day. Mechanics will be at the start each day, but take your bicycle to your favorite LBS (local bike shop) for a tune up so you arrive at the Fondo start line with a smooth functioning machine. The last thing you need is a bad wheel or your brakes to fail, turning you into a two-wheeled projectile. For your safety and the safety of everyone around you, check your gear and don’t forget your helmet. Well equipped mechanics will be on course to assist with basic roadside repairs. However, a little self-sufficiency is a good trait of a real cyclist - learn how to fix a flat, and bring your own tubes, tire levers and air. Bikes with motors are NOT ALLOWED!
Although there will be some road closures, some intersection controls, and some police escorts, ALL SFTT Fondo Riders are responsible for staying RIGHT of the Yellow Centerline. When we say ALL that also includes the Ace Peloton riders. A Fondo bicycle rider is considered traffic. Parts of the routes mean you will encounter rural drivers. Parts of the routes mean you will encounter vehicles at highway speed. So, be SMART! Your are riding as "Rules of the Road". Follow the strict centerline rule and ride to the right of the centerline at all times. Ride two-abreast. Act like your life depends on your own common sense - because it does!
Staging in the Large Group
Please situate yourself at the start line according to your realistic skill level and pace. Look for the signs. Seriously, if you really are a fast rider, or you know you can sustain 18-19+ mph all day, stage up near the front and be with your peeps. If you’ll be livin’ in the granny gear, please stage toward the back. We're all here for our own version of fun. Leave pride and ego for the lower functioning mammals.
Rules of the Road
“Rules of the Road” means you are subject to the traffic laws set forth by the great state of Oklahoma! You must stop at traffic lights and stop signs; ride single or double as allowed. Here’s a summary of SOME of the “Rules of the Road” applicable to cyclists in Oklahoma*.
A bicyclist is granted all the rights and subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle [with some exceptions]. 47 Okla. Stat. § 11-1202.
Bicyclists may lawfully ride two abreast. 47 Okla. Stat. § 11-1205
When overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction, a person driving a motor vehicle shall exercise due care by leaving a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three (3) feet until the motor vehicle is safely past the overtaken bicycle. 47 Okla. Stat. § 11-1208
Every person operating a bicycle or motorized scooter upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as is safe to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except under any of the following situations:
When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction;
When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway;
When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions and while exercising due care, including but not limited to:
fixed or moving objects,
parked or moving vehicles,
pedestrians or animals,
surface hazards, or
any time it is unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
4.When riding in the right-turn-only lane.
Any person riding a bicycle . . . upon a one-way street . . . with two or more marked lanes of travel may ride as close as is safe to the left-hand curb or edge of the street or highway. 47 Okla. Stat. § 11-1205
47 Okla. Stat. § 11-1205 applies to bicycles and says, “Persons riding two abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable flow of traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a single lane.” (The phrase “normal and reasonable flow of traffic” has not been defined by the Oklahoma legislature).
* The Statutes referenced are summary only. It is not a verbatim or complete listing.
Medio and Piccolo riders - Heads up for the Ace Peloton
We send this group off on Saturday BEFORE the mass start of the Gran, Medio, and Piccolo riders...so there is no issue with them overtaking you at the start. But depending on your pace as a Medio rider or a Piccolo rider, the Ace Peloton might catch you (and pass you) toward the end of your ride. If this happens, you will hear and/or see the lead motorcycle come up beside you, which means the riders in the Ace Peloton are about to pass you (along with the trailing support vehicles and motorcycles). DON’T PANIC! The safest thing to do is remain/get as far to the right side of the road as possible, single up your group and continue pedaling and holding your line. DO NOT STOP ON THE ROAD! The entire group will be past you before you know it. If you have a place on the right where you can COMPLETELY pull off the road, that is acceptable too. And one last thing to remember if this happens to you - DO NOT attempt to join into the Ace Peloton or sit on the back. If you are seen attempting this, you are subject to immediate removal from the Fondo ride and subject to additional penalties including lifetime banishment from ANY future SFTT events.
All Route Support Ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
Make sure you pick your ride distance according to your realistic ability and your training pace the past couple months. We can’t have you cycling into the night! To make sure everyone keeps pace we have necessary rerouting points.
A sweep vehicle driver will advise slower riders of their option to continue unsupported or SAG to the finish when route support ends. Riders opting to continue without support will relinquish their timing chip upon notice by the sweep.