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On the Closer to Free Ride, nothing is more important than your safety. Please review and become familiar with the following rules and tips to ensure that everyone has a safe and healthy ride.

  • Don’t forget your helmet.  Riders will not be able to ride without an approved ANSI, Snell or ASTM helmet.

  • ROADS ARE NOT CLOSED for the Ride.  You must follow traffic rules and heed stop signs and traffic lights.

  • Riders must ride single file at all times, with the exception of passing.  You must call out “On Your Left” when passing and make sure that you LOOK BEHIND You before pulling out to pass.

  • The route is clearly marked with CTF Ride route arrows that are posted approximately every ¼ mile.  The CTF Ride does not use spray chalk arrows on the roadway.

  • Every Rider is required to wear an event wristband which has an Emergency Help Line phone number printed on it.

  • Use the Emergency Help Line number if you need assistance on the route or find yourself having inadvertently left the marked route.  The Emergency Help Line rings in our command center and help will be dispatched to your location.

  • In the event of a MEDICAL EMERGENCY, dial 911 FIRST, then please dial the Emergency Help Line to report the emergency encountered.

  • The Route closes promptly at 5:00pm.  If you are unable to complete your ride or need a boost to a Rest Stop for mechanical support, our dedicated Road Crew is there to help!

  • Riders tackling the 100 mile route MUST consistently ride at 12mph in order to make it to the finish line by 5:00pm.  Please train accordingly.

  • At 5:00pm, if you are still on the route, you will be swept to the Finish Line Festival at the Yale Bowl, no exceptions.

  • Our Sweep Team will advance you to the next Rest Stop where you can receive support and continue riding or you and your bike can be transported back to the Yale Bowl.

  • Please do not use Sweep as a taxi service between Rest Stops as they are needed for Riders who are in need of true medical or mechanical attention.

  • Our caboose follows the last rider and will provide options to you so that you can spend as many miles in the saddle as possible.

  • Please note that disregarding Ride policies or the instructions of Staff or Road Crew is cause for immediate dismissal from the Ride.

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  Please make sure you are drinking both water, sponsored by US Foods, and sports drink during your journey.

  • If you’re not sweating and you’re not peeing, you are NOT hydrated!

  • Snacks, water and sports drink will be available to you at the Rest Stops.

  • Medical support is available at every Rest Stop along the route and at the Yale Bowl.