Rules & Safety
This event uses public roads that are open to general traffic throughout the ride and therefore all entrants must abide by the road rules and obey police directions.
Riders must obey road rules
All normal Queensland Road Rules apply, unless otherwise directed by a Queensland Police Officer. Please familiarise yourself with the Queensland Road Rules.
Police will be on the road and will fine those who:
- Disobey traffic lights at intersections and do not stop at pedestrian crossings;
- Fail to keep to the left of the carriageway;
- Ride more than two abreast;
- Ride dangerously;
- Ride negligently; and
- Do not wear a helmet.
- Use mobile phones while riding.
Tips for a safe, enjoyable ride
For your safety, as well as the safety of other cyclists, volunteers, local residents and the general community, please follow the safety advice below:
- Listening to music via the use of earphones or headphones is strictly prohibited.
- Abide by the road rules. This includes, but is not limited to, adhering to speed limits, obeying traffic signals and remaining on the left hand side of the road at all times.
- Listen to and obey directions from Police, traffic controllers and course marshals.
- Always ride in the same direction as traffic on the left hand side of the road.
- Do not ride in the gutter.
- Use hand signals if turning left or right or stopping.
- Riders must only pass to the right of another rider and call out ‘passing‘ when doing so.
- Riders should always look behind before pulling out to pass another rider.
- It is the rider’s responsibility to follow the sign posted course.
- Some marshals will have bells to assist with alerting hazard areas ahead.
- Your bike must be mechanically sound with both front & rear brakes in working order.
- Always wear your helmet correctly (with straps tightened under chin) when cycling.
- Wear bright clothing that increases your visibility to other road users.
- Remember to drink plenty of water and to eat healthy food before, during, and after the event.
- Entrants should only ride side-by-side where there is enough room left for other cyclists to pass and no more than two abreast.
- The use of mobile phones while riding is illegal so if you need to use your mobile phone please call ‘stopping’ and move off the road.
We will be providing mechanical repair services at home base and along the course. If you break down, set your bike upside down and wait for a repair van which will be doing laps of the course who will either repair your bike at the location you broke down, or transport you and your bike back to Musgrave Park if it is unrepairable. If you are close to a volunteer course marshal please walk over to them and ask for help, they can call mechanical assistance to get them to you faster. Please note: there will be more than 5,000 riders on the course at any one time, this can cause delays in our bike mechanics getting to you, if you have the ability to do minor repairs on your bike please bring your own repair kit to do so.
If you are a bike mechanic, this year we are giving away free entry to become part of our WARBY team (We are riding behind you), you can ride the course as normal, but stop if you see anyone broken down to help them get back on the road.
If you are injured
A medical team will be on site to assist you if anything should happen throughout the event. This service will be available at Musgrave Park and also roving around the course. The medical team will dispatch staff to your location on course if you are injured. Course marshals, volunteers, traffic controllers and police will all be able to contact the medical team to get them to your location. If you see another rider needing medical attention please notify the closest event official of the incident.
In the case of an emergency, please call 000.
The MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride course is held on public roads that may have high traffic demands or present difficult conditions such as steep descents. It is therefore important that participants exercise caution at all times and ride in a protective manner, constantly scanning the environment to be aware of what is happening around them.
We highly recommend you start the event with at least one full drink biddon (reusable drink bottle) or a hydration style backpack of water. There are rest stops on the 25 (one rest stop), 50 (two rest stops) & 100km (3 rest stops) to top up water out on course.