In this sport, it is necessary to maintain the safety of everyone, and for this, there are the rules of cycling, which can vary, depending on the track. We will briefly discuss some of them below.
Road Cycling Rules
The basic rules that every cyclist must know if you want to practice cycling in route:
- Don’t leave your bike unguarded for any reason. And unfortunately, bicycle thefts are on the agenda. You know, it’s better to be safe than … having to buy another bike.
- Always drive to the right end of the road. Although you trust the goodwill of car drivers, it never hurts to keep a distance from the danger. According to official reports, about a thousand cyclists die every year from being run over.
- Always pass the other cyclists to the left. This way, you can avoid distracting other cyclists and therefore avoid collisions.
- Indicate obstructions on the asphalt with the right hand. So, those who are behind you can take precautions. In that sense, it never hurts to do a little research on the state of the roads that you intend to ride along the way.
- Raise your hand in case you need any assistance. But do this only when you really need it. Thus, we respect the “code of solidarity” that characterizes the filming band.
- Refrain from using headphones or music playback devices. This is one of the essential rules.
- Always wear a helmet. This protection can save your life.
- Always bring a contact phone number with you in case of an emergency. You never know when you may need it.
- Rides of more than 2 hours certainly require you to have breakfast. But it’s not worth going out and not eating anything.
- Always carry your name identification, add an adhesive with your blood type. All contact information is useful in case of emergency.
Track Cycling Rules
- The cyclist cannot carry additional accessories, such as bottles, food, etc.
- Direct communication with athletes is made by radio.
- For the protection of all cyclists, the number inside the track has to be limited, depending on its length.
- Up to 20 runners on the 200 m track and only 15 teams.
- Up to 24 runners on a 250 m track and up to 18 teams.
- Up to 36 runners on track 333.33 m and there may be up to 20 teams.
Professional Cycling Rules
- Reduction of the number of runners per team.
- Regulation of inflatable structures in racing.
- More severe penalties for clinging to cars.
- More severe penalties for runners crossing railway lines while they are closed.
- Bigger punishments for ending up outside the time limit.
- Stricter regulations at podium ceremonies.
Mountain Biking Rules
- Always be willing to help a partner.
- Don’t go out alone, always be accompanied, and know the terrain well.
- Don’t throw garbage on the track.
- Know the basic mechanics of the bike.
- Being in shape is not the same as having a technique.
- Riding keeps you young.
- Always bring drinks to replenish lost electrolytes.
Urban Cycling Rules
- Never go the wrong way.
- You mustn’t circulate on the sidewalk.
- Follow traffic signs properly.
- Respect pedestrian preference.
- Use both hands when driving.