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Whether you're a regular commuter on your bike or a summer, weekend rider, a well designed training schedule can help you reach fitness goals and get you more comfortable and confident on your bike. The RBC GranFondo Banff offers a spectacular route with amazing views and the sheer excitement of being part of a large event.
Most riders will finish the GranFondo between 4 to 6 hours. Your experience and training will determine your finishing time.
16 Week Training
To ensure all riders have a great experience while participating in the RBC GranFondo Banff, we've put together some tips on basic bike-handling skills and safety knowledge all riders should have to promote a safe ride for everyone. We've even created a video to help demonstrate.
Remember Safety First!
BE AWARE OF OTHERS
Riding in groups requires everyone to be aware of the riders around them. Sudden and erratic moves can cause reactions from other riders that can create a domino affect or cause crashes.
Riding in a group may cause you to feel trapped - relax. Communicate your discomfort and other riders will move away. Be patient though and always plan an escape route. Also, be respectful of other riders and help others if needed.
Group riding requires more consistency in riding and predictability than riding alone. Other cyclists expect you to continue straight ahead at a constant speed unless you indicate differently.
Use hand and verbal signals to communicate with fellow cyclists and with other traffic. Hand signals for turning and stopping are as follows: left arm straight out to signal a left turn; left arm out and down with your palm to the rear to signal slowing or stopping; and for a right turn, put your right arm straight out or put your left arm out and up.
Warn cyclists behind you well in advance of changes in your direction or speed. To notify the group of a change in path, the lead rider should call out "left turn" or "right turn" in addition to giving a hand signal.
CHANGE POSITIONS CORRECTLY
Generally, slower traffic stays right so you should pass others on their left. Say "on your left" to warn the cyclist ahead of you that you are passing.
Do NOT pass on the right.
When riding in a group, most of the cyclists do not have a good view of the road surface ahead, so it is important to announce holes, glass, sand, grates and other hazards. The leader should indicate hazards by pointing down to the left or right and by shouting "hole," "bump," etc. where required for safety.
MOVE OFF THE ROAD WHEN YOU STOP
Whether you are stopping because of mechanical problems or to regroup with your companions, move well off the road so you don't interfere with traffic. When you start up again, each cyclist should look for, and yield to traffic.
Although some sections of the course may allow for riders to ride two abreast, courtesy dictates that you single up when others are trying to pass you.
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. Do note that cyclists found to be passing on the right will be automatically disqualified and pulled from the course.
Be in control of your bike at all times, even on the down hills. Ride within your skill level and be conscious how weather affects your bike and the road surface (e.g., wet conditions will require a slower pace to maintain control.) Never overlap your wheels with another cyclist. Remember, safety starts with you so ride within your skill and comfort levels.
Adapted from information provided from League of American Bicyclists.