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SUPPORT ON THE ROAD

MECHANICAL SUPPORT

Mechanics

A team of mechanics will provide mechanic services at the race venue and on the road.

Important: Come Prepared!

Cyclists are advised to bring their bikes in good condition to Bintan (and with basic spares). The mechanic services provided at the Tour de Bintan are meant to be for emergencies only.

Neutral wheels

The neutral wheels provided have Shimano 10-speed or 11-speed cassettes.

Neutral wheels rules:

  • Neutral wheels must be returned to the bike mechanic immediately after each stage.
    (It is highly recommended that cyclists who choose to ride tubular tyres, bring a spare pair of wheels, in case there is not enough time for the glue of a new tyre to harden between stages.)
  • The event organiser and contractors will take good care of the wheels, but are not liable for any damage to wheels once exchanged for a neutral wheel.

Mechanic cars

Cars with mechanics will follow the cyclists on the rides. They will focus on small repairs/quick fixes to enable them to stay with the peloton and provide their services to as many cyclists as possible.

Wheel motorbikes

Motorbikes with neutral wheels will follow the pelotons to provide a faster response for wheel replacement. However, the motorbike riders are NOT mechanics. Be prepared to make the wheel change yourself.

Note: Does not apply to Gran Fondo Discovery and Challenge.

Important – Please respect our service staff

Any form of verbal/physical abuse to our service staff will result in immediate disqualification.

While a mechanic issue may ruin your race, that’s part of cycling. With more than 1,000 cyclists on the road, although the mechanics will give you the best assistance possible, they may not be able to assist everyone.

You are advised to not fully rely on the neutral wheels and mechanics and bring spare tubes and a repair kit to fix punctures.

Thank you for your understanding.

FEED ZONES

Cyclists are advised to start with two full drink bottles. The Organiser does not provide drinks or drink bottles at the start (something to consider before you throw your bottles away for a sprint finish).

Feed Zones 

  • Feed zones consist of a bottle handout area and a recovery tent
  • The recovery tent provides water, isotonic drink and nutrition like bananas and cake and has a shaded seating area.
  • Bike bottles with water and isotonic drink are handed out at the bottle handout area. Please slow down if you want to collect a bottle.
  • Team or personal support vehicles are not allowed.
  • Littering is not allowed. Empty bottles are to be discarded within the drink station litter zone, which starts 100m before the station and finishes 100m after the station.
MEDICAL SAFETY
  • Each start wave is followed by one ambulance on the route.
  • The ambulance follows the main group/peloton of a start wave, passing cyclists who are not able to stay with the main group / peloton.
  • Minor injuries are treated on the spot. Serious injuries are evacuated to the medical post at the start and finish area.

GENERAL SAFETY

In order for everyone to have a safe and memorable ride, we would like you to take note of the following.

Roads are Not Closed

The police will attempt a rolling road closure and stop traffic as the peloton of each age group category passes. However, normal road rules still apply. Riders are to keep as close as safely practical to the left hand side of the road, whether in a peleton or not.  The Police have the right to stop the race as they see fit due to any safety concerns that may arise.

Point Out Hazards

The local government makes a tremendous effort every year to provide good road conditions for the tour. However there may still be some areas with hazards. Warn riders behind you of any immediate danger: potholes, humps, rough road, sharp corners, etc.

Feed Zone safety

Please be aware at feed zones that some cyclists will be stopping to collect their drinks. If you want to collect drinks on the move, please cycle slowly through this area exercising caution to avoid clashes with other bikes.

Drinking on the Move

Don’t forget to drink amidst all the excitement. Once you start to feel thirsty, the chance that you are dehydrated is high. That is likely to affect your ride and may potentially result in a heat injury.

Ride Safely

Don’t put yourself or other riders in danger by swerving or sudden braking. Negotiate sideway movements carefully.  Be considerate.

SAG WAGON
  • There will be vehicles to transfer cyclists back to the start and finish area. Cyclists that cannot or do not wish to continue are advised to proceed to the nearest feed zone to be transferred back to the start and finish area.
  • Cyclists collected by the SAG wagon are handed over to the ‘repatriation’ vehicles whenever the SAG wagon passes a feed zone.
  • Note that there will be waiting time for the SAG wagon transfers.