It is very important to prepare for The Ride For Roswell by riding the distance you have selected at least once, if not three or four times, before Ride Day. We partner with organizations who can assist you in training and who are glad to offer fitness advice from their many seasoned professionals.
Helmets: No rider is allowed on any of the routes without an approved riding helmet! Make sure it locks securely, fits well and inspect it for cracks prior to the ride. Helmets can reduce serious head injuries by 85%.
A-B-C Quick Check- Do not wait to the last minute to make sure your bike is in good riding condition.
Check your bike tires for proper Air pressure.
Check your Brakes.
Check your Chains.
No Radios, MP3 Players, Headphones or Cell phones: For safety reasons, every rider must be able to hear fellow riders’ dialogue as well as emergency directions from our law enforcement volunteers, Route Guides, and Riding Marshals.
Hydrate and Have a Snack- Drink plenty of water before you are thirsty and eat before you are hungry. We also have 13 Rest Stops along the way where you can rest, get hydrated and even grab a PB & J or a banana for the road.
Obey Traffic Laws- Many rider falls occur when riders are not paying close attention to the other cyclists around them, which often leads to a collision! Use loud and clear communication! Obey all traffic signals, devices, and signs. Listen to directions given by all our Route Guides, Riding Marshals and other safety personnel.
Use Verbal Commands & Hand Signals: Signal your intentions by the using proper hand signals to alert drivers and riders behind you. If you need to alert riders about something ahead, call out “common commands” clearly. Use simple words such as "Car Back", "On Your Left", "Glass Ahead", "Tracks", etc.
- Be courteous to fellow riders and motorists
- Stay to the right as much as possible - never pass on the right
- No More Than Two Abreast at all times: Avoid traveling in packs of more than two riders next to each other.
If there is an accident involving a rider, we ask that you follow these instructions:
- First, do not move the rider. They may have internal injuries, so it is best to leave the person where he or she is unless moving is absolutely necessary.
- Find a phone to call 911 and then call:
Ride Communications 716-THE-RIDE (843-7433) - There will be medical personnel stationed at various areas and rest stops throughout our ride routes. If there is an emergency, Ride Communications will dispatch help to that location as quickly as possible.
Basic First Aid Tips
- Be aware of Heat Exhaustion warning signs: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting. The skin may be cool and moist, pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow.
- Be aware of Hypothermia warning signs: YES! It can happen on a cool and rainy day! Blue lips, pale skin, uncontrollable shivering, skin is cold to touch, mental confusion.
Dress For The Weather
- Extreme weather: If there is bad weather like Thunderstorms, high winds and other severe weather, please seek shelter immediately! Go to rest stops and other public buildings for assistance.
- Dress for the weather: Dressing correctly will make your experience much more comfortable and even safer!
- Wear sunscreen & sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun and protect your eyes from damaging solar radiation.
- Layer up: The best way to dress is to wear layers. This gives you flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and activity.
- Wear a wicking layer: This is the layer worn next to your skin, synthetic materials or silk work best!
- Have an insulating layer: This middle layer includes sweaters, sweatshirts, and fleece.
- Wear a protection layer: The outer layer, generally a shell and pants, serves as your guard against the elements. It should repel water and block the wind, while also letting perspiration evaporate.
- Have good footwear: Sturdy shoes or bike shoes. NO open-toed shoes or sandals.
- Socks are important: Synthetic socks have wicking, meaning your feet will stay dry and comfortable.
- Avoid wearing cotton: It is great for towels, because cotton soaks up and retains moisture. That's why cotton is all wrong for active sports.
Safety Training Links
Are you an active cyclist or beginner who wants to learn the rules of the road? Click on some of the links below to learn more about what others think is important to know.