• Concentrate first on learning how to ride safely and building up endurance. Copper Triangle may likely will be one of the more difficult and physical rides that you’ve ever attempted.
  • Always stretch before and after riding.
  • Make sure your bike is mechanically sound. A touring or road bike is recommended and will be the most common type found at the event.
  • Helmets are required but for your safety we also strongly encourage you to wear gloves and use a rearview mirror.
  • Carry a spare inner tube as well as a CO2 cartridge and know how to change a flat. There are bike technicians at each aid station should you have more serious mechanical problems.
  • Ride to the right and please leave room for others to pass on your left, where appropriate.
  • The greatest threat to your well-being on the route is not cars or trucks but other cyclists. Many riders may be riding for the first time surrounded by thousands of other cyclists. And, while this circumstance promotes certain euphoria, it also holds hidden dangers, such as bumping into each other and falling down.
  • Before you stop, make sure no bicycles or motor vehicles are immediately behind you. Signal then stop at the right edge of the road and immediately move off the roadway. Stopping is especially dangerous and not recommended at the crest of a hill or on a curve.
  • Call out to fellow cyclists when you are passing, stopping or pulling off.
  • Be predictable and don’t weave. Ride in a straight line to make it easier for those riding behind you.
  • Don’t draft. Drafting in a crowd is dangerous to yourself and others around you.
  • Know what all road and event signs mean and please obey them.


You should always carry some type of high-energy food and please don’t put yourself in danger because you’re not drinking enough fluids. The temperature, wind, distance and previous day’s events all will determine your need for fluids. One rule of thumb is that a bicyclist should drink water every 14th minute.  We recommend you carry at least two water bottles with you. That being said, water alone is not enough. When we exercise and sweat, we lose precious minerals that need to be replaced through hydration and sports drinks to replenish important vitamins and nutrients.


Understanding the meaning of each of the following signs, will not only help you but also other cyclists and motorists. Please take a moment to review these signs as you will see them throughout the Copper Triangle.


The following rules of the road and safety etiquette tips have been developed as part of an overall Copper Triangle bicycle safety campaign. When combined with the legal rules of the road and adhered to by riders, the event becomes much safer and enjoyable for everyone.