POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Because our route occurs entirely on public roads
and bike paths, we cannot legally force
any non-participants not to ride on the same roads as us.
selfish individuals who take advantage of this situation and ride along with
us on our
pay for our support services. They take advantage of the tireless effort
and countless hours and money we have invested into
designing safe and enjoyable
routes and services for our participants and erode the value we create and
you receive when you register.
If you see an individual who you think may be a
bandit, it is critical that you let a member of the
staff know immediately. The ride director will be
contacted and will handle the situation as appropriate.
Only the ride director has the authority to confront
an individual suspected of being a bandit.
individual is confirmed as a bandit, his name and/or
any other personally identifying information will
be repeatedly distributed to all participants and
staff so that everyone associated with the event
In addition, the bandit's personal information
will be distributed to every other cycling event
the country through our network of event directors
so that other event directors
can be aware of him and prevent
ever participating in another organized cycling
event either as a bandit or official participant.
If a bandit takes any type of support item or service
from us in any way without permission they legally
cross the line from being a bandit to being a thief.
If this happens we will call the police in all cases,
have the individual arrested, and prosecute him or
her to the full extend of the law. Unauthorized actions
include taking any food or beverage item provided
by us, using any service we provide only to paid
participants, using any of our equipment in
using the information on our copyrighted maps or
cue sheets in any way, or entering an area reserved
for only for our participants, such as a rest stop
or main lodging site location.
Participants are not allowed to offer bandits any
type of support item or service. Any participant
who knowingly assists a bandit will be immediately
ejected from the event with no exceptions and their
contact information will be distributed to every
event across the
country through our network of event directors to
prevent them from ever participating in another organized
cycling event again. There will be no exceptions to this policy.