When is the R2RR?
A. Saturday 12th September, 2020.
What time does the R2RR start?
A. Staggered start times between 6am and 9am. Choose a time when registering. Regardless of what distance you are doing, you can select a suitable 1/2 hour time slot. There will be a cap on numbers for each time slot.
Can I register on the day?
A. No, registrations must be done via the website before cut off. Registrations will not be permitted on the day.
Where does the ride start?
A. This year the ride starts and finishes at Caneland Park (across from Caneland Shopping Centre, Matsura Drive)
How does the ride start?
A. Riders are to arrive and start during the half hour time slot they selected. There is to be not gathering before the ride in Caneland Park, we ask riders to ride straight through the arch and start the ride – you do not need to wait for a start.
Is there parking available at the start/finish area?
A. The area will be very busy on the day and we advise that you park your vehicle a short distance away and ride your bike to this area. There is plenty of parking available in nearby streets.
Do I need to study the maps and know the route by memory?
A. No. Even though the route has changed slightly, there will be many others riding with you along with corner marshals and signage to guide you along the way. All riders start and finish at the same spot.
Where do I collect my rider’s pack?
A. There will be no ‘rider pack’ this year but you will need to collect your rider number plate and zip ties. If you have ordered a jersey, you will also need to collect this. Both can be collected from Corry Cycles, Cnr Gordon and Milton Streets, Mackay QLD. This will be on the Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th from 9am to 5pm. Please do not call in outside of these times. You can collect rider number plates for someone else as long as they are aware you are doing this for them.
Do I have to collect my rider’s pack or can I send someone else in to collect it on my behalf?
A. Anyone can collect your rider’s pack if they can quote your FULL name and DOB.
Where do I attach my number plate?
A. You have been provided with a ride number plate and 2 zip ties. This number must be attached to THE FRONT OF YOUR BIKE (using the zip ties) before you arrive on the day. This number will be used for check-in and check-out – it has an electronic chip built into it. This is a very important aspect of the ride. If you arrive on the day without your ride number you will not be permitted to ride.
Can I change my jersey size once I have registered?
A. Sizes can be changed before August 14th. After this date NO changes can be made.
Will there be team registrations this year?
A. Not this year sorry! We have had to make a lot of changes to make this year happen and only have 8 weeks to make the event happen.
If the event is cancelled due to the government reinstating Covid 19 restrictions, will I get a refund ?
A. Yes, we will offer a full refund of your registration but no refund will be available for any jersey purchased.
What should I carry with me on the ride?
A. Items we recommend you carry include your mobile phone (in a clip lock bag to protect it from sweat and rain), some cash to purchase breakfast when you return from the ride (the clip lock bag also makes for a great wallet), car keys if you have them with you, sunscreen, small snacks like muesli bars and a spare tube which fits your bike tyre. Also keep your rubbish in these pockets until you find a bin. While a water bottle may fit in these pockets it is much more comfortable to carry this in a bottle holder on your bike. If you feel like your back pockets will be too full you can buy a ‘saddle pack’ which is a small bag that attaches to your seat post. It is also recommended that you carry a handheld pump or CO2 cartridge with you in case you need to pump up a flat tyre.
Should I eat breakfast before the ride?
A. On the morning of the ride enjoy your normal breakfast maybe eating a little more than you usually do without making yourself feel uncomfortable.
How much water will I need to carry with me?
A. Please ensure that you begin the ride with a FULL water bottle. There will be water available at refreshment stops but no cups will be provided. If you have 2 bottle holders on your bike it is recommended that you carry 2 bottles especially if it is a warm day.
What is provided at the refreshment points?
A. There will be refreshment points along each route where you will be provided with bananas, fruitcake, water and powerade powder, all off which has been kindly donated. You are welcome to stop at these points and take time to rest/recover if you feel the need. Please use water carefully; water provided has been purchased for drinking only. Bins will be provided in these areas and you are encouraged to keep these areas tidy.
Where are the refreshment points?
A. The first point is approximately 17km into the ride, this is also the turn-around point for 35km riders. All other riders will pass through a second stop later in the ride at Habana Church. The 90km riders will pass through the second refreshment point twice. Social distancing must be observed when stopped at either refreshment point – please help out volunteers out by staying 1.5m apart. Please also ensure that you do not stop and dismount your bike until you have entered the rest area completely – do not stop on the side of the ride as this causes traffic issues and reduces visibility for riders leaving the rest stop.
Who will be at the refreshment points?
A. These points will be manned by volunteers, please talk to them if you have any questions or concerns. It is hoped that the day will be as enjoyable as possible for everyone including our volunteers, give them a wave as you ride past refreshment points and corners, without them this day could not be possible.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Do I have to wear closed in shoes?
Is the R2RR a race?
A. No. This year please expect times where you are required to slow down or even stop. If a volunteer gives you a direction to stop due to crowding on Blue Water Trail we ask that you comply. We know this isn’t ideal but to make this year’s event happen we have had to make some compromises.
How fast do I have to ride?
A. There is no speed that you have to achieve but under the conditions of our police permit we cannot have riders out on the roads all day. We ask that all riders have returned to the finish line by 2pm. Ride at your own pace and choose a distance that suits you. Safety is a very important aspect of the day.
What if I need assistance during the ride?
A. There will be official car drivers along the route providing assistance to those who need it. There will be many experienced riders in the group who will be able to assist with small mechanical issues. If you require assistance please move to the side of the road and place your bike upside down (wheels up) so that a support car / rider can assist you as soon as possible. It is important that you make it back safely so if at any point on the ride you do not feel able to make it back to the finish please stop and signal for assistance.
What if I feel like I can’t make the full distance I have nominated for?
A. Please note that the ALL riders will ride to the turnaround point for the 35km route at Dumbleton. This is where you will find the 1st of 2 refreshment points. If you have nominated for the 60km or 90km option but do not feel that you will make the distance simply turn around at this point and head back with the 35km riders. For those completing the 60km and 90km options there is a second refreshment stop at the Habana Progress Association Hall. At this point the 60km riders will turn around, those who are doing the 90km but feel they will not make it here is your chance to follow the 60km riders.
What if I’m involved in an emergency situation?
A. Dial ‘000’ and notify an official ASAP.
What road rules apply to me when I’m riding?
A. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other road users. Whatever vehicle you drive, the golden rule is to treat other road users with respect and courtesy. All road users should drive or ride safely and obey the traffic rules at all times. This includes keeping as far left as practicable, stopping at red lights and following Police directions.
Riders must not ride more than two abreast. If riding two abreast, riders must not ride more than 1.5 metres from the other rider.
The roads for this ride are not closed to regular traffic, Cyclists are to obey all road rules and listen to directions given by ride officials and Police at all times.
Must I return to the start/finish area when I am finished?
A. Yes. When you finish the ride you must cross the finish line to check back in. The electronic chip into your ride number plate shows us you have returned. This is the system we use to ensure you have made it back safely. If we have not checked you back in when the ride is over we will contact you to ensure you are safe. If we cannot contact you your emergency contact will be used. Once you have checked back in you are free to leave the event.
Can I wear headphones/listen to an MP3 player during the R2RR?
A. NO. For your own safety and the safety of those around you, you must be able to hear clearly at all times.
If I’m a junior rider doing the 35km, do I have to ride with an adult?
A. Yes. It is expected that juniors aged 10-15 will ride with an experienced adult