Event Series Rules
These events are all about having fun. However, there are some rules of engagement that must be addressed. Safety is of the utmost importance and ask that you please read the event rules prior to registering and riding in an event ride. We take risk management policies very seriously.
We have a permit to use the road but not break the law. All riders are required to ride within the rule of the road at all times. Even if the pace is slow and the group swells, that doesn’t give you permission to not follow traffic rules.
Obey all traffic laws. Each course is on an open road. It is always best to pre-ride but we will have routes printed out ahead of time with laminates to help you out. Arrows will be placed on the road at key intersections. There will be marshals helping you to stay on course. However will not be directing or stopping traffic. Always expect cars, farm equipment and livestock around tight corners. These are rural roads used by locals and you must be aware of it at all times.
Rules of Road
The following holds for riding in the state of Colorado and New Mexico:
Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to the special regulations.
No person riding upon any bicycle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
No bicycle shall be operated on any roadway in a manner that would create a public safety hazard.
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebar.
Do not cross the YELLOW line.
Go with the Flow, never ride against traffic.
Ride in the right most lane serving your destination.
Always have 3 feet of clear space on your right.
Wear a helmet.
Use headlights and taillights & rear reflectors while riding at night.
STOP completely at Stop Signs and Yellow/Red Lights.
Look left, look right, look left again at all intersections.
Be seen; wear bright colors.
Pedal in a straight line, cars don’t weave nor should you.
Scan over your shoulder for vehicles often.
Be aware for potholes, cars entering roadway, kids, etc.
Use hand signals when safe to do so.
Don’t pass on the right, unless you are in a bike lane.
Use the Bike Lane & Bike Boxes
Make sure your bike is mechanically sound, brakes work.
Don’t exceed the speed limit. Announce yourself to pedestrians before you pass them.
Don’t pedal your bike while under the influence.
Drive your Bike as you would drive a Car.
Know Before Signing Up
The Explore Las Animas Dirt Series rides are designed to challenge riders. The day is about adventure and being around like minded peers; not finishing first. If you are not sure of your fitness, ability or course our suggestions are:
Study the course
Make sure you are prepared (2 tubes, tire boots, CO2 AND a pump, food, H2O, warm clothes or jacket, course map or GPS, space blanket)
Make new friends, ask questions and talk to locals who know the area
Stage with the group that fits your fitness
Leave No Trace
We believe in and support the Seven Principles of Leave no Trace. Please respect nature and private property.
If you turn around somewhere en route please have someone inform us at the finish.
Downtown parking is limited. However there are several areas to consider. Please see parking map.
Under Interstate I-25
La Puerta de Colorado
Main Street and Animas
There will be one vehicle that sweeps to look after injured riders. It is for emergencies only. We do our best to keep it safe and have an emergency vehicle for injuries only. A laminated map with ways to make the ride shorter if necessary will be provided.
No Personal Sag or Follow Vehicles
No extra vehicles will be allowed on the course. If you don’t think you’re ready to do this ride with minimal support, then you may want to train before participating. We do not need volunteers on course.