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Bandits


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.

Bandits are selfish individuals who take advantage of this situation and ride along with us on our routes but do not 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.

Handling Bandits
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.

If the 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 can watch out for his presence.

In addition, the bandit's personal information will be distributed to every other cycling event across the country through our network of event directors so that other event directors can be aware of him and prevent him from 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 any way, 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 Who Assist Bandits
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 name and personal contact information will be distributed to every other cycling 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.

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