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Unexpected situations can and do arise that we need to inform you about especially situations that could directly affect your safety. These situations include but are not limited to reroutes, sudden severe weather, a major accident, and reckless or drunk drivers.

Staging Points
During these situations we reserve the right to temporarily close all or part of the route and stop you from riding at any time. We also reserve the right to require you to stop at a safe location from which you may not leave until the route officially reopens. In cases where the situation is location specific (such as reroutes, a major accident, etc.) the primary staging point will be the last rest stop before the location of the incident so you can take advantage of the rest stop amenities while you wait for the route to reopen. In the case where the situation is not location specific (such as sudden severe weather) all rest stops will be staging points.

On Road Staging Points
If a staff member has his arms crossed in an 'X' out in front of him on the road that means you must stop. He may also place himself directly in front of you and/or yell and scream to catch your attention. This typically happens if a situation has quickly come up and we were not able to inform you of it before you left the last rest stop. In this case, we reserve the right to stop you on the road and make you wait at a safe location until the route reopens.

Although exceedingly and incredibly rare, it is possible that a situation could arise in which a safe staging point is not available on the road and we reserve the right to either make you cycle to the nearest rest stop or transport you there ourselves. Although we have never experienced a situation that would justify these types of actions on any of our events, the ride director was personally riding in a situation in which a semi truck driver openly and clearly expressed his intent to "kill every cyclist on the road" (it was in a western U.S. state, not Illinois). These drastic actions would clearly be appropriate in this type of extreme situation.

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