What kind of bikes are allowed?

Road bikes, mountain bikes, folding bikes, hybrid bikes, in safe working order are allowed. Bikes must be fitted with working front and rear brakes and bar ends or extensions must be securely plugged. No aero bars allowed. Participants may not ride a bicycle fitted with triathlon, time trial or "Spinachi"-type bars and the organizers reserve the right to disallow the use of certain types of bladed wheels that are considered unsafe.

  Do we need to wear a helmet?

Participants must wear a properly secured helmet at all times during the race including when a participant is pushing or carrying their bike. Failure to wear a helmet will result in disqualification.

  Do I need to use my race number?

7-Eleven Tour official race number plates must be displayed on the seat post of each participant's bike. Only registered racers may compete. A participant should not cut, fold, apply stickers to or alter in any way the number plate.

Note: Race bib number and bike number should be attached in order to enter the race central and race course.

  What are the start times and wave designations?

Participants will be given a start time and wave designation. It is the responsibility of the participant to be at the start area ahead of their release time. Participants who arrive late will be moved to the last wave start. 106 Km category must be in the venue by 5:30 AM for the sign in and corralling. Organizers will start releasing the 106 KM category at 6:00AM. The 48 KM category must be in the venue by 6:00 AM for sign in and corralling. Participants for the 48 KM will be released starting 6:50 AM.

  Will there be a course cut off?

There will be a course cut off, at that time any participants remaining in the course will be escorted back to the start area by race officials along the most direct route. Riders are required to complete the tour course within the allowed hours to be awarded a result and a medal unless the race organizers determine otherwise. This time is calculated from the time the rider's wave crosses the start line.

Organizers will start sweeping any participant at KM 53 at 9:30AM. Participant who failed to reach the Turn Around point at KM 53 at 9:30AM will be classified as DNF and will be escorted by the organizers to sweeper vehicles.

  Will each wave have a cut off?

Below are the cut off times per wave to be classified as a finisher:

  Will there be bike mechanics on the course?

No. Each participant is responsible for having their bike in good operating condition. All participants must be self-sufficient during the race. Repairs during the race must be performed by individual racers. Tools and spare parts used during a repair must be carried by the racer. Participants whose bicycle can't be fixed will have to wait for the sweeper vehicle.

  I got lost or took a shorter route, what happens now?

Any participant who does not complete the course correctly or is unable to finish the course, will be recorded as DNF (did not finish). It's the sole responsibility of each participant to know the designated course. There will be no time adjustments in the results for participants who fail to follow the correct course for any reason whatsoever.

  Can I transfer my registration to another participant?

Only registered racers may compete in 7-Eleven Tour. 7-Eleven Tour race registration and race numbers are non-transferable. Any participant found to be racing under a different name will be disqualified.

  Can organizers modify or change the course?

The race director may at any time prior to, or during an event, shorten, stop or cancel the event where there is a likelihood of serious injury to competitors or spectators, or damage to the environment.

  What side of the road do I need to ride on?

Every rider must keep as far to the RIGHT of the road surface as is safe having regard to the circumstances and conditions.

  Are there any hydrations on the course?

Turn around points for the 48KM (km24) and 106KM (km24, km53 and km82) will all have hydration stations.

  Are there ambulances on the course?

Ambulance and medic stations are strategically located on the race course. Roving marshals and medical teams will also be found on the race course.

  Some race-day transgressions that could get you banned?

Riding with somebody else's number. Riders may not start or attempt to start before their designated start group. Any rider who does may be disqualified. A rider may not participate while under the influence of alcohol, or any drug or medication that prevents or might prevent a rider from properly controlling his/her bicycle.

  How many bottles should I take with me?

I see little value in taking more than two bottles. If it's particularly hot and you run out of water, just refill them at the next water station. Make sure your bottle cage is secured – dropping your bottle during the race can mess with your hydration and nutrition strategy, and become a spinning ball of terror for riders behind you.

  How much slower will I be if I ride the Tour on a mountain bike?

Significantly slower, and your bike will be heavier and have more rolling resistance. Slick tires would help. But if you're more comfortable and more confident on your mountain bike as opposed to your road bike, then stick with it.

  Gel or no gel?

Use gels only if you have trained with them and are used to them. Don't try anything new on race day. Also, the timing of your gels is important, as you will get an energy spike from them – if you use them too early and can't maintain energy intake, you'll hit the wall, and suffer for the rest of the ride. Lots of water is also important when using gels.

  When should a rider not participate in the Tour due to health reasons?

You should rather be a spectator if you are unwell in the week before the race, or have a medical illness that is not under control, such as uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart or lung disease, to name a few. You should also carefully consider withdrawing if you are carrying an injury that could result in permanent damage should you ride.

  What should a cyclist do if she or he is injured during the race?

Med team numbers will be provided during race week.

  What basic mechanical skills do I need to know?

The most common issues that can be repaired roadside are how to join a broken chain, and how to change a tube – many people don't know how to do this.

  What's the toughest part of the route?

The gradual climb from Floridblanca Interchange to Porac Interchange, approximately 10km with a 230m elevation gain.

  For how long is it acceptable for me to wear my finisher's medal?

For no longer than the time you spent on the saddle.

  Should I put it on Strava?

Of course. After all, if it's not on Strava, it never happened.