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Once you have ensured that your bike is running safely, and you know the course, it is time to line up for the Tour de Brisbane!

This next section will go through everything you need to know for during the race on Sunday 5 April.


Once you have ensured that your bike is working well, it is important to familiarise yourself with the route. While the route will be well marked out, you should know where you are on the course and what is ahead of you.

In this next section we will review the course map, as well as go through some important course detail you need to be aware of to stay safe on course.


Prior to the Tour de Brisbane, it is important that you make sure that your equipment is safe and functioning.

In the next section, we will go through some parts of your bike that you need to ensure are in good working order. If you are unsure of any terms used, or do not know how to repair any damage to your bike, it is important that you take your bike to your local bike shop. Any good bike shop will be able to do a ‘race check’ or similar service which will tick most of these boxes.


cycle race emergencyAssess the situation and stay onsite.

If critical:

  • Call 000 immediately
  • Contact base radio
  • Follow the instructions from base radio
  • Keep any witnesses and don’t leave the patient unless advised by first aid


If not critical, but still requiring first aid:

  • Contact base radio
  • Follow the instructions from base radio
  • Don’t leave the patient unless advised by first aid

Do you know what to do?


Tour de Brisbane Peloton

In an event such as the Tour de Brisbane, it can be quite intimidating to ride in large groups. There are a few simple guidelines you should follow to make sure you stay safe in the peloton;

  1. Eyes up at all times
  2. Keep your line
  3. Don’t move to the front through the middle of the bunch
  4. No overlapping wheels
  5. Signal if rolling off the front
  6. No reversing when standing up to pedal
  7. Make allowance for skill, and possible unpredictable riding of fellow riders
  8. Do not harass fellow riders
  9. Signal with your hand if overtaking
  10. Stay shoulder to shoulder, handlebar to handlebar with the riders around you

Let’s test your understanding of peloton etiquette.


a. Read the several instructional documents provided to you at the volunteer section of the web site and during marshal training
b. Review an area map to understand exactly where your intersection is.
c. Estimate the best way to travel to your intersection as well as how long it will take to get there.
d. Consider how the racecourse and temporary road closures may affect the time it takes you to get to your intersection.
e. Study an area map to understand alternate routes for motorists if there are longer than expected delays at your intersection. You may need to direct them on a detoured route.
f. Charge your cell phone and assemble the supplies you will bring with you the day of the race, so your travel will not be delayed the morning of the race.

g.  Please save these phone numbers onto your phone:
Race Director 0411 757 577

10. WHAT TO BRING (some suggestions):
a. Hat, sunblock, insect repellent, appropriate clothing
b. Snack or drink if desired (take note of nearby bathrooms or woods)
c. Folding Chair (only sit where you can watch – stand as racers approach)
d. Umbrella and Rain Gear (check forecast – race is rain or shine)
e. Pen/pencil and paper
f. Copy of the race map
g. Fully-charged mobile phone (turned on with ringer set to maximum)


Let’s see if you recall some of the things mentioned.


a. Move any bicycles obstructing the roadway.
b. Enlist the help of others if necessary.
c. A wheel/support vehicle will likely stop to help.
d. Remember that other competitors may be arriving shortly – make sure that someone continues to perform the marshalling duties to prevent any further accidents.
e. In most instances, the injured competitor will get back on his/her bike and resume the race. If the cyclist is conscious and alert, ask if he/she can remove themselves from the road.
f. If the cyclist(s) is unable to move on his/her own or is unconscious, dial 000 immediately and advise the dispatcher the location and nature of the incident.
g. In the event of an unconscious cyclist, determine if anyone nearby is CPR qualified. If not, the 000 dispatcher will give you instructions.
h. If CPR is being performed on the competitor by you or someone else, remain on the line with the dispatcher – do not hang up – continue to give updates on the injured party until medical assistance arrives.
i. As emergency vehicles arrive, direct them to park off the course if possible.
j. Use your radio to contact the next race support vehicle to advise them of the situation if the roadway is obstructed
k. If there are sufficient personnel at your intersection, have someone move up the road to warn approaching cyclists with a sustained burst from a whistle or raised flag.

7. IN THE EVENT OF A PROBLEM WITH A MOTORIST (belligerent, drunk, etc.):
a. Do not provoke the motorist.
b. Avoid a verbal or physical confrontation.
c. Make note of the license plate number and state of issue.
d. Also, note the make/model/colour of the vehicle, and a physical description of the driver, if possible.
e. Call 000 immediately and describe the nature of the incident.

a. A final race vehicle will follow the last racer on the course to tell you when the event has concluded.
b. If this is the last day of your assistance at the event, please turn in your gear (radio, vest, flag, & whistle) to the final car. Occasionally, this follow vehicle gets delayed.
c. We may ask volunteers to coordinate with their Marshal Zone Coordinator and have the Zone Coordinator pick up the supplies from marshals.
d. If for some reason you are not able to have an individual pick up the supplies from you, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator after the race.


We’ll just test your comprehension.


a. Complete this pre-race training.
b. Report to your corner at, or preferably before, the assigned time. If you have any problems, call the coordinator for your area immediately (number to be provided separately). Please do not call anyone if there is not a problem.
c. Always wear your high-visibility safety vest as your outer layer so it is clearly visible.
d. Park along a side road (not on the racecourse), at least 50m from the intersection where you will marshal. If possible, park completely off the road surface. Do not park where your vehicle will impair the vision of any motorist or competitor, or block a traffic sign or access of a nearby resident. Also, do not park where your vehicle will obstruct the emergency lights of any police car stationed at your corner.

a. Direct the competitors through the intersection
b. Momentarily hold traffic as the competitors pass.
c. If you are at an intersection where a police officer is stationed, his/her primary duty is to direct motorists, and you should follow his/her detailed instructions to you. The police will control the intersection and marshals are there to assist the police officer and direct the racers.

a. In general use your barriers and connected rope to keep pedestrians from crossing the road, when appropriate.
b. When safe to cross, allow pedestrians to pass between you and the barrier/s.
c. If pedestrians are ignoring directions politely but loudly request they comply. Notify your supervisor if necessary.

a. Whistles may be available for marshals.
b. Whistles are to be used to alert marshals at locations in close proximity along on the course that cyclists are coming.
c. Use one brief burst to indicate a single rider and 2 brief bursts to indicate a pack of cyclists.
d. If there is an unsafe condition, use an extended burst to warn oncoming racers, other marshals, motorists, spectators, etc.
e. Avoid extraneous use of whistles if you are within speaking distance of other marshals, and please do not ever let children play with a whistle.

a. Radios may be used critical intersections (where the competitors are turning onto another road)
b. One marshal or police officer generally will have a radio per marshal post.
c. Radios are to be used primarily to listen to pace and follow vehicles that are approaching an intersection.
d. Drivers may identify which group of riders they are with, and approximately how many riders are in the group.
e. It is not necessary to re-transmit this information to the next marshal – they should be able to hear the driver’s message as well in most cases.
f. Avoid extraneous use of radios, as they are intended primarily as a listening device for marshals.
g. Radios may be used by marshals to warn pace and follow vehicles if there is an unsafe situation (accident or obstruction) at your intersection.
h. In the event of a hazardous condition on the road, briefly respond with the pertinent hazard information.


We want to test your comprehension of the role.


physical requirements of road marshal role

Physical Requirements for Your Role

RMs have a duty of care and must be road safety aware at all times.

• be appropriately attired to control traffic at the event, by wearing a conforming orange fluorescent safety vest and enclosed shoes
• not perform traffic control duties while fatigued, or adversely affected by a substance or medication causing mental or physical impairment
• maintain a ‘zero percent’ blood/alcohol concentration while performing traffic control duties
• have a 15-minute break after two hours of traffic control duties


On event day you need to alert, aware and fully in the moment. Accidents can occur at any moment, and part of your role is to prevent accidents from occurring. We require good vision at all distances, excellent hearing, and the ability to communicate well with other volunteers, participants and the public.


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