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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! At the beginning of a Gran Fondo, it is easy to become overly enthusiastic and sprint off with the front runners. Make sure that you start conservatively, and remember that it is not a sprint. It is important that you find a bunch that you feel comfortable and in control with. Here are some pointers on navigating the peloton respectfully

  • Don’t overlap wheels

Ride closely to the riders in front of you, but don’t let your front wheel overlap the rear wheel in front of you. If the rider in front of you suddenly brakes, or moves from side to side, it is very likely that you will crash.

  • Communicate

If you are leading a bunch make sure that you clearly let others know of any hazards coming up. Some hazards that should be pointed out are debris, potholes, cars on the course etc. Also make sure that any upcoming turns are communicated through the bunch.

  • Avoid sudden movements

If you need to move out of the pace line or bunch you should communicate clearly that you need to do so.

  • Stay relaxed

Riding in close proximity with other cyclists can seem scary, and it is common to tense up with nerves. Try to relax, and trust the riders around you. If you feel uncomfortable in a bunch, just drop off the back and stay safe.

  • Descending

When descending, try to brake early and evenly into corners, and avoid braking heavily through the apex. This will be more predictable for those around you, as well as safer for you. If you do need to slow yourself down midway through a corner, use both brakes evenly. Heavier breaking of your front or rear brake could result in your wheel skidding and washing out.



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. It is important to keep in mind any sections that may be dangerous. Some things to look out for on the course map are:

  • Steep Descents
  • Tight Corners
  • Rough Roads
  • Narrow Bridges
  • Loose Surface

As well as knowing the course, make sure that you keep a close eye on the weather in the days leading up to the event.



Prior to the Tour de Brisbane, it is important that you make sure that your equipment is all 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

Do you know what to do?


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 test your understanding of peloton etiquette.


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.


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


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’ll just test your comprehension.


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


We want to test your comprehension of the role.


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