Enduro: Etiquette

General Riding Rules

We Ride with the correct minimum safety gear at all times.

Minimum Safety Gear is: Helmet : Boots : Goggles : Knee Braces : Riding Pants : Shirt : Gloves

Optional (advisable) Safety Gear is: Neck-Brace : Elbow-guards : Chest/back protector : Full body-armour kit.

We ride with a hydration-pack which may include the following: Fluids & Electrolytes : Energy foods : chocolates : sweets.

We ride with a basic Emergency Medical kit: bandages : anti-histamine : plasters : burnshield : disinfectant.

We ride with a toolkit which may include the following:
Spark-plug spanner + spare spark-plug,
Size 10 + 8 spanners,
Tools which are bike-specific for quick on the road repairs,
A pair of sharp-nose pliers – for cutting entangles wires,
Cable ties.

The combination of Alcohol and Riding is not permitted. It is dangerous. Buddies will respectfully discourage any person who has consumed alcohol to get on a bike.

We ride slowly (1st gear) in or near pit areas, car parks, picnic or other public areas. - donuts and burnouts are restricted to areas where they will not irritate others.

We always stop to help a rider who has fallen and do all we can for their comfort and medical treatment where appropriate, we are helpful and courteous to other riders, always considering their safety and enjoyment of the sport as well as our own.

We always stop to assist a rider whose bike may have broken down and/or, in a race, inform the next marshal of the breakdown as the rules for that event may require.

We arrive at rides with our bikes properly prepared and ready to ride so as not to hold others up.

We keep our fun (roosting, splashing, jokes etc.) good-humoured and non-offensive to others.

We do not make light of anyone’s fears or phobia’s, but respect them and assist where possible.

We never coerce or intimidate anyone to attempt something they are not comfortable with.

We take all possible measures to ride safely and responsibly to avoid incident or injury which may spoil the ride for everyone.
We do not ride illegally on public roads - we comply with the rules of the road.

Where we come across a dangerous obstacle on a route, we do all we can to mark or remove that obstacle for the safety of others.

Outride Rules

A Captain is always appointed and other riders may not pass the Captain.

The Captain determines the day’s destination and route.

When choosing a route we select one that all riders in the group will be able to handle, or that there are alternatives to sections that some may not be able to do.

Marshalls are appointed as follows:
Vice-Captain –supporting the Captain at intersections
Sweepers – at road crossings – creating stop barriers for cars.
Backmarker – ensuring al riders stay in front of him – backmarker may never move ahead of the last rider.
Support Vehicle – for spares, fuel, workshop.
Turn signals are always indicated with the right or left leg.
Stop/emergency stop signal is indicated with the right arm raised and square at the elbow with a fist in the air.
Oncoming car is indicated with right had raised and moved from left to right.

On out-rides we look after the person behind us, waiting for them at turns/ junctions to ensure they are ok and that they know which way we have gone.

In a non-race environment – should the rider behind us not arrive after a few minutes, we slowly and carefully go back along the trail to find them. (We never go the wrong way on a race route).

When crossing an intersection/road – wait until the whole group is accounted for – then, when safe, the Captain moves ahead and Marshalls create a barrier for cars, between which, all riders moves ahead safely.

If we are not sure of which way to go, we wait for the rider ahead to come back and find us. We do not go off looking for them, unsure of which direction they may have taken.

If unsure which way at a Y-junction or T-junction we stop and wait for front riders to return to show the way.

When riding along a wide sand track or road, we check to see which way our dust is drifting behind us and stay close to that side of the track to minimise dust for the rider/s following.

In thick dust we increase following distances by falling back far enough to ensure a clear view ahead.

Environmental Etiquette
Permission from landowners before riding on their land is critical – no permission - no riding on that land!!

Whatever land we ride on we do so respectfully and with appreciation for the privilege of being able to use the facility.

We will protect natural areas and fauna and flora, slowing down and keeping engine revs low when near animals.

If we pass through a gate, we leave it as we found it – i.e. open or closed.

When passing close to homes we slow right down to avoid excessive dust, noise and possible injury to people or their animals.

We respect the laws of the land and do not ride on beaches or in nature reserves or places where riding is prohibited.

We ride on existing paths/ tracks rather than making unnecessary new tracks.

We avoid riding over plants and vegetation and respect the micro-environment (plant – and animal life).

We avoid spilling fuel or oil in rivers/waterways or on the ground and we use an environmental mat when re-fuelling.

Our bikes are well serviced and do not produce excessive smoke.

We do not litter.

We leave only our tracks in the sand!!