Approximately 125 trained Bike Patrol cyclists will be on the route in bright yellow jerseys or t-shirts. They help with mechanical problems, minor medical needs and encouragement. If you experience a problem on route just flag down a Bike Patrol member. To help Bike Patrol help you bring these items: 1-2 spare tubes, tire levers, tire patch kit and other basic bicycle gear; 1-2 water bottles a cell phone or change for a pay phone. Wear a CPSC-approved bicycle helmet (required).
Bike Patrol cyclists are event officials; they are out there to help you. However, if necessary, they are also course marshals and will report rule violations to headquarters. Remember cyclists violating rules may be disqualified; see section “Disqualification”.