Tour de Scottsdale Rules & Conduct

The Tour de Scottsdale welcomes riders of all varying levels. Whether you are a pro-rider or a weekend warrior, cyclists enjoy the 2700 climbing feet elevation and downhill sweeps along a scenic course. We strive to produce a top notch event in which safety is the top priority. Please review the following rules and conduct for this event.

Riders violating any of the following rules will be subject to penalties including disqualification and removal from course.


  1. Tour de Scottsdale is a timed road event, open to all riders.
  2. All riders must be able to safely complete the course within the required time limits.

Entry and Rider Obligations

  1. Riders shall register for the event per the guidelines.
  2. A rider must be registered and the corral sticker be visible be on the course/participate.
  3. The organizer shall provide each entrant with a timing chip and corral number
  4. By entering the event, the rider agrees to respect the regulations and policies of the Tour de Scottsdale (recommended by USA Cycling).
  5. The rider agrees to accept the directions of the event organizers, race director and all public authorities and emergency service personnel.
  6. Each rider agrees that they are participating at their own risk and accepts the risks inherent in the sport. These risks include, but are not limited to sickness, injuries from falls, accidents, and risks related to road traffic, road and weather conditions.
  7. It is each rider’s responsibility to ensure that they are physically capable and healthy enough to participate in the event being entered.
  8. Each participant must sign a Tour de Scottsdale event waiver acknowledging that they accept the risks mentioned above and hold all associated entities harmless.

Conduct of Riders & Rules

  1. The Tour de Scottsdale courses are not closed to traffic, therefore riders must respect the relevant traffic laws at all times. These laws include: (a) Staying on the right side of the road (b) Stopping for all stop signs and traffic lights unless waived through by a marshal or police officer.
  2. Center Line: all riders must keep to the right of the center line or enforcement line.
  3. Rules of the Road: Riders shall, of their own responsibility, conform to all traffic regulations in force in the area where the Tour de Scottsdale is held. Make sure you are paying attention to Police/traffic controls, as well as event signage and knowing your course turns before the event. Please be mindful of all course changes. It is your responsibility to be respectful to other riders for your and their safety.
  4. Rider responsibility: The responsibility of keeping on the designated course rests with the rider. A rider may not leave the designated course unless ordered to do so by public authorities or a Tour de Scottsdale official. Make sure you know the road and your course. Our local community is growing and changing, therefore there may be road construction projects or required detours. It is your responsibility to review all event announcements pertaining to course changes.
  5. Turns: All turns deserve attention, but left turns require extra special attention. There are a number of turns along both 30-mile and 70-mile courses. Slow down and be aware of others around you.
  6. Passing: Always stay to the right side of the white line. Use caution and patience when overtaking other riders and offer a polite “On your left.” Ride in a straight line and try to be predictable in your movements- effective positioning will help you be seen on the road by other riders and users of the road.
  7. Taking pace or assistance from any outside means is forbidden, including holding on to a motor vehicle.
  8. Prep Your Bike: Keep your brakes and chain in good working order, and your tired well-inflated. Adjust seat height for an efficient and pain-free ride; when seated, your leg should be almost straight, with your foot flat on lower pedal. Give it a test ride before heading out. Have extra tubes for the event.
  9. Be Distraction- Free: Use of mobile devices or headphones is grounds for disqualification. Even with the volume turned way down or with only the right earbud in, you still can’t hear approaching vehicles or other riders.
  10. Communicate: Always use hand signals when turning, slowing down or stopping; before passing other riders, shoulder check and use your voice to communicate with other riders if/when passing.
  11. Hydrate: Arizona is very dry and even during our October event, late morning temperatures can get to the high 80’s. While the Tour de Scottsdale provides air stations along both courses, it is your responsibility to bring what you need to stay properly hydrated and any extra nutrition you might need.
  12. All riders MUST stay within the bike lane and event marked areas. This has become an increasing problem over the years and will not be tolerated. This is for the safety of ALL riders, including yourself.
  13. Apply basic rules of the road to Tour de Scottsdale! Ride officials have your best interests and safety in mind on event day, but you should still use sound judgement at all times, even if it means hesitating a few seconds to pass through a high traffic area, intersections, turns, pack, etc.
  14. Participants must demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times.
  15. Participants must behave in a way that respects the environment. Littering or any similar behavior will not be tolerated.

Event Start & Finish

  1. Riders shall present themselves at the staging area at the time required by the specific event regulations, in general no later than 15 minutes before the start at 6:30 a.m.
  2. Riders will start in order of their starting corral, per the instructions of the Tour de Scottsdale.
  3. Riders will be staged in corrals. Corral placement is assigned by ride officials, that are based on pace, estimated finish time and previous years finish status. Failure to adhere to corral placement rules or heckling of Tour de Scottsdale corral managers is grounds for disqualification.
  4. No rider shall leave their bicycle unattended in the starting corral. Unattended bicycles will be removed. Riders must respect the staging order and/or start in the correct wave.
  5. Time Limits: 30-mile riders have four (4) hours to complete their course. 70-mile riders have five (5) hours to complete their course. Riders finishing outside those time limits are subject to removal from the course, after the time limit has been reached, or they can elect to sign a waiver that they are choosing to complete the course unsupported and forfeit their finish time.
  6. Classifications and Prizes: The Tour de Scottsdale is a charitable ride that is used for fundraising and awareness. No prizes will be awarded to any finisher. The Tour de Scottsdale is a timed event for tracking and informational purposes such as producing finish results for genders and age groups.
  7. The Tour de Scottsdale utilizes chip timing. The rider’s start time does not begin until the rider crosses the official start line. The finish time shall be calculated based upon when the rider crosses the official finish line.


  1. Bicycles used in the Tour de Scottsdale must be propelled solely by the rider’s legs and shall have the following characteristics: (a) Dimensions. Bicycles may be no more than 2 meters long and 75 cm wide, except that tandems may be up to 3 meters long (b) There may be no protective shield, fairing, or other device on any part of the bicycle, which has the effect of reducing air resistance except that spoke covers may be used. (c)  The handlebar ends shall be solidly plugged and attachments thereto shall be fashioned in such a way as to minimize danger without impairing steering. Tandems, recumbents, or hand cycles are allowed.
  2. Aero-type, tri-handlebars are prohibited.
  3. At all times during the event, riders must wear a securely fastened helmet that meets the laboratory testing standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard for bicycle helmets.
  4. All riders are required to bring at least one (1) reusable water bottle.
  5. No rider is permitted to wear earphones or headphones during the event.
  6. Riders must comply with other specific equipment regulations given in the athlete guide.