The rules for the 45-SouthWest bicycle adventure are simple and largely self-policed. The rules attempt to embody the spirit of self-support and fairness for all riders.
- Riders must complete the full course from start to finish.
- Riders must be fully self-supported and not receive any private outside assistance. a)
- Drafting is prohibited. Exception registered pairs.
- All forward travel must be by bicycle.
- All riders are required to carry GPS tracker and the track the entire ride.
- Riders must follow the designated route.
- It is expected of all riders to know, respect and observe local laws.
- Riders must act in the spirit of adventure, speed and above all fun.
- If you have no front or rear light, then no riding in the dark will be permitted.
- No insurance, no ride.
The following recommendations are at the discretion of every rider:
- Wear a helmet all time you are on the bike. (respect the laws of the country you are cycling in)
- Make yourself visible to other road users at the night with reflective stickers on your bike and illuminating elements on your clothes.
- Make yourself visible to other road users at daytime with good visible clothes.
- Don’t listen to music with earphones while riding.
a) A personal photographer or filmmaker who follows the route or the rider is considered as unauthorized support. It does not matter if the rider will never see the photographer/filmmaker during the event. The same conditions are in place for any friends or fans of a rider following the route. This has always been the understanding of the meaning of self-supported in the spirit of fairness during bike packing events. The only motorized vehicle on the route will be that of the organizer.
The use of photo and film material created on the route and during the event for commercial purposes and for and from sponsors or any other company, is prohibited. For sponsored riders a media license is available.