Legal

Release and Waiver of Liability, Indemnity Agreement and Assumption of Risk

The Murray to Moyne Team Cycle Relay (‘The Ride’) is organised by the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay Inc Committee (together, and including all their principals, employees, agents, volunteers and contractors, (‘The Organisers’).

I acknowledge and am aware that road riding is physically demanding and inherently dangerous and involves risk of injury or death and of loss and damage to personal property, however, I wish to participate in The Ride and do so voluntarily.

In consideration for being permitted to participate in The Ride, I agree to release, waive, discharge, covenant not to sue and indemnify The Organisers and all other participants in The Ride (‘The Participants’) in respect of any and all claims of liability for injury, death, property damage or other loss I incur in the course of or in association with The Ride, even if caused by the negligence of any person.

I acknowledge that The Organisers accept no responsibility for any loss or harm to any Participant howsoever caused. I voluntarily assume all risks, both known and unknown, and accept full responsibility for any injury, death, property damage or other loss I incur in the course or in association with The Ride, even if caused by the negligence of any person.

I am not suffering from any medical condition or physical incapacity that may prevent me from participating in the activities or that might increase the risk to the other participants or myself.

I acknowledge that I have read and understood the rules of The Ride (Form 2 - Rules of the Ride) and I agree to be bound by those rules and to ensure that members of my support crew obey those rules.

I acknowledge that it is the intention of this release to exempt and relieve The Organisers and The Participants from any and all liability and to bar any right to sue The Organisers and The Participants for any reason.

I expressly agree that this document is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Victoria and that if any portion of this document is in any way unenforceable it is to be read down so as to be enforceable or, if it cannot be read down, it is to be severed from this release without affecting the enforceability of the remaining provisions (or parts of those provisions) which will continue in full effect.

I have read this release and fully understand its content. I am aware that this is a release and waiver of liability and that by signing this release I am giving up important legal rights.

I acknowledge that I sign this release of my own free will and desire and that it supersedes any prior representation, understanding or arrangement between The Organiser and me.

This release shall bind my heirs, executors, assigns, legal representatives and family members.

Cyclists between the ages of 14 - 18 at the date of The Ride must have a parent or guardian sign for them. Persons under the age of 14 are not permitted to participate in The Ride.

 

Rules of the Ride

ALL road rules for Riders and Support Crew apply and therefore must be adhered to at ALL TIMES during the M2M. The road is not closed to the public and the need for patience and courtesy is paramount.

Riders

Riders are to obey ALL road rules.

1. Wear an approved helmet.

2. Have working head and tail lights on your bike, and use them at all times at night.

3. Ride no more than two abreast. Ride single file on double lines, crests of hills, narrow winding sections, other unsafe or inappropriate situations, and when instructed by marshals and officials.

4. Do not follow within 5 metres of a vehicle, or accept food or assistance from a moving vehicle.

5. Do not be motor paced by a vehicle.

6. Do not ride over double or single continuous lines and keep to the left as far as is practical.

7. Obey all traffic signals. The roads are not closed for the M2M. Stop at STOP signs and give extreme care at GIVE WAY signs, as you do not have right of way.

8. Obey traffic instructions from a Police Officer and/or Event Official.

9. Give way to pedestrians.

10. Give hand signals when turning right or doing a U turn, use ‘bike etiquette’ techniques so other riders know what you are doing and are informed of road dangers, etc.

11. Ride with two hands on the handlebars at all times.

12. Keep well off the road at changeovers when not riding.

 

Support Crew

Drivers of Support Vehicles are to obey ALL road rules. Overtaking must be done with extreme care.

1. Check entry information regarding the permitted size of vehicles and trailers.

2. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PASS FOOD OR DRINK TO RIDERS FROM A MOVING VEHICLE OR MOTOR PACE CYCLISTS.

3. Travel far enough back from riders so that you can stop in an emergency.

4. Drive as close to the left hand side of the road as possible when following riders. When other cars approach from behind, travel with left wheels in gravel if road shoulders permit, to allow vehicles to pass.

5. AT NIGHT, drive with your lights on LOW BEAM when close to other teams, marshals, corner officials, and most importantly when FOLLOWING your riders. It should only be a rare situation where you require high beam, and extreme care must be taken in the use of it. We have had many complaints about inappropriate use of high beam in the past.

6. AT NIGHT, all Drivers and Support Crew MUST wear reflective vests.

7. AT NIGHT, only the last vehicle behind a group of riders should have its hazard lights on, however, no other vehicle should. Turn them off if another vehicle moves in behind you, as you may later need to use your indicators. It becomes very confusing if too many vehicles have their hazard lights operating.

8. Flashing beacons on top of vehicles are not allowed. Like hazard lights they can be very disorientating and dazzling for other drivers and riders and are only used in an emergency by official vehicles.

9. If traffic congestion at any stage makes it difficult for you to get through, be patient and drive safely at all times.

10. One vehicle only permitted to follow a team between Hamilton and Port Fairy. All other vehicles must go directly to Port Fairy before 7am, or via the Mt Napier Road. Refer to the rules for the Hamilton to Port Fairy section for more detail.

 

All Participants

1. Conventional road bikes only are permitted (tandems may be allowed with prior permission of the ride organisers).

2. TRIBARS ARE NOT PERMITTED. Teams will be immediately disqualified if their riders use them.

3. Cyclists must wear their team numbers on their lower back/hips (i.e. pinned to the top of the pockets if not printed on your jersey) and outside their clothing so they are visible to marshals and officials at ALL TIMES.

4. AT NIGHT reflective clothing MUST be worn.

5. Riders are to stay 200-300 metres back from the Lead Vehicle at all times irrespective of the speed it is travelling at. The ride will be stopped if the lead riders push too far ahead – it is not a race and the spread of the ride must be contained within a reasonable distance.

6. Riders must remain between the lead and rear vehicle to be deemed participants in the event, and each team must have at least one rider on the road at all times. The rear vehicle will not wait for teams that stop completely – it is a relay ride that must be continually moving.

7. No more than 20 cyclists are allowed in any one bunch.

8. Obey all instructions from Police, Ride Directors, Motorcycle Marshals and Official

Volunteers. Any instructions issued will be for the greater safety and enjoyment of all participants.

9. Changeovers must be in a safe location, not on double lines, bends, crests of hills, etc. and must be on the left side of the road, well off the road to ensure the safe passage of following teams.

10. Please do not litter the roadside.

COVID-19 WAIVER

Participation in the Ride involves a risk of possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to COVID-19. Infection with COVID-19 can cause serious illness, disability and death. The risk is increased because the nature of road riding includes close contact with other people for extended periods of time where those people may be breathing heavily and cannot wear a mask.

I acknowledge the risk of infectious diseases including COVID-19 and I freely and voluntarily release, waive, discharge and agree not to sue on behalf of myself or any other person the Organisers for any loss, damage, cost or harm related to an infectious disease that I or anyone else suffers from because of my participation in the Ride and I Indemnify the Organisers for any loss, liability, damage, harm or cost arising from any illness I may contract because of my participation in the Ride whether caused by the Organisers or by any other person.

I declare that to the best of my knowledge:

  • I have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 30 days.
  • I have not had contact with anyone in the last 30 days who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 during those 30 days.
  • I have not travelled outside of Australia within the last 30 days.
  • I am not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 including but not limited to: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, malaise, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste.

During the ride I agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations relating to the control of COVID-19 as well as any directions given by the Organisers, their agents, employees or authorised volunteers. This includes but is not limited to maintaining social distancing where possible. Carrying a face mask with me at all times and wearing it when required by law or when directed by the Organisers.

During the ride if I experience any symptom of COVID-19 or I become aware that my above declarations are no longer true I will immediately withdraw from the Ride. Take appropriate steps to isolate myself. Arrange to be tested for COVID-19 as soon as practically possibly and if I am diagnosed as having COVID-19 inform the organisers of the event of the diagnosis as soon as practically possibly.

All participants will be required to complete a Covid-19 Declaration, within 24 hours of the event commencing.  The declaration forms will be included in the Team packs - issued to each Team Camptain, either on the Friday Night or Saturday Morning of the event by the Ride Director on each route.  All Declarations MUST be returned to the Ride Director, before you start the event.

 

Event Withdrawal & Refund

We are very conscious that all participants in the M2M are working hard to raise funds for their health service and with this in mind, we aim to keep registration fees as low as possible. We do this with the help of a large team of volunteers who work to deliver the event and to also keep everyone safe.

If you need to withdraw from the M2M and receive a full refund, you must do so before the Registration Closing date (due to the existence of the Covid-19 virus).  No refunds however can be made after close of registration. Refunds requests must be made in writing to M2M Administrator, via email: admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

  • Teams are deemed registered and able to participate in the event after online registration, payment and approval.
  • Online registrations close Wednesday 17 March, 2021. After this date there will be no refunds as ride signage for cyclists, vehicles, trailers etc. plus administration, medallions and team bags having already been accounted for/constructed.
  • Requests for refunds created by emergencies must be made in writing to the M2M Administrator.
  • Registered team members can be substituted up to the day of the event. All substitutions must be registered directly with the M2M Ride Director on a paper Registration Form with the Terms & Conditions signed off.
  • Team members wishing to withdraw after Team Registration is paid and not covered by a substitute, are encouraged to donate their registration.

Event Cancelation Policy

The M2M Committee reserve the right to Cancel the event for any of the following reasons:

Instruction or recommendation from Emergency or Health Authorities due to the existence of a pandemic risk or any other emergency circumstances deemed as extreme.  For example, Covid - 19 Outbreak; Extreme Fire Danger or predicted / impending weather conditions.

If these circumstances occur before the commencement of the event, then a full refund of participant registration fees will be made.  If however these circumstances occur after the event has commenced, then the M2M will not be able to refund any registration fees. 

The decision will be made by the Event Manager in consultation with the Ride Directors (Who are also the event Safety Officers), based on instructions from Authorities.