Important information about sponsor and self-support for Cannonball
Because RCC provides no support, most riders will want to arrange for their own support vehicles. The exceptions are the hardy few who attempt the ride unsupported, which is one of the ultimate challenges of Northwest cycling. You should not attempt Cannonball unsupported unless you have considerable specific training for such a ride. Unsupported riders are accorded a separate status for recording of finishes. The ride organizers may provide return transportation, to Seattle, on Sunday (after the ride). Please contact them, in advance, if you will be needing a ride.
Support drivers should not follow their riders on the shoulder. After providing support to your rider, pull over as far to the right on the shoulder as possible and wait (also make use of rest areas and off ramps where convenient). Let your rider go on for ten to twenty minutes before starting up again. After overtaking and checking on your rider, pull over and wait again. Repeat until you reach Spokane. Do not follow behind your rider on I-90! This is very dangerous for other riders who want to pass you and your rider, dangerous for you, illegal, and unnecessary.
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) has a number of laws that apply specifically to cyclists. All Cannonball riders start at night and some will finish at night. State law requires that bicyclists have at least a white front lamp and a red rear reflector for night riding. Each rider is required to bring a set of lights. Your local bike shops have a variety of lightweight battery powered lights that may be quickly mounted on your handlebars or helmet. If you don't have any, now is a good time to invest in some. Please have lights mounted to the bike (i.e. not clipped to the riderís jersey pocket, eg.).