La Vuelta Puerto Rico Rules & Regulations

  • Each rider must be at least 18 years of age on the day the event starts.
  • Each rider must use a helmet at all times in accordance with the Law.
  • Each rider must be in excellent physical condition and have medical insurance.
  • Each rider's bike must be in excellent operating condition.
  • Entry is by pre-registration only. On the day of the event, we will not process registrations. 
  • Each rider must choose riding in one of the established pelotons. Group "A" usually consists of world-class, elite fast riders and/or racers interested in riding the event on their own, as part of a self guided peloton led by two to four Road Captains. This peloton usually rides at 28-33 mph all day. Group "B" will consist of self guided riders that will be pacing at an average speed of 18 mph (17-25 mph all day) led by ten to twelve Road Captains. Group "C" will consist of a guided group that will pace at an average speed of 16 mph led by another ten to twelve Road Captains. This group rides at speeds from 15-22 mph all day. Each group will be released daily at the times posted and/or announced the previous day or on this website. Once a participant joins a particular group, he/she will find it difficult and/or impossible to jump ahead to the faster paced group, however, a fast paced cyclist may choose to ride slower until reached by the peloton behind.
  • Each rider must comply with lighting requirements and reflective material rules for riding at early morning, evening, dusk or night during the event.
  • Each bike must be equipped with superior headlights and taillights. Event organizers recommend a dual headlight system, with 6-volt battery, several spare batteries, and a solid red taillight. LED lights are acceptable.
  • For lights requiring AA batteries or smaller, the rider must carry a spare set and may be required to display them at bike inspection the morning of departure. Lights requiring rechargeable batteries are discouraged.
  • Reflective vest or reflective sash and/or ankle bands are mandatory at dark hours.
  • Alternate routes will be provided to family members or friends who intend to follow the event. All vehicles must adhere to this second route in order to avoid excess traffic in the smaller narrow roads of the event. Support crew may not ride bikes along the path of the event  with the rest of the riders.
  • The event must be completed on schedule as announced by the organizers. Any rider stranded from peloton C will be requested to leapfrog the group in one of the support vehicles in order to avoid delaying services to the rest of the participants.
  • The use of iPods is prohibited and cell phones is strongly discouraged unless it is used via Bluetooth wireless technology. Effective March 2015, headphones are not allowed. These cannot be connected to cellphones, iPods or mp3s. 
  • If a rider abandons, he/she is responsible of notifying the event staff. The use of our SAG wagons is strongly encouraged for these riders.
  • Riders are required to use their bib, bike and helmet numbers at all times.
  • Riders are required to wear the Official La Vuelta Puerto Rico Jersey on the last day of the event.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the rider to mark their luggage correctly in order for us to deliver to the proper hotel. Failing to do so will entail a $25 fee to move incorrectly marked luggage from one hotel to another within the same town. If your luggage is left behind in another town for any reason not related to our crew, a $50 fee will be charged. An example of the latter is leaving luggage in a hotel that is not affiliated to our event. If we have to return to that hotel for a pick up, a $50 fee will be charged. 
  • Effective January 1, 2013, any rider, staff member, or volunteer who incurs in physical agression against anyone while the event unfolds, will be banned for life from ever participating, working or volunteering in our event. No exceptions.
  • Effective January 1, 2017, drinking alcoholic beverages during the event is prohibited. Anyone observed drinking alcohol during the event, will not be allowed to continue and will be asked to use our Support and Gear vehicles. Any member of the staff including Road Captains that violates this rule will not be allowed to serve as staff or Road Captain in the future.
  • Effective January 1, 2018, all registered and fully identified cyclists that check-in will be handed a wristband, bib number, helmet number and bike number that they are required to use at all times during the event.