A sag wagon is a support vehicle for cyclists that carries everything from water to medical supplies. It can be a lifesaver for cyclists, and many staff on board are cyclists themselves. The touring wagon takes the form of a large van or truck and can carry food, camping gear, and other equipment. In racing, the broom wagon seeks out riders who may need medical attention or rest.
A sag wagon is a support vehicle for cyclists. This vehicle can be a vital part of the team that supports cyclists along their journey. On long rides and journeys, many cyclists become quite attached to the sag wagon and its drivers, due to the comfort the sag wagon provides.
The origins of the term “yielding wagon” are a matter of debate. Some cyclists believe it stands for “Support and Gear” or “Support Aid Group”. Others suggest it could be related to distressed or tired cyclists “slumping” or trailing the pack. Either way, the wagon can be a lifesaver for cyclists, carrying everything from water to medical supplies. Many of the staff on board are cyclists themselves, skipping an event for various reasons or simply enjoying the opportunity to help out.
Usually, the touring wagon takes the form of a large, sturdy van or truck. It is designed to hold food for cyclists, along with camping gear and other equipment. The vehicle can go on to the designated overnight camping spot, so that riders are met in a fully set up camp when they arrive. In other cases it’s slightly behind, keeping an eye out for cyclists and picking up latecomers who might need a quick break from the open road.
Using a flatbed car for a bike tour allows the tour group to include a wide range of riders at various levels of fitness. The wagon can carry most of the cyclists’ luggage, making the bikes much lighter and more manageable. It also brings a sense of home, and since a van can carry far more food than a cyclist, it usually indicates that good supplies will be less spartan than they might be on an unsupported journey.
In racing, the broom wagon specifically seeks out riders who may need medical attention or rest. The broom wagon winds its way slowly around the course, making sure latecomers are looked after and catering to the needs of riders who may need anything from more water to a lift so they can withdraw from the race if they develop physical problems. The staff on the broom wagon usually have medical training so they can evaluate riders in distress.