It will be a Le Mans-style start at 10 am. Racers will begin on foot, running the designated route before gathering their bike to begin the ride. You may start placing bikes immediately following the pre-race meeting. Racers must have their bikes pre-positioned in the designated area.
FINISHING THE RACE
- Rules apply to all participants, solos and teams.
- Each team (solo or team) may start their final lap prior to the official end of their event. ie. 6-hour event ends at 4 pm, the racer may start their final lap at 3:59:59pm, but not at 4:00 pm.
- Racers may choose to not compete for the entire time of their event. The total number of laps completed will be used for the final results.
- The team with the most laps in the shortest amount of time within the allotted time wins.
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Everyone who finishes at least one lap will be considered a Finisher. No longer will you be listed as a DNF (Did Not Finish).
Each team will designate a team captain and co-captain. Team captains will represent the team in all official correspondence and communications before, during and after the event. The co-captain may represent the team during the event when the captain is unavailable. Only team captains and co-captains may file protests.
Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting
The MANDATORY pre-race meeting will be at 9:15 am on Saturday. All Solo riders and Team captain and/or co-captain must attend the pre-race meeting; however, everyone is encouraged to attend.
Team Pit Area
Teams must designate one and only one pit area. Typically, this is at your campsite. Racers may change or repair any equipment in their Pit Area. Pit areas are not allowed on the course or in the Start/Finish area. However, emergency repairs may be performed in the Start/Finish area; you may even swap entire bikes. In the Start/Finish area or the team’s pit area, racers may accept support from anyone. Also, teams may bring as many support people as they would like, but their support is limited to the Start/Finish and the team’s pit areas, not on the course.
Support on the Course
Support on the course may only be supplied by other registered racers. Supporting racers must access the course under their own power (i.e. foot travel or on a bike) and that access can only be achieved by following the course in either direction. Shortcutting the course is not allowed. Supporting racers should stay clear of all competing racers. Supporting racers may take any equipment or tools with them; they may even swap bikes with their teammates. Cannibalizing bicycle parts is legal. Support can be provided by any registered racer on any team to any registered racer on any team.
Water and Food
Water and food may be supplied to any racer, by anyone, anywhere on the course. However, racers must stay well clear of the course when taking food or water. (And please do not throw energy food wrappers on the ground. Remember: Leave No Trace.)
Permitted Course Riders
Only officially registered racers, credentialed media and event staff may ride on the designated racecourse during the event.
Team Number Display
Racers must display their race plate on the front of their bikes on-course at all times. In the case of a bike swap, racers must swap the bike number to the new bike prior to continuing the race. Race officials may request to see this at any time.
Right of Way
Racers riding bicycles have the right of way over racers pushing bicycles. When practical, racers pushing or carrying their bikes should stay on the least rideable portion of the trail when being passed. Racers pushing or carrying their bikes may overtake a racer riding his bike provided that they do not interfere with the riding racer.
Lapped racers should yield to leaders. Leaders should be very vocal when preparing to pass any racer. “PASSING on your LEFT!”, “PASSING on your RIGHT!” should be called out. It is the responsibility of the challenging racer to overtake safely. Racers being lapped must yield on the first command.
Vying for Position
When two racers are vying for position, the leading racer does not necessarily have to yield a position to the challenging racer. However, a racer may not bodily interfere, intending to impede another racer’s progress.
No listening devices with either earphones/ear buds or speakers are permitted on the course for safety reasons. Personal cell phones and GPS devices may be carried for navigational or emergency purposes.
Shortcutting the course by any logged-in racer shall result in a disqualification of that racer’s team.
Federal, state and county laws and ordinances will be abided by at all times.
Foul riding, use of profane or abusive language and other unsportsmanlike behavior will be taken very seriously. Such behavior by any racer shall subject that racer’s team to a warning or immediate disqualification. This will be strictly applied when such behavior is directed at course officials, volunteers or spectators. The penalty imposed is at the discretion of the race director or co-director, should the race director be unavailable. No refunds.
Protests can only be made by team captains or co-captains. Protests will be made in writing and delivered to the race director or co-director any time during the race or after the end of the race, up to 15 minutes after the posting of the final results. Protests should contain any information that supports the protest, including a description of the incident, witnesses, names, addresses, phone numbers and signature of protesting team captain. The race director, after their own discovery, will promptly rule on the protest.
The race director has the final say in any ruling, including rulings made by the co-director.
Quiet hours for events conducted at night will be imposed from 11:30 pm until 7 a.m Friday and Saturday night. During this time, noise must be kept to a minimum.
During the night ride, racers must have a primary light source with a minimum rated power of 500 lumens. In addition, a rear light either solid or flashing/blinking may be used. (Battery rechargers may be plugged in at the neutral charging station when provided. For your own sake, teams should label their batteries and chargers with the team’s name. The neutral charging station is unsecured.) Rental lighting is not available.
Racers entering the course after 7 pm on Saturday until 6 am on Sunday must have both primary and secondary light sources installed and in good working order. During this time, racers must have their lights burning. Racing with lights out to save batteries or racing with discharged batteries is dangerous and is done so at the rider’s own risk.
A racer may ride consecutive laps.
Verifying the Result Sheet
Lap times will be recorded, Registrars and race officials may request to see your race number on your handlebar at any time.
Be sure to notify the event director and timing company of mistakes as they appear on the online lap updates. Remember mistakes can be fixed if you all follow the directions and we find appropriate back-up records. Be patient. Results will be posted in real-time in the timing kiosk and available online in real-time as well.
Canceling a Lap
Once on-course, a racer must complete his or her lap. However, the team has the option of canceling a racer’s lap and restarting the lap from the Timing Tent with a substitute. This is a difficult and costly decision, but if the first racer is unable to complete the lap for any reason, it may be to the team’s advantage to cancel that racer’s lap.
Any team member can cancel a racer’s lap by notifying the team’s registrar at the Timing Tent and initializing the Log-sheet next to the canceled lap. If a team cancels a racer’s lap and is restarting with a new racer, The new racer inherits the log-in time of the canceled racer’s lap. Once a cancellation has been made, it cannot be rescinded. The canceled lap does not count as a completed lap.
Riders competing in the co-ed categories must have all riders finish within two laps of the rider with the highest number of laps. Each infraction will result in a one-lap penalty. i.e. The women rider(s) on co-ed open teams must complete a number of laps no more than two laps fewer than the rider on her team who completes the most laps. And that goes for the men, too. If a Woman rider completes 14 laps and a male rider only completes 11 laps, a 1-lap penalty will be assessed.
This rule does not apply to any other category.
Placing and Awards in Categories
1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded in all categories.