Do I need a racing license and what is my racing age? No you will not need a USA cycling license to race this event. Your racing age is your age on 12/31/2018.

Is there required gear? Yes! All riders will be required to carry a front white light and rear red light. These will need to be on during the Blue Ridge Parkway section of the ride. Volunteers at Rest Stop 3 will be checking for your lights and you will not be allowed to continue without them. You are also required to wear a helmet at ALL times during the event. This includes the climb up Curtis Creek Road. Otherwise, the gear you wear/carry is up to you although we recommend bringing basic repair tools with you (tube, pump, tire levers, etc).

How will the course be marked? The course will be marked with 4″ White Tape with Blue Lettering. There will also be yellow signage alerting of right turn, left turn, straight ahead and wrong way. White spray chalk and sandwich boards will also be used to mark turns and significant areas. Any pavement will be marked using YELLOW Spray Paint.

tapeIs the course shut down for race use only on race day? No. This is an open course and you may encounter other users (bikers, hikers, equestrians) during the race. You must abide by Forest regulations which requires bikers yield to hikers and horses. Beware of cars on fire road and pavement sections of the course. Pay attention to where you put your bike down. Do not block the roads/traffic with your bicycle – you will be disqualified. You are also not allowed “additional support” at Rest Stop 3 so please do not send any family or friends to these rest stops to help you.

What is provided at the Rest Stops and how do I shuttle items? Rest Stops will be fully stocked with Heed, plenty of cold Water, PB & J, Soda, Bananas, Oranges and Advil. You can also shuttle any items you like to the rest stop. You will be provided two ziploc bags in your race packet with your number on it. Your race packet bag can also serve as a drop bag since it is numbered also. These are for use to shuttle your personal items. There will be a place at the Start to drop your bags in the morning and they will return there after the Rest Stop has closed. Check the schedule for exact times of return.

Where are the Rest Stops?

  • Rest Stop 1 – Mile 15 – Bottom of Mill Creek Road/Star Gap
  • Rest Stop 2 – Mile 25 – bottom of Jarrett Creek Road at field across from Recreation Area
  • Water Stop – Mile 31 – Midway up Curtis Creek Road
  • Rest Stop 3 – Mile 36 – Top of Curtis Creek Road on other side of Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Rest Stop 4 – Mile 48 – Bottom of Mill Creek Road/Star Gap

Are there cutoff times?

Yes, there are mandatory cut off times.

  • Rest Stop 1 – 12pm
  • Rest Stop 2 – 2pm
  • Rest Stop 3 4pm
  • Rest Stop 4 – 7pm

If riders reach a Rest Stop after these times they must take the road back to the start. They cannot finish the race.

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