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Rules

I attribute my performance to great preparation, a little bit of luck and a whole lot of suffering. – Rebecca Rusch

Additional rules to be added. Consult this page again before the race for a full listing of rules.

Support Crews (aka Rescue Crews)

  • Support crews may support up to three riders.
  • Support vehicles must stay off of the race course. You may not follow along your biker or meet them at any point during the race except at the three designated checkpoints. You must take other roads to reach each checkpoint and the finish line.
  • The primary purpose of the crew is rescue, not support. Support can be provided ONLY at the designated checkpoints.
  • On-the-road support by a rider’s crew is encouraged to address medical/safety concerns but would result in a disqualification from the official standings.
  • If you break down between checkpoints and the checkpoint you already visited is closer, you may return back to that CP for help from your crew

Neutral/Other Support

  • You may access “neutral area” support such as convenience stores, gas stations, public water access and racer or resident help, but only if not pre-planned. There is reasonable cell phone coverage along almost the entire route to communicate between racer and support crew. There are gaps in the Manistee National Forest. Ask other riders if they can call your crew if needed or move to another location for coverage.
  • One biker towing another is allowed ONLY for medical reasons or in the case of extreme fatigue. Racers are allowed to finish the race being towed by another racer but are not eligible for finisher or top finisher awards.

Checkpoints

  • You must LEAVE designated checkpoints by the times listed under Race Details and in pre-race communications. If you arrive at the checkpoint before the cut-off but are not able to leave by the cut-off time, you’ll be required to end your race there. Your crew can drive you to the finish or head home.
  • You will check in with a volunteer at each checkpoint. Please provide your race number. One or more checkpoints may have timing mats to make sure everyone is following the designated route. Make sure to follow volunteer instructions about crossing the mats. If there is good cell coverage, we will share your time at this checkpoint online so friends and family can check-in on your progress, at least this one time. Phone calls to your crew will obviously provide better ongoing monitoring.
  • The volunteer/staff may ask to see your headlamp and rear light.

Equipment

  • All riders must carry the printed cue sheet at a minimum. A GPS cycling computer is recommended as well. All riders using a cycling computer should carry a back-up battery (don’t forget cord).
  • Riders must have a fully charged rear light on at the start of the race until light. Riders must turn the rear light back on at dusk
  • Riders must have a fully charged front handlebar light and/or headlamp on at the start of the race until light. If the start of the race is light, race staff will allow the front light to stay with the support crew until needed at dusk until the finish.

Verification that Course Was Followed

  • Racers should hold each other accountable for following the course and report any violations to race staff. If a racer reappears ahead of others, they should be informed of their mistake.
  • Racers going off course must determine where they left the course and must return to that point or they will be disqualified.
  • Race staff reserve the right to assign penalties or disqualifications. Penalties can be assigned in amounts much greater than any time savings gained from unintentionally following an incorrect route to ensure that there is no benefit gained.

Safety

  • Roads will not be closed for the race. You are responsible for obeying the Michigan Vehicle Code as it applies to bicycles.
  • Please ride off to the right side of the road when possible.
  • Music via headphones/earbuds is not allowed.
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