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Paid Shuttle, Drop Bags, Rescue

Paid Shuttle, Drop Bags & Rescue Service
We are teaming up with a fundraising team from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to offer a shuttle & support package for 210-mile racers that are not able to provide their own shuttle and rescue/support vehicle. All proceeds will go to JDRF. We will also accept a limited number of riders who can get to Friday’s pre-race meeting and Saturday’s start but need drop bag and rescue service. Reserve either service on BikeReg, when or after you register for the race. Here’s what the full service will include:

  • Shuttle Service from Ludington to Lake Huron Start
    • Coach bus or van service to the check-in on the east side at Big Bend Campground. Please park in the small vehicle spaces south of the boat ramp and Loomis ST (1000 feet south of Stearns Park) in Ludington between 3:00 and 3:30 pm on Friday, June 21. Best input for Google Maps is: Stearns Dr & W Loomis St, Ludington, MI 49431.
    • You will arrive at Big Bend in time for check-in and then the 7:30 pm pre-race meeting.
    • Your bike will travel by box truck, snug tight but separated by heavy furniture packing blankets. We are not responsible for any damage to your bike but be assured we will treat them with care.
    • Upon arrival at Big Bend check-in, you may leave your drop bags in the van or truck, especially if you will be biking to another place of lodging (not camping at Point Au Gres Marina or staying in St. Mark’s Church).
    • Continuing bus service after the Friday check-in and pre-race meeting on to the start at Point Au Gres Marina & Campground at Lake Huron OR St. Mark’s church in Au Gres. You must ride 4 miles to the start in the morning but we will go get your camping gear and bring it to the finish line.
    • The service will take your camp gear and a dry clothes bag to the finish line on Saturday.
  • Drop Bags to Each Checkpoint
    • You may provide up to four drop bags. We will provide tags so you can label which bag goes where. Your bags will be dropped at a designated spot at the Gladwin, Marion and Dublin checkpoints and a dry clothes bag will await you at the finish (along with your camping gear).
    • The service will include water and Gatorade at each CP. Look for the tarp or canopy with JDRF sign.
    • The service will NOT include bike mechanical or other support besides water at the checkpoints; don’t be shy as many fellow riders or other support crews can lend a hand.
  • Rescue/Sweeper Vehicle
    • A van and bike trailer will be near the back of the field for those that drop out and need a ride back to Ludington.
    • Keep in mind that, unlike your own rescue/support vehicle, you may have to wait quite a while to be picked up. In an emergency, call 911.
    • The sweeper vehicle will collect bags left at each checkpoint and return them to the finish where your camping gear and a dry clothes bag will be.
    • We will very likely get you your dry bag and camping gear to you before you finish. Your drop bags might arrive later in the evening so our recommendation is to not include any valuables in case you have to leave town before they arrive.

Experienced Team: This same JDRF team handles shuttle and support for the One Day Ride Across Michigan (ODRAM), our paved sibling ride so you will be in good hands. Your contacts are:

  • Cindy- 616-835-1967
  • Linda- 616-292-9664

Cost & Payment: $150 ($50 for drop bag/rescue service only). All profits go to JDRF. This is in addition to your entry fee. Order it under Purchase Event Items when you sign up for the race. If you’ve already signed up, simply go back into BikeReg and order it separately. It will link it to your BikeReg race registration provided you use your same email address (and name). It is fully refundable if you find a support crew or can’t do the race and alert us before registration ends June 19 (the race entry must be transferred to recoup costs; no money back on that).

Capacity: The service has room for 55+ racers and we will accept last minute orders through Friday, June 21.

We hope this allows a lot of racers to race who otherwise would not be able to or takes pressure off a friend or family member, especially if they are not comfortable driving for that long, especially at night.

Letter to registrants:

Welcome!

The second annual Coast to Coast is coming up fast. We hope you are excited! You are receiving this email because you signed up for the JDRF sponsored SAG support.

In the interest of making sure your race experience is as smooth as possible, here are some things you need to know:

We will have four boxes marked with check point 1, 2, 3 and finish. We ask that you mark each of your drop bags with your name and bib number. Tags will be provided. Please place your drop bags in the appropriate box FRIDAY night.

Please use a small cinch, duffle or soft sided bag. No boxes or bins! Think squishy!

We will also have a cooler for perishable nutrition. Please mark which check point and  place in cooler. We will sort to smaller coolers that will be at each check point.

We will have a tarp marked for camping gear collection on Saturday morning. Please mark your gear.

At each checkpoint you will see a pop up tent with a JDRF banner. There will be a table with coolers of water and a container of Gatorade for your use. We will have your marked gear laid out on a tarp. We will have a cooler with your nutrition.

We will have three vehicles on course between checkpoints including a sweeper. We will be keeping track of your locations as you reach each checkpoint.

If you have a mechanics or need to drop out, you will be asked to contact Greg, but we also ask you to contact us so we can find you and pick you up.

Our numbers are:

Cindy- 616-835-1967

Linda- 616-292-9664

Please feel free to contact us either through this email or either of our phone numbers if you have questions concerning the SAG support.

If you are not planning on camping Friday night, please let us know.

That about covers it! We are looking forward to seeing you Friday night. Thank you for helping to support us in our fight to end type 1 diabetes!

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