This is an opportunity to get on your bike and have an adventure with other courageous souls.
The “race” part happens only if you follow the rules below. We rely on the honor system, so be honorable and have a great ride.
- Ride or hike-a-bike the route under your own power. No ebikes.
- Follow the gpx tracks as best you can. Small deviations (e.g, going around a fallen trees, streams, etc.) and side trips are fine (e.g., going into town for resupply). Purposely skipping significant, rideable sections makes an angel lose its wings.
- You can ride with other people, but everyone needs to be self-sufficient and carry their own gear and supplies. Exception: “Duo” category riders may share equipment and assist each other as needed.
- No drafting – riding behind someone with a gap of less than 1 bike length. Exception: “Duo” category riders may draft off their teammate.
- Get supplies and shelter only from sources that are available to all racers (e.g., don’t have anyone meet you and give you food/water and don’t sleep in your grandma’s cabin). If someone offers you food or water during the race, ask yourself whether other racers will have access to it too. If they won’t, politely decline.
- Carry your gear, food, water, etc. Do not stash gear or supplies along the route.
- Do not arrange for people to meet you along the route to give you supplies, pace you, pep talk you, etc. It’s fine if you unexpectedly run into a fan or someone you know, but they need to respect that you are racing, limit their interaction and not offer assistance (e.g. food or water). Quick high-fives and fist bumps are permitted.
- Follow all traffic laws. You must use lights when riding at night on any public roads.
- Practice “leave no trace”. Do not litter and know how to make a doody in the woods responsibly. There are lots of bears in the area, so know how to responsibly store your food at night.
- Be very courteous to other trail users. Yield (stop and move aside) to hikers, equestrians, uphill bikers, and trail crews. Say hello and let them know how many riders are closely behind you.
- When you finish the course, take a picture of yourself or your bike in front of the Donner Memorial (see below) and post your finish time to the Facebook group.