The ride officially ends at 10:00 pm (to qualify for an I DID IT! t-shirt), but riders may continue until 11:00 pm to earn Triple Crown credit. Anyone still on the course after 11:00 pm will not be listed as an official finisher. After ten, support on the road and at the finish will be minimal.
Should I bring lights?
The ride is scheduled for a Saturday near the longest day of the year, and lights are not needed at the 5:30 am start. Full dark arrives around 9:00 pm. If you think you'll be out later than that, put your lights in a bag with your name and the name of the rest stop where you want to pick them up, and we'll deliver them for you. (We provide bags.) While some riders have their lights delivered to Ft. Ross, the more realistic option is the last stop at Monte Rio. It's 17 miles from the finish, and if you haven't reached there by full dark (9:00), you'll be hard-pressed to finish by the 10:00 time limit. Besides, you don't really want to carry the extra weight up the Ft. Ross climb.
What's the support like?
We provide sag support and rest stops on a level geared to a fit rider. There are six full rest stops and four informal water stops, coming closer together later in the event. There are numerous sag vehicles and ham radio contacts roving the course. We offer energy drink mix at all stops (in fact a wide array of Hammer Nutrition products). Private sags are prohibited. If you have a spouse or friend who serves as a private sag for you at other events, we may add them to our sag fleet, but they must work for all riders.
How does check-in work?
Number bibs, each with a rider's name on it, will be laid out in alphabetical order. Find your name/number, pin it on, grab a map, and you're checked in. Simple as that.
Santa Rosa, CA 95406