Happy 2023 from Desert Gravel
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MUST-READ RIDER MANUAL
All riders must also read your distance specific supplement
Below is information that applies to the entire event. Additionally, you will find and are required to read the information and rules for your specific distance. Please keep in mind that we reserve the right to change the rules, courses, routes, and guidelines or cancel the event before or during the event to keep you safe.
Emergency – In the case of any emergency for you or a fellow rider call 911. Each aid station will have a Search and Rescue medic for non-emergency help. Should you need their assistance just ask for help at any aid station. We will have a medical tent at the start-finish line also.
The weather is almost always great here. Late April especially is generally ideal for riding. That said, when it isn’t great, it can be bad. Rain is a blessing here and always needed. A little rain makes riding incredible, with no dust, firm sand, and excellent traction. If it rains significantly, the roads are impassable. A lot of rain, and it is game over, the event will be canceled.
Currently, no restrictions – We will update as necessary. As always, in our “new normal,” give space and respect for the health and safety of those around you.
Traffic. ALL DISTANCES, ALL ROUTES take place on 100% open, public roads! Road rules and laws must be followed—zero tolerance from us in this situation. If we find you running stop signs, crossing yellow lines, etc., you will be disqualified.
Once in the desert, it is remote, and you may feel all alone. STAY ON THE RIGHT ALWAYS! Trust us; a big Mac truck could be hauling ass right at you coming over that hill or around that corner.
ALL riders are required to have an operational and turned-on rear red blinking light for the entire event.
ALL riders are required to carry and use GPS navigation for this event. Either a GPS-enabled computer or a smartphone. Our maps are created in Ride With GPS, and this app works very well on your phone if you choose not to use a computer.
Additionally, all riders are required to download and print Cue sheet turn by turn directions for your course and carry these with you as backup navigation. Final and official GPS files and downloadable map links will be sent to you on or around April 15th. We will place signage on courses. This signage is extensive, but we cannot guarantee that course markings will remain in place, as they could be interfered with by cows or desert dwellers. Please use GPS
Official course maps and cue sheets will be sent and posted on or before April 15th. Please, do not use previously published maps as changes could be made. We reserve the right to change, adjust, and amend any course due to weather, safety or environmental concerns at any point before or during the event.
All courses follow the same route for the first 15 miles. The 50, 75, 100, and 125 follow the same course to aid #2, mile 39. The 100 and 125 stay together until mile 45. The 125 continues until aid #3 (for them) at mile
All courses have the potential to experience some sections of 2-way bike traffic once headed “inbound” on your course. This is another reason to “stay right.” Don’t be overly concerned if you see cyclists come back at you (these would always be the leaders of one distance coming back on the slower riders farther back in the field or shorter distance).
Our event is chip timed. Your chip is attached to your number plate. Each aid station has a timing strip that must be crossed for your trip and segment times to be captured.
Please pay attention to the timing area/strip/chute at each aid station and be sure you pass over it.
Semi live on course updates will be available at https://my.raceresult.com/197480/live
Neutral Start and Race Finish.
To help with the traffic concerns, to keep you safe, to get you warmed up and ready to race all distances have a 7-mile neutral start with sheriff escort. NO RACING OUT OF TOWN. Enjoy the warmup.
The timing stops when you hit the finish line at the park.
Gravel is about adventure and self-reliance. In the spirit of this, many gravel events don’t provide aid stations. That’s cool, and we ride many of those events. But we want to add this support so you can focus less on what to carry and more on the views. Primary race nutrition and hydration electrolyte provided by Skratch Labs.
Crew(s) are allowed at most aid stations.
See Crew Document for details and directions
No aid is allowed on the course. Crews are not allowed on any section of the course other than the designated aid stations. Crewing outside of aid stations or on the course is grounds for disqualification. Aid station access for the 30 miler is not available.
75, 100 and 125 will have drop bag option at aid #2.
This means 100 will have a second shot and your bag, inbound mile 61. And, 125 a second time at mile 84.
You must CLEARLY LABEL the drop bag with your name and race number. Mark it well – you will be required to find your drop back on your own. The better you label it the more organized we’ll have it.
It needs to be a reasonable size (such as a race-tote, musette bag) or 6 pack cooler. Drop bags need to be dropped off prior to your start on Saturday morning at the start/finish area (this zone will be marked). Drop bags may not be retrievable after the race until Sunday morning at the finish area. We will do what we can to get them back late Saturday but no guarantees. If your crew supports you at aid #2 remind them to pick up your bag. Any items/bags not claimed by end of day on Sunday, April 24th will be donated
We will have several official sweep vehicles on the course. Due to the distances involved these may be near or very far from you at any given point. They will have a limited supply of sealant, pump, tubes and basic tools. They are here for your safety, not as your ‘mechanic’. Taking assistance from the sweepers is legal for all riders. Sweep will also take you to an aid station should you need to be taken off the course.
All distances will have age-group awards for women and men in each 10 yr age bracket, such as 20-29, 30-39, etc. All finishers will receive a course-specific finisher award (they are cool too).
Food and Beer
You will receive a beer ticket (21+) and a food ticket with your packet.
Several food trucks will be on sight – each offering one to several meal choices in exchange for your ticket. Additionally, Hot Tomato is offering $10 off your order with your ticket and, Mikes Chicken is offering $8 off.
all participants from a stationary, non-movable location (for example, assistance in the form of mechanical help, food, water, bike parts would all be acceptable). Participants MAY NOT receive outside assistance from spectators, team managers or friends who are viewing the event, from event staff or from support persons on the course who have planned to assist teams. Any violation will result in disqualification.
Last but not least. Whatever monster you’ve decided to face – This is going to be tough. That is the point – We want you to test yourself, to suffer, and ultimately overcome. When you find yourself in the pit of despair try this…. Look up. Take a big breath of this fresh clean air. Relax those shoulders and then… Look around you, all around. Take it in. The blue in the big open sky. The purple hues tucked in the layers of the hills. The incredible colors one upon the other. The cliffs, stacked like books as far as you can see. Once that all settles in remind yourself of this. You are healthy, you are alive, you are on your bike riding through the desert, and you are strong enough to get it done. Repeat often and enjoy the journey.
Awards Presentation Schedule
30, 50, 75 – Overall and age group. 1:30 pm
100,125 Overall 1,2,3 awards 2:30pm, Age group 5pm
Food and Beer service will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 7p.m.
FinisherPix will be our official photographer on the course. Register now and save.