Q: When is the race?
A: The Grand Depart is Friday, September 3rd, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. Individual Time Trial participants can attempt the route at any time.
Q: Where does the race start?
A: The race starts at Cape Lookout, NC. Riders will take a ferry over from Harker’s Island the previous day. Camping is allowed at Cape Lookout. A ferry will come and pick up the riders on Friday morning for the official start of the race. Click here to book your ferry trip through Island Express Ferry. Remember, you will camp out on Cape Lookout on September 2nd, the evening before the race start. The ferry will come to pick up riders around 8:15 am on September 3rd.
Q: How do I sign up or register for the race?
A: Click here to register.
Q: How are the riders tracked?
A: Each rider will have a SPOT tracker, or similar, linked to Trackleaders.com
Q: Do I need to buy my own SPOT tracker.
A: No, SPOT trackers will be available for rent. If you already own a SPOT tracker, then you can use your own.
Q: How do I navigate the route?
A: You will need a GPS unit. i.e. Garmin eTrex, Garmin Edge, etc.
Q: Where do I find the route?
A: Click here to view the route on Ride With GPS. Route is subject to change.
Q: Can I ride the route with another person?
A: Yes. If you ride the entire route with another person you will be classified as ‘Paired’ riders. Each bicycle is required to have a spot tracker. So if you are riding a tandem, only one Spot Tracker is required. If each individual is riding their own bike, then each individual (bike) must have a Spot Tracker.
Q: What if there is a re-route during the race.
A: In the event of a mandatory re-route, we will contact you via e-mail or Facebook messenger. It is strongly encouraged you have an app such as Ride With GPS, or Google Maps for such re-routes.
Q: Is there an entry fee?
Q: Is there any prize money?
Q: What does self supported mean?
A: See Rules
Q: When does the GPS come out?
A: As soon as we have finished it, we will e-mail you the link.
Q: What type of bike can I use?
A: Mountain bikes are best suited for this race. You will want something that can fit tires 2.0 inches, or larger. Many people have used rigid bikes, but some have also used hard tail and full suspension bikes. It should be a bike that you trust and are very familiar with. It is recommended that you spend lots of time riding with the gear you intend to take for the race.
Q: What type of lights should I use?
A: Dynamo powered lights are great. Battery powered lights can work too, but it will depend on how much night riding you intend on doing. Whichever set up you decide to use, it is required that you have one back up light as well. i.e. headlamp, handlebar light, helmet light, etc. One tail light is also required. Reflective clothing, gear, and stickers are all strongly encouraged to increase your visibility.
Q: What if I have to drop out of the race?
A: If you drop out of the race notify us via Facebook Messenger. We will update Trackleaders with your status.
Q: Are there bike shops along the route?
A: Yes, but very few are actually located on the route. You are required to plan your own journey. This includes going over the gps route, and planning your own resources. Salida, CO has really good bike shops and most riders will stop there for bike maintenance. In the past riders have had to make due with parts from Wal-Mart, hitch rides to other towns, and become very resourceful to fix problems.
Q: Can I mail myself supplies.
A: Yes, you can mail yourself supplies via Post Office General Delivery. See Rules.
Additional questions? We would love to help. Send us a message. Keep in mind this is an adventure. There will probably be a lot of unexpected problems and issues. Plan to the best of your abilities and trust in yourself to solve any issues as they arise.