Below is some information to help w/ your weekend at this years event. Ridge Riders are pretty stoked to see all the riders beating down the local Five-0 trail. Thanks!
Packet Pick-up will be on Saturday Sept. 1st at City Park Pavilion from noon to 6pm. At this time you will be able to change anything that needs changing . Make sure you are signed up in the right class and wave!
Race Start- Make sure you start in the Wave you signed up for!! The start is a neutral rollout until you hit the gravel road. Try not to do much passing at this point as everyone is trying to maintain their position here. The racing should start once you hit the gravel road. Wave 1 starts at 7:10am. If you are a pro rider or someone who hopes to place in the top 10 please line up on the front of the line at the start. Other riders PLEASE line up behind them and stay behind them during the rollout! If you are going to finish between 4 to 5 hours line up in the Middle to back accordingly. Wave 2 starts at 7:20am. Wave 3 starts at 7:30am. ALL RIDERS: THERE IS A DOWNHILL ON A ROAD, DURING THE ROLLOUT, THAT YOU TAKE A SHARP LEFT HAND TURN ON. PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON THIS DOWNHILL AND TRY TO MAINTAIN YOUR POSITION AS THE RACING SHOULDN'T BE STARTING YET!!
Race-There are 4 aid stations and the unofficial 'Bacon Station' on the course. These stations will all have water, Heed Hammer drink, and various food items such as cookies, fruit, bars, etc. (except the Bacon Station: Just Beer and Bacon). There will be a limited amount of Hammer Gels so please only take what you need, and try to pick up any trash you have, PLEASE DON'T LITTER on the trail!!
The course is marked with pink Ribbon and arrows, and ground paint in a few areas. We try to mark the course so that you shouldn't go far without seeing a ribbon or arrow. If you go more than a 1/2mile without seeing some type of marking you probably took a wrong turn! Keep your eyes open and you shouldn't get lost!!
There are several gravel road crossings that we should have volunteers at to help with traffic, but you are ultimately responsible for your own safety! The last two miles of the course is also a downhill gravel road, so be careful as the gravel can be loose, and watch for cars on this section!!
We are changing the finish line to a straight shot this year, rather than turning into the parking lot. This way if you are battling for position you will have a straight shot for a sprint finish!
ANY RIDER THAT DOES NOT FINISH NEEDS TO LET THE TIMING PEOPLE KNOW, SO THAT YOU ARE ACCOUNTED FOR. Failure to do this will result in not being allowed to race in any future event!
The Kids race will begin at 3pm. Strider will have a course set up for kids to ride from noon to 3pm. Races will be by age 5,4,3,and 2. Sign up at the strider booth for race. It will be staged behind the bandshell this year, rather than around it!
Awards Ceremony will start at 4:00 with awards handed out to the top finishers in each category. SRAM has once again supported our race with a big sponsorship, and will be giving away some great prizes to the top finishers!! Also stick around for the raffle after the awards ceremony. Everyone who entered the race has a chance to win some great prizes, donated by more great sponsors including Pearl Izumi, Specialized/Two Wheeler Dealer, Twin Six, Rushmore Mountain Sports, Ergon, Black Hills Vision Care, and Dykstra Pottery, among others...
Food and Music will start around 12noon with Barbacoas and Bay Leaf providing the food. Please keep in mind that all riders should be able to eat and only take one trip through the food line. We'd like to have food left for the riders that come in over 6 hours so please be courteous by only taking one trip through the food line! Crow Peak brewery will also be at the park providing beverages to the racers! This year the city is cracking down on us though, and we were required to put up fencing for a 'beer garden'. Just be sure if you are drinking you stay in the 'beer garden'.....we'd like to continue offering beer in the park, so we have to follow the rules if we want this to continue!
Spectators: If you have family or friends as spectators please ask them to read this or discuss this with them! There is a LOT OF TRAFFIC on the gravel road going to aid stations. Please drive slowly to keep the dust down!! Also there is an alternative route to and from the second aid station. You can get there by driving up Spearfish Canyon(US 14) to Savoy(about 13 miles). Once there stay to the right onto the gravel road Roughlock Falls Rd. Take next right onto Tinton Rd/Tollgate Rd and follow this all the way to the Second Aid Station. Please use this route if you can, to cut down on the amount of traffic and dust on Tinto Rd. Also once at the aid stations please park back away from the course and stay off the course!! Finally..... the food and beer is for the racers, not the spectators!!
After Party! After the race The Dry Creek Grill (formerly known as Spearfish Chophouse) will be hosting live music and a beer garden. Killian's Tavern will also be having a Labor Day Jam with live music and outdoor seating area. By having two restaurants involved in an after party, we are hoping to cut down the wait time for food!
Bike Shops: Visit Two Wheeler Dealer or Rushmore Mtn. Sports for all of your biking/repair needs!
Places to eat: Please try to support our local sponsors by eating at Barbacoa's (great burrito's), The Dry Creek Grill (located at the mouth of the Canyon), Bay Leaf Cafe (nice downtown location with outdoor seating) and Killian's Tavern (located on Jackson Blvd, across from Common Cents).
See you all soon and Pedal Power!
I would like to congratulate Christian Baird for winning the Five-0 Art Contest!
Big Thanks to some of our prominent Sponsors!