1. Have fun.
We mountain bike because it’s fun, and we host this event to support the trails we enjoy and so you can come ride our favorite trails and have fun with us. If we aren’t having fun we’re doing it wrong. If you aren’t having fun you’re doing it wrong too. If you show up with a bad attitude we’re going to tell you to go home.
Following are some guidelines to level the playing field between riders. If you do any of this you aren’t being a good sport and you are compromising everyone else’s fun, so you’re going to get the boot.
During the event, all decisions of qualified medical personnel (whether a race volunteer or not, shit happens), or any aid station captain is final.
1. All riders MUST check-in on Saturday morning so that we know you have started the race and are on the course. If you do not check-in Saturday morning, we will assume that you did not start and will list you as a DNS. Consequently, no one will look for you if you should become lost.
2. Rider bib must be worn on the front of your bike. Aid station volunteers need to know your number so they can check you in. It is the rider’s responsibility to insure that you have been checked into and out of each manned aid station.
3. ABSOLUTELY NO LITTERING! You will be disqualified if you are caught littering. We operate under permit from the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks. In order to remain in good standing with these organizations and ensure that the race can be permitted in future years, we must respect the course and the land it covers.
4. No aid is allowed from a moving bike/vehicle. Crews may only provide aid to their rider at designated aid stations.
5. Any rider accepting a ride for any reason will be disqualified.
6. Riders must follow the marked course at all times. If you should inadvertently depart from the course, you must return to the point where you left the course and continue from there (i.e., no bushwacking and joining up with the course at a different location).
7. Riders/crew may not stash supplies along the trail.
8. Crew members, please remember that pets must be leashed at all times and should never be on the course.
9. All parking signs must be followed. No parking is allowed in driveways. All parking at handler access stations must be out of traffic and must not block roads or driveways. Handlers must follow directions of aid station personnel. While parking areas are available at each trailhead/aid station, the amount of space may be limited on race day depending on runner/crew traffic. Please be cautious when driving/maneuvering near the trailheads.
10. If you decide to drop from the race, make certain that proper procedures are followed: THE RIDER OR CREW MUST NOTIFY RACE PERSONNEL AT ONCE AT THE CLOSEST AID STATION. This policy is for your safety. We want to keep track of our riders along the course.
11. Extra supplies may be left at check-in on Friday for delivery to the aid stations that you specify. See the list of available drop-off points. Supplies must be in a durable bag, clearly marked with the rider bib number and the station to which it is to be delivered. Please keep the size of drop bags reasonably. Race personnel reserve the right to leave behind any overly large or heavy drop bags. Most drop bags will be returned to the finish line by 9:00pm on Saturday. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST, STOLEN OR FORGOTTEN ARTICLES. ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE FOR RETURN OF ANY ITEMS NOT PICKED UP ON SUNDAY.
12. We do not offer refunds. Under extenuating circumstances we will roll over a registration to the next year.
13. Abuse of volunteers, both verbal and most certainly physical, will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification. Volunteers are integral to the success of the race. If you are frustrated about something, there is a 99.9% chance that it is not the volunteers’ fault. If you have complaints, issues, constructive criticism, tirades, rants, etc. and feel the need to vent, please do so with one of the race directors.
13. You must complete the entire race on the same bike.