Rules and Expectations

General Format

The “24 Hours in the Old Pueblo” is a team relay and solo rider mountain bike event.

The race begins at 12:00 PM on Saturday and ends 24 long grueling hours later at 12:00 PM Sunday. Both team and solo riders will compete for prizes.

This race will include these categories:

  • Solo Men
  • Solo Women
  • Solo Single Speed Male
  • Solo Single Speed Female
  • Duo Male
  • Duo Female
  • Duo Co-ed
  • 4 Person Men Open
  • 4 Person Women Open
  • 4 Person Single Speed (male/female distinction not necessary)
  • 5 Person Co-ed – Must have at least 1 person of the opposite sex.
    Cumulative age categories = 0-149, 150-199, 200-249, 250+
  • Corporate Team – 6 – 10 teammates, each rider must complete at least one lap

Five-person teams are coed and must include at least one rider of each gender represented. In addition, five-person teams will have five separate age categories that can be determined by adding up all the ages of all five riders. These categories include combined ages 0-149, 150-200, 200-249 and 250+. The corporate team category consists of six to ten riders with no male/female restrictions. Corporate teams need not necessarily have sponsorship. All registered team riders in the corporate category must complete at least one lap.

The course will consist of a 16-mile loop including eight or more miles of single track. The trails for this course have been designed specifically for 24-hour desert racing. Bring tweezers and a comb.

The race will have a Lemans style start and utilize a baton handoff between completions of laps. Each team captain must verify that each team members name has been registered on the log in / log out sheet by 11:30 am on Saturday. Riders will be assigned a number plate which must be attached to the bike any time a rider is in the transition area or on the course. Defacing of number plates is not allowed. Decorating team baton is encouraged.

Starting Procedure 

Start time for the race will be at 12:00 pm on Saturday. The race will utilize a Lemans style starting procedure. The Lemans style start is preferred, because it ensures a safe and exciting method for starting a large number of riders. It consists of having all the riders line up at the starting line, at which time a pistol is fired. The riders will then run a designated 400-yard course (approx.) to the bike racks to pick-up their bikes. The racers will then continue onto the racecourse. All starting riders must have their bikes pre-positioned in the bike racks and be logged-in prior to the start of the race. All riders on deck; those riders who are waiting for their teammate to complete a lap, must be logged into the manual timing sheet no later than 15 minutes prior to their teammate’s completion of the lap.

General Rules

Each team must designate both a team captain and co-captain. All correspondence for a team before, during and after the race must be conducted through and only through the team captain. In the event that a team captain is unavailable, the co-captain may represent the team. However, only team captains may file a a protest. Team captains and co-captains are required to attend the pre-race meeting, we also encourage you to invite your entire team to the meeting as an opportunity for them to clarify any questions regarding the event prior to starting time.

Only team members and ride workers are allowed in the rider transition area while the ride is being conducted. A rider on the course may be supported on the course only by other registered riders. Those riders may be a different team and must enter the course under their own power, either on foot or on a bicycle. Any rider who has entered the course in support of another may bring equipment and tools and may even swap bikes with the rider in need of support. Cannibalizing bike parts is permitted in this race.

Anyone, including other racers, may supply a racer on the course with food and water. However, racers taking on food or water must exit and stay clear of the course. Water will be stationed at the check in station. It is important that no one litter the course. Any racer found intentionally littering the course will be disqualified along with the rest of their team members. The race director will determine all penalties and disqualifications.

Riders pushing bikes must yield the right of way to racers riding bikes. Whenever possible, a racer pushing a bike should yield the most rideable portion of the trail to those who are riding their bicycles. A racer pushing a bicycle may overtake a racer riding a bicycle so long as the racer riding a bicycle is not impeded.

Lapped riders must yield to riders in the lead. Any rider attempting to overtake another must be vocal. Phrases like “track left”, “track right” must be shouted out. A challenging rider must overtake a lapped rider safely and lapped rider must yield on a challenging riders first command.

In the event that two or more riders are vying for position, the lead rider does not necessarily have to yield to the challenging rider, however, any attempt to interfere with or impede a challenging rider is considered unsportsmanlike and is not permitted.

Any attempt by a logged in a racer to take a (short-cut) off of the designated course will result in the immediate disqualification of that racers entire team. Additional penalties, including a permanent banishment of that racer and/or their team from all future races, may be imposed. All penalties to be determined by the race director.

All racers must conduct themselves in a civilized manner. Use of foul or intimidating language or behavior towards anyone including other racers or race officials on or off the course will not be tolerated. Any racer found in violation of this regulation will be penalized. This penalty may include the immediate disqualification of the racer and/or their team. All penalties to be determined by the race director.

Federal, state and local ordinances must be followed at all times.

Only registered racers may ride on the course prior to and during the race.

Protests must be in writing and submitted to the race director any time after the race but no later than 15 minutes after the final race result postings. Only team captains may submit a protest. Protests should describe the incident in detail and contain names, addresses, phone numbers and signatures of participants and witnesses to the incident. A $20.00 cash deposit must accompany all protests. The race director shall make an immediate ruling on the protest. Should the ruling be against the team the deposit will be forfeited. If the ruling is in favor of the team and the protest upheld, the deposit shall be refunded. The race director will make all final rulings.

Riders must have a primary light rated at a minimum of six watts or 150 lumens during the night ride. Riders must also carry a secondary light such as a small flashlight, penlight or similar lighting system.

Racers entering the course after 5:30 PM and before 6:30 AM must have their light mounted and be able to demonstrate that they are properly functioning. Riders must have their lights burning between 6:00 PM and 6:30 AM. Riding with lights off between these times in an effort to conserve energy is dangerous and will not be permitted. Any team found riding with their lights off, can be disqualified. Riders may turn off and remove their lights after 6:30 AM. All lights on/lights off times are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Announcements of the exact times will be made during the race.

Each racer is responsible for their lighting system and battery supply. A neutral charging station will be provided for all riders. All racers should label their batteries and chargers with their team name. Epic Rides will not be responsible for lost or stolen equipment.

All co-ed teams are required to have a minimum one person of the opposite sex AND each person on the team is required to complete a minimum of one-night lap in order to be considered in contention for a top 10th or 15th spot depending upon a number of teams in a category. On a co-ed team, each member is required to have no less than two (2) laps completed from the most completed by the team member with the most laps.

Minimum Age Requirement: Epic Rides has no minimum age per se. We do have a minimum lap time. We do this to assure a safe environment on the course for all participants (same reason we limit the solo field). All riders should be able to complete the lap in one hour forty minutes or less. Otherwise, anyone moving slower than that can become an unsafe moving obstacle along the course putting both themselves and the many other riders required to pass them at risk. If it’s an option we highly recommend heading out for a pre-ride on the course to get a feel for lap times.

E-bikes are not allowed.

Check-In Station

Each racer (including soloists) must log in and log out at the check-in station located at the start/finish area (exchange tent). A team baton will be used and must be passed from the rider completing a lap to the registrar. The registrar will then record the login time and the baton will be passed to the rider logging out before that rider can begin his/her lap. Once the baton has been handed to the registrar, the rider has officially logged out. The logout time is the login time for the next rider regardless of whether or not that rider is present to receive the baton. If the rider is to continue on for another lap he or she must still hand over the baton to the registrar and have it handed back prior to beginning the next lap. If a rider fails to do this, only one lap will be recorded. Any team who lost their baton will receive a five-minute penalty. If a team cancels a rider’s lap and is starting the lap over with a new rider, a new baton will be issued without a penalty. However, the team’s original baton must be returned to the registrar. The login time recorded for the rider failing to complete the lap will be used as the login time for the new rider. Teams should be sure that each rider is logging in and out correctly.

A rider who has entered the course must complete his or her lap. Rider substitutions can only be made at the check-in station. In the event that a female rider on a five-person team with only one female rider should have to withdraw from the race due to injury or illness, she must have completed two laps in order for that team to qualify. Should a team in another category lose a teammate for the entire race to an injury of illness that team may continue to compete.

Finish

If a rider logs off the course prior to 12:00 PM and no other rider logs in to complete a final lap, that team will be considered a “DID NOT FINISH“.

The ending time for the race is 12:00 PM on Sunday. Any racer still on the course after 12:00 PM will log off after completing the lap. The final finishing places are to be determined by the total number of laps completed and the order in which each team completed the final lap.

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