Course & Aid Info

New Course for 2021

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Following are details for each route offered through the OZ Trails Off-Road backcountry mountain bike event.


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OZARK 50 MAP    OZARK 30 MAP   OZARK 15 MAP

Ozark 15 Backcountry Course

Ozark 30 Backcountry Course

Ozark 50 Backcountry Course

Aid Stations & Rider Support Crews

Our wonderful volunteers will staff 4 Aid Stations throughout the weekend:

  1. Slaughter Pen Aid Station (Fun Ride Only)
  2. Pinyon/Ledges Aid Station (Ozark 50 & 30)
  3. Lake Ann Aid Station (Ozark 50 Only)
  4. Veterans Memorial Aid Station (Ozark 50 & 30)

 

SUPPORT CREWS

Participants may receive “hand-ups” from their support crews at the following locations:

  • Lake Ann Aid Station
  • Veterans Memorial Aid Station

 

AID STATIONS
  • Ozark 15 Fun Ride: Slaughter Pen Aid Station
  • Ozark 30 backcountry course:
    • Pinyon/Ledges Aid Station
    • Veterans Memorial Aid Station
  • Ozark 50 backcountry course:
    • Pinyon/Ledges Aid Station
    • Lake Ann Aid Station
    • Veterans Memorial Aid Station

 

Aid Station Fare

As the fueling and hydration partner of Epic Rides, Hammer Nutrition is pleased to provide participants with the fuel and hydration accouterments necessary to complete their effort at the OZ Trails Off-Road.
 
Plus, leading up to the event, each registrant will receive a special first-time buyer code for 20% off when purchasing from Hammer Nutrition online and 5 fueling and hydration tips to prepare for success on event day!

Each Aid station on the course is equipped with Hammer Nutrition products (incl. Hammer gel, Heed, endurolites, and Hammer bars) plus cookies, pretzels, oranges, and yes, pickles.

If a rider prefers a different hydration mix, we encourage them to bring their own and mix with the water provided on the route.

Each aid station is roughly 10 miles apart. Please plan to start the event with a full hydration pack and plenty of food to get to Aid 1.

And remember, always thank the volunteers☺

Cut-Off Times & DNF

Friday: Fun Ride support ends at 5:30p. If the director anticipates you may not make this time limit, you may be asked to reroute in the most direct manner to the finish.

Saturday:  In order to ensure riders return to the finish before course support (Medical, Traffic, Police, Comm, Volunteers) ends at 4:00p, the following cutoffs have been established:

  • Ozark 50 riders arriving after 11:00a at the Pinyon/Ledges Aid Station (14.8 miles in) wll be asked to continue on the Ozark 30 route and will be considered a DNF.
  • Ozark 50 riders arriving after 1:45p at the Veterans Memorial Aid Station (38.8 miles in) will be asked to remain on the Razorback Greenway to Crystal Bridges to regain the course and will be considered a DNF.
  • Ozark 30 riders arriving after 1:45p at the Veterans Memorial Aid Station (23.6 miles in) will be asked to remain on the Razorback Greenway to Crystal Bridges to regain the course and will be considered a DNF.

Riders cut off by the director will be considered a DNF (Did Not Finish), along with DNFs due to medical issues and mechanical failures. DNF riders may receive 50% Off on the following year’s OZ Trails Off-Road registration as a start line redemption opportunity.

All DNF riders are expected to report to the Epic Rides tent to notify an Epic Rides crew member that they are no longer on the course.

Course Support – Hours of Operation

The Ozark 15 event is finished at 5:30p and the El Yucateco Pro Fat Tire Crit will be finished by 7:30p on Friday. The Ozark 30 & 50 events are finished at 4:00p on Saturday. The Ozark 50 Pro backcountry event is finished at 1:30p on Sunday. After each event day is finished, all course support will be closed.