Rider FAQ

Oz Pass (noun): The Oz Pass is a list of riders who have finished within the 1st hour of the 1st place rider within the last 2 years at an Epic Rides Off-Road Series event or at Tour of the White Mountains. This is not based on category or gender but based on distance. Riders with an Oz Pass have earned the opportunity to line up in the front corral on ride day at the Oz Trails Off-Road event.

 

Oz Pass

Rider Categories

 

 Ozark 25 Fun Ridebut a challenge too Ozark 35 – Male & Female Ozark 50 – Male & Female
Ozark 35 Jr. (18yrs & Under) Ozark 50  Jr. (18yrs & Under)
Ozark 35 Singlespeed Ozark 50 Singlespeed
Ozark 35 Open (19-44yrs) Ozark 50 Open (19-44yrs)
Ozark 35 Master (45-59yrs) Ozark 50 Master (45-59yrs)
Ozark 35 Distinguished (60yrs+) Ozark 50 Distinguished (60yrs+)

Packet Pickup & Mandatory Pre-Ride Meeting

Packet Pickup

Amateur: Friday, 12p – 9p, Bike & Gear Expo
Pro: Friday, 2p – 3p

Rider must present a government issued ID to receive a packet. If you are not able to pickup your packet, a friend or family member can with a copy (photo on your phone is fine) of your ID. 

Mandatory Pre-Ride Meeting

Amateur: Friday, 7p, Blake Street Beer Garden
Pro: Friday, 2p

This meeting is when Epic Rides briefs the group on important course & event updates/changes for the following day’s activities. In essence, this is a safety meeting.

Cut Off Times & DNFs

Ozark 25 – No cut-off, stay the course and complete your ride

Ozark 35 – Lake Ann Aid Station at 11:00 am, riders will be redirected on a bailout route

Ozark 50 – Intersection of Euston & Commonwealth Rd where the Ozarks 35 & 50 split, riders will be redirected along the Ozark 35 route

As a rule of thumb, with support from event volunteers Epic Rides typically places aid stations every 12 – 15 miles along the route.

Plan to start the event with a full tank of water and plenty of food. These are items the rider should plan to provide for the start of the event through the first Aid Station. Thereafter each aid station will have adequate supplies to fuel all riders to the finish.

Because this is an endurance event and the courses have a high percentage of singletrack, we highly encourage the use of a hydration pack.

Course Support – Hours of Operation

The Ozark 25 event is finished at 6:00p and the El Yucateco Pro Fat Tire Crit will be finished by 7p on Friday. The Ozark 35 & 50 events are finished at 4:00p on Saturday. The Ozark 50 Pro backcountry event is finished at 2:00p on Sunday. After each event day is finished, all course support will be closed.

Spectator Directions

Words don’t do justice to the amount of support a cheering fan can provide simply through being trailside and clapping or offering encouragement for a rider.

1. Blowing Springs Trail Head. Easy to get to off of Blowing Spring Road with plenty of parking.
2. Under the bluffs on the south end of Lake Ann. A bit of a hike but a super rad spot for photo and cheering on the riders.
3. Trail Course Split off of Commonwealth Road. Easy parking and a quick hike to the trail.
4. North end of the Ledges. An easily accessible spot great for grabbing some chairs and watching the riders roll in.

Epic Rides will identify key areas on the course that provide fun viewing for spectators as well as helpful presence for the riders when they need it most. This information will be shared through the Oz Trails Off-Road Facebook page plus posted here prior to event weekend. Please stay tuned…