Rider Support

Prescott Pass Riders

 Prescott Pass (noun): The Prescott Pass is a list of riders who have finished within the 1st hour of the 1st place rider within the last 2 years of the Off-Road Series and Tour of the White Mountains. This is not based on category or gender, but based on distance. These riders will be placed in the front corral of the Whiskey Off-Road.

Rider Categories

15 Proof Fun Ridebut a challenge too 30 Proof – Male & Female 50 Proof – Male & Female
30 Proof Jr. (18yrs & Under) 50 Proof Jr. (18yrs & Under)
30 Proof Singlespeed 50 Proof Singlespeed
30 Proof Open (19-44yrs) 50 Proof Open (19-44yrs)
30 Proof Master (45-59yrs) 50 Proof Master (45-59yrs)
30 Proof Distinguished (60yrs+) 50 Proof Distinguished (60yrs+)

Packet Pickup

Amateur: Friday, 12pm – 9pm, Whiskey Row
Pro: Friday, 3pm – 4pm, Hassayampa Inn
Rider must present a government issued ID to receive a packet

Mandatory Pre-ride Meeting, 30- & 50-Proof

Amateur: Friday, 8:00p, Main stage on south Courthouse Steps

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.

Aid Station Locations

• There are 4 aid stations on the 50 Proof backcountry course

• #2 and #4 are the same location. Aid station #3 is located at the lowest point in Skull Valley and is followed by a16-mile climb to Sierra Prieta Overlook.

• Participants are allowed to receive “hand-ups” from their support crew at each comfort station, and at the intersection of FR 373/Thumb Butte Circle and Copper Basin Rd (one mile from the top of the Skull Valley climb).

• Support crew at the Wolverton aid station are only able to access the Wolverton comfort station (#1) by driving to the Aspen Club TH and then riding or hiking to the intersection of FR48.

• Copper Basin aid station support crew are only able to access the Copper Basin comfort station (#2 & #4) by driving to the FR 373/Copper Basin intersection and then either walking or pedaling to the aid station location, roughly 2 miles down hill. No vehicles are allowed on the course past FR 373/Copper Basin & Thumb Butte Circle intersection.

• All rider support must travel to and from aid station #3 via Iron Springs Rd.

Specific aid station locations can be found on the detailed course map page here.

Aid Station Fare

Each station will be equipped with bagels, donuts, cookies, bananas, oranges and pickles.

Hydration mix(s), gels & CLIF Products will be provided by event nutrition partner(s) and announced through pre-event communications.

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

Plan to start the event with a full hydration pack and plenty of food.

Start of Event

Each Epic Rides Off-Road Series event features a corral format start line with individual staging areas labeled from “fastest” to “just want to finish”. To line-up in the front row riders will need to qualify for a Fast Pass. A Fast Pass can be earned by finishing within one hour of the fastest finisher in a prior Off-Road Series event. Each corral after the front/fastest group is open to riders based on the honor system.

The Fast Pass is distributed with rider number plates during Packet Pickup.

Cutoff Times & DNF’s

Saturday: Participants arriving to the Thumb Butte/Copper Basin Rd. intersection after 2:15p will be re-routed for safety down Copper Basin Rd. to the finish area and will be considered be a DNF (did not finish). Re-routed riders will also receive 50% Off on the following years Whiskey Off-Road registration as a start line redemption opportunity. 

If a rider “DNF’s” they are expected to report to the Timing Tent to inform they are no longer on the course.

Course Support – Hours of Operation

The 15 Proof event is finished at 6:00p and the fat tire crit will be finished at 7:15p on Friday. The 30 & 50 Proof events are finished at 4:00p on Saturday. The 50 Proof Pro event is finished at 2:00p on Sunday. After each event day is finished, all course support will be closed.

Parking

Whiskey Off-Road event weekend has been designed so that all participants are able to arrive to town on Friday, park their car and put away the keys until they are ready to depart toward home Sunday afternoon.

Out of respect for local establishments in the downtown area, we encourage all attendees to park in designated parking areas so as to not inadvertently fill up parking spots that are needed for local area patrons unaffiliated with the event. The parking lot located one block west of Whiskey Row for event attendees.

Spectator Directions

So you’re ready to do some cheering and support riders when they need it most? Great, choose either of the two locations below to do some hooting and hollering while supporting friends, family and random riders. Just remember to be respectful of the Prescott National Forest and volunteers in the area that are helping with crowd control. And, don’t forget your cowbell!

Location 1: Intersection of Copper Basin Rd. and Thumb Butte Rd./FR 373. To access this location, spectators are required to drive up Copper Basin Rd. For rider safety purposes, absolutely no vehicles will be allowed to access the course past this intersection. Please plan to park and hang out while cheering on riders as they approach the final mile of the climb from the Copper Basin aid station. Spectators are welcome to walk to Sierra Prieta Overlook from here if they’d like an expansive view of the riders ascending from Skull Valley!

Riders will begin passing through this section at 9:45a on Saturday & 10:00a on Sunday. 

Directions to Copper Basin/Thumb Butte from Downtown Prescott

Location 2: The creek crossing just before riders exit the trail system and return toward downtown Prescott on Thumb Butte Rd. To access this location, spectators are encouraged to drive to Thumb Butte Park. Park their cars ($5 cash forest service fee) and then walk to the creek crossing nearby. This location can get a little rowdy… 

Directions to Thumb Butte Park from Downtown Prescott

Riders will begin passing through this section at 10:15a on Saturday & 11:00a on Sunday.

Spectators note: Please remember to be a good steward of the land when venturing into nature. Pack out what you pack in. Thank you!

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