Our races are for solo riders riding a bicycle without any dedicated assistance. The objective is to ride from the designated start line to the designated finish. Races are run in two different formats:
Trans - race any route from A to B via 4 checkpoints like a budget version of the epic Transcontinental. Tweet a timestamped selfie at the start and finish, first person at the finish wins.
Crossduro - taking the best elements of a MTB enduro, with a cyclocross/gravel grinder-style road race. Race in enduro format from A to B using a defined route; any bike allowed. 5 timed segments comprised of gravel, road, and the odd bike carry. Lots of time for socialising in the non-timed bits. Person with the lowest aggregate time over the segments wins.
Only turn up on the start-line if you agree to abide by the following rules:
#bemoremike - Mike Hall was a self-supported ultra cyclist who won the inaugural World Cycle Race, the Tour Divides twice, and so on (see accolades here). Tragically he died after being struck by a car during the IndyPac race on 31 March 2017. He was founder and race director of The Transcontinental, a race that has helped bring the soul and adventure into bike racing. Known for his uncompromising determination, Mike will be in our thoughts as we endeavour to stay safe and to #bemoremike.
Every rider is responsible for his/her actions. Riders acknowledge that The Racing Collective is run by volunteers with no experience in event management/risk mitigation and many of the routes are untested prior to the event. As such, the rider is responsible for his/her actions; the collective itself carries no liability.
Riders should always consider safety first when making any decisions. Riders acknowledge they are riding on open roads/public rights of way using untested GPS tracks. Riders must know and observe all local traffic laws and act responsibly with regards to other users, especially pedestrians who may feel vulnerable to fast moving bikes. Drafting is allowed but only do so if it is safe.
Cycle helmets, lights, reflective gear and fully functional bicycle with brakes are mandatory.
Riders must follow the 'leave no trace' principles when wild camping and be respectful of others around you. Each rider is an ambassador of the race; if you see another rider drop even the top off a gel wrapper, bring it to their attention that this is not how collective members behave.
Riders should dress appropriately for the conditions at all times and carry enough equipment so that they will be warm enough if they have to stop.
Competitive cycling insurance is mandatory.
No 3rd party support, private lodgings or resupply. All food, drink and equipment must be carried with you or acquired at commercially available services. Riders should ride in the spirit of self-reliance and equal opportunity.
All riders must show evidence of their ride. For 'Trans' events riders must tweet a timestamed selfie at the start and end of your ride using the designated race hashtag; riders should uplaod within 30 mins of finishing. It is also encouraged (but not required) to include the elapsed time (hh:mm) in the title of the Strava ride, complete with a photo from the start, end, and 4 checkpoints. For 'Crossduro' races join the Strava club and appropriate matesrace page prior to the event; upload their ride to Strava within 30 mins of finishing the route [you are advised to record on multiple GPS devices in case a segment isn't picked up on your primary GPS; if your segment fails to record you will be assigned the time of the slowest segment recording of the day].
Buy your fellow racers a beer.Riders understand they are not only the competitors, they are also part of the self-organisation. Tradition has it that the winner buys the second place finisher a drink; the second place rider buys the third place rider a drink; and so on, until the whole field of finishers are catered for. That is, all apart from the winner.
Step2: tweet a timestamped photo at the start mentioning the designated race hashtag.
Step3: ride to the designated finish and with suitable iconic finishing landmark in the background, extend arm and take photo of your exhausted self. Add timestamp and tweet it mentioning the designated race hashtag.
Step4: try to make it to specified rendezvous point before collapsing.
Strava segment pitfalls to avoid for Crossduro races
During a segment if you go the wrong way (~50m or so perpendicular to the route or going the wrong direction along the segment), Strava will discontinue the segment recording and your only solution is to go back to the start and restart the segment!
It is the rider's responsibility to be super careful and alert to turnings etc and navigate appropriately. You will need a designated GPS device fitted to your bike. A phone attached to the bars will get knocked off and a phone in the back pocket is next to useless on complex segments.
If you know you have to deviate from the route you can stop recording, go get some food or whatever you need to do, and restart the recording in exactly the same place you stopped it, the segment will still be recorded (elapsed time so you gain no advantage by stopping it).
Make sure you have enough battery capacity in your GPS/phone for continuous use over the race (external batteries are a no brainer). For multi-day rides you can upload to Strava at the end of each day or pause the recording during the night.
You are advised to record on multiple GPS devices in case a segment isn't picked up on your primary GPS.