What kind of training is necessary for this ride?
There are two main elements involved: you must be able to do the miles and the climbing, and you must be able to comfortably ride at least six days out of seven, including the first four days in a row.
This is NOT a ride you can just casually show up for; you'd better have worked on building miles and seat time, as well as climbing. We have 90-mile days, and we have a couple fairly big climbing days. Start training in the spring as soon as the weather allows, and concentrate on extended climbs as well as riding long on successive days.
How can I ship my bike to the event?
We're working with High Country Shipping
, a veteran in the world of shipping for bike events. They will get your bike safely and affordably to our event, coordinating every detail of getting your bike here from anywhere in the world. We'll also have mechanics available to assemble your bike when it arrives and disassemble it for shipping home (they'll charge a reasonable fee for this). See more details on our Transportation page
What should I carry on my bike each day?
There are three main considerations here: food and drink, clothing, and mechanical gear.
While we will have multiple water and rest stops along each day's route, in the end you're responsible for carrying enough liquid with you on the bike. We recommend two water bottles at a minimum, or the equivalent amount in any other hydration system. Always fill up at each stop. Food should not be a problem if you're smart about having a steady intake; between breakfast, rest stops and lunch, you'll have plenty of food choices. If you do find yourself needing fuel on the route, SAG vans have snacks.
Mornings can be brisk at the altitudes of our host towns, so you'll want to dress warmly to start out each day. Plan in layers; we'll have spots along the route where you can take off some clothing and drop it; it'll be delivered later that day.
We'll have bike mechanics in camp and at the major stops of each day's route, and our SAG vans will be equipped to help out with minor mechanicals. But if you don't want to wait for a SAG van, it's wise to carry a basic flat-repair kit and pump or CO2 cartridges.
Other than that, you really don't have to carry anything special. You might like to have a camera – the scenery will demand some photo stops along the way.
What do the SAG vans provide?
Our SAG vans are basically mobile mother ships – there to watch over you and provide general support (SAG stands for "support and gear," after all). They'll be stocked with water, snacks, a few bike-repair supplies, pumps… like that.
Each SAG will have a driver as well as radio communication with event and course officials. They can also get in touch with our ambulance crews or law enforcement if needed.
If you need a SAG's help, flag one down on the road. If you have a mechanical breakdown, they'll help you fix it if possible, get you to the next stop that has a mechanic, or carry you into camp. If you can't continue on the route because you're sick or exhausted, the SAG can take you to the next camp. But they will likely have to stop for other riders along the way, so you may not go directly to camp.
Where will we stay in each town?
We'll work with each host community to choose a site that works for them as well as for our needs. This can include centrally located parks and school grounds; we try to stay within walking distance of the core of each town whenever we can. But occasionally we encounter a section of route where it's not easy to find as much room as we need – or maybe there's not really a town around – so we may have to set up our camp in the nearest suitable place.
We will designate areas in camp for riders to pitch tents. We'll have our infrastructure set up nearby. If you're staying in local lodging, we have shuttles in each town, to get you and your baggage to and from camp.
Are hotels available in each town?
For our planned 2014 route, there is lodging at most of our overnight spots. We'll provide details as soon as the route and host communities are finalized.
Where can I get information during the event?
In each camp there will be a centrally located Help Desk, where customer service volunteers will be available from early morning until bedtime to answer your questions and help with as many needs as possible. Don't hesitate to ask their help.
What if I have special dietary needs?
We will have vegetarian options available at every meal and all rest stops, as well as gluten-free items at every meal. While we will have gluten-free menu items, we do not have a gluten-free kitchen. Please notify us
if you have more specific dietary needs or restrictions, and we'll make every effort to accommodate you, although we cannot cover every dietary need.
What will cell/Internet/WiFi coverage be like?
Unpredictable and somewhat limited. Cell coverage will come and go depending on where we are on the route, although it's generally reliable in most of the towns. Some host communities may open up computer labs for free or a small fee. We will not be able to provide an independent WiFi signal; if such a resource exists in a given town, our Help Desk volunteers will know about it.
For accessing and updating social media, we'll have the Mobile Media Mobile
available in camp each afternoon and evening – when it can get a signal. This RV is set up as a rolling media center, intended for our riders and media to communicate with social media platforms. The Media Mobile is NOT there for you to check email or browse the Internet.
Of course, remember that one of the big draws for riding out in country like this is to get away… so go ahead and unplug yourself!
How can I keep my electronic devices charged?
For 2014, we're planning to have a charging center set up in the CGY camp whenever possible, to make it more convenient than having to go into town to charge devices. However, we can't guarantee that charging will be available everywhere we go.
How will I get to the start if I fly in?
If you fly into Jackson Hole Airport, we will be running free shuttles to camp on Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16. We will also have shuttles going from the finish back to the airports.
If you fly into any other airport, you are responsible for getting to the start and back from the finish.
Where can I park my car or rental vehicle?
We will provide secure Long-Term Parking in the Jackson Hole area for the week during the event, and transportation from the parking area to our camp as well as transportation back to parking at the finish. Parking is $25 for the week per vehicle Parking passes are available for purchase here
A reminder: Riders are not allowed to have a vehicle accompanying them during the week.
Do I have to bring my own tent?
We offer a Tent Sherpa service
, which provides a high-quality tent for the week, set up in each camp, with a camp chair and a fresh towel each day, plus baggage service. In 2013 Tent Sherpa sold out within weeks of opening up; if you're interested you'd better register and sign up for Tent Sherpa as soon as it opens.