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Back in the day, when the first ride and tie was organized, in 1971, to promote Levi Strauss of all things, it involved two trail runners and a horse, with the team members alternating running and riding over the lengthy mountain course. Runner and rider made the decision when to switch on their own, depending upon the terrain and the strengths of each participant. While ride and ties, two runners and a horse, are still offered, the two runners and a shared mountain bike option is now also becoming more popular. Our Suffer Better Ride ‘n Tie is of this latter Run & Mountain Bike variety; we just don't know that many horses. And rather than have the team determine when and where the transitions take place, we will again have designated transition spots, where the runner switches to the bike and the rider becomes the runner. Each segment will be approximately 5 miles, the total course measuring 20 miles, with 3 distinct transition points. The team will start together and finish only when both the runner and rider cross the final finish line.
Teams can be all male, all female, or co-ed. We'll be giving awards to the top team in each category.
Our 2nd annual Ride 'n Tie will be back on the beautiful run and ride-friendly trails at Staunton State Park, with the start and finish at the Mason Creek parking lot.
This is a team race, each team having 2 members. Teams can be all-male, all-female or co-ed. Each team member registers separately and the registration fee is $70/person or $140/team.
When you sign up, if you are the first member of your team, you select "Create a team." You get to get things rolling for your teammate and give a name to your team. Remember: We'll be giving a prize for best team name! And remember to tell your teammate what the team name actually is!
If your teammate has already registered, you pick "join an existing team" on the team option.
Once the two of you are all signed up, you're good to go.
The Suffer Better Ride n’ Tie is a 2-person, one bike race.
The rider and runner alternate their positions throughout the race, and share a single bike. In each wave, the riders will start approximately 2 minutes before the runners. Waves will start at 8 am and continue every 10-12 minutes.
Mandatory switches occur approximately every 5 miles over the 20-mile course. If the runner is ahead of the biker – the runner will have to wait for the biker to come to the transition area. If the rider arrives first, s/he can leave the bike and helmet at the transition area and begin running to the next transition area.
The course is all trail, some quite steep, with the possibility of ice/snow/mud patches based on the weather.
Helmets are required while on the bike.
Participants must be over 14 years of age.
Each team will receive two race bibs.
There are 3 aid stations on the course, where water/hydration drink will be provided by race staff and volunteers. Runners and riders must provide their own bottles.
The bike starts prior to the run by 2 minutes. The official time is the run start time.
Teams must cross the finish line together. There is a waiting area prior to the finish line chute to wait for your partner.
Of course, all participants must be considerate of other trail users.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
As always, we use our events as a way to raise both funds and awareness for organizations and causes that are meaningful to the health and well-being of all of us, including the endurance community. The first week of May is Air Quality Awareness Week, not that we shouldn't be thinking about this more than 1 week a year. With that in mind, along with the idea that so often our summer air quality is less than good - last year we had more Ozone Alert days on the front range than ever before - we're thinking it makes sense to focus on air quality issues. Too often we forget that as beautiful as Colorado is, we must recognize that our bluebird skies aren't always giving us that crisp clear and healthy mountain air. Along the front range, we have almost daily "Ozone Alerts" - when low-lying ozone is high enough to present very real health risks. We all have a role to play there, and we can all do things to be part of the solution.
Bottom line here is that we are asking each of you and your teammate to be fundraisers for Conservation CO's air quality efforts. They are consistently fighting the good fight to improve our air and can always use our support. We'll be giving an award to the team that raises the most green. Our goal is $5000, and you can help us get there.
We're committed to the standards established by our friends at Trail Sisters.
That means our Ride n' Tie offers:
Equal Podium Spots for women
Equal Prize Money & Awards for women
Women’s specific swag & apparel.
Menstrual products at aid stations.
Equal opportunity/space for women on the starting line.
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