HOW IT WORKS. . .
- Each team will consist of four riders
- Teams are handicapped with a time deduction or addition based upon four factors listed below
- Time trial start based upon team seeding. Highest handicap will begin first
- Start times posted the day before the event
- Mandatory pre-race meeting the night before. But, there will be food and drink!
HANDICAP SYSTEM (Four Person) - download and SAVE Excel spreadsheet to determine team handicap - LINK
- USA Cycling Road Category (if not currently a member, then a teammate's score will be 5 or if once a USAC member then the rider's ranking will be the last category on record). If a MTB rider, see conversion.
Gender - for each female on the team, 15-minutes will be subtracted.
Weight - Team weight over 799lbs will receive a 30-minute advantage. NOTE: each member will be weighed (if team value is above the threshold) upon check-in. Cycling clothes w/o shoes, helmet, equipment, etc."
Age - (a person's age is calculated based upon their age on 12/31/2018):
- MTB Pro is Road – Cat 1
- MTB Cat 1 is Road – Cat 2
- MTB Cat 2 is Road – Cat 3
- MTB Cat 3 is Road – Cat 5
- Together your team total must be 10 points or greater to not incur a time penalty.
- Point handicap: Each point over 15, 5 minutes will be subtracted. Each point under 10 will add 5 minutes. Examples: Team total 20. 25 minutes subtracted from the team’s total time. Team total is 5. 25 minutes will be added."
- 15-minute advantage if total team age is equal to or greater than 180
- 20-minute advantage if total team age is equal to or greater than 200
- 25-minute advantage if total team age is equal to or greater than 220
* - download and save Excel spreadsheet to determine team handicap - LINK
RULES (4 person) - UPDATED* as of 1/2/2018
- * - No drafting except with teammates. USA Cycling officials will be enforcing the rules.
- Rules of the Road must be adhered to at all times. There is NO INTERSECTION CONTROL throughout the course.
- MANDATORY attendance at pre-race meeting the night before.
- Changing of bikes or rider exchanges can only take place at designated transitions.
- Team cars are not allowed to follow the riders.
- One vehicle per team with a max. width of 81” and a max. length of 285” (including bike racks). No trailers allowed.
- Each rider must do a minimum of two legs with a maximum of four.
- The final section must have a minimum of three riders and does not count toward the team maximum.
- * - First section can only have one rider.
- No more than two riders from a team can be on the course at the same time except for the final section of the course.
- The official time of a team will be taken on the slowest rider across the line.
- All riders from each team must check-in at the finish for a team to receive an official time.
- A separate driver is encouraged, but not mandatory.
- Event held rain or shine
- Time cut-off is 13 hours.
- Aid can only be rendered by teams at transition areas unless a medical emergency has occurred. Race staff must be notified.
- Neutral support will be on the course and they are the only ones who may provide mechanical assistance outside the transition areas.
- Ultimately, all teams and riders must be self sufficient.
- There is a section where team cars must divert due to low overhang road obstruction.
- Friends and family are strongly discouraged from following riders on the course. Race officials and law enforcement will be on the course and if necessary penalize and/or disqualify teams if non-essential personnel are impeding the event or civilian traffic.
COURSE DETAILS (four person) - UPDATED* as of 1/2/2018
- * - Mile 17 - Crosses
- * - Mile 30 - St. Paul
- * - Mile 47 - Red Star
- *- Mile 72 - Ozone
- Mile 95 - Top of Climb (Hwy 103)
- Mile 118 - TBA
- Mile 139 - Slate Hill Rd / Hwy 215
- Mile 161 - Mountainburg
- Mile 179 - Brentwood rest area
AWARDS AND CATEGORIES
- Top three handicap
- Top three gross
- Handicap times will be considered the official R.A.P.T.O.R Cycling relay times.
EQUIPMENT (4 and 2-person teams)
- Both Time Trial and Road bikes can be used
- Bike changes can only be made in the transition area.
FIELD & AGE LIMITS
- 4-person - 80 teams
- 18 year age minimum
- Potato and salad bar, plus craft beers the night before
- Continental Breakfast on race morning
- Beer and Barbeque at the finish
- Finisher award
- Giveaway prizes
PRE-RACE MEETING (mandatory) & PACKET PICKUP INFO:
- Mount Sequoyah - has several options from cabins to dorm-style rooms. Something for every budget and the location is spectacular. See LINK for full details. Please mention the RAPTOR Cycling Relay when booking. Call 800.760.8126 or visit website.
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