Cycling Relay Two



Overall Details:


  • Each team will consist of two 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
  • Optional pre-race meeting to review th course and event rules the night before. But, there will be food and drink for a nominal fee!

HANDICAP SYSTEM (Two Person) - download and SAVE Excel spreadsheet to determine team handicapLINK

  1. 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.
    • 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 5 points or greater to not incur a time penalty.
    • Point handicap: Each point over 7, 10 minutes will be subtracted. Each point under 5, 10 minutes will be added. Examples: Team total of 10. 30 minutes subtracted. Team total of 3. 20 minutes added. 
  2. Gender - for each female on the team, 30-minutes will be subtracted. 
  3. Weight - Team weight over 399lbs will receive a 20-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."
  4. Age -  (a person's age is calculated based upon their age on 12/31/2019):
    • 20-minute advantage if total team age is equal to or greater than 100
    • 30-minute advantage if total team age is equal to or greater than 110

* - download and save Excel spreadsheet to determine team handicap - LINK

RULES (2 person)

  • No drafting allowed except with teammate.  USA Cycling officials will be on the course.
  • Rules of the Road must be adhered to at all times.  There is NO INTERSECTION CONTROL throughout the course.
  • 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 three.
  • Two riders can be on the course at the same time and the final leg does not count against rider maximum.
  • The time of a 2-person team will be taken on second 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.
  • Mandatory sign-in the morning of the race for review of rules.
  • Event held rain or shine.
  • Time cut-off is 10 hours or 7:00 pm.


  • 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 (Two person):

    1. Mile 21 - Crosses 
    2. Mile 41 - Turner Bend 
    3. Mile 62 - Slate Hill Rd / Hwy 215
    4. Mile 80 - Mountainburg
    5. Mile 98 - Brentwood rest area


  • Top two handicap
  • Top two gross
  • Handicap times will be considered the official R.A.P.T.O.R Cycling relay times
  • No double dipping.


  • Both Time Trial and Road bikes can be used.
  • Bike changes can only be made in the transition area.


  • 2-person - 20 teams
  • 18 year minimum age


  • Optional potato and salad bar, plus craft beers the night before the race. $10 per person
  • Race t-shirt with entry with the option to upgrade style 
  • Continental Breakfast on race morning
  • Beer and Barbeque at the finish
  • Goody bag with sponsor products
  • Finisher award
  • Giveaway prizes

PRE-RACE MEETING (optional) and Packet Pickup:



  • Mount Sequoyah - has several options from cabins to dorm-style rooms.  Something for every budget and the location is spectacular.  Please mention the RAPTOR Cycling Relay when booking.  Call 800.760.8126 or visit website.