You should track your ride using one of the many GPS-enabled tracking systems (e.g., Strava, Map My Run, Garmin, Wahoo, etc.). From there you will self-report the time and distance of your ride based on your GPS tracking, which will update the leaderboard and move your team’s dot across the course map. Entries without GPS will be permitted but are not encouraged for the sake of validation. If you are in the running to be in the top 10 in your division, you should be prepared to validate your mileage.
The first team in each division to reach Washington will win. Teams have until May 20 to complete the 3,700-mile trek. A 4-person team starting on March 20 can accumulate as few as 60 miles per day in order to finish by the end of May.
You must join a team, but you can compete as a team of one or with up to 12 of your closest friends. Then you register as individuals. You should assign one team captain to set-up your team & then they will be able to share the team name & password (optional) for others to register & join. You will also be able to search for a team during registration & choose to join the team then. For more information, visit our Team Captain Info page.
Registration closes on April 20 at 11:59 p.m. Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be deferred to another year.
Participant Items will mail after registration closes. More details to come.
Course Interactive Map
Your individual team members must track their rides using one of the many GPS-enabled tracking systems (e.g., Strava, Map My Ride, Garmin, Wahoo). From there they will each upload their tracked ride into the event’s site which will update the leaderboard and move your team’s dot across the course map. Manual entries without GPS will be permitted but are not encouraged for the sake of ride validation.
Specific details about inputting cycling metrics will be distributed via email to event registrants in advance of the event start on March 20.
Official leaderboard/map information to comeLog Activities
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