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FAQS

WHAT TYPE OF BIKE CAN I RIDE FOR THE EVENT?

A drop-bar road bike is recommended, but most two-wheel upright bicycles are permitted as long as they have two brakes and a working freewheel/freehub (fixed gear bikes are not permitted). A triathlon bike is permitted as long as you keep your hands on the brake lever while riding in a group. Triathlon bikes will start in the rear corral for safety reasons. Mountain bikes are allowed but are not the fastest choice out on the road. If you chose to ride as a tandem, both riders have to register for the event. Tandems are not eligible for prizes. Recumbent bikes, trailers and bicycles with chair seating (except for challenged athletes) are not allowed for safety reasons.

IS IT TIMED?

Yes, every rider will receive his/her start to finish time. Timing results will be available at the venue.  Final results will be posted online as soon as possible at www.gfnysantafe.com.

IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE FOR PARTICIPANTS?

Riders must be 18 or older by the day of the race to participate.

WHERE DO I PICK UP MY START NUMBER, CHIP AND GOODIE BAG?

Rider packet-pick-up is located inside the Scottish Rite Temple, on Friday from 2-7 pm and on Saturday from 12-6 pm.

CAN I PICK UP MY PACKET ON THE MORNING OF THE EVENT?

No. Pick up is only possible on Friday or Saturday. No exceptions.

IF CAN’T START, CAN I GET A REFUND OR DO A TRANSFER TO ANOTHER RIDER?

There are no refunds, transfers or deferrals.

WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR?

A GFNY Santa Fe official jersey, helmet with buckled chinstraps, your wristband, number plate with timing chip, and rear bib number are mandatory. Headphones of any kind are not allowed.

Please keep your wristband on for post event festivities. The high-altitude summer sun of Santa Fe is very strong, sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more is an absolute necessity on all exposed skin.

WHERE DO I PARK?

There is limited parking at the Scottish Rite Temple for race packet pick-up Friday and Saturday. On race day, there will be additional parking in the lot just to the west of the Scottish Rite Temple. City street parking is free on Sunday as well. If you are staying close to the venue, we suggest riding your bike to the start area. If not, arrive early to give yourself time to get to the venue.

DOES GFNY START IF IT’S RAINING?

Yes, rain or shine unless the event is cancelled by the authorities due to e.g. a severe storm.

HOW DO RIDERS LINE UP AT THE START?
  1. VIP riders and champions from the previous year
  2. Top 10% of each age group from the previous two years of GFNY events (long routes only)
  3. Licensed riders
  4. Him&Her riders
  5. Age group Long Distance
  6. Age group Short Distance
  7. Triathlon/aero bar bikes
  8. Physically challenged riders with handcycles

We encourage beginner and slower riders to line up at the back of the start. This you will free you up to ride your own pace.

DURING THE RACE HOW MANY AID STATIONS ARE THERE AND WHAT DO THEY PROVIDE?

There will be five nutrition stations spread out along the course with solid food and fluids. Please note that there will be no food or water at the start. Make sure you start the race with two full bottles and a snack, drink and eat early and often!

ARE THE ROADS CLOSED FOR TRAFFIC?

Some but not all roads will be closed to traffic. There will be police moderated vehicle traffic along the course. Police moderated means that vehicle traffic will have to obey all police instructions while driving through the course. Riders must follow the instructions of police officers and volunteers to avoid disqualification.

HOW FAST DO I HAVE TO RIDE?

GFNY Cycling is about riding the course as quickly as you can! The cut-off for completing the distance is 3 pm, which means you have 8 hours to finish the ride. This equals to approximately 10mph/16kph including all nutrition stops. A broom wagon will trail the ride at 10mph/16kph. The broom wagon will ask rear of race riders if they want to board the van. If riding behind the van, you are considered out of the race and are on your own.

WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS AT THE START/FINISH AND ON THE COURSE?

Yes, the start and finish areas as well as the aid stations will be equipped with porta potties.

IF I HAVE A MECHANICAL ISSUE ON THE COURSE, WHAT DO I DO?

We highly encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including in particular fixing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring your own pump and extra tubes for your bike. Make sure you bring your bike to your local bike shop in the weeks leading up to the event. However, if you are still unable to make the repair, course marshals will accompany riders along all routes. Should you need assistance, just let one of the marshals know and, if a marshal is unable to assist you with the repair, a van will take you to a rest stop where mechanical support may be available, or to the finish line.

Please note that the wait for assistance and/or a ride to the nearest rest stop can be long and by waiting, you run the risk of not being allowed to finish the event. Visit your local bike shop to learn how to handle basic repair needs or ask an experienced riding buddy.

IF I NEED MEDICAL SERVICE, WHAT DO I DO?

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be on the course and on call. Police officers and volunteers will be controlling traffic at intersections and patrolling the course on motorcycles and cars. If you need help, inform someone on the course and they will get help to you (or someone else) as quickly as possible and stay with you until help arrives. Help will be near at all points on the course. Be sure you have health insurance.

If you are riding and you see a cyclist on the side of the road who asks for help, check in with them and alert the next police officer or volunteer if necessary. Report that you saw a stopped cyclist and provide their approximate location. If a rider appears in need of medical attention, you must stay with them (unless there are already three people helping) until professional emergency personal arrive.

IF I HAVE A BAD DAY AND REALIZE I WON’T BE ABLE TO FINISH, WHAT DO I DO?

SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles will be patrolling the course for any cyclists who are unable to complete the event. Try to make it to the next or previous aid station, there you will have food, water and volunteers to keep you company.

If you are unable to ride to an aid station, there will be police officers and volunteers controlling traffic at intersections, so ride forward or backwards until you see a police officer or volunteer and they will inform the SAG vehicle to pick you up.

If you are unable to ride, move off the road and wait along the shoulder of the road until a course marshal, police officer or mechanic drives by, they will be on the lookout for stopped cyclists.

If you are riding and you see a cyclist on the side of the road who asks for help, check in with them and alert the next police officer or volunteer if necessary. Report that you saw a stopped cyclist and provide their approximate location. If a rider appears in need of medical attention, you must stay with them (unless there are already three people helping) until professional emergency personal arrive.

WHERE AND WHEN IS THE AWARDS CEREMONY?

GFNY Santa Fe/North American Championship awards will be at the Scottish Rite Temple at 2pm for the top 3 in all categories of the long course. Results with times will be posted for medium course riders but without awards.

WILL THERE BE FOOD AFTERWARDS?

Yes, there will be food, drinks and music throughout the day. Please stay a while and have a great time!

IF YOUR QUESTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT US AT: info@gfnysantafe.com

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