FAQ

Q: What exactly is the ‘Crusher in the Tushar’?

Answer

The ‘Crusher’ is a smorgasbord of surfaces featuring approximately 40 miles of unpaved dirt and gravel roads and 30 miles of tarmac. Check out the “course map and description” page for more insight.

Q: What bike can/should I use?

Answer

The choice is up to you. A Cyclo Cross bike or Mt. Bike would both be appropriate choices for the course.

Q: What about using a road bike?

Answer

Though roughly 30 miles of the course is on pavement, trust me when I say a road bike is not an appropriate choice.

Q: Are the dirt sectors technical or rocky?

Answer

Technical? Not particularly, although there may be areas where recent snow runoff has made ruts and other sections can be loose, graveled, sandy and rocky. Riders will also encounter sections of “washboard” on the steep fire road descents and climbs.

Q: Can I change bikes during the race?

Answer

Nope. Rung what you brung. One bike and one bike only. Pick your poison and pick it well.

Q: Is there neutral wheel/mechanical support?

Answer

No. The event is run in the same fashion as a sanctioned mountain bike race, so the rider is responsible for their own mechanical support. Choose your equipment wisely! Bring an extra tube (or 2), tools and plenty of CO2 or a pump and hope you don’t need to use them.

Q: What if I have a major mechanical or mishap that I can’t take care of myself?

Answer

There will be a bucket with some basic tools and a pump at each of the Aid Stations for worst-case scenarios. In the event that a rider utilizes this support in order to finish, they will not be eligible for category placement/awards.

Q: What can I expect at the Aid Stations?

Answer

Yes. There are 5 generously-stocked aid stations  at 10-15 mile intervals with not only plenty of fresh, cold water but also First Endurance “EFS” drink mix, Bonk Breaker bars, coke, etc., and plenty of “real” food, too. In fact, our aid-stations are so well-stocked that it will be entirely unnecessary to bring “feed zone” support of any kind. We do this not only to be cool, but keep the course free of traffic and safe for you riders, so PLEASE refrain directing folks on to the course.

Q: The course profile shows over 10,000 feet of climbing. That’s a typo, right?

Answer

No. This course has a ton of climbing and most of it on dirt and gravel. Grades average around 5% but there will be some sections that are well-over 15%. You’ve been warned, so bring the appropriate gearing and be prepared to crawl into the pain cave.

Q: What’s the weather going to be like, won’t it be super-hot in July?

Answer

With a starting elevation of 5,800 ft. and climbing up to just shy of 11,000 feet, it should be downright pleasant if not a little cool at the upper elevations, but DO expect it to be quite toasty on the backside of the course in Piute County where temperatures have reached *100+ in year’s past.
The inaugural edition saw temperatures climb well into the mid-90’s under blue skies. Since then we’ve seen rain and temps in the 50’s & 60’s and points in between. That being said, come prepared for any scenario. It is Utah, after all.

Q: This race sounds a little crazy. That’s a ton of climbing, a lot of altitude and dirt roads too? I think you’d have to be a little “off” to attempt it.

Answer

Right you are. This event is certainly not to be taken lightly. Simply finishing is an extraordinary achievement and it’ll be mandatory that one is prepared physically, mechanically and mentally for the challenge.

Q: Are there going to be cutoff times?

Answer

Yes. Refer to the “Brass Tacks” page for particulars such as cutoff times, registration questions, start times and all other event specifics.

Q: How long will it take to cover the course?

Answer

The course record for the Men stands at a blistering 4:06:17. The Women’s record sits at 4:53:16 . Complete results of all categories from past editions can be found here. The event finish-line will close-up shop at 9 hours after the official start time, so if you want to be listed in the results, then that’s the time you’re aiming for.

Q: Can my family/friends spectate at the KOM/QOM line?

Answer

No. The route will be closed to all vehicular traffic to ensure rider safety, so PLEASE limit spectating to the start and finish lines.

Q: What’s included with my entry fee?

Answer

Check out the “what’s in it for you” page.

Q: How many entrants are going to be let in to the race?

Answer

In the interest of preserving the Crusher “vibe”, we’re again limiting our field to 600 participants. That being said, we have no idea how quickly those spots will go. The 2017 event sold-out in just under 24 hrs, so if you think this is an event you want to tackle, we suggest registering early and worrying about the damage to your legs and ego later.

Q: What categories are there going to be?

Answer

See the “Categories” page.

Q: Do I need a racing “license” to enter?

Answer

Nope

Q. Does the race start and finish in the same location?

Answer

No. The race starts in downtown Beaver, UT and finishes at Eagle Point Ski and Summer Resort which is located 17 miles up Beaver Canyon on State Road 153 from the event’s start line. You have a few options for getting back to Beaver after the race if you don’t have family or friends driving to the finish:

  1. Ride your bike back to town after lunch and awards. It’s more or less all downhill and on beautiful pavement with stunning scenery and you’ll barely have to touch the pedals.
  2. Park your car at Eagle Point (in the Lower Lodge Parking Lot, NOT at the finish area!) on Friday and ride your bike back to Beaver to loosen up the legs for the next day’s effort and retrieve your car at the finish Saturday.
  3. Use our courtesy racer buses (for entrants only). We’ll bus racers and their bikes back to town after the festivities have wound-down. It’s first-come, first served with the first bus leaving at approximately 4:00 PM and the last bus at 6 PM. We will also be providing a drop-bag service racers to have a change of clothes, etc. up to the finish line. Use your provide schwag bag and leave it with the yellow Eagle Point shuttle bus at the start.

Q: This event sounds really cool, but I’m more of a ‘rider’ than a ‘racer’. Should I still do it?

Answer

Absolutely! Take it as seriously or as casually as you want. Just be aware there will be a cutoff-time at the 2nd Aid Station for safety reasons, so a good level of fitness and skill will be a must.

Q: Can I use “aero” bars or extensions?

Answer

No.

Q: I’ve never heard of Beaver, Utah. Where the heck is it?

Answer

It’s a 2.5 hour drive South of Salt Lake City on Interstate 15. If you’re coming from the south, it’s 3.5 hours from Las Vegas and less than 8 hours from Denver, Phoenix and Southern California. Easy, Peezy, Japaneezee. For a list of lodging, food, recreation and travel planning resources, click HERE.

Q: My family and I are going to make a little vacation out of this. What else is there to do nearby?

Answer

For starters there are 3 National Parks within 1-1.5 hours drive, world class fishing on the Beaver River or the numerous mountain lakes, great camping, wildlife and wildflower viewing and even a world-renown Shakespearean festival in nearby Cedar City. Click HERE for additional resources.

Q: What if I have a question that you weren’t smart enough to think of here?

Answer

Hit me up here and we’ll do our damnedest to answer it. You can also use our Facebook and twitter links to stay up to date on the latest banter.

Q: Who’s incredibly demented idea was this?

Answer

Refer to the “about” page for finger-pointing and name-calling.