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Rider Handbook

RULES OF THE ROAD

AT NO POINT DURING THE EVENT WILL THERE BE A FULLY-CLOSED ROAD. RIDERS MUST OBEY ALL APPLICABLE TRAFFIC LAWS. USE COMMON SENSE AND ALWAYS STAY IN YOUR LANE OF TRAVEL. YOUR SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!

OUTSIDE SUPPORT IS NOT ALLOWED. Riders are expected to be self-sufficient and utilize only the provided aid station support from the event. If a rider is reported to have received support from outside of that provided by the race, they will be removed from results and barred from attending the event in the future. 

For approximately the first 10 miles (the initial paved sector,) riders in large groups will have full use of the right lane of travel, but cannot ride left of the yellow line into the oncoming lane at any time during the event.

Groups will be monitored by “moto” officials and/or law enforcement and MUST obey these officials and officers or risk being tossed from the event!

Please ride as far right as possible . The “centerline rule” is always in-effect. THIS APPLIES TO BOTH PAVED AND DIRT SECTORS.

Once riders have moved on to the first dirt-road section of the course at approximately mile 11, riders still must obey all traffic laws and use common sense. Even though there is no center-stripe, riders are expected to always stay in their lane of travel.

Keep your speed under control, particularly on the descents that are marked with “SLOW” signs. If you see one of these signs, trust us, there’s good reason for it!

EXPECT LOCAL VEHICLE AND ATV TRAFFIC ANYWHERE AND ANYTIME ON THE ROUTE.

AT APPROXIMATE MILE 35 AS THE ROUTE ENTERS THE TOWN OF JUNCTION AND TURNS RIGHT ONTO US HIGHWAY 89, RIDERS MUST RIDE ON THE SHOULDER, RIGHT OF THE WHITE LINE. (THERE’S PLENTY OF ROOM WITH A NICE, WIDE SHOULDER)

Once the race leaves the pavement and re-joins dirt fire-road outside of the town of Circleville, riders can resume “rules of the road” riding in “lane of travel” until re-joining the pavement for the final miles to the finish at Eagle Point Resort at which point the “yellow line” rule is once again in effect.

In the case of a re-route due to impassable conditions on the course, the above rules still apply!Ride smart and ride safe. No race is worth risking your life for!

CUT-OFF TIME:

Riders who have not made it to the 2nd Aid Station (event mile 27) by 10 AM SHARP will NOT be allowed to continue on the course and will have the option of either continuing directly to the finish area at Eagle Point Resort or turning around and descending back into Beaver to the start area. This is not only a safety issue, but also a time issue for our volunteers and law enforcement. There will be NO exceptions.

If you do not make the cut-off time or are unable for any reason to finish, please DO NOT go under our finish line truss as it will muck-up our results!

Riders may also be prevented from continuing on the course at this point if one of the certified EMT’s judge the rider of being incapable of continuing.

Riders who are not capable of getting back to either the start or finish areas under their own power will be transported by an event “sag” vehicle.

We reserve the right to remove and “DNF” any rider from the event that is deemed incapable of safely finishing the course for any reason.

EVENT RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS:

Be cool. Have fun. Don’t be a jackwagon.

Those are the rules.

Ok, ok. For those of you who like to have things spelled out to the letter, here it goes…

  1. All riders are required to wear an ANSI or other approved helmet and cannot remove it at any time during the event.
  2. Riders who are currently serving a suspension, or ban from a governing body of sport aren’t welcome until the suspension has been lifted or run its course. If we are made aware of a rider who is serving a suspension we will remove that individual from the registration list and no refund will be issued.
  3. ABSOLUTELY NO OUTSIDE SUPPORT OR FOLLOW VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED ON THE RACE COURSE! This is to ensure the safety of all riders and preserve the experience for everyone. If you’re one of those “special snowflake” types and think this doesn’t apply to you, we urge you to find another event to participate in. No, really. Also, You will also be barred from any future participation in the event. 
  4. IN THE INTEREST OF YOUR OWN SAFETY, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS ASSUME THE SAME LEVEL OF VIGILANCE IN YOUR RIDING DURING THE EVENT THAT YOU WOULD UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
  5. When passing other riders, use your common sense and pass on the left and let yourself be known when doing so. After you pass, resume riding as far right as safely possible. DO NOT PASS RIDERS OR VEHICLES ON BLIND CORNERS! You’re taking your life into your own hands by doing so. Definitely not worth it.
  6. Public urination is (as always) a definite NO-NO. Anyone reported violating this rule be removed from the event and barred from returning in the future.
  7. Public profanity will not be tolerated. Remember that you represent not only yourself, but all cyclists and more importantly, ME. I don’t want my family questioning what type folk I’ve been hangin’ out with for the last 30 years. As Grandma always said, if you don’t have anything nice to say…
  8. Riders are responsible for their own mechanical needs during the event and may NOT receive mechanical assistance from a fellow rider such as trading out wheels after a flat tire, etc.. That said, if a fellow rider is in need of medical attention, by all means provide any and all assistance possible. Refer to the FAQ section for more specifics on this.
  9. Take full advantage of the aid stations and stock up with the necessary fluids and food you’ll need to get yourself to the finish. Yes, I know we’re in the Rockies but don’t assume you’ll get to swallow a big June Bug over the pass to fight hunger knock.
  10. BE PREPARED FOR EXTREME CHANGES IN WEATHER. This race will take riders over some of the highest roads in Utah topping near 11,000 feet. Although it may be 90+ degrees in the shade down in the valleys, it could just as easily be snowing on the summits. Don’t believe us? Just ask a Crusher veteran about our weather. In 2017 riders experienced a 60* temperature swing during the event. No kidding. We went from 100+ degrees in the Piute Valley to a rain/hail mix by Aid Station #5.  BE SURE TO BRING SOME WARM CLOTHING AFTER FINISHING! OUR FINISH LINE SITS AT AN ELEVATION OF 10,000+ FEET.
  11. Event will take place rain, shine, sleet or snow. This race is called the Crusher, after all. 
  12. In the event of extreme weather, natural disaster, etc. that could endanger participants or volunteers, the race may be shortened, postponed or canceled without refund.
  13. Headphones, earbuds, etc. are only permitted in one ear during the event.
  14. Entrants can race in a more difficult category. i.e. 40 year old’s can race in the the 30 year old divisions, if that’s your thing.
  15. Riders are classified according to their age on the day of the event.
  16. Policing category “sandbaggers” is not the event’s responsibility… ie, “He/She should be racing the Pro/Open category”etc.. Please don’t make it necessary for me to pull rank. I hate that sorta stuff.
  17. EQUIPMENT: Bikes cannot have handlebar extensions or additions that mount anywhere EXCEPT the end of the handlebar (ie., bar ends on standard MTB handlebars are acceptable). In other words, NO AEROBARS.
  18. E-Bikes (electric or motor-assist) or are not permitted in the event.
  19. Riders must respect the directions of all course marshals at all times. If you’re told to stop by a course marshal, moto official, uniformed officer or otherwise, YOU MUST STOP!
  20. All riders must attend the pre-race briefing (riders’ meeting) held at the staging 30 minutes prior to the event.
  21. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF STAYING ON COURSE RESTS WITH THE RIDER.  We do mark and sign the course, but I’m sure you all know that we only have so much control over signs being removed or vandalized by ne’er-do-wells, so do yourself a solid and familiarize yourself with the route ahead of time.
  22. Short-cutting the course will result in disqualification. Riders are required to stay on the designated roads that are specified as the race course. Lack of markings or misplaced signs will not constitute an excuse for cutting the course, so study that course map and download the GPX file.
  23. Laws and ordinances of appropriate jurisdictions will be observed during participation in the event.
  24. A rider may be DQ’d  for damaging or destroying public or private property and may be held liable for all cost associated with the damage or destruction.
  25. We reserve the right to make changes to the course, delay start times and/or postpone or cancel the event without refund as necessary for safety or security purposes or at the request of permit issuers U.S. Forest Service and Utah Department of Transportation or local municipalities and law enforcement agencies.
  26. Finally, please don’t make it necessary that I have to continue to add to the rules and regulations! Let’s just all be cool and enjoy ourselves. After all, that’s why we’re here, right? Right.

EMERGENCY SERVICES:

First off, please don’t fall off and go boom, but if you do…

  • Emergency services and EMT support will be provided by the Beaver and Piute County Search and Rescue Units.
  • There will be basic first aid available at aid stations and finish area.
  • In the event of a serious injury, the participant will be transported to the nearest emergency medical facility capable of addressing specific conditions or injuries.
  • A medical helicopter will be staged in the area in the event of a serious medical emergency.
  • Riders are responsible for their own primary medical insurance coverage for any medical expenses incurred from participation in the event.

For more information on things like the course, aid stations, registration, and awards, see the INFORMATION page

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