EVENT INFO FAQ
You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.
Q Where does it start/finish?
A: All events start at Laverne Johnson Park in Lyons, CO.
Q What kind of bike should I ride?
A: You will likely see everything from a straight up road bike to a fat bike. Due to the nature of the course containing gravel , we recommend tires at least 25mm wide tire. Knobby tread will help with traction and slick treads could be dangerous depending on the course conditions. We predict cyclocross and gravel bikes will be predominantly used, but if course conditions are dry, a road bike with wide tires might just be faster!…although you’ll definitely get the most smiles and high fives on a fat bike.
Q Can I run with my dog?
A: Yes – well-behaved dogs are welcome. Please make sure they are leashed and stay close to you as to not trip or disrupt other runners. Of course – clean up after your dog!
Q: How old do I have to be to participate?
A: Cyclists must be 16 years old on event day. Runners can be any age.
Q: What happens if it is snowing on event day?
A: This is a rain, snow, or shine event. That said, Boulder County law enforcement has the authority to postpone the event if there are safety hazards on the road due to weather. All registered riders will be notified via email if the event is postponed. We will do our best to reschedule as soon as possible if there is a postponement.
Q: Is this event timed?
A: : Yes – all courses are timed, however it is a “Rules of the Road” event. ALL Traffic laws MUST be obeyed. Participants disobeying traffic laws will have their bib numbers removed and disqualified from the event. NOTE: Riders descending Sunshine and passing through Boulder will NOT BE TIMED while riding through the city. This is a precaution to ensure all riders stop at all stop signs as they pass through the City of Boulder and take it easy down a potentially icy canyon road. Timing will end coming down Sunshine Canyon and resume when climbing Linden
Q: What does it mean that the run is a Bolder Boulder qualifier?
A: Bolder Boulder looks at specific races to determine your start position. Your pace results at the Old Man Winter Rally will qualify you for a faster start time at the Bolder Boulder.
Q: Can a friend attend packet pick-up for me?
A: If you are picking up a packet for someone, have them email/text you a picture of their ID and registration confirmation email with QR code. If you are a minor, your parent pr guardian can pick up your packet for you.
Q: Is there a bag check?
A: No, however there is close-by parking so you can change clothes after your event.
Q: What is included in my race registration?
A: Participants receive luxury aid stations and ride support, a hot meal and a cold beer (or root beer) at the finish line, an opportunity to win a REEB bike frame and other great prizes, and a custom fleece neck gator.
Q: Are there any cut-off times?
A: On the Long (100km) bike course, there is one cut-off at intersection of HWY 66 & 75th, which is roughly 26 miles in to the long course. Cyclists who reach this point after 1 PM will be asked to return to Lyons via the short course route along HWY 66.
Q: Can my friends/family attend the after party?
A: We hope your friends and family will join you at the after party. They can purchase Oskar Blues beer and snacks and join the celebration. There is no cover charge to attend the after party.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Make sure you have adequate cold weather riding gear, including full finger gloves, a beanie or ear warmer, wind/waterproof jacket, insulating layers, a face mask, and shoe covers. You’ll also want something to change into after you ride, and bring some cash. We’ll have Oskar Blues craft beers and food for sale, too.
Q: How long will the ride take?
A: We anticipate riders can finish the short course in 2 to 3 hours. The long course will take from 3 to 7 hours.
Q: Are there prizes for the top finishers on the short course?
A: The cash prizes are only for the top male and female on the long bike course. All other categories will win prizes such as gift cards, clothing, and more. All participants have a chance to win prizes by picking up “snowflakes,” along the course. These snowflakes contain raffle tickets for prizes that range from a REEB bike frame to gift cards to a cup of coffee.