2018 Ride Timeline
FRIDAY, JUNE 8 – Packet Pick Up
Optional Pre-ride Packet Pick Up – Cycle Loft, 43 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA
Cycle Loft pick-up will be open from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM. If you cannot make it to Cycle Loft on Friday you can always pick up your packet on Saturday morning at the Start venue (see below).
SATURDAY, JUNE 9 – Start Venue (Bedford, MA)
Please do not arrive in Bedford more than 45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure (20 minutes is plenty of time to park and make your way to the starting area with your bike). Please do not come to the starting area until about 20 minutes prior to your group’s first departure, as we need to stage departures according to the schedule. You will NOT be allowed to leave earlier than your groups scheduled departure.
4:15 AM – Packet Pick Up opens for the 16 MPH Pace Group.
All riders should also hand gear bag (what you want at the finish line) and their special needs bag (if necessary for gear and food delivered to rest stop #2 – mile 80) to an Olympia Moving Company representative at the truck near the registration table on Saturday morning. This will ensure that your bag(s) are transported. Make sure you put your number sticker on the bag (provided to you) prior to it going on the truck.
Departure Process and rule- Groups of 30 riders will gather into the start corral and be released officially from the announcer. If you plan to ride with friends, join up early and get in the queue. You will not be able to join a peloton that has already been in the queue at the last minute. If you plan to ride with some friends in a group and leave at the same time you must be in line with them. Also, if your friends are in a slower peloton than your bib color allows (see below), you may not leave with them. They can wait and go with you in the faster peloton but you may not join a slower peloton. For example if Rider A has a yellow bib (17 mph) and Rider B has a green bib (16 mph) and they wish to ride together then Rider B can wait and leave with Rider A in one of the 17 MPH groups but Rider A cannot leave earlier with the 16 MPH groups.
5:00 AM – 16 MPH (GREEN BIBS) Pelotons begin departure in groups of 30 riders leaving 3 minutes apart. The 16 MPH groups will take over an hour to depart so don’t panic if you are running a tad late. (last 16 MPH Peloton departs at 5:42 AM)
5:45 AM- 17 MPH (YELLOW BIBS) Pelotons begin departure in groups of 30 riders leaving 3 minutes apart (last 17 MPH Peloton departs at 6:18 AM)
6:20 AM- 18 MPH (RED BIBS) Pelotons begin departure in groups of 30 riders leaving 3 minutes apart (last 18 MPH Peloton departs at 6:42 AM)
6:45 AM- 19 MPH (ORANGE BIBS) Pelotons begin departure in groups of 30 riders leaving 3 minutes apart (last 19 MPH Peloton departs at 6:57 AM)
7:00 AM- 20 MPH (LIGHT BLUE BIBS) Single Peloton departs
7:10 AM- 21+ MPH (PURPLE BIBS) Single Peloton departs
*Note: Peloton start times are exact. Even if the earlier groups all get off early the later groups will still begin leaving at their scheduled departure times.
Saturday- Finish Venue (Okemo Mountain, VT)
2:00 pm- First riders expected to cross the finish line at Okemo Mountain
2:30 – 7:30 pm- Party at Okemo – food, music, beer, refreshments, camaraderie
COURSE CLOSES AT 5:00 PM.
*NOTE: Buses will depart as they fill, There are 10 buses taking riders back to Bedford but no bus will depart until it is full and thus it is impossible to predict exactly when any particular bus will depart Okemo or arrive in Bedford so please plan accordingly. The schedule below is only an approximation.
4:00 PM- First truck leaves Okemo to bring bikes back to Bedford for riders taking bus back. Last truck full of bikes will depart at approximately 5:30 PM. The last truck will leave slightly after the first bus leaves so…. If you arrive late, do not get on an early bus as your bike may not be unloaded and ready for you when you get to Bedford. This will be clearly communicated as you arrive at Okemo at the end of the ride.
5:00 pm- First bus begins to load and leaves Okemo to take riders who signed up back to the start venue (Bedford, MA)
7:30 pm- Last bus leaves Okemo to take riders who signed up back to the start venue (Bedford, MA)
8:15 pm- First bus arrives at the start venue in Bedford, MA
10:30 pm- Last bus arrives at the start venue in Bedford, MA
All Bikes will be racked and protected by security in Bedford. Make sure you bring your Bib number with you to retrieve your bike.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10 – Transportation to Bedford, MA
9:00 am – Load bus for on time departure to Bedford.
All cars left at the start venue must be picked up by 5:00 PM on Sunday or they may be towed.