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November 8th, 2014

Ice Chips

Results

Ice ChipsResults will be posted on the results board located in the Timber Ridge Ball Field just 100 feet east of the finish line. Results will be tacked to the board as quickly as possible and updated as riders finish throughout the afternoon. Please take the time to ensure that your results are correct before you leave Timber Ridge.

If there is an error or omission, please report it as quickly as possible to a member of the timing crew. It does happen every year that riders forget their chip, use a different chip than the one they were originally assigned, or the chip simply does not register. To research any errors or omissions (believe me, it's not intentional) takes approximately 20 minutes per error. Given enough time to research the results, the Gaults can find the problem and correct it.

GUN TIME
All Iceman and Slush Cup categories will be timed using GUN TIME – the clock for your wave starts when the first rider in the wave crosses the start line.

DISQUALIFICATION
Riders starting in an earlier wave than their assigned wave will be automatically disqualified. Riders starting in a later wave than their assigned wave will be timed as if they started in the correct wave.

CLOTHING BAGS

Two clothing bag trucks will be parked at Kalkaska Middle School. Each racer will receive a numbered adhesive strip that corresponds to their race number. That number is to be used for your clothing bag. The clothing will be transported to the finish line and placed under the big tent for you to pick-up. Each rider is responsible for providing their own bag. Please don’t place valuables in your bag as we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. The first truck will be for waves 1-25, and the second for waves 26-49.

DROP OUTS
Riders wishing to drop out of either the Slush Cup or the Iceman are asked to do so at any one of the road crossings with course marshalls present. If you abandon the race at any other location, we cannot be responsible for returning you to the finish line.

CUT OFF TIME
For the personal safety of all riders, the Iceman course will close at 2:00 PM at Williamsburg Rd. Those riders (except for Pros) failing to meet the 2:00 PM cut off time will be directed off the course and into a waiting bus to continue on to the finish line.

FIRST AID
First Aid personnel will be located at each food station and at the start and finish lines for each event. Mobile emergency vehicles and medical service volunteers will be stationed along both the Iceman and Slush Cup trails. Be sure to extend a special "thanks" to the safety crew volunteers as you pedal by!

LOST & FOUND
We cannot be responsible for clothing, tools, or bike parts left at food stations or along the trail. We will make our best effort to get these articles to the lost & found box at the finish line but cannot make guarantees. Wear clothing you won’t mind losing!

PRE-RIDING THE ICEMAN COURSE
Unfortunately, we cannot provide maps of the course before the event since the course is convoluted enough that even locals with maps have gotten very lost in the Pere Marquette State Forest. All it takes is one wrong turn to ruin an outing. The course is marked on the Thursday before the race.

WEATHER
The weather in Northern Michigan during November is often very volatile. Eight of the past twenty Iceman events have been held in very snowy (sometimes up to fi ve inches) and cold (19 degrees) con di tions. Hands, toes, and water bottles are likely to freeze. It may be 50 degrees and sunny, but it is best to plan on gnarly (dude) conditions. Appropriate fall/winter cycling clothing is strongly encouraged. You won’t go wrong with cycling tights, long sleeve jerseys, long fingered gloves, outer wear, shoe cover booties, and something to cover your face. DON’T FORGET YOUR HELMET, YOUR SHOES, OR YOUR BIKE!!!

If you plan on partying at the Celebration Zone, pack for cold weather and toss your winter outer wear in your bag!

LEAVE NO TRACE
It doesn't seem like much to dispose of an energy gel wrapper by dropping it during a race. "It's only one" must be the mind set. It seems like that mind set also occurs when folks are just out recreating as foil wrappers appear on the trail all year long.

Race staff and volunteers spend a whole day cleaning up the trail after the big race. We understand that there is bound to be stuff left on the trail, but recently it has gotten a bit out of hand. If one out of four racers use an energy gel, and 1/2 of those drop the wrapper, that's 250 packs of slimey, guey, sticky, and covered with ants and dirt (why do you think they named it that way) foil wrappers that have to be picked up afterwards. That's almost 10 wrappers per mile!

Don't ruin a pristine forest, take the two seconds to put the gel pack back in your pocket so it can be properly disposed once your adventure is finished.

Principles of Leave No Trace:

    Plan Ahead and Prepare
    Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
    Dispose of Waste Properly
    Leave What You Find
    Minimize Campfire Impacts
    Respect Wildlife
    Be Considerate of Other Visitors

WEATHER

The weather in Northern Michigan during November is often very volatile. Seven of the past fifteen Iceman events have been held in very snowy (sometimes up to five inches) and cold (19 degrees) conditions. Hands, toes, and water bottles are likely to freeze. It may be 50 degrees and sunny, but it is best to plan on gnarly (dude) conditions. Appropriate fall/winter cycling clothing is strongly en cour aged. You won't go wrong with cycling tights, long sleeve jerseys, long fingered gloves, outer wear, shoe cover booties, and something to cover your face.

DON'T FORGET YOUR HELMET, YOUR SHOES, OR YOUR BIKE!!!

BIKE SAFETY 101

Please remember to take the necessary precautions with your cycling equipment throughout the entire Iceman weekend. If you have to leave your bikes on top of your car, lock them. If you are heading out to celebrate a strong finish, leave your bike in your hotel room for the evening. Traverse City is still a classic Midwestern town where you can leave your car unlocked while stopping at the grocery store, but bikes and other cycling gear can walk away very quickly if left unattended.

The one exception to this rule is that you can check your bike into the Bike Corral at Timber Ridge and have confidence that the Traverse City Central High School Trojan Softball Team will take excellent care of your machine in your absence.

ICEMAN SEARCH & RESCUE

The Iceman Search & Rescue team was given that title last year as a kind of tongue in cheek expression to describe the group of volunteers who render medical attention to injured riders during the race. lend a hand to help fix broken bikes, and/or extract riders from the trail. Iceman Search & Rescue is a branch of the Iceman Medical Team led by Mark Baranski. Mark oversees and coordinates several EMS units from local and regional departments.

The most common reason for riders abandoning the race is a mechanical problem. Flat tires and broken chains account for the majority of mechanicals due to riders forgetting to carry a spare tube, chain tool, and/or a master link. A simple saddle bag kit with those three items will dramatically improve your chances of riding to the finish line. If your problem is more serious (or you omitted the three essential tools from your saddle bag), there will be two locations staffed with a mechanic to assist you with your repairs. The mechanical aid stations will be located at Steve's Secret and Broomhead Rd. (Hint—Most bicycle mechanics love to be tipped with beer).

If your situation is beyond repair and you need to abandon the race, do so at one of the road crossings manned with marshals. They'll be able to contact Search & Rescue to provide you with a ride to the finish line at Timber Ridge. All riders who abandon must inform finish line officials. If a rider fails to do so and creates a bonafide search, that rider will be responsible for the cost of the search.

And, oh by the way... 27 miles of hard riding, especially if the weather is nasty, is not only hard on your ride, but physically demanding as well. Ride your bike regularly for at least eight weeks before Iceman. Drink lots of fluids before and during the race. Dehydration and cramping are not a pretty sight; nor, for that matter, an experience you want to encounter. Save the beer for the Ice Capades Celebration Zone after the race. Don't worry, even if you're dead last, Gordon will have a cold one for ya when you are done….he never runs out. If you see a volunteer with the Search and Rescue team, know that we're there to help you if you need it. But we would rather see zero riders who need help and then join you after a successful Iceman for a cold one and wild stories. But just in case... we're there for any rider who needs assistance.

Roger Putman
Iceman Search & Rescue