Search and Rescue
Last year’s weather resulted in at least three to five times the typical number of cyclists needing a ride to the finish line due to fatigue and/or mechanical issues. We are planning for weather like last year so we can accommodate that number of riders abandoning the course this year. If the weather is fair or even snowy, so much the better, we’re now ready for pouring rain, hail, sleet, high winds and snow all occurring the same day.
There will be warming trolleys from Celtic Transportation at Dockery Road and Broomhead Road along with other multiple extraction points along the race-course.
Rider assistance is available throughout the entire route at road crossings with course marshals present. Volunteers will do everything possible to ensure that riders having to abandon are safely transported to the finish line. The search and rescue crew utilizes a combination of pick-up trucks, cargo vans, and even shutle buses to transport stranded riders back to Timber Ridge Resort. The Shell station on M-72 in Williamsburg is used as a search and rescue staging point and transfer station. In the event that a rider becomes separated with his/her bike during the extraction process, all bikes will be taken to the Rasho Farm bike corral for storage and may be picked up there.
While every effort will be made to respond as quickly as possible, medical priorities and other riders in distress may delay the transport of riders who have mechanical or non-medical reasons for abandoning.
Riders who wish to arrange for their own personal transportation are advised to carry cell phones to arrange transport. If you choose to leave the race on your own, locate a volunteer and report your race number.