The Tour is not a race, but it is an endurance event through a challenging series of trails. Many people compare this ride to the difficulty level of a hilly century (100 mile) road bicycle route, and we recommend you prepare accordingly. The Tour route will test your bike skills and endurance with rolling hills, short climbs, sinkholes, creek crossings, and log bridges. Experience areas of the park not usually open to bikes, while supporting the CSO’s efforts to improve this magnificent trail system.
The Tour covers either 50 miles or a metric century of 62 miles (your choice) without crossing a single paved road.There’s a time cutoff for the metric century option. Any rider who meets the cutoff time is invited to extend the ride. Participants who want a shorter tour will be able to exit after lunch, usually around a 25-35 mile ride.
A great event depends upon great volunteers. Whether you are new to the area or if you are a seasoned veteran, all help is welcomed! Ride marshals will ride the entire event, but must be CSO Members familiar with trails. There is something of interest for everyone. Volunteering is a great way for non-riders or family members to participate in the fun. If you plan on volunteering, please complete the online registration so we can thank you with a t-shirt! **Volunteer t-shirts cannot be guaranteed unless the registration form is filled out!
IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION
- The park will be closed to the public for the Tour. Only pre-registered riders will be able to participate. No day of event registration is available.
- There are no refunds, however registrations can be transferred to another rider (via Active.com) through 12/31/17. A 15% transfer fee will be applied.
- The event will proceed rain or shine. There will be no rain date.
- Event Size is limited to 600 riders.
- Helmets are MANDATORY! No helmet, no ride.
- Pets are not allowed
- Park entry fee is included in the registration fee.
- The Tour is not a race. It’s an endurance ride, meant for the enjoyment of all. Everyone is a winner!
- Be prepared for rolling hills, long distances, creek crossings, and log bridges. Bail-out points will be available throughout the Tour; participants who want a shorter Tour will be able to exit after lunch for a 25-35 mile ride.
- Four sag stops will provide water, sports drink and an assortment of snacks. A delicious lunch from local restaurants will be provided. Save room for pizza and beer at the end of the ride, too. We’ll have deliveries at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00 as riders complete the tour, and to space out the pizza to allow for differing rider completion times
- We will have early check-in on FRIDAY, Jan 13th. Location is TBA…! We’ll send out information when we have the details nailed down.
- Puke Hill
- Green Monster
- Cathedral Oaks
- Merckner’s Corner
- Spooky Tree
Another change this year – once registration closes, we will not maintain a waiting list for late entrants. Instead, we will direct riders to contact our sponsors. As in the past, sponsors receive one guaranteed-admission spot for every $50 sponsored. As a reminder, entrants must still pay for these spots.
All sponsors will be featured on our web page with a logo and a link to the sponsors website. You are invited to set up a tent and display your products near the start/finish area or at the lunch stop. You may also banners or signage at the start/finish area or at the lunch stop.
Sponsors at the silver level and above are guaranteed logo placement on the Tour t-shirt given to every rider and volunteer. Bronze-level sponsors will be include as space is available.