What to Bring
The kitchen sink. SRSLY. Why? Because most of the race is over 10,000′. While August usually brings great weather (starts in the mid-40’s, finishes in the mid-to-high 70’s) clouds bring rain. And at this elevation, rain brings lightning. And hypothermia. Hypothermia brings the goth guy in cloak and a sickle humming classic Skinny Puppy tunes. Buzzkill, brah.
We have an excellent aid bag program that we encourage you to use. Each racer gets three (one for each aid station) at check-in with your bib number is printed on them. Riders may drop them off at the event tent each morning by 7:30am at which point they’ll be magically whisked to the aid stations of your choice. Think of each aid bag like a flat-rate box at the post office – whatever you can fit in it, we’ll lug to the aid stations for you.
Got stuff on your bike that’s proprietary? Bring a spare. Super-lightweight wheels? Maybe rethink that (especially on stage one). Tires with flimsy sidewalls? Well, day 1 will eat them. At which point you’re freed up to make better rubber choices. So glass-half-full and all that.
Go plain Jane and reliable. Trust us.
Aid Station Overview
Aid stations will be stocked with fruit, PB&J’s, water, GU shots and gels and GU Roctane electrolyte drink. Riders will also be issued three aid bags each at check in on Saturday. Imprinted (Sharpie style!) with your bib number, these aid bags function like flat-rate boxes from the post office – stuff whatever you want in them, drop them off at the appropriate drop area each morning by 7:30am, and we’ll lug them out to the aid stations for you and set them up in bib order so you can easily locate yours. Bags will be returned to the tent at race HQ by 4PM each day.
We’ll also have modest tech support at each aid station. Tubes, pumps, simple tool set and a small collection of wheels courtesy State Wheels and DT Swiss.
We’ll have ample on-site support in the shape of a full crew from our presenting partner SRAM. Partner shops have plans for you as well – see below for specifics.
Smart Cycling Service Plan
- 6-day full race service plan, $350.00 plus parts. These plans are capped at 10 riders. Includes full prep before the race, wash and tune each day, brake bleed and suspension setup, and tune after day six. Your bike’s never had it so good!
- 3-day full race service plan, $75 a day plus parts. These plans are capped at 10 riders. Includes full prep before the race, wash and tune each day, brake bleed and suspension setup, and tune after day six.
- First come, first served emergency mechanical support, $75 per hour plus any parts
- Can unpack bikes on arrival and repack for the return.
- Contact ’em to sign up! [email protected] or 303-588-1530
Avalanche Sports Plan
NOTE: Avalanche’s first 10 slots for the 2018 race have been filled. They’re taking on an additional 5-10 racers at $400. Returning riders will receive 2017 pricing while spots remain.
- 6-day full race service plan $350.00 plus any additional parts. This service includes a full comprehensive race service prior to each stage of the race. Racers may drop bikes off prior to the first stage and after the final stage for cleanup. The first race prep also includes a complete brake bleed and flush to insure optimal performance at altitude, if necessary. Service does include suspension or linkage overhauls (these items are available at an additional cost).
- 3 day service plan $250.00, plus parts. (Same parameters apply to the 3 day.)
- 6-day plans are capped at 20 racers. There is currently no limit on 3 day spots.
- Riders who need a ship to port: Avalanche will accept bikes for a charge of $15. They can be sent to Avalanche Sports, 540 S. Main St. Breckenridge, CO 80424.
- Avalanche can accommodate racers who would like us to assemble their bike and then ship when finished. Call for details. (970) 453-1461.
Breck Bike Guides
411 South Main Street Suite 12
Breckenridge, CO 80424
- 6 Day Service Package = $375 + Parts as Needed: Race Pre-Check – Roll your bike in by high noon the day before the race and let Breck Bike Guides get it race ready. Our service includes a bike wash, safety check, hardware/pivots torque check, pad check/brake bleed as needed, shifting adjustments, wheel true as needed, sealant check, as well as any other necessary standard service. Parts are additional. Suspension service and other major repairs may be additional. Daily Stage (days 1-5) – Drop your bike off immediately after the day’s stage for a wash and service. Same as race pre-check. See Post Race Package for after Stage 6 service options
- 3 Day Service Package = $225 + Parts as Needed: Same service applies as our 6 day service offering
- Additional Information and Options:
- Bike Receive and Race Pre-Check – Ship your bike to Breck Bike Guides before the race (must be received by a minimum of 2 days before the race) and we will perform a thorough race pre-check service along with secure storage of your bike case for the week. $125
- Bike Receive Only – If you’re already participating in one of our service plans, add $25 to receive- must be received a minimum of 2 days before the race.
- Post Race Package – Let us take care of your bike after your race is complete so it’s ride ready when you get home. Bike wash and safety check. $50
- Pack and Ship Post Race – If you’re already participating in one of our service plans, we’ll safely pack and ship your bike home. We can schedule the shipment as well. $25 + applicable shipping fee
- 6 day Service plans will be capped at 20 racers
- 10% discount for all Summit county residents
Shipping Your Bike
We’ve used High Country Shipping for five years and they’ve provided our riders with impeccable service. They’ll ship your bike to wherever you’d like, but we recommend you send it to Rich and John and Avalanche. If you’re using Breck Bike Guides, High Country will be happy to ship there as well! Find out more HERE.