Saturday, October 6, 2018
The event will be held at the home of Main Line Animal Rescue 1149 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460
Please check back prior to the start of the ride as start times may change.
- ARRIVE 1-HOUR BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED RIDE FOR PACKET PICK-UP
- 6:15 AM Check-in & Packet Pick-up opens for 100K (62 Mile)
- 7:10 - 7:30 AM Opening Ceremonies
- 7:30 AM 100K Ride Starts
- 9:00 AM 50K Ride Starts
- 9:30 AM 40 K Ride Starts
- 10:00 AM 15K Ride Starts
- 11:00 PLunch service begins, with After-Party & Band under the Big To
- 12:15 PM Award Ceremonies and Main Line Animal Rescue Presentation
- 1:30 PM Close of the Course
- 3:00 PM Event Ends
To register, click on the Register and follow- the registration process. Online registration closes on October 4th at 8:00 PM.
Tickets are $85 until Wednesday, October 4th at 8:00 PM, $95 until October 5th at 8:00 PM, day of registration is $105.
Packet pick-up is only possible the morning of the ride at 1149 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460.
- The rider’s “Bib” with the rider number printed on it, (Used as ID for you throughout the event)
- A Wrist ID band with the SAG number printed on it. The wrist band color will also indicate if the registrant is 21 or over and able to be served beer. Please keep your wrist band throughout the event.
- Timing chip
We suggest that you use a road bike, as it is the best option to ride in groups. Its light-weight makes climbing easier (and there are plenty of climbs). You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike, hybrid bike, single speed (with two brakes), or a recumbent. If you are using a tri-bike or a bike equipped with aerobars during the event, you must have your hands on the brake levers when riding in a group.
Fixed gear bikes are not permitted on the ride.
If you choose to ride as a tandem, both riders have to register as individuals for the event.
MLAR encourages cyclists of all levels to participate and with our overlapping routes, there will be a mix of cyclists of all abilities along the route - especially in the closing miles. We believe that our "timed climb" format provides plenty of competitive challenge for those seeking it, and an excellent balance of competition and rider safety.
With this format Teams and Clubs can ride as a group along the route, and save the competition to the timed hill climbs - there is no "penalty" for the faster riders to wait at the top of the climb for other members in their group. As well, we encourage all participants to relax and refuel our amazing rest stops.
The entry fee is non-refundable and there are no deferrals. However, you can transfer your registration to another person at any time prior to packet pick-up. You are responsible for finding the other rider.
There is a $15 transfer fee to cover the administrative costs of the transfer. All transfers must be processed online. No transfers after 8:00 pm on October 4, 2017.
You will see hill sponsor signs just before the start of each of the timed climbs. The start mat will be clearly marked with cones to direct you over the start mat and MLAR staff to help direct you. You must ride over the start and finish mats in order to record your time. Once you cross over the timing mat at the bottom of each timed climb, your time starts running until you cross the timing mat at the top of that climb.
These are the only sections of the route where “the clock is running” – We encourage all riders to ride with caution and safety in mind at all times, regardless of where they are on the route as our roads are not closed to automobile traffic.
We have specifically chosen this Gran Fondo "format" because we believe that it offers the best balance between providing a competitive challenge to all our participants and rider safety.More Information
If you want, you can wear the official MLAR Gran Fondo Cycling Jersey available the morning of the event (sold separately), or your favorite cycling clothes.
All riders must:
- have their BIB number pinned to the back of their clothing
- have the wrist ID around their wrist.
- keep their wristband on for post-event festivities
Helmets with buckled chin straps must be worn at all times on the ride.
Headphones of any kind are not allowed.
Yes within reason, the ride will be held rain or shine, but not in the event of serious inclement weather (e.g. Hurricanes)! There will be no refunds or deferrals as a result of bad weather.
MLAR reserves the right to cancel or defer the event at its sole discretion.
For 2018 we will be having a staged “Start” based on the rider's average riding speed, with the faster riders at the front. All riders are encouraged to gather at the start area by 6:45 A.M. and participate in the Opening Ceremonies.
For safety reasons, riders are encouraged to “self sort” by riding speed, regardless of their distance groupings, with the faster riders going out first – please note that we will have competitive national-level bike riders who can average 25+ mph participating, and many very strong riders who will average 20+mph for the entire route, so self sort accordingly.
Apart from that, it doesn't matter where you start. However, to allow as little interference as possible, we encourage beginner and slower riders to line up at the back of the start. With this you will be able to ride your own pace unobstructed.
Opening Ceremonies: After the singing of the National Anthem, the start will commence.
No, except for a limited time at the immediate start area, all roads will be open to regular traffic. There will be fire police controlling traffic at major intersections along the route.
At all times riders must obey all traffic laws and ride on the right hand side of the street. Riders must follow the instructions of police officers, course marshal’s and volunteers to avoid disqualification.
You can ride the pace you want, but are required to ride safely and within your capabilities at all times.
The cut-off for completing the distance is 1:30 PM. A “Sweep Vehicle” will sweep the ride accordingly. Participants who get passed by the “Sweep Vehicle” can either get a ride or will be riding outside the event.
Please note that the Post-Ride Food Festival and Expo will close at 3PM.
First, please move out of the path of fellow cyclists and off to the side of the route. We highly encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including in particular fixing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring your own pump or CO2 cartridges and extra tubes for your bike. If you can fix the issue yourself, move off the course and proceed with your repairs. If a SAG “SAG Waggin’” vehicle is passing by, indicate to them that assistance is not required by extending one arm in the air with a “Thumbs up”.
However, if you are still unable to make the repair, you can dial the number printed on your wrist-band for assistance. If necessary, a SAG wagon will take you to a rest stop where mechanical support may be available, or to the finish line. Please note that the wait for assistance and/or a ride to the nearest rest stop can be long and by waiting, you run the risk of not being allowed to finish the event.
If you or a fellow rider is experiencing a medical trauma or emergency, dial 911, and report your exact location using the cue sheet as a guide, then if you have the opportunity dial the contact number found on your wrist band, and report in to the SAG Center.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be on call. Police officers will be controlling traffic at certain intersections and volunteers will be guiding athletes for turns at some intersections. If you need help, inform a police officer or ride official on the course and they will get help to you (or someone else) as quickly as possible and stay with you until help arrives.If I have a bad day and realize I won't be able to finish, what do I do? SAG (Support and Gear) the Sag Waggin’ will be staged at various points along the route for any cyclists who are unable to finish the event.
Try to make it to the next Rest Stop en route, where you will have food, water, emergency medical services as well as volunteers to keep you company.