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Denali Dirt Road Randonnées

Date: July 17, 2010
Course Map: HERE

Description: The most committed brevet in Alaska. Both rides begin at the Rainbow Village Subway. The 200K rides to the Eielson Visitor Center and back. The 300K rides to the Kantishna runway and back.

Registration Opens: 3:30AM for the 300K. 5:30 for the 200K.
Ride Starts: 4:00AM for the 300K. 6:00AM for the 200K.
Start control closes immediately after the ride begins.

Start Location: Denali Subway at Denali Rainbow Village
Distance: 200 Kilometers or 300 Kilometers +/-
Type: RUSA brevet
Time Limit: 13.5 Hours (200K) or 20 Hours (300K)

Organizer: Kevin Turinsky
Phone: 907-276-6299 (hm), 907-317-6030 (mobile)

Insurance Fees: $20.00 RUSA Members, $30.00 Non-members.

Special Instructions: This is a huge, hilly, remote, wilderness ride on a dirt road. There are no services. There is no support. There are wild animals that may be unpredictable, and the weather can be extreme. The only way to get out of the park is to either ride your bicycle out, or possibly get a ride on one of the camper busses.

This is not an event. Each rider is considered to be on an individual ride. Familiarize yourself with the regulations.

Things you must have:
You are responsible for having a park entrance pass ($10.00) at the start. You may get your pass the day before the start of the brevet. The Visitor Center won't be open before the brevet start.
Big, bright lights, front and rear. Depending on your speed, you may be riding for a long time in the dark.
Sam Browne Belt or similar.
Food and water.
Tools/repair stuff.

Things you should have:
There is water available at roughly 50K intervals. Bring a water filter to get water from available streams along the way.
Take bear spray with you on this ride.

Remember, the spirit of randonneuring emphasizes self-sufficiency. If anything on your bike breaks, you gotta fix it. (Have you ever replaced a spoke, 19 hours into your ride, in the driving rain, at 40 degrees F?) Also, it's your responsibility to have your brevet card properly completed at each control point. DO NOT LOSE YOUR BREVET CARD!

Please be polite/courteous/civil to convenience store attendants and all park service employees. It's your responsibility to know the Alaska state and local road laws. Link to Alaska Bicycle Law. Be aware of National Park Service rules. They are different than rules governing federal, state, and local roads.

Reminders: Join or renew your RUSA membership.

Most Important: All riders are reminded that any failure to conduct the ride in accordance with RUSA rules (www.rusa.org), applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification. Sorry, I had to say that. Right now would be a good time to read RUSA's Rules for Riders (http://www.rusa.org/brvreg.html) Also, you've got to wear your helmet.