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MOTHER NATURE STRIKES BACK

With sections of the course closed due to severe flooding caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene, we were not sure we would be able to use our standard route. Fortunately, NYS DOT did a superb job and completed repairs on the main roads just four days prior to the start, which was well ahead of their announced schedule, and in time for us to use them.

During the race, the damage was obvious and several short sections of the course were restricted to one lane, controlled by a temporary light or flag man. In addition, riders could see homes and businesses that were affected, including some buildings that were completely torn from their foundations.

The damage was not limited to the roads, as several hiking trails in the High Peaks area of the Adirondack Park Preserve were also closed. Some have been reopened, but others remain closed or restricted.

While Irene brought weather and flooding that was somewhat extreme, it is not unusual for weather to play a major role in the Adirondack 540. And when the weather is combined with the relentless terrain, it is no wonder why the Adirondack 540 has been gaining a reputation as one of the toughest ULTRA CYCLING races around.

This year's race was no exception to that rule, and weather did play a major role. Although it was mostly dry, the temperatures were well below normal, and the low on the first night was about 30°. Riding in that type of cold requires 20%-30% more energy then riding in warmer temperatures, and most riders rode at a slower then normal pace and took more frequent breaks.

But the cold was just one obstacle riders had to overcome. Wind was another. On the first day, winds gusted up to 30 MPH and it was blustery on most of the course all day, including a very strong headwind on Hurricane Mountain, which made one of the most difficult climbs even harder.

The wind was not an easy thing to overcome either, as it seemed to come from every direction at the same time, and because of that, riders could not look forward to a tailwind on any particular section of the course. In fact, the wind was so unstable, that at one point the flags at race headquarters were blowing in a different direction then the flags that were just across the street.

All in all, it was another outstanding race, despite the conditions. Or maybe because of the conditions?

Jason Lane from Sudbury, ON, Canada, won the men's Adirondack 540 with a time of 40H:42M; and Cassie Schumacher from Akron, OH won the woman's division with a time of 45H:19M. See below for the complete results.

 
1. Jason Lane 30 Sudbury ON 40H:42M Rode unsupported!
2. George Metzler 43 Atglen PA 45H:19M  
2. Jim Dannis 54 Dalton NH 45H:19M Received 12 minute credit to help another rider!
4. Leonard Forkas 52 Vienna VA 47H:14M  
5. David George 52 Fredericksburg VA 49H:00M Also finished in 2003, 2004, 2007 & 2010!
Matthew Bellantoni 20 Kinnelon NJ DNF  
Jeffrey Bonk 33 Sioux Falls SD DNF  
Doug Levy 56 Willow Grove PA DNF  
William Maxwell 34 Cleveland OH DNF  
Chris Mosier 31 New York NY DNF  
Greg Mountiford 61 Lee NH DNF  
Andrew Welch 31 Chesterfield VA DNF  
  
1. Cassie Schumacher 39 Akron OH 45H:19M Also finished in 2010!
2. Jessica Eckhardt 29 Cambridge MA 47H:55M Also finished in 2008 & 2010!
  
1. Jason Koski 39 Wethersfield CT 18H:39M Has raced the Great Divide Race!
Tom Ambros 50 Schenectady NY DNF Won Bronze Blast in 2010!
Matthew Mc Clellan 22 Norfolk VA DNF  
William Yellig 69 Hamden CT DNF  
  
1. Sam Fisher 54 Laurel MD 09H:16M  
2. Frederick Collins 59 Palmerton PA 09H:44M  
3. Dick Murphy 53 Glens Falls NY 09H:54M Also raced in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 & 2010!
4. Mark Prescott 52 Dumfries VA 10H:14M  
5. Lloyd Barry 42 Vanier ON 10H:37M Also raced in 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2010!
6. Jeffrey Magnuson 40 Washington DC 10H:40M  
7. Rohan Freeman 45 Rocky Hill CT 12H:05M Climbed Mt. Everest!
Steve Nothnagle 45 Rochester NY 11H:42M Rode "unofficially" as a riding Race Official!
  

Mark Prescott and Tom Ambros standing in front of an all too appropriate sign before the start of Saturday's races.

 


ADIRONDACK ULTRA CYCLING GENERAL INFORMATION FOR RIDES

  • REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

    • ALL RIDERS MUST PRE-REGISTER VIA BIKEREG.
    The deadline to register will generally be the night before the start of the event, unless otherwise stated. Please refer to each event's ride info summary or visit BIKEREG for exact details.

    • SAME DAY REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE & PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED.
    Same day registration will not be available and each of our events will have a field limit. Once that limit is reached, no further entries will be accepted. Please refer to each event's ride info summary or visit BIKEREG for exact details.

    • MOTORIZED BICYCLES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO E-BIKES AND PEDAL ASSIST BICYCLES ARE PROHIBITED FROM OUR EVENTS.
    Due to insurance requirements, motorized bicycles are not permitted on our rides. This includes all types of e-bikes and pedal assist bikes. Riders that arrive with a motorized bicycle will not be permitted to participate in our events and will be asked to leave immediately and no refund or credit will be issued.

    • PETS ARE PROHIBITED FROM OUR EVENTS.
    Due to insurance requirements, pets are not permitted on our rides or on our ride premises by any associated person attending our events. This includes riders, volunteers, friends, family, spectators, etc. Anyone arriving with a pet will not be permitted to participate in our events and will be asked to leave immediately and no refund or credit will be issued. ADA certified service animals will be permitted in areas where the general public is permitted, according to ADA regulations. If arriving with an ADA certified service animal, please have its ADA identification vest on at all times and its certification papers ready for inspection.

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS FOR NIGHT RIDES:

    • Lights and reflective gear must be used from dusk to dawn and are highly recommended for daytime use as well. Riders caught on the road after dark without lights will be immediately disqualified and pulled from the course.

    • One 600 lumen minimum steady white light, attached to the bicycle must be used in the front. Please note that helmet mounted lights are not acceptable to meet our minimum requirements, but may be used as a second supplemental light.

    • Two 50 lumen minimum red lights, both attached to the bicycle (or a bag/rack attached to the bicycle) must be used in the rear. One is to be set to flashing, the other to steady.

    • A reflective sash, vest or jacket on the upper body must be used. If a backpack is used, it must be reflective, have a reflective cover or not obscure the reflective sash, vest or jacket in any way. Reflective ankle bands/legwear/footwear must also be used.

    OTHER LIGHTING NOTES:

      • Additional lighting and reflective gear is highly recommended and flashing lights, both front and rear, are also highly recommended for daytime use.

      • Make sure you have enough battery power to get through the entire ride, which varies between 2-40 hours.

      • Our lighting requirements supersede all other sanctioning organization's requirements.

      • If you have any questions about our lighting requirements, please CONTACT US before you register for any of our night rides, especially if you have any issues with flashing lights, as we do not make exceptions to our requirements and no refund will be given for lighting issues.

• GENERAL RIDE GUIDELINES

  • Due to insurance requirements, motorized bicycles are not permitted on our rides. This includes all types of e-bikes and pedal assist bikes. Riders that arrive with a motorized bicycle will not be permitted to participate in our events and will be asked to leave immediately and no refund or credit will be issued.
  • Due to insurance requirements, pets are not permitted on our rides or on our ride premises by any associated person attending our events. This includes riders, volunteers, friends, family, spectators, etc. Anyone arriving with a pet and/or their associated rider will not be permitted to participate in our events and will be asked to leave immediately and no refund or credit will be issued. ADA certified service animals will be permitted in areas the general public is permitted, according to ADA regulations. If arriving with an ADA certified service animal, please have its ADA identification vest on at all times and its certification papers ready for inspection.
  • All of our events start promptly and most leave from the ADIRONDACK ULTRA CYCLING BIKE SHOP. Refer to each event for its exact starting location and time. Please arrive at least a half hour before the start time to check in, get ready, receive last minute instructions and have your bike inspected. When arriving and departing, please be courteous, especially if it is early in the morning or late at night, as our starting locations are typically in mixed residential/business neighborhoods. Please do not park in another business' lot or block a driveway or the street itself, otherwise your vehicle may be towed. The shop does not have a parking lot, but there is ample street parking in front of the shop and on adjacent streets. For travel directions and parking instructions to the shop, CLICK HERE.
  • Ride times are recorded "door to door," with all rest stops, mechanical stops, delays, etc., included in your official finish time. The official event clock begins at the advertised start time, whether or not you are actually riding, and all finishing times are recorded when a rider checks in with the official time keeper. If a rider dawdles at their car or changes or packs up before checking in, their time will reflect that, just as if you took a break in the middle of the ride.
  • Unless otherwise stated, our rides do not have an "official" time limit, but dusk is our "soft" time limit for rides that do not involve night riding. Most riders should finish well before the sun sets, but if anyone is still riding after dark and they are coherent, riding in a safe manner, properly prepared and meet our lighting requirements, they will be allowed to continue. However, if they are not coherent and/or not riding in a safe manner and/or not properly prepared and/or do not meet our lighting requirements, they will immediately be pulled from the course.
  • Drafting is allowed in all of our events and group riding is encouraged.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times while cycling.
  • All traffic laws, signals, signs, devices, etc., must be obeyed at all times.
  • All turns, stops, slow downs, etc., must be signaled and/or called out to other riders and other traffic.
  • Always ride with traffic, ride defensively and be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for other traffic and never assume another vehicle will stop or yield, even if you have the right of way.
  • Riders must get completely off the road when stopped.
  • Ride no more then 2 abreast and only when traffic permits, and you must single up when traffic approaches from the rear.
  • Keep as far to the right as safety permits and if there is a rideable shoulder or bike lane you must use it.
  • Most of our routes are unmarked. Be prepared to navigate on your own and follow a cue sheet and/or GPS device. If relying on an electronic device for navigation, please make sure you have enough battery power for the entire ride, and be aware that in cold conditions and areas where there is low reception, batteries may drain at a faster then normal rate.
  • Most of our events are unsupported on the road but snacks, pocket food and drinks will be provided at the start and pizza or pasta at the finish. Riders should expect to be self-sufficient and have the ability to follow GPS directions and/or a cue sheet and use convenience stores to resupply along the route. Emergency SAG will be available in extreme situations, but please note we do not consider a flat tire an extreme situation. If you are not sure what to bring or how to carry it on your bike, feel free to CONTACT US and/or view our RIDER CHECKLIST.
  • Sanctioned events will have other rules and regulations specific to their governing organization. Please refer to each event's page for exact details.
  • Drug testing using WADA guidelines may be performed on any entrant up to 30 days before or after the event they have registered for. In addition, any rider under suspension by any sports governing body is prohibited from entering our events.
PRIVACY STATEMENT: We do not share your personal information with any other person, club, event, business, organization, etc., without your consent, except as required to submit official results to sanctioning organizations.

If you have any questions about our guidelines, feel free to CONTACT US.

  

  

  

  

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