Is alcohol allowed at the overnight accommodations?

On Saturday night, alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited at Conference Point. Riders are welcome to take the short walk into town if they’d like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage.

Stay tuned for more information as we work to plan a fun gathering for all riders and volunteers on night one.

Can I ride an electric bike?

Yes. E-bike riders will be responsible for locating power sources along the route, at rest stops, chosen lunch locations, and overnight accommodations.

If you need e-bike or rider transport during the ride, we cannot guarantee a SAG vehicle will be as timely to transport your bike, depending on the weight. Please reach out to specialevents@resphealth.org for more information if you are riding an e-bike.

As we recommend for all riders, you should bring a reliable bike lock for times throughout the event you may need it.

What happens if I get a flat tire? Will I have to carry my bike to the nearest rest stop?

One of the many services offered along the route is bicycle support. Our mobile bike shops, Never Ending Cycles and Wheel & Sprocket, are available to address any repair problems you may encounter. Should you require help while on the route, use a ‘thumbs down’ signal to let an approaching repair van know you need help. However, carrying spare tubes and a pump and knowing how to change a flat is recommended. Changing tires and simple repairs are complimentary. Parts and more complex repairs will be assessed by each bike shop and charged to the rider.

Do I need to check-in when I’m done riding each day?

Yes. This is mandatory and VERY IMPORTANT. The check-in procedure is done for several reasons. First, this is how we know that you have made it safely to the end of the day and how we keep track of everyone. Second, you must check-in to receive your room assignments for the night. Third, you must check-in to receive the next day’s cue sheet. Although it’s tempting to relax after you’ve made it to the end of each day, you must check-in before you do so.

How much time do I have each day to complete the ride?

Although it’s not a race, there are hours in which you must finish the ride. These hours will be printed on your itinerary and your cue sheets, which are available at check-in on the first day of the ride. On Day 1, ride hours are from the 9 a.m. mass start until approximately 5:30 p.m. On Day 2, ride hours are from the opening time of breakfast until approximately 5 p.m. This is plenty of time to complete your daily ride in a leisurely fashion. If you leave before ride hours begin or finish after ride hours end, support services will not be available.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Our mobile volunteer medical team patrols the route and will be contacted in the event of an emergency. They will also be available before and after ride hours at our overnight sites. For non-medical emergencies, SAG vehicles are regularly patrolling the route as well and can provide help. If necessary, we will alert riders of information via text message, social media, email and on the ride at rest stops, sites and on the route.

What if it rains during the tour?

The event does go on, rain or shine. Though we generally experience great riding weather, it’s still summer in the Midwest. Be sure to bring rain gear just in case – check your list of things to pack for more information.  In cases of severe weather conditions (lightning, excessive heat) the event may be delayed and/or portions of the route may be closed. Potential weather issues will be communicated to all participants.

Am I out on the route alone all day?

No. Volunteers patrol the route in safety and gear (SAG) vans during official ride hours. These volunteers are there to make sure everything is going well on the route. They can assist if you are in need of help. Use the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” signal to let them know if they are needed.

In addition, there will be two mobile bike shops and a mobile volunteer medical team available.

You can flag down any CowaLUNGa vehicle if you are in need of services, because all official CowaLUNGa vehicles can communicate with each other and can call for the appropriate help.