Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race
Race Registration Opens May, 25 at 7 p.m. ET , last day to register is Sept. 12 (but the race usually sells out before that date).
Race Bib Pick-UP
Saturday Registration Package Pickup: Pick up your registration packets on Saturday, of race weekend, noon to 8:00 PM Participants must pick up their own registration packets. Photo ID is required to pick up packets.
You will be given a plaque for your bike and a wrist band. The wrist band will be placed on your wrist at the time of packet pick-up-this is your meal ticket for Sunday BBQ.
Please be sure to give your bib number at the morning racers meeting and at the aid stations. If you drop out of the race you must let the aid station staff know because we will be keeping track of everyone!!
THERE WILL BE NO BIB PICK UP ON SUNDAY.
Race Day: Last Sunday in September
Race Day Start: Sunday 6 a.m.
Race Location: Ascutney Mountain
Registration, Meals, Start and Finish at Mount Ascutney, Brownsville, VT
Please park at the base lodge (and other designated spots only.) Walk or bike down to the race office-BIG TENT-in the Cunningham building lot (look for signs). Please use parking lots only for parking!! To get to the Base Lodge when turning off Route 44 continue straight (do not take turn). The parking lot will be on your right. If you park on the grass you will be towed!
Race Registration Online
Entrants must pre-register on line by September 14th, or until the race sells out, which ever comes first. Just pick up racer packets on Saturday of race weekend. We do not use a waiting list, there is NO Walk Up Registration, NO Registration on Race Day, NO Transferring of Race Registrations. Race Registration closes on September 14 at 12 noon ET OR when all races have SOLD OUT.
If you didn’t get into our race, or cannot race with us and would still like to be involved-Please Volunteer with us!
NEW FOR 2017 We’ve set a $25,000 fundraising goal for our 25th Anniversary to show our continued support Vermont Adaptive. If you commit to raise a minimum of $500 before Sept. 12, 2017 , you can avoid race registration on May 25th and will be entered into the race by the Race Director. You must contact the Race Director, Mike before May 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. if you’d like to choose this option.
Age of Participants: Mountain Bikers race age is as of 12/31 of race year.
Fee Includes: Breakfast Munchies, aid station food, Post Race Dinner, T shirt and festivities, and a few more surprises.
Refund Policy: Refunds will be permitted before September 1st. We offer a partial refund of $50.
Vehicles On Course Must Display a Parking Permit
Participants must register ONE vehicle at the Information Table to be allowed on course. Relay Teams-one vehicle per team. Please stay off the actual race course as much as possible. You will be given Handler/Crew directions to designated Aid Stations at the Information Table.
Drop bags: Drop bags will be measured and weighed at the Information table also. See Drop Bag 101
You may drop off extra clothes you might have started out with in the morning at the aid stations, EXCEPT Garvin Hill and Cady Brook.
Please mark it beforehand with your name and bib number on a large piece of duct tape. We have tape and markers available.
Course Information: Course Description
Sunday Race Day: Pre-Race Racer Meeting: Traffic WILL be an issue, please plan ahead!
Racer Check IN Opens at 5 AM ~ All 50 mile racers must attend and give Bib # to check-in person. (50 mile racers only)
Racer Meeting: 5:30 AM SHARP for 50 mile
Print a Wave Sheet
If you start in a wave ahead of your designated wave/category/age group, your start time will be moved back to the wave time you were classified in and an additional 20 minutes will be added to your finishing time. Your time starts when the chip in your Bib/Plaque crosses the timing mat.
Mountain Bike Categories
Novice – entry level or first time competitor.
Sport – intermediate competitor
Expert – very advanced competitor
Additional Mt. Bike Classes:
Clydesdale – Novice (min. weight 200 lbs)
Clydesdale – Sport (min. weight 200 lbs)
Mt. Bike Age Groups
12- 17 Junior
18 – 26 Senior I
27 – 34 Senior II
35 – 44 Veteran
45 – 54 Master I
55 – 64 Master II
65 and up Master III
Biker age as of 12/31 race year
1.0 Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Racing Regulations
1.1 Racers shall complete the entire event, and complete it on the same bicycle upon which the event was begun. If a competitor changes bikes they may finish the event but are disqualified.
1.2 All repairs during the event shall be performed by the individual racer and/or fellow competitors only. No other outside help or assistance is permitted. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.
1.3 All spare parts and tools shall be carried by the participants while on course. Cannibalizing other bikes or obtaining spare parts from a pit area or the like is not permitted. If a participant receives assistance with their bike they may finish the event but are disqualified.
1.4 Racers riding bikes have the right of way over racers walking bikes. When practical, racers walking bikes should stay on the least ride-able section of the course when being passed. A racer walking or carrying his/her bike can overtake a racer riding as long as they do not interfere with the other racer’s progress.
1.5. It is the responsibility of the challenging rider or runner to overtake safely. One must yield to the passing rider or runner on the first command. You must warn the rider or runner that you are approaching them and state which side you are about to pass them on.
1.6 In the event two racers are vying for position, the leading racer does not have to yield his/her position to the challenger. However, a racer may not bodily interfere, with the intent to impede another racer’s progress. Traditional rules of racing apply: the leading racer owns the track.
1.7 Shortcutting and/or cutting trail switchbacks shall result in disqualification.
1.8 If you get lost or leave the designated/marked course you must go back on your own to the spot where you went off course without assistance (e.g. car rides, etc.) and then continue.
1.9 Unsportsmanlike behavior and/or the use of profane language are grounds for warning, relegation, disqualification or recommended suspension. The penalty imposed shall be determined by the race official or race director.
1.10 All local laws, rules and ordinances shall be observed during the participation in this event. Failure to follow these laws, rules and ordinances shall result in disqualification.
1.11 A racer may be suspended from Vermont 50 for up to two years for damaging or destroying public and/or private property.
1.12 The use of electronic music players, radio communication devices, cell phones, and similar items is prohibited for mounted riders at this event. No headphones or other devices that may prevent you from hearing cars, bikers, runners, etc. will be permitted while participating in this event. Failure to comply shall result in disqualification.
1.13 No pre-race or post-race riding of any part of the course is allowed. Most of the course is located on private property and use is granted only for race day. Property owners generously grant the race use for this one day and do not want it used at other times. Failure to comply could result in disqualification or suspension from future races.
2.0 Aid or contact with competitors on course
2.1 The event will provide Official Aid Stations in addition to Crew Access Stations. Aid is allowed for both runners and bikes at these designated Aid Stations ONLY. Aid Stations for Bikers with Crew access (displaying Official Race Parking Permits) are: Skunk Hollow, Greenall’s and Johnson’s.
No crew access is allowed anywhere on the course except at these designated crew stations. The 50 mile committee asks in order to protect our community relationships that all support vehicles for runners and bikers stay off the course and that includes all public roads except the designated routes to the designated crew stations.
2.1.1 Vehicles parked and not displaying official race parking permits on course or at designated aid stations are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense.
2.2 Handler, crew, family members or friends must be in a vehicle displaying the Official Race Parking Permit or the vehicle will not be allowed at the designated Official Access/Aid Station.
2.2.1 Persons in a race designated “crew” vehicle (displaying an official race parking permit) shall obey all directions/instructions given by race parking volunteers, aid stations volunteers, race officials and law enforcement officers.
2.3 No handler, crew, family member or friend shall aid or have contact of any kind anywhere on the race course except at the designated handler/crew access/aid stations. Failure to comply shall result in disqualification.
2.3.1 Handler, crew, family member(s), or friend(s) who are found giving aid or having contact of any kind on course (except at the designated access/aid stations) will be given one warning by a race official. This race official shall notify Net Control and the Race Timing Officials of the warning, The next warning to that rider’s handler, crew, family member(s) or friend(s) will result in the rider being disqualified. The warning shall apply collectively and cumulatively to persons associated with that rider.
2.4 The Vermont 50 mile committee asks in order to protect our community relationships that all support vehicles for runners and bikers stay off the course and that includes all public roads except the designated routes to the designated handler stations. Failure to comply shall result in disqualification.
3.0 Race Waves
3.1 If you start in a wave ahead of your designated wave/category/age group, your start time will be moved back to the wave time you were classified in and an additional 20 minutes will be added to your finishing time. Your time starts when the chip in your Bib/Plaque crosses the timing mat.
3.1 The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m.
3.2 There is a strict 12 hour limit for the race with 10 Aid Stations at ~ 5 mile intervals. If any competitor arrives at an Aid Station after the posted closing time of the station, will be requested, urged strongly, and then TOLD to get in the van for free transportation back to the finish area at Ascutney Mountain Resort.
4.1 Protests can be made by any registered participant of the Vermont 50 mile. The participant shall file the protest in writing with the race director or race official if the RD is not available. The protest period is immediately following the race and up to 15 minutes following the posting of the complete results for his/her class.
4.2 The Vermont 50 Race Director will make the final decision regarding any occurrence during the event.
4.3 All result inquires, including placement and class considerations, must be made at the venue during the protest period. Once the protest period in over, results become final.
5.0 Equipment Requirements
5.1 Every rider, while on bicycle at this event, shall wear a protective, securely fastened helmet meeting the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
53.2 Footgear shall be fully enclosed.
53.3 All bicycles shall have at least two brakes that are in good working order.
5.4 Bar ends and handlebar extensions shall be plugged and shall not have any sharp or jagged edges.
5.5 Eye protection is strongly recommended.
The rules and regulations (collectively “rules”) contained on this handbook are intended solely to provide for the governance of the Vermont 50 event to establish general requirements for the orderly conduct of this bicycling event.
All participants in this event conducted according to these rules are deemed by their participation to have voluntarily complied with the rules. Vermont 50 makes no express or implied warranty as to safety or guarantee against damage, loss, harm, injury or death to participants, spectators or other as a result of publication of or compliance with these rules.
Violating any rule will be grounds for disqualification. Race management reserves the right to bar any participant from competing in this or any future Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-run races. The Vermont 50 is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged bags or belongings. Arrangements must be made in advance for the return of any bags participants are unable to retrieve by 6:30 PM on Sunday.
The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m. Be prepared for a chilly and foggy morning start!
Aid station workers will make every effort to separate items containing nuts from the other food, but those with food allergies must take responsibility for checking about this practice each time they take food. If you have specific dietary needs, you will need to pack your own snack food in drop bags for Aid Stations #3, #7, and #10.
Leave No Trace We have been in danger of losing this race because of complaints by property owners about the amount of trash left on some trails. Please carry your trash to the next aid station, or drop it just after a station. Please be very considerate of the landowner’s property. Please do not litter!!
There are leash laws in the towns you will be going through. All dogs should be restrained.
If you didn’t get into our race, or cannot race with us and would still like to be involved-Please Volunteer with us!
2017 Mtn Bike List with Bib Number and Wave Start TBA
Race Participants Documents documents to print before leaving home
Course Descriptions 50 mile and 50 Km course descriptions.
Print a Wave Sheet
Race Regulations: rules and guidelines for our runners, 2017 Handbook coming soon!