Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race
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
NOTE: This race DOES NOT allow E-Bikes.
Race Registration Opens
May, 25 at 7 p.m. ET , last day to register is September 7 (the race usually sells out in minutes).
Entrants must pre-register online by September 7 at noon ET, or until the race sells out, whichever 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 or Deferring of Race Registrations.
Registration/Race Bib is non-transferable.
Fees are non-refundable, regardless of injury, lack of adequate training, an irreconcilable schedule conflict, or any other reason, no matter how valid. It cannot be moved to a future year.
All Race Registrations close on September 7 at 12 noon ET OR when all races have SOLD OUT.
Registration Information changes may be made until September 7 at noon. ET.
If you commit to raise a minimum $500 before September 7 at noon ET, you can avoid our race open registration rush on May 25th and will be entered into the race by the Race Director.
Your $500 must be received by Sept. 7 or you will not be able to race with us on the last Sunday of September.
Race Bib Pick-UP
Saturday Bike Plaque Pickup: Pick up your bike plaque on Saturday, of race weekend, noon to 8:00 PM Participants must pick up their own plaques. Photo ID is required to pick up the plaques.
You will be given a plaque for your bike and a wristband. The wristband will be placed on your wrist at the time of 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 Parking (Directions to Mount Ascutney)
Please park at the base lodge (and other designated spots only.) Walk or bike to the race office-BIG TENT (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!
Other race Information
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/hat and festivities, and a few more surprises.
Refund Policy: Fees are non-refundable, regardless of injury, lack of adequate training, an irreconcilable schedule conflict, or any other reason, no matter how valid. It cannot be moved to a future year.
Registration/Race Bib is non-transferable.
Crew Vehicles On Course Must Display a Parking Permit
Participants may register ONE vehicle at the Information Table to “crew” them on course. This vehicle MUST display the “Permit” to allow them to park at the designated aid stations.
Relay Teams-one vehicle per team.
Please stay off the actual race course as much as possible.
You will be given Crew directions to designated Aid Stations at the Information Table.
Please have your CREW person transport your Drop Bags-this will make it easier for you to leave once you cross the finish line-no waiting for drop bags to be returned to the finish line.
Drop bags will be measured and weighed at the Information table also. See Drop Bag 101
You may drop off, “shed” 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.
Again, save yourself time in waiting to pick up your Drop Bag after the race and have your crew carry them for you.
Sunday Race Day-Traffic WILL be an issue, please plan ahead!
Racer Meeting: 5:30 AM SHARP for all 50 milers.
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.
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’s age as of 12/31/Race Year (not on race day)
Mountain Bike Categories
Novice – entry level or first time competitor.
Sport – intermediate competitor
Expert – very advanced competitor
There are a lot of markers out on the trail of all colors for other events. Follow the official VT50 course markers. They are fluorescent markers with black arrows. Samples are in the Handbook.
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.
NO Pre-Race Course Running Use this course only for this race. The property owners do not want it used at other times. If you get lost (but you won’t) you must go back on your own to the spot you went off course without assistance (e.g. car rides, etc) and then continue.
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!