What’s this Calvin’s Challenge thing all about? It’s a simple concept. Everybody starts at once, then 12 (or 6) hours later, the riders with the most miles in each class win a medal.
How will you know how many miles I ride? You’ll ride a 50 mile loop as many times as you can. Checkpoints will verify your completion of each loop. When there isn’t enough time to complete another 50 mile loop, you’ll switch to a 7 mile loop until time is up.
What about food? This year, food will be provided by several food trucks. You can find information here.
Can I stop and rest during the race? You can stop as often and as long as you like. The clock, however, keeps running while you’re loafing.
Is Drafting allowed? Drafting is permitted between registered competitive riders in the 12 & 6 hour races only. No drafting of vehicles, fun riders or farm animals
Can I have my own support during the event? Yes, however, crew vehicles are not allowed on the course. They can meet you at the checkpoints.
Will I need lights? The event will run entirely in daylight. You should bring a tail light or strobe light in case of rain or fog.
Can I register day of race? The only riders we can register on race-day are the non-competitive riders. This is so that we can keep everything going smoothly for the racers Saturday morning and get them all tagged, and started ON TIME. After 9am, once the racers are off, we can tend to registering non-competitive riders. If you are a racer and found out about the race between May 1st and May 3rd, your last chance to register is Friday in Springfield from 6-9pm. You will have to pay an extra $20 late fee and we will not be able to offer a meal with your registration. The food trucks will be able to provide food, but you will just pay them for what you order at their truck. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
What about awards? Medals will be awarded at an 8:00 pm ceremony, to the top three mileages in male and female age classes (5 year increments) and for tandem, triple, HPV, recumbent, single speed, high wheeler, hand cyclist and most overwhelmed support crew categories.
What’s the No Medal Medal? As Calvin’s Challenge has grown, and become more competitive, the race organizers felt it was important to recognize everyone that reached a benchmark level in ultra cycling – 200 miles in 12 hours. So, if you don’t place in the top three of your category, but ride the magical 200 miles in 12 hours, we’ll award you with a “No Medal Medal.”
What’s the terrain like? Flat to rolling.
Will there be headwinds? No
Are there any other rules? No cheating, no whining, no drugs, no motors, no abusing the organizers.
Will the new guys be as good as the McKinleys? Probably not, but they will try their best.