So… apparently the demand for a cross-state gravel race/ride is off the charts. We originally anticipated getting 50-75 people total, but apparently there are hundreds and hundreds of you out there. That’s super rad, but it also poses a huge problem: the route cannot handle that kind of traffic. Part of the reason we love this route and selected it was because the services are limited – there are very few places to buy food, snacks, get water, etc. along the route. It’s perfect for probably 100 people at one time, maybe a bit more, before it’ll become a shit show and it’ll lose its charm.
So… we closed “registration” because the number of people who want to ride far exceeds the number of people we think the route can reasonably handle at one time. Yes, we get this is a free event and you could just show up and that “registration” doesn’t really mean anything. However, given the grossly overwhelming demand, if everyone who wanted to show up actually did, chaos would reign and it would end up sucking for lots of you. We don’t want that. You don’t want that.
So… we kindly ask that if you really really want to do this route and aren’t already “registered”, that you go do it another weekend. The route is ride-able a large part of the year (skip winter, early spring and the high-summer), and there’s literally nothing stopping you from riding this any other time. We actually encourage it – the route is amazing and we think it deserves a lot of traffic. However, we just ask that you respect us and all our hard work and not just show up on May 23rd if you’re not already “registered”. Everyone will appreciate it.
And lastly… please don’t email us to try and get on the list. If I let you, I have to let everyone. And I can’t do that. Go ride the route some other time or wait until next time around – we’ll do this again, I promise. AND – if we get enough people who decide not to ride, we’ll open it back up again.
Thank you all for your awesome support, crazy enthusiasm, and respect.