Valkyrie Segment: Road Biking

ROAD CYCLING (RCY)

LEG 7

TEAMMATES 1

DISTANCE 35.0/56.3 MLS/KM

ELEVATION GAIN 3786/1154 FT/M

MAX ELEVATION 7986/2434 FT/M

STARTING POINT Deer Creek Dam Trailhead Parking Lot, Hwy 189.

COURSE HOURS 10:45AM – 8:00PM LOCATION: Deer Creek Reservoir to Soldier Hollow Nordic Center via Route 92 (Alpine Loop), Cascade Scenic Rd, and a tour of Midway.

The Road Cycle course (RCY) is a 35.0-mile route through one of Utah’s most cherished scenic byways of the Wasatch. Elevation gain is formidable but so is the descent. Surrounding mountains cast cooling shade in the late afternoon through evening, but also challenge cyclists’ light adjustment as they pass in and out of the shadows. And then, after a tour of Midway, bring it home to the Finish at Soldier Hollow.

 

Race Safe Practices:

Packet Pickup Temp Check – All racers will be required to pick up their race packet in person the day before the race and will be required to take a temperature check. Any racer with a temperature over 100.4 Fahrenheit will be not be allowed to race and will be refunded their race entry fee. Those participating in the relay will be allowed to switch teammates with another existing teammate or a healthy new teammate, or choose to be refunded their race entry fee.

Staggered Starts – The Midway Marathon & Half Marathon and the Valkyrie Relay Trail Run Leg will be organized with staggered starts. Racers will be released in groups small enough to reduce crowding on course and at the start. While at the Start and Finish lines, Racers are expected to maintain 6 feet social distancing from other competitors and attendees.

Face Masks – before competing and once a leg is complete, all racers are required to don masks before exiting the transition or finish area. Disposable masks may be discarded at any aid station. All race staff, volunteers and contractors will be required to wear face masks and gloves (where applicable).

Aid Stations – Hand sanitizer and trash receptacles are available at all aid stations. Volunteers will not be able to hand water or nutrition directly to racers. Water and food will be placed on aid station table spaced in a way that will avoid unnecessary contact with other racers.Aid Stations – Hand sanitizer and trash receptacles are available at all aid stations.  Volunteers will not be able to hand water or nutrition directly to racers. Water and food will be placed on aid station table spaced in a way that will avoid unnecessary contact with other racers.

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Course Map

Once tagged by the Mountain Biker, Road Cyclists (RCY) depart the small transition area of the Deer Creek Dam Trailhead parking lot and enter Southwest-bound Hwy 189 into Provo Canyon. The scenic course then follows a sequence of Route 92 past Sundance Resort, FR 114 over North Fork Ridge to Cascade Springs Trailhead, then descend Cascade Springs Scenic Rd back into Midway. The Cyclist will make one counterclockwise lap around Midway following Springtown Rd, 100 South, 200 East, River Rd, 1050 North, Homestead Rd, and back to Stringtown Rd, Southbound. Cyclists will enter Soldier Hollow Nordic Center via Soldier Hollow Ln, Olympic Dr, and then cross the Valkyrie Relay™ Finish Line at the Endurance Sports Summit. Riders will reach the summit (7986 ft) roughly 12.3 miles from the start of the leg. There are rumble strips on the road (Route189) at the start of the course and ending once you reach the turnoff for the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. The rumble strips narrow the shoulder and can make it hard for riders to pass one another, caution is advised in this section of the race.

Parking Information

MTB>RCY TRANSITION PARKING: The limited parking at the Deer Creek Dam Trailhead parking lot is for Valkyrie Relay™ operational vehicles and mountain bike & road cycle competitor and gear load & unloading only. Wingmate vehicles may park for their turn to load/unload at a small stretch of service road nearby and at a UDOT sand/gravel deposit lot on the opposite side of Hwy 189. (see course diagram) VALKYRIE FINISH LINE / ENDURANCE SPORTS SUMMIT / SOLDIER HOLLOW NORDIC CENTER PARKING: Ample parking is available at the SHNC with a walk of 0.3 miles to the Finish Line and Transition Zone. Wingmates with Vehicle Access and Parking Permits (VAPP) will be able to access the Transition Zone near the Finish Line for drop off and pick up of athletes and gear only. Vehicles cannot park or wait (with driver) at the Transition or Finish Line. Limited space is available for waiting vehicles (with driver) at the Biathlon Range area. *Parking is limited along the course so we highly suggest that your team travel together as much as possible, ideally having a team vehicles(s) with non-competing drivers that can pick-up and drop off team members and gear along the course as the race progresses. Please review the section on Wingmates, event parking and the Valkyrie Relay™ Bivouacs.

Transition Information

MTB>RCY TRANSITION: MTB riders arrive to the Deer Creek Dam parking lot upon exiting the trail and tag their RCY counterpart waiting for them there with their cycle. As MTB riders cross the timing sensor, his/her team’s SUP athlete counterpart will also be alerted to begin their 5K leg at the Rainbow Bay Day Use area of Deer Creek Reservoir. This will begin a team’s split time for SUP and SWM legs, which will be included as part of the team’s overall time. RCY and VALKYRIE RELAY™ FINISH: Cyclists cross the timing sensor plane and Finish Line on the asphalt tarmac in front of Soldier Hollow’s Competition Management Building. This stops the team’s aggregate and Road Cycle split time. Timing consolidation of the SUP and Swm split times is now made. Total time and Finish Placement/Rank will be displayed on a monitor inside the venue where the Endurance Sport Summit™ is taking place. Teammates from each sport are encouraged to all rendezvous at the Finish as the cyclist crosses. Then together, assemble on the podium to signal their finish and stand for a photo. The team’s time and rank will be displayed above the podium in front of a cheering crowd of Endurance Sport Summit™ and Valkyrie Relay™ participants. Any post-relay interviews will be made in a designated mixed zone near the Finish.

Segment Rules

1. Course hours for the Road Race leg are from 10:45AM - 8:00PM. 2. To maintain aggregate timing of your team's progress, your team member must complete this leg and cross the Valkyrie Finish Line before the Road Cycle course has closed. 3. The Road BIke leg is the final leg of the relay and will end at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center where you will meetup with the rest of your teammates to offically fiish the race together and recive your final team time and receive your teams finisher medals for the realy. 4. Please consider the course when chosing your road cycle (i.e. this is NOT a triathlon or sprint event). Cyclists are personally responsible for choosing the correct equipment for course and ability. 5. All riders must wear a protective, securely fastened helmet that meets either the US DOT helmet standards or the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard for bicycle helmets. 6. Per USA Cycling Rulebook, aerobars are NOT allowed. "Handlebars used for steering with ends that point forward or upwardnor that provide support for the rider’s forearms are permitted only in time trial and pursuit events (not in road races).” 7. The Road Cycle leg is considered a "Rules of the Road" race. While competing, competitors must obey all relevant pedestrian and cyclist laws of the community in which the course is located. For further study, please see (link). 8. Strollers, roller or inline skates, skateboards, scooters, bikes, dogs, pedestrians, unregistered cyclists and cyclists against race traffic will be prohibited from entering any closed portions of the course and strongly discouraged by race staff and Public Safety Officers from entering or otherwise obstructing race traffic in open course areas. Competitors should remind any spectating family and friends of race ettiquette with regard to course access. 9. Public Safety Officers will not prevent general public vehicles from circulating on open portions of the course. But Team support vehicles with a visible Vaklkyrie Vehicle Access and Parking Permit (VAPP) will be given preference by race staff and Officers to approach racers. 10. No drafting (2 minute penalty). 11. Headphones or any device that would reduce a racers ability to hear are not allowed by racers or her/his support crew while on the Road Cycling course. 12. The event organizer reserves the right to re-move a Cyclist from the course if, in our judgement, it is possible that serious or fatal injury could result from continued comport or participation.