COVID-19 Safety Plan
 
Below are three scenarios we have submitted to the county health department.
With their assistance, we will be making a final decision on what event format to use by Sunday, April 25th (two weeks before race day).
If at that point you do not want to participate for any reason, deferrals to 2022 will be available to all registrants.

 

 

General protocol for all scenarios

- Packet/bib pickup will take place in an open field and will be one-way.

- Porta-potties with hand sanitizer inside and a hand-washing station outside will be available, and a volunteer will be assigned to sanitize them every 10 minutes.

- Masks must be worn from the time you leave your car until you have crossed the start line, as well as anytime you stop at an aid station. They may be removed while you are riding on course.

- Volunteers will be masked for the duration of the event, with the exception of lead and follow vehicle drivers if they are the only vehicle occupant.

- Participants are expected to leave soon after finishing and avoid congregating. I know we all want to hang out and rehash how the race went, but we’ll have to put that on hold for now. We’ll get there eventually, but let’s be patient.

- After you finish, your results will be available at www.competitivetiming.com. There will be no printed results at the race site.

- There will be no formal awards ceremony. See different scenarios for how award distribution will be handled.

 

 

Scenario 1: Time Trial/Team Time Trial Start

- Each rider starts solo or with a “pod” of 2 to 4 members (this could be a ‘team time trial’ format or a family/household start if you like)

- Your time will start when you cross the start line, and all awards and finish placements will be based on your chip time from start to finish.

- Aid stations will be contactless and very minimal. You are encouraged to carry enough water and food for the whole ride, but full water bottles will be on the aid station table and can be swapped out if you choose.

- Masks must be worn anytime you are stopped at an aid station.

- Depending on current regulations when the decision is made, we may choose to limit participation to Montana residents. In this case, out-of-state riders who are currently registered will have the opportunity to defer to 2022 or receive a refund.

- Awards will be mailed or available for local pickup after the event.

 

 

Scenario 2: Wave Start

- Riders will start in assigned waves of 15-20 based on anticipated riding pace. If necessary, this information will be collected from riders several days prior to the event.

- The small groups will allow social distancing at the start, as well as facilitating contact tracing efforts if necessary.

- Placements will be determined by wave start to finish time. Therefore, if there is a sprint finish, the first person to the line wins as long as they started in the same group.

- Aid stations will be contactless and very minimal. You are encouraged to carry enough water and food for the whole ride, but full water bottles will be on the aid station table and can be swapped out if you choose.

- Masks must be worn anytime you are stopped at an aid station.

- Awards will be mailed or available for local pickup after the event.

 

 

Scenario 3: “Mass Start” with start window

- There will be a 10-minute window for each distance to start, so riders will be encouraged to spread out and start when they feel comfortable.

- Your time will start when you cross the start line, but award winners will be determined from the initial gun time. Therefore, if you plan on racing for a top finish, you are encouraged to start with the first group of riders for your specified distance.

- Aid station volunteers will hand you a water bottle as you ride by if you would like. Some food may be available at aid stations, but plan to bring everything you need.

- Masks must be worn anytime you are stopped at an aid station.

- Awards will be distributed to top finishers shortly after they finish.

 

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