Day of the Tread FAQ’s 2017
Register Early as prices will be increasing as the event draws closer.
The EXPO and Packet Pick-Up
Each cyclist must pick up his or her packet on Saturday, October 28th. Packet pick-up will be from 9 am -3 pm. Please note the earlier time this year. The Expo and Packet Pick Up will be at the Convention Center.(Directions below) Each rider will receive a number. Please wear the number of the back of your jersey for ride safety and the costume contest.
From Interstate-25, exit Martin Luther King. West on MLK to entrance to ACC Parking Garage ($6 both Saturday and Event Day). EXPO is located in the SW Exhibit Hall in the West Complex. Signs will provide you with a pathway to the Hall when you enter from the garage. Complimentary Parking is also available at the South side of the Wells Fargo Banking complex (both Saturday and event day). Additional parking is available at a multitude of parking garages within 3 blocks of Civic Plaza.
Beware that some streets close to the Civic Plaza are barricaded in preparation of the ride.
CHANGING YOUR RIDE DISTANCE
Change your mind about your ride distance? No problem. Remember this is a ride, not a race!
Want a little more Challenge? The Prevender Hill Climb is Back!
3.3 miles of the uphill (not downhill) climb on Tramway, will be timed. If you are riding the 54 or the Century, a chip will be provided at registration.
RIDE SAFETY AND TECH SUPPORT
Safety rules and route maps will be available at Packet Pick-up. Volunteer riders will be available to answer questions related to the routes, major intersections, rules of the road etc. Helmets are mandatory for all participants. The course in not a closed course so all NEW MEXICO Bicycle laws are mandatory. Ride Marshalls are available for route guidance and support riders who have minor technical issues including flats. Moving SAG support will also be available throughout the course and Technicians from various Albuquerque Bike Shops will be providing stationary support at selected Recharge Zones.
EMERGENCY SERVICES – RIDE SAFETY
All courses including the Bosque Trail from the Entrance at Mountain to the Alameda Trailhead will be monitored by Set Medics LLC. Their vehicles are staffed by paramedics and trained professionals who will be responsive to any accidents involving participants or spectators. The start / finish line is staffed with a paramedic to serve any participant needs as well. Call 911 to report any situations requiring medical attention.
DIRECTIONS TO STARTING LINE / START TIMES
The Start / Finish line is in front of the Albuquerque Convention Center on 3rd Avenue. Cyclists will have a slow turn on Marquette and then will turn right onto 4th Street. For everyone’s safety there is a slow safe start to the ride. Please arrive one hour prior to your event starting time so you can find a place to park and get to the start line. You will have received all materials at Expo. All courses start and finish at Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza (3rd Street)
100 & 80 Mile Start Time: 8:15 am
64 & 55 Mile Start Time: 8:45 am
26 & 9 Mile Start Time: 9:15 am
12 Mile Rail Runner Family Ride Start Time: 9:45 am
ROUTE RECHARGE ZONES:
There are aid stations approximately each 7-12 miles staffed by volunteers various foods to give you an energetic ride. Each stop will also have water, Gatorade, and port-o-potties. Please be courteous to them – they are there to help you.
Recharge stations along the route close according to a schedule that will allow cyclists to finish by 5:30pm. If you are riding a pace that will NOT allow you to finish by 5:30 pm the aid stations may close before you get there. Please be prepared.
If you have special dietary restrictions or need more nutrition please bring your own or plan to stop at a store along the way.
Water and Gatorade are the only beverages served to cyclists. Remember to drink BEFORE you are thirsty. Bring ELECTROLYTE REPLACEMENTS with you to help reduce cramps and muscle spasms.
For safety reasons, cyclists stopping at aid stations MUST move OFF THE ROAD to avoid oncoming riders and vehicles.
ROUTE / RIDE MARSHALLS
Approximately 30 trained and clearly marked Bike Patrol cyclists will be on the route. They help with mechanical problems, minor medical needs and encouragement. If you experience a problem on the route just flag down a Ride Marshall to help Bike Patrol cyclists are event officials; they are out there to help you. However; they are also course marshals and will report rules of the road violations to DOTT Officials. Remember cyclists violating Rules of the Road will be pulled from the ride. Safety is our first concern.
Along the route there are sharp turns, bridges, and railroad tracks and though we try to sweep areas prior to the ride, there is always debris on the road. Take nothing for granted, stay alert.
The event utilizes open public roads, which may or may not be maintained by local municipalities, cities, counties, and/or the State. The event is not responsible for the condition and maintenance of the roads. Road hazards are always possible and in entering this event, you must be alert to all road hazards, including but not limited to: pot holes, uneven pavement, road cracks, road debris, unfinished construction, and motor vehicle traffic.
The Day of the read is an event for cyclists of all ages, abilities and experience. Many have limited experience riding in packs. Be cautious as you approach other cyclists and make them aware of your presence by calling out "passing." Touching wheels is the most common reason for crashes.
If you have any questions please seek out a volunteer at the EXPO or on Ride Day at our information booth located at the Start / Finish area on the Plaza.
DISQUALIFICATIONS / PULLED FROM RIDE
Rules were created for the safety and fairness for all participants, spectators and the community. We appreciate your cooperation in following all event official rules, directives from event officials including Ride Marshalls, and abiding by New Mexico laws . Rules will be enforced. Police, Ride Marshalls and other course officials will take rider numbers of violators, who will be disqualified, and who will, as a result of their violation, not be allowed to register for next year’s event.
Some rule highlights:
Do not cross a solid or double yellow line. Properly wear a CPSC-approved helmet. NO aerobars on your bike ONE earbud is legal, two is not… don’t block out other cyclists and traffic! Human powered vehicles only! No motorized bikes. Ride trailers are welcome.
Help keep Day of the Tread a safe and fun event for everyone!