FAQs

DAY OF THE TREAD FAQ’S 2016

Below please find information to make you Day of the Tread experience exceptional.   If you have questions, please contact us:
email 
mailto:dayofthetread2016@gmail.com

Mailing Address: Day of the Tread, 3535 Princeton Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87107

REGISTRATION

Registration may be done online @ active.com
on line registration closes Friday October 21rd at 8PM.

You may also register with paper registrations downloadable by going to the dayofthetread.com website. Paper registrations may be dropped off at the following Albuquerque locations: Sport Systems, 6915 Montgomery Blvd., NE, or The Trek Bicycle Superstore, 5000 Menaul Blvd, NE. These locations will accept registrations until 6 PM Friday October 23rd.

After this date, last chance to register is in person is at the Family and Fitness EXPO scheduled for Saturday October 24th from 10 am – 6 pm (Albuquerque Convention Center, West Building adjacent to Civic Plaza.

MINIMIZE YOUR COST!
Entry fees for The Day of the Tread progressively increase the closer to the event.
Here’s how to keep your cost down:

REGISTER EARLY!
The REGISTRATION fee increases over time – the sooner you register, the lower the registration fee. Register prior to August 31st. (Early Bird Registration) and receive the lowest registration fee. Early Registration is from September 1, 2015 – October 6, 2015. LATE REGISTRATON is scheduled on October 7th – October 21st. Registration is also available at the Family and Fitness EXPO from 10am to 6 pm (Albuquerque Convention Center) and on the Day of the Event starting at 6:30 am). It is highly recommended to register early and at the EXPO to avoid day of event lines.

FAMILY AND FITNESS HEALTH EXPO & PACKET PICK-UP

Each cyclist must pick up their packet at the Day of the Tread Family and Fitness Health Expo .  IT IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO PICK UP PACKETS AT THE EXPO!! Event day pick-up is discouraged unless you are traveling from out or state or you are unable to pick-up on Saturday.   Day of the Tread volunteers will be available at the EXPO to answer questions related to the route, safety rules, unique intersections and the most up to date information related to route changes. There are no route changes in 2016 with the exception of the lead out from the Civic Plaza on 4th St. This will allow a safe return route directly to the Plaza. In addition the bridge has been completed east of the Roundabout at #313 and Roy Road.

Plan to spend at least an hour in the building so you can get your rider number, pick up your packet, t-shirt and take advantage of the exhibitors and vendors. Pinnacle Sports will be at the EXPO with last day techs to provide discounted tune-up and minor repairs. Other venders will be available for interaction with a wide variety of services and products.

DIRECTIONS TO THE FAMILY HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO / PACKET PICK-UP

Albuquerque Convention Center (ACC):
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. Directionals 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). Other parking is available at a multitude of parking garages within 3 blocks of Civic Plaza. Beware that some streets close to the Civic Plaza will be barricaded in advance of your arrival.

CHANGING YOUR RIDE DISTANCE

Change your mind about your ride distance?  No problem.  Remember this is a ride, not a race (The segmented route up Tramway, 3.3 miles is the only event that is timed in 2016). The HILL CLIMB is an add on fee that may be selected upon registration). No timing system will be involved with the exception of the HILL CLIMB (Chipped) an is available on the 54, 80 and Century Routes both individual and tandem. You simply arrive at Civic Plaza and join the start for your respective distance. You may also change your distant when you pick up your packet at the EXPO.  

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. The Olev Rapido Cycling Team will be acting as Ride Marshalls for the courses. They will be strictly and professionally monitoring all participants to ensure that all rules of the road are maintained. They are designated by the wearing of Ride Marshall Bib and a very distinctive green kit. In addition they will be acting as ambassadors providing route guidance and will 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 will be 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. These turns will be monitored to ensure a slow safe start to the ride. Cyclists are advised to 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 (New in 2016), First 120 Riders who register will enjoy a ride from Civic Plaza to the Rail Runner Station at Los Ranchos / JC via the Bosque Trail where they will load onto the New Mexico Rail Runner (Train leaves at 11:41). Riders will then be transported to the Downtown Albuquerque Station where they will be escorted to 3rd street by Bike Concierges. They will then finish on Civic Plaza traditionally with other riders and begin the celebration of their accomplishment.

 

MEDALLIONS RETURN IN 2016

Day of the Tread Medallions will be awarded to all 100 mile finishers in 2016.

RIDE NUMBERS

At Expo/Packet Pickup you will receive a ride number that designates you to the specific distant you have registered for. This is not a timed event. Please post the ride number on the back of your jersey so that you are actively acknowledged as a ride participant along the course and at all recharge zones. It will also assist us with any emergency situation involving the need to contact emergency designees that you have provided us in our data base. The number also will assist the Costume Committee in selecting the winners in this year contest for best costuming.

ROUTES:

The route for 2015 is posted on the website. No changes in 2015 with the exception of leaving the Civic Plaza on 4th Street.

DAY OF THE TREAD courses close at 5:30 pm! All course support, including traffic control and Recharge Stations, will be discontinued at 5:30 pm.  

Be prepared at all times to stop for motor traffic along the route!!!
Traffic control officials move cyclists through intersections without stopping most of the time.   However, you may be stopped to relieve traffic congestion. Please be patient with the police if you are stopped. They do a great service for Day of the Tread cyclists; give them a friendly wave as you pass by! PLEASE OBEY ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT DIRECTIVES AS WELL AS THOSE FROM BIKE PATROL AND OTHER EVENT OFFICIALS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

ROUTE RECHARGE ZONES:

There are aid stations approximately each 7-12 miles staffed by volunteers offering bananas, oranges pretzels, water and Gatorade. . Each will have port-o-pots.  Some stations will breakfast bars. The Recharge Station volunteers may provide other food items (El Pinto, 13 miles mark will be serving Sopapillas and Honey > A tradition!!). 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 and other route support will be in front of you.  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.  Please test electrolytes on a training ride before the event. For safety reasons, cyclists stopping at aid stations MUST move OFF THE ROAD to avoid oncoming riders and vehicles.

ROUTE / RIDE MARSHALLS (OLEV RAPIDO CYCLING TEAM)

Approximately 30 trained Bike Patrol cyclists will be on the route in bright green OLEV RAPIDO Jerseys and with Ride Marshall Designation.  They help with mechanical problems, minor medical needs and encouragement. If you experience a problem on route just flag down an OLEV RAPIDO member.  To help Bike Patrol bring these items:  1-2 spare tubes, tire levers, tire patch kit and other basic bicycle gear; 1-2 water bottles a cell phone or change for a pay phone.  Wear a CPSC-approved bicycle helmet (required).

Bike Patrol (OLEV RAPIDO) cyclists are event officials; they are out there to help you.   However, if necessary, they are also course marshals and will report rules of the road violations to DOTT Officials... Remember cyclists violating Rules of the Road may be disqualified and pulled from the ride. Safety is our first concern.

ROUTE CAUTIONS:

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 Bike Patrol, and abiding by New Mexico laws . Rules will be enforced.  Police, Bike Patrol 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 be a safe and fun event for everyone!

Report rule violations to info@dayofthetread. Please include your name, contact info, the violator’s rider number, locations and details.  We’ll follow up!  Thank you for helping us to keep The Day of the Tread safe for all cyclists!