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Event #2: The Dirt Riders Challenge - SE Mass

Event #2: The Dirt Riders Challenge - SE Mass

Regional DIY Stage Series Event #2:
The Dirt Riders Challenge / SE Massachusetts Edition

DIY MTB Stage Race Open Entire Month of November 2020
- Sign Up & Race Anytime YOU WANT! -


Two Categories to Choose from: Intermediate or Expert.

  • Register for either category for $15
  • Register separately to race both (just pay additional $15). 
  • Commemorative t-shirts just $20 (includes shipping).
  • Each Category consists of two stages
  • Each Stage consists of individual Strava “segments” for scoring. 
  • There will be men's and women's stage winners as well as General Classification (GC) winner.
  • Intermediate Stages are Carolina Hills & Duxbury
  • Expert Stages are Borderland State Park & Ames Nowell State Park
  • Proceeds from registration will go towards supporting the Wompatuck Warriors and the Easton Bobcats youth mountain bike teams of NEHSCA.

Thank you for helping to support New England youth cycling!

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For a printable version of the below, click HERE.

WARNING: READ CAREFULLY. THIS AGREEMENT INCLUDES A RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND WAIVER OF LEGAL RIGHTS AND DEPRIVES YOU OF THE RIGHT TO SUE QT2SYSTEMS, THE CYCLING FORMULA, AND OTHER PARTIES. DO NOT SIGN THIS AGREEMENT UNLESS YOU HAVE READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY. SEEK THE ADVICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF ITS EFFECT.

WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY,

ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

IN CONSIDERATION of [The Cycling Formula and QT2 Systems, (“Event Director”)] allowing me to participate in the Regional DIY Stage Series: Event #2 The Dirt Riders Challenge SE Mass (the “Event” or “Events”) I, for myself, and on behalf of my spouse, children, parents, guardians, heirs and next of kin, and any legal and personal representatives, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, hereby agree to and make the following contractual representations pursuant to this Waiver and Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement (this “Agreement”).

1. Physical Health. I hereby represent that (i) I am in good health and in proper physical condition to participate in the Event; and (ii) I am not under the influence of alcohol or any illicit or prescription drugs, and will not be under any such influence at the time of the Event, which would in any way impair my ability to safely participate in the Event. I agree that it is my sole responsibility to determine whether I am sufficiently fit and healthy enough to participate in the Event.

2. I understand and acknowledge the physical and mental rigors associated with cycling, road cylcing, mountain biking (MTB), and gravel riding and that such Events are inherently dangerous and represent an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits. I understand that participation involves risks and dangers which include, without limitation, the potential for serious bodily injury, sickness and disease, permanent disability, paralysis and loss of life; loss of or damage to equipment/property; exposure to extreme conditions and circumstances; accidents, contact or collision with other participants, spectators, vehicles or other natural or manmade objects; dangers arising from adverse weather conditions; imperfect course conditions; water, road and surface hazards; equipment failure; inadequate safety measures; participants of varying skill levels; situations beyond the immediate control of the Event Organizers; and other undefined risks and dangers which may not be readily foreseeable or are presently unknown, including any unknown claims under Section 1542 of the California Civil Code (collectively, “Risks”). I understand that The Cycling Formula and QT2 Systems is not closing bike courses or providing any support whatsoever for the Regional DIY Stage Series: Event #1 The Dirt Riders Challenge including safety equipment or completing safety protocols. I understand that these Risks may be caused in whole or in part by my own actions or inactions, the actions or inactions of others participating in the Event, or the acts, inaction or negligence of the Released Parties defined below, and I hereby expressly and voluntarily choose to assume all such Risks and responsibility for any damages, liabilities, losses or expenses which I incur as a result of my participation in the Event.

3. Release from Liability. I hereby Release, Waive and Covenant Not to Sue, and further agree to Indemnify, Defend and Hold Harmless the following parties: Event Owners, Organizers and Promoters, Event Directors, and other participants in the Regional DIY Stage Series: Event #1 The Dirt Riders Challenge, Sponsors, Advertisers, Venues and Property Owners upon which the Event takes place and each of their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, officers, directors, partners, shareholders, members, agents, employees and volunteers (individually and collectively, the “Released Parties” or “Event Organizers”), with respect to any liability, claim(s), demand(s), cause(s) of action, damage(s), loss or expense (including court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees) of any kind or nature (“Liability”) which may arise out of, result from, or relate to my participation in the Event, including claims for Liability caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the Released Parties. I further agree that if, despite this Agreement, I, or anyone on my behalf, makes a claim for Liability against any of the Released Parties, I will indemnify, defend and hold harmless each of the Released Parties from any such Liability which any may be incurred as the result of such claim.

4. Authorization to Collect and Use Data. While participating in the Event, I may provide to Event Organizers information such as my name, contact information, age, gender and other demographic, physical, physiological or identifying characteristics specifically requested from me. My participation in the Event is voluntary. By participating in the Event, and giving such data to the Event Organizers, I hereby grant the Event Organizers, or any of them, permission to collect, capture, record and store the data, and grant to each of the Event Organizers a license to use the data for any purposes whatsoever.

I hereby warrant that I have read this Agreement carefully, understand its terms and conditions, acknowledge that I will be giving up substantial legal rights by signing it (including the rights of the minor, my spouse, children, parents, guardians, heirs and next of kin, and any legal and personal representatives, executors, administrators, successors and assigns), acknowledge that I have signed this Agreement freely and voluntarily, without any inducement, assurance or guarantee, and intend for my signature to serve as confirmation of my complete and unconditional acceptance of the terms, conditions and provisions of this Agreement. This Agreement represents the complete understanding between the parties regarding these issues and no oral representations, statements or inducements have been made apart from this Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

IF PARTICIPANT IS A MINOR, PARENT OR GUARDIAN AGREES TO BELOW

I am the parent or legal guardian of the above-named participant, and I agree that the participant may take part in the Event. On behalf of the participant, I hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agree to all of the terms of this Agreement. I also, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, estate, insurers, successors and assigns, hereby fully and forever release and discharge the Released Parties (defined above) from any and all claims or causes of action that I may have for damages for personal or bodily injury, disability, death, loss or damage to person or property, whether arising from the negligence of any or all of the Released Parties, or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

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Additional Terms and Conditions

  • You agree to adhere to any and all traffic laws, and to participate in this event in a way that errs on the side of safety. 
  • Any athletes who document their participation in the Regional DIY Stage Series: Event #2 The Dirt Riders Challenge SE Mass, not adhering to traffic laws, or in any way(s) otherwise deemed unsafe, will be disqualified.

 

To Participate You Will Need to: 

  1. Register at https://www.TheCyclingFormula.com/DIY

  2. Once you've officially registered, ask to join the The Dirt Riders Challenge Strava Club at: https://www.strava.com/clubs/DirtRidersChallenge

  3. Complete AND Upload rides to Strava by NO LATER THAN 3:00pm November 30th, 2020


General Event Rules: 

PLEASE RIDE SAFELY.  We’re NOT looking for the overall fastest course times - frankly we don’t care. We don’t have courses cordoned off and marshalled by race volunteers.  There’s no caution tape or neon course arrows. There’s no event SAG or aid station.  There’s just you, your bike, and your trusty GPS device. Oh yeah, and that pocket full of common sense you always carry around with you!   

Speaking of common sense, we do not want to see folks doing stupid things on their bikes. Obey traffic laws and don’t go blowing through intersections or crossing double yellow lines to pass someone.  Don’t rip down crowded trails or needlessly endanger folks on foot or horseback.  Let’s all be outstanding citizens of the cycling community.  

What we ARE looking for is how fast you can rip through some specific Strava Segments we've picked. And although we know we don’t have to say this, we will anyway: Only attempt a KOM or QOM on a segment IF you can be absolutely sure that you can do so safely.   

DO NOT ENDANGER YOURSELF OR OTHERS. At all times you must follow ALL cycling etiquette rules & rules of the road. Failure to do so could lead to disqualification from future Cycling Formula events. It could also get you labeled as a total douche-bag! Don’t be that person.  

At the end of the day this is really just a fun excuse to ride our bikes (at socially safe distances) a little bit harder than we normally do. But we’re all going to agree to do so SAFELY, RESPECTFULLY, and ALWAYS IN CONTROL.  

We thank you all for participating.  We hope you stay safe and have fun.  Now Let's Ride!  

-The Cycling Formula  

Click Here to Learn More about the overall Regional DIY Stage Series
 


**If it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen. Seriously though that’s actually the case here. In order to be eligible for results it must be on Strava and showing up in the stage segment leaderboards.

Leaderboards and GC / Click Here for current leaderboard (11/20/20)

Stage results and GC will be calculated (by The Cycling Formula) using the Strava Segments listed for each series. (*Note: We all know that Strava may not always record your time during a segment - and we have no control over that. You’ll simply need to re-ride the course if you absolutely want credit for a particular segment that may have been missed. Riders can re-do their stage if desired as long as they are 1) within the race window of November 2020 AND 2) they re-ride the ENTIRE course. 

Leaderboards for the The Dirt Riders Challenge: We will make every attempt to publish leaderboards on Friday and the final stage winners and overall GC for men’s, women’s and X categories will be announced the week of Nov 29th.

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All participants will also qualify for 10% OFF Coaching Services for 4 months from The Cycling Formula.  Click Here to Learn More about our customized Coaching Services.

*NOTE: All NEHSCA youth athletes, regardless of participation in the Dirt Riders Challenge, qualify for 15% OFF coaching services from The Cycling Formula. Learn more about Youth Coaching services here or drop us an email to ask any questions - Services@thecyclingformula.com
 

Click Here to Learn More about the overall Regional DIY Stage Series
 


Who's Registered?


Category, Course, Segment Info:

This event takes place in Southeast Massachusetts and participants have between the entire month of November to complete their rides and upload them to Strava. This will qualify participants for the official Dirt Riders Challenge leaderboards and overall GC standings.

There are Two Categories to Choose from: Intermediate or Expert.  Each Category consists of two stages and each stage has numerous Strava “segments” for scoring.  You may ride the stages in ANY order. Register for either category ($15) or register separately for both (just pay additional $15). 

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INTERMEDIATE Category ($15)
Comprised of Two Stages: Carolina Hills and Duxbury

*Note: Riders may ride stages in ANY order.
 
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STAGE 1: Carolina Hills

Marshfield MA

 

Difficulty:

Moderate / Intermediate

 

Overview:

This ten-mile loop covers some of the more popular sections of Carolina Hills.  While mountain biking is inherently a dangerous sport, Carolina Hills is generally regarded as an area for newer riders as well as more veteran riders to enjoy an outing together. Overall, a fun place to go fast and let it rip a little in the flowy sections. *Please Note: Be absolutely careful both times you cross route 3A.  Use an over-abundance of caution!

 

Parking Location (adjacent to Ames School - DO NOT Park in school lot during school hours - park on street instead)

https://goo.gl/maps/hdGJ2iAjup1usoVSA

GET Course GPX File:

CLICK HERE

9.89mi

Trailforks Route:
CLICK HERE
10mi

 

Full Course Strava Segment:

https://www.strava.com/segments/26132995

9.89mi

 

Official Individual Segments:

 

1. Cheeky Bastard

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134110

0.58mi

 

2. 7 SWITCHES

https://www.strava.com/segments/24327482

0.30mi

 

3. I GET WILD / WILD GRAVITY

https://www.strava.com/segments/24563301

0.43mi

 

4. Windmill

https://www.strava.com/segments/15965625

0.37mi

 

5. Balls out buddy

https://www.strava.com/segments/11429427

0.50mi

 

6. PULL UP THE ROOTS

https://www.strava.com/segments/22263607

0.20mi

 

7. Gut Check

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134042

0.43mi

 

8. Rise up

https://www.strava.com/segments/13839222

0.17mi

 

9. Junk in the Trunk

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134318

0.64mi

 

10. Let's Get Started

https://www.strava.com/segments/19627332

0.25mi

 

11. Go Big or Go Home

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134286

0.47mi

 

12. Final Rip

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134056

0.56mi

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STAGE 2: Duxbury

Duxbury MA

 

Difficulty:

Moderate / Intermediate

 

Overview:

This nine-mile loop covers some of the best trails on the north-side of the Duxbury Trail Network.  Its quintessential New England mountain biking with lots of rocks, roots, punchy short climbs, and plenty of tight turns to whip your bike through.  Though entertaining for intermediate and advanced riders it’s still manageable enough for newer riders.  Success in this event will come from punching through the climbs & recovering on the descents as well as accelerating out of every turn (and mind you, there are a LOT of turns).

 

Parking Location (Mayflower St)

https://goo.gl/maps/LM2HgnQMnWqLpnta8

GET Course GPX File:

CLICK HERE

8.43mi

Trailforks Route:
CLICK HERE
9mi

Full Course Segment:

https://www.strava.com/segments/26221231

8.43mi

 

Official Individual Segments:

 

1. Duxbury CX/MTB Short TT - Mayflower St Start

https://www.strava.com/segments/1129551

0.35mi

 

2. The Big Kochanski

https://www.strava.com/segments/26221312

0.53mi

 

3. No Hunting (cw)

https://www.strava.com/segments/2446002

1.14mi

 

4. Blair Witch

https://www.strava.com/segments/10762199

0.23mi

 

5. Deadwood to Pitts

https://www.strava.com/segments/5204654

0.87mi

 

6. High Roller CW

https://www.strava.com/segments/5726056

0.46mi

 

7. NB roots

https://www.strava.com/segments/3377478

0.38mi

 

8. There's a Rhythm to the Roots

https://www.strava.com/segments/26157132

0.41mi

 

9. Tuck N Cover

https://www.strava.com/segments/24427937

0.51mi

 

10. Puppy that Came for Christmas

https://www.strava.com/segments/7349787

0.86mi

 

11. Last 3 Outs

https://www.strava.com/segments/26221250

0.52mi


EXPERT Category ($15) 
Comprised of Two Stages: Borderland State Park and Ames Nowell State Park 

*Note: Riders may ride stages in ANY order.

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STAGE 1: Borderland State Park

Easton, MA

 

Difficulty:

Intermediate / Advanced

 

Overview:

This roughly ten-mile loop covers some of the more technical sections of Borderland.   Segments are typically longer and are a mix of climbs as well as descents. It should also be noted that many of the segments are back-to-back with little to no break in between.  Finding a means to manage that will be key to your success in this event.  This not an easy course!

 

Parking Location

https://goo.gl/maps/tMoMRes9EwcMbCuPA

GET Course GPX File:

CLICK HERE

10.42mi

Trailforks Route:
CLICK HERE
11mi

Full Course Segment:

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134760

10.42mi

 

Official Individual Segments:

 

1. Borderland Ave to Bay

https://www.strava.com/segments/5578709

1.48mi

 

2. Bob's Trail Complete from Bay Road

https://www.strava.com/segments/2215819

0.95mi

 

3. This is hard

https://www.strava.com/segments/26135109

1.16mi

 

4. Borderland Morse to Quarry

https://www.strava.com/segments/12188022

1.38mi

 

5. Borderland Quarry 3/4

https://www.strava.com/segments/12188058

0.83mi

 

6. Ridge trail from quarry

https://www.strava.com/segments/3964915

0.44mi

 

7. NEMBA Trail east-to-west

https://www.strava.com/segments/6590874

0.58mi

 

8. Bandit Trail [west to east]

https://www.strava.com/segments/25399729

0.59mi

 

9. No Name Trail - Descent [N to S]

https://www.strava.com/segments/25399390

0.31mi

 

10. West Side Trail from French Westward

https://www.strava.com/segments/6590951

0.39mi

 
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STAGE 2: Ames Nowell State Park

Abington, MA

 

Difficulty:

Intermediate / Advanced+

 

Overview:

Perhaps one of the most technical areas to ride in the South Shore area, once mastered Ames Nowell can be one of the most fun.  This course covers roughly ten-miles of everything the park has to offer, from gnarly rocks and crazy root sections to sketchy bridges & full water crossings.  The park certainly packs a lot into a tiny place.  And know this; You will get lost.  You will go off course.  You will have a hard day on the bike.  And despite all of that, you will love every minute of it. Success in this event will ultimately come down to those that ride steady and in control.  Rip when you can, survive the rest…

 

Parking Location

https://goo.gl/maps/4q1m7AZ82jxj5jeV7

 
GET Course GPX File:
CLICK HERE
10.61mi

Trailforks Route:
CLICK HERE
11mi

Full Course Segment:

https://www.strava.com/segments/26373342

10.61mi

 

Official Individual Segments:

 

1. Clevelands Edge

https://www.strava.com/segments/978755

0.76mi

 

2. Neanderthal

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134685

0.56mi

 

3. Send it + Bonus

https://www.strava.com/segments/14910992

0.53mi

 

4. Long Chunky Climb

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134425

0.51mi

 

5. Witch Trail

https://www.strava.com/segments/1628224

0.51mi

 

6. Toby's Ridge

https://www.strava.com/segments/1150645

0.37mi

 

7. Pork-n-beans

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134452

0.42mi

 

8. Don't Miss It... You Missed It.

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134498

0.57mi

 

9. Old School Ames

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134584

0.28mi

 

10. Full Throttle

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134607

0.47mi

 

11. Big Finish

https://www.strava.com/segments/26134652

0.28mi

 




The Dirt Riders Challenge, Stowe VTEvent T-shirts are available for pre-order! Only $20 w/ Shipping. Available in "Stone" or "Royal".

- - *Add t-shirt when registering for the event.- -

Commemorate your participation in The Dirt Riders Challenge. Pre-order your "Official" event t-shirt and we’ll ship it you when it’s ready. Only $20, and includes shipping!

Please see sizing information below. Sorry, no returns or exchanges once you’ve ordered.  

Fabric:

  • 60% combed ringspun cotton/40% polyester jersey
  • 4.3 oz.
  • Slightly heathered
  • Fabric laundered for reduced shrinkage

Features:

  • 1x1 baby rib-knit set-in collar
  • Tear-away label 

T-shirt sizing (in inches):

               XS      S        M        L        XL     2XL

Length    27      28     29        30     31     32

Width      17.5   19     20.5     22     24     26

Length is measured from the highest point of the shoulder down to the bottom hem of the shirt. Width is measured across the chest, 1” below the armpit from seam to seam.

 

 

The Regional DIY Stage Series

Event #2: The Dirt Riders Challenge / SE Massachusetts

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To participate you will need to: 

  1.  Register at https://www.TheCyclingFormula.com/DIY

  2. Join the The Dirt Riders Challenge Strava Club at: https://www.strava.com/clubs/DirtRidersChallenge

  3. Complete AND Upload rides to Strava by NO LATER THAN 3:00pm November 30th, 2020

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Rules & Regulations: 


1. Fee. There is a $15 registration fee per Category entered. (Register separately for each Category IF you wish to race both). It takes time and effort to plan, organize, and manage an event like this. Your nominal registration fee helps cover our costs AND lights a little fire under your butt to commit.  Registration also qualifies you for GC (“General Classification”) status and gets you listed in our official post-event results.  

Please Register at https://www.TheCyclingFormula.com/DIY


2. Charity. All Proceeds from registration will go towards supporting the Wompatuck Warriors and the Easton Bobcats youth mountain bike teams of NEHSCA.


3. Join Strava Club. You must join The Dirt Riders Challenge Strava Club to qualify for official event participation and recognition. Request to join - and if you've registered you'll be granted access: https://www.strava.com/clubs/DirtRidersChallenge


4. Riding with friends.  We have to say it; it’s ok to ride with your friends - but PLEASE do so safely.  Try to keep groups to five riders or less.  It’s feasible to maintain social distancing in that size of a group.  It’s also feasible to maintain social distancing guidelines if you come upon a similarly sized group on the road or trail.  Keep some sort of face covering with you at all times and put it on if maintaining social distancing becomes difficult OR if you stop to interact with another group.  Let’s practice “social distancing” and not “social avoidance”.  


5. Ride SAFELY.  Practice ALL rules of cycling courtesy & etiquette while riding, as well as the legal rules of the road in your community.

DO NOT endanger yourself or others.  RESPECT everyone else on the road or trail - especially non-riders.  Groups of cyclists must always yield to groups of walkers or hikers. Pursuit of your Strava KOM / QOM does NOT take precedence over the safety and well-being over other’s enjoying the outdoors. Re-read this rule again.  

 

6. Strava Segments.  We absolutely DO NOT care about overall course times.  THIS IS NOT A RACE. If you feel the need for some speed, however, please do so ONLY in Official Strava Segments within each route.  

Strava Segments will NOT be marked on courses. You need to use your GPS device or phone for that. Please note that accessing the “Live” Strava Segments feature requires a Strava Premium account to do so. 

Here’s an overview “Live” Strava Segments (https://tinyurl.com/y46fhxgm ). 

Here’s a list of compatible devices that allow “Live” Strava Segments (https://tinyurl.com/y6a4vghs ).  

Here’s how to access “Live” Strava Segments on a Garmin device (https://tinyurl.com/yyzf6dde).  

Here’s how to access them on a Wahoo device (https://tinyurl.com/y47bp5p3 ). 

There will be no podium.  There will be no medals.  There will be no super cool prize to commemorate your glorious triumph over your buddy Steve.  There will, however, be the official Regional DIY Stage Series newsletter & Instagram giving bragging rights to each & every Strava segment winner as of 3:00 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2020.   Overall GC (“General Classification”) leaders will also be announced each week in September, leading up to final GC winners being named at the end of the event. 


7. Completion of Stages.  You may complete the stages in any order and within any amount of time AS LONG AS it is within the month of November. You must also have all completed activities and uploaded them to your Strava account by November 30th at 3:00pm EST. 


8. Close of event. The event closes at 3:00 pm Monday, November 30, 2020.  You must have completed AND uploaded your activity to Strava by NO LATER THAN 3:00 pm Monday, November 30, 2020 to qualify for the official annals of Regional DIY Stage Series glory.  Otherwise, it was just a really good ride. 

Again, ride SAFELY.  Only attempt a KOM / QOM on a segment IF you can absolutely assure you can do so safely.  DO NOT ENDANGER YOURSELF OR OTHERS.  Follow all cycling rules and etiquette at all times. Failure to do so could lead to disqualification from future Cycling Formula events.  Don’t be “that” person.  Please represent the cycling community in the best way possible AT ALL TIMES. 

 
9. None of this is perfect.  Now we’ve tried our best to verify that all routes and segments are as dialed-in as possible.  But let’s be honest, there may be a small inconsistency here or there, or a timing snafu we didn’t foresee.  In the end, however, we’re doing our damnedest to see that this thing is 1) Safe, 2) Fun, and 3) as Easy to navigate & ride as we possibly can.  


As we said to begin with, the Regional DIY Stage Series is what you make of it.  So give it a go and see where you can take it.