Voyager Division of Hoodoo 500
The Voyager division of the Hoodoo 500 is for racers who participate completely self-supporting. Not only are follow-vehicles not required, they're strictly forbidden.
Here are some general answers to your questions:
1. Voyager applicants must submit a resume. Entry is subject to the discretion of the Race Directors. Although there's no absolute criteria or acceptance standard, a rider should have completed at least some long-distance riding completely self-supported. This could be a brevet series, touring, or just lots of prove-able training. The applicant should also have done at least a few double centuries within the past year.
2. Voyager racers will start at 5am (2 hours before supported solo racers); and have until Monday at 7am to complete the route. That's 50 hours total.
3. No other 500-mile race in the U.S. has an unsupported division; and we suspect the Hoodoo 500 will typically be the only one to offer this category. Many of the routes for the 500 mile races do not have enough services to allow for self-supporting racers. The Hoodoo 500 does. While the other races claim that "safety" is why crews are required - THOUSANDS of cyclists participate in PBP and similar 1200k events every year. 750+ miles of brevet riding is likely a whole lot harder than any of these races. So we think racers who don't want to spend money on crews should be welcome to participate too.
Again, if you have more questions, email Planet Ultra!
Originally Posted by SandLizrd
I just found out about a new LD ride, the HooDoo 500 out of St. George, Utah, put on by Planet Ultra.
They had a new classification (to me): "Voyager." Solo rider, unsupported. 3 drop bags, no follow vehicle required. They accept 15 riders that they approve resume'.
This sounds interesting to me! I think it's a bit late for me this year (the ride's next month) but I wondered what you know about this Voyager class. What are the acceptance criteria? Are there time limits, rando style, or just a completion deadline? And basically, I wonder if this has been seen before or if it's something we'll be seeing more of. Let me know what you know, y'know?