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    "Voyager" class LD riders?

    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?

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    Feel free to send your inquiries to embassy@planetultra.com
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    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SandLizrd View Post
    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?

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    Good info! I believe you've hit the points well.

    Good luck with the HooDoo - can't wait to hear all about how it goes!

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    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.
    Good for you folks! This is a very good thing you are doing and I wish you the best of success with it.

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    Good luck to all involved - it's good to see an organization like Planet Ultra putting some thought into creating an ever expanding set opportunities for endurance athletes throughout the US.

    Best wishes for no course or route "glitches" and a hope for good weather throughout the event. This year's PBP is a vivid reminder of how important at least some favorable weather is to the success of riders during long events.

    However, it's one thing to have a 40-year-old fat-guy stuck with a bad wheel 10k outside a French village in the middle of the night, it's a whole different ballgame in Utah, at 5000 feet, and you're 20 miles from "anywhere." Good luck and Godspeed to all.

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    If there's anyone interested in doing the race in 2008 that would like to get a feel for the course, we could use a couple more race officials.

    We'll cover your expenses for the weekend, provide a nice race t-shirt, a ticket to the post-race breakfast banquet and a raffle ticket (we have some really nice prizes to give away!).

    Please send an email to embassy@planetultra.com if you'd like more information!

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