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The 2019 dates and details will be announced shortly, but we don't expect any major changes. To view details from past years, use the links to the left or browse this page. And, if you have any questions, feel free to CONTACT US.


All events start at the VAN RAALTE MILL BUILDING, 125 High Rock Avenue, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, and all Saturday registration sessions and meetings will be held there.


Start of the 2013 24-hour race.


All events start at the VAN RAALTE MILL BUILDING, 125 High Rock Avenue, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY.

EVENT DATE TIME LIMIT LIGHTS

SARATOGA CHALLENGE TBA.2019 8:00 AM 24H YES
HUDSON RIVER RAMBLE TBA.2019 8:00 AM 12H NO
NIGHTHAWK 12 TBA.2019 8:00 PM 12H YES
TRIPLE LAP CHALLENGE TBA.2019 8:00 AM 11H NO
ONE LAP FUN RIDE TBA.2019 11:00 AM N/A NO
MIDNIGHT MADNESS FUN RIDE TBA.2019 12:01 AM N/A YES

PARKING | START AREA | DOWNTOWN

  


To enter, simply download the ENTRY FORM and send it in with your payment, or you may sign up online at BIKE REG. Same day registration will be available according to the schedules below, and we accept cash, checks and credit/debit cards for all on-site purchases.

Please note that all support crew members must fill out and sign the ENTRY FORM/WAIVER and attend the pre-race meeting, and all bikes and support vehicles must be inspected before they can be used in the race.

  


Exact registration details will be announced shortly.

NOTES: Please have your bike (and lights, if applicable) ready for inspection. If you have a support crew and are using a vehicle, please have that ready for inspection as well, with all required signage attached.

The SARATOGA 12/24 will be held rain or shine and entry fees are non refundable and non transferable.

To view our rider checklist that includes our lighting and signage requirements, CLICK HERE. To view our rulebook, which has more detailed information, CLICK HERE.

  


As per NYS law, lights must be used between dusk and dawn (~8:30 PM - 5:30 AM). Our lighting requirements exceed those of NYS and if not met, may be grounds for immediate disqualification. additional lighting may be used, but the following is required:

  • One steady white front light, attached to the bicycle, visible from 500' (a 150 lumen LED headlight usually meets this requirement).
  • One steady red rear light, attached to the bicycle, visible from 300'.
  • A second red rear light, also attached to the bicycle, visible from 300', set to flashing mode. (Please note that two rear lights are required and that single LED micro lights are not allowed as one of the two required lights.)
  • Enough battery power to get through the night (~ 9 hours).
  • Use of a reflective vest or sash and reflective ankle bands.

The above requirements are the minimal we will accept, but are not optimal, and we highly recommend additional lighting. For optimal lighting, we recommend using a front light of at least 600 lumens, with a secondary front light set to flashing and/or to use as a backup, and/or a helmet mounted light. For the rear, we recommend using high output 1 or 2 watt LEDs, which are visible up to 1 mile (5,280'), and as many as will fit on your bike.

We will have lights, reflective gear, and AA and AAA batteries available for purchase at the pre-race pasta dinner and during the race, but can not guarantee our stock, unless you pre-order a set. For more information, CONTACT US.

 


To further help you prepare, we've posted answers to some frequently asked questions and a couple of area maps (PARKING, START AREA, DOWNTOWN). Please refer to the RULEBOOK for more details. The pre-race meetings are your best opportunities to meet other riders, ask questions and clarify any rules.

Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions:

  • Pitching tents or canopies will be allowed in designated areas at either checkpoint, but camping the night before or after the race is prohibited. All tents and canopies at the start area must be placed in the parking lot on the asphalt and not on grassy areas, and staking into the ground is strictly prohibited. Pleas come prepared with other ballast to prevent your tent from blowing away. Any violation of this rule will be cause for immediate disqualification.
  • parking will be allowed in designated areas in the lot where the main checkpoint is located, with additional parking available on the street, according to local parking regulations, and in an adjacent lot next to the VAN RAALTE MILL BUILDING.
  • Support crews are highly recommended, but not mandatory.
  • Support vehicles may leap frog their riders, providing support via pedestrian hand-offs, but may not follow directly behind their riders at any time (except for 12/24 race end). Please refer to the RULEBOOK for exact details.
  • The race is held on a fully marked 39-mile loop. To download the loop directions, CLICK HERE. To view an interactive map and download GPS files, CLICK HERE.
  • Drafting between race entrants is allowed in all events comprising the Saratoga 12/24.
  • Teams are welcome! Below is a brief summary of our rules:

    •  Teams may consist of 2-8 riders.
    •  Rider exchanges may take place anywhere on the course, traffic permitting.
    •  Any number of team members may ride at the same time and drafting is allowed between teammates and any other registered rider.
    •  If more than one team member is on the road at the end of the race, the location of the first rider will mark the final distance.

  • The course is deceptively difficult and consists of rolling hills, false flats and wind. Each lap has about 1,300' of climbing, which extends to 13,000' over 400 miles, or 3,250' per 100 miles. It features a couple of short steep hills on Mott Road and Wilton-Gansevoort Road, and a long, fast downward section on NY 197.
  • The WEATHER will most likely be hot and humid with a chance of thunderstorms. High temperatures average in the mid to upper 80's, but it can get up to the high 90’s. Low temperatures average in the mid 50's, but it can stay in the 70’s or drop down into the 40’s. Also be prepared for high humidity, as much as 80%-90%. And, if the wind is out of the south, it will make the second half of the course very difficult. For the current forecast, CLICK HERE.
  • Sunrise is ~5:30 AM, sunset ~8:30 PM.
  • There will be two fully stocked checkpoints on the loop: the VAN RAALTE MILL BUILDING, at the start/finish of each loop, and just before the 19 mile mark on West River Road. We'll have an assortment of drinks, gels, bars and snacks, as well as basic repair items at each one. Please note that checkpoint #2 will most likely not have rest room facilities.
  • Riders may leave supplies at either checkpoint, but we can not guarantee delivery to or from checkpoint #2, nor can we shuttle personal items back and forth between checkpoints during the race.
  • There is a pro level bike shop in SARATOGA SPRINGS, as well as a 24-hour supermarket, convenience stores, hardware stores and many restaurants and shops right in the vicinity of the VAN RAALTE MILL BUILDING. There is also a major shopping hub just north of the start/finish area, where there is a mall, Target, Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, auto parts stores, big and small shopping centers, 24-hour supermarkets, restaurants, drug stores, etc.
  • There are convenience stores located on the course at miles 3, 7, 26, 32 and 37, with the second checkpoint at mile 19 and a 24-hour convenience store/restaurant/gas station/truck stop just east of the course at miles 7 & 32 on Ballard Road.
  • The SARATOGA 12/24 will be held rain or shine and entry fees are non refundable and non transferable.

Thank you for your interest, and if you have any questions, feel free to CONTACT US.

  

  

  

  

  

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