This is a supported race, with Aid Stations that will provide water, Tailwind Nutrition drink, and a variety of your typical supplemental food and snacks that you’d expect to see at a mountain bike race. Some aid stations may or may not have a mechanic to assist, as well.
We are not providing drop bag services. That being said, if you have a spectator that plans to be at a particular Aid Station, they can certainly bring you supplies and exchange bottles with you. There is to be no other outside support offered to the racers with the exception of medical assistance.
Aid Stations are approximately 8-12 miles apart, throughout the entire course. For the 50 Mile Course, there are four aid stations, and for the 30 Mile Course, there are three aid stations. Most participants will not need to stop at every Aid Station, as some are rather close together. Aid Station #1 is 12 miles into the race course, but Aid Station #2 and #3 are only approximately 5-6 miles apart. You have more options for nutrition than you’ll need, most likely.
You should be prepared to carry at least 2 liters of hydration on your bike, plus food and the necessary tools and equipment needed. A Camelbak and/or bottles is necessary. The course is hard, as there is a lot of climbing at high elevation.
Aid Station #1
The first Aid Station is approximately 12 miles into the race. It will be located at the Big Sky Resort Base, right at the bottom of the Swiftcurrent Lift. Spectators are encouraged to come to this location, and they can park in the skier lots at the resort base area. This Aid Station will have water, Tailwind Nutrition, food/snacks, restrooms and *hopefully* a volunteer bike mechanic.
Directions for spectators: Drive to Big Sky Resort, and follow the signs to the free skier parking lots. Park and walk from the parking lot to the Big Sky Resort Base – 2 minute walk. Refer to map image. This Aid Station is approximately a 20 minute drive+park+walk from the race venue in Town Center.
Aid Station #2
Aid Station #2 is approximately 20 miles into the race. It is located at the end of the Mountain to Meadow trail. This Aid Station will have water, Tailwind Nutrition, and food/snacks.
Spectators are welcome to come to this location, but we ask that they ONLY park on Autumn Trail Road. We do not want spectators pulling into the Aid Station (at the end of Autumn Trail Road), or going up Bucktail Trail Road (where the racers continue to ride up).
Directions for spectators: From Town Center, turn left onto the spur highway. Take a left onto Andesite Road. Take the second right, which is still Andesite Road. Follow Andesite Road all the way until it comes to a T at Autumn Trail and go left. The Aid Station is at the end of Autumn Trail Road. Please be respectful of the property and home owners in this neighborhood. Drive with caution, and do not block driveways. This Aid Station is approximately 10 minute drive from the race venue.
Aid Station #3
Aid Station #3 is approximately 25 miles into the race.
This Aid Station will have water, Tailwind Nutrition, and food/snacks.
Spectators are not allowed at this Aid Station. The road out to this station is on private land, and the pullout for the Aid Station is very tight and we need the entire space for our support and safety personnel. Additional unnecessary vehicle traffic at this Aid Station will make the entire junction extremely dangerous for the racers.
Aid Station #4
Aid Station #4 is approximately 38 miles into the race for the 50 Mile Course, at the top of First Yellow Mule.
This Aid Station will have water, Tailwind Nutrition, and food/snacks. We will have Search and Rescue personnel staged at this Aid Station, as well.
Spectators are encouraged to come to this Aid Station, but getting there is difficult, as it requires an ATV or a bike/hike into it. Your racer will LOVE seeing you at the top Buck Ridge, and you’ll love the views from this high point of the course.
Directions for spectators:
From Town Center, head east on the spur road and take Highway 191 South. Approximately 3.5 mile, take a right turn on FS 2599. You will see signs for Buck Ridge. You’ll take FS 2599 approximately 7.5 miles to the ATV trailhead. This is a very rocky, bumpy road and you will need to go slowly. The trailhead parking might be quite congested, so please use caution. The top of First Yellow Mule (Aid Station #4) is another 7 mile up the ATV Trail. I’d give yourself about two hours to get to the Aid Station from Town Center.
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