FAQ

The AOTC is designed for road bikes—lightweight bikes with thin tires (> 100psi) and multiple gears built for speed on paved roads.  For safety of all riders and logistical considerations, please, no recumbent bikes, elliptical bikes, mountain bikes, unicycles, tri-bikes / aerobars, or motorized bikes.

For the 100 K route you should be reasonably confident that you can average at least 10 miles per hour for 6 1/2 hours over 65 miles of hilly terrain (grades up to 15%, over 3,700ft of ascent).   This pace will enable you to finish by 3:30PM.  If you can’t meet these criteria, please consider doing the 50k route this year and prepare for the 100K next year.

No.  The ride starts and finishes at Water Oak Suites, corner of East Main and Johnson Street in Downtown Brevard. Ample parking is available in the surrounding area.

Prepare for a range of weather conditions. Early spring temperatures range from the mid 30’s to low 80’s with wind, snow, rain, or sunshine. Bring an extra layer to protect yourself. The ride will be held unless we have extreme weather conditions.

A hot lunch with a veggie and carnivore option will be provided after the ride.

There are two rest stops for the 50K: Mile 8 and mile 26.  Five rest stops for the 100K: Mile 8, mile 30 (closes at noon), mile 42 (closes at 1:30PM), and mile 53 (closes at 3:00PM).  Rest stops are well stocked with PBJ sandwiches, bananas, oranges, cookies, various bars, gu brew, gu energy gels, and water.

Yes. The start/finish line area and all rest stops have outhouses and hand washing stations.
There are SAG vehicles on both routes and there will be bike mechanics at the start and at a few rest stops for minor repairs.

As cyclists are a hardy bunch, the ride will be held rain or shine.  However, if severe weather (lots of snow/ice/lightning) occurs the Event Coordinator may cancel the ride in consideration of rider or public safety.  There will be no refunds if this unlikely event occurs.