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.
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.
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.
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.
Ample parking lots are available within a few blocks of the East main Street event start line. Read the signage, as some are free public, some paid public, some private, some no parking allowed. Parking attendants will be located around downtown to assist you on Saturday morning.
To support our downtown business owners we ask AOTC participants not to use streetside parking (mostly 2-hour) during the event.
Please refer to this diagram for specific parking locations.