We’re sad (and frustrated) to report that we’ve been forced to update “Tourist” requirements/rules due to rampant cheating and other ways of taking advantage of this option in the past two years.
For 2023 and beyond, only the following rider types may request “Tourist:”
- A riders with a physical disability
- A rider who is recovering from an injury/illness (and have advised us in advance)
- A rider who is over 65 years old.
All other fully able-bodied riders must complete the routes within the fair and reasonable time limits (which include plenty of time for aid station stops, to fix minor mechanical issues, etc).
Event rules require everyone to begin at one of the designated start times and complete the course within the stated time limit. If a rider starts at one of the designated starts and then finishes beyond the time limit, they will be listed as Unofficial in the results and NOT receive California Triple Crown or Grand Slam credit.
If you are a person in any of the three categories listed above, and know in advance that you will require more than the stated time limit, you may commit to riding “Tourist.” Tourist riders may start as early as 4am, and may finish after the designated cut-off (but no later than midnight or a combined time of 20 hours). To receive finisher status, and California Triple Crown credit, all Tourist Riders must sign an additional Waiver and Release of Liability at check-in (see below for content), indicating that they understand that the course is open and SAG vehicles/aid stations are available for support only during the times listed on the event route sheet. Tourist Riders agree to be self-supporting at all times before the official event start and after the official time for course closure (from aid station to aid station and at the finish). Tourist Riders are required to sign out when they start and sign in when they finish; and then provide via email a link to their electronic proof of route completion via Strava or RWGPS activity for verification.**
We are willing to consider special requests for Private SAG from riders who may have special needs including disabilities, injuries, riders over 65 years; and larger groups (8-10 riders) who believe they all need more time and plan to ride together. Please email Planet Ultra at least 5 days before the event.
**Each rider must submit their own personal electronic proof of completion, from their own route tracking device. If you use a Garmin, and it fails (which they can do), you must accept responsibility for that if you didn’t also track on your phone or secondary device. Riders may NOT “tag” each other on routes. We will spot check riders who finish together to make sure each individual submits their own proof. Any rider who tags someone as having ridden with them so that the rider can use their “proof” will be DQ from the event, along with the tagged rider.