Frequently Asked Questions
about the Tour of the Battenkill
What's the difference between the Pro/Am and the Open gran fondo?
The Pro/Am is for category, age-group, and elite racers with some racing experience. Each race is field-size limited with lead and follow cars and/or motorcycles. Each field and competitor is required to maintain a position to the right of the double yellow line unless specified otherwise by the event. 2 feed zones are provided.
The Open gran fondo is mass-start event for riders wanting a non-competitive experience. Riders are grouped by abilility at the start only, and then begin simultaneously. 2 rest stops are provided for the Open gran fondo. Each field and competitor is required to maintain a position to the right of the double yellow line unless specified otherwise by the event. Lead and follow cars are also provided, as is Neutral Service.
See our Event Rules page.
Do I need a racing license to race in the Pro/Am or ride in the Open gran fondo?
No racing license is required. Participants must sign a waiver only.
Are there any rules?
Of course. Race officials enforce virtually all the traditional rules that are standard and expected within the sport.
Where does my entry fee go?
More than 400 volunters, 80 police officers, 50 EMS personnel, and 60 staff are onsite and on course each day of the event to provide the safest and most enjoyable cycling experience possible. There are virtually no other amateur road cycling events in North America that compare in terms of complexity and preparation. While many other events are run entirely by volunteers, an event of this size and scope makes that prospect impractical and impossible.
Your entry fee ensures that the event is sustainable for the future and worthwhile to the many people and civic groups who contribute their time and resources to the event each April. The Tour of the Battenkill is a year-long project for several staff members, and is one of only a select few races in North America that offer a single loop, multi-category road race with more than 75 distinct corners, over paved and dirt roads, and through more than 6 municipalities.
What about Emergencies?
Accidents happen, and they occassionally happen at cycling races! To minimize response times to accidents on the course, we position EMS units at strategic locations and also have a full medical team at the start/finish line. Our staff and volunteers are trained to call 911 in the event of any emergency.
Do I need to come to Friday Registration to race on Saturday?
No, you can check-in at the ragistration table at the start right up until 30 minutes prior to your scheduled start on Saturday.
Can I change my team name shown after I register?
Yes, just email us at email@example.com and we'll make that change for you.
Should I use a road bike or a cross bike?
Riders may use any bike in good working order for either the Pro/Am or the Open Race gran fondo. Riders should the style of bicycle on which they are most comfortable while riding on both paved and dirt roads.
For the Pro/Am, the overwhelming majority of racers use a standard road bicycle, though cross bikes are sometimes used.
For the Open Race gran fondo, all styles of bicycle are used, though - like the Pro/Am - most riders use a standard road bicycle.
What are the dirt roads like?
The conditions of the dirt roads vary each year. Indeed, they can change in the days leading up to the event each April. They can vary from 'pavement-like' to soft dirt to loose gravel, sometimes within the course between dirt roads. We will post regular updates on course conditions on our race website and our Facebook page in the days leading up to the event.
Can I use disk brakes at the Tour of the Battenkill?
Yes, there are no restrictions against disk brakes at the Tour of the Battenkill.
Is there neutral support?
Yes, we provide extensive neutral support for both the Pro/Am and the Open Race gran fondo.
For the Pro/Am, wheel cars are privided for each field on the road. Riders are generally asked to provide spare wheels to be placed in the wheel car prior to their race. Neutral service cars and/or motorcycles are provided for select fields. Sag wagons are also provided for the Pro/Am for riders not able to complete the course.
For the Open Race gran fondo, neutral service is dedicated with cars and/or motorcycles. Sag wagons are also provided for riders not able to complete the course.
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