FAQ

When and Where Do I Check In?

On site registration and check in is available on Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and on Saturday beginning at 6:00 am prior to the event at the Turf Room of the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. We recommend that riders check in on Friday night and enjoy Ferndale’s hospitality.

What Time Does My Ride Start?

100 mile Avenue of the Giants Century: 7:00 am
100 mile Tour of the Unknown Coast Century: 7:00 am
100 kilometer ride: 9:00 am
50 mile ride: 9:30 am
22 mile ride: 10:00 am
10 mile ride: 11:30 am

NOTE: Century riders are encouraged to set off before the 7 am mass start if necessary in order to finish in time to enjoy the post ride festivities. 

How Much Climbing Is There?

The 100 mile Tour of the Unknown Coast Century has approximately 9400 feet of climbing; the 100 mile Avenue of the Giants Century has approximately 5000 feet of climbing; the 100 kilometer ride has 3200 feet of climbing; the 50 mile ride has 2500 feet; the 22 mile ride has only 800 feet of climbing and the 10 mile ride is completely flat.

What if I Can’t Finish the Ride?

Please make an honest assessment of your own physical capabilities and choose your route appropriately.  Do not sign up for the 100 mile rides if you do not intend to finish. The SAG vehicles are there to help those who experience an unexpected mechanical or physical failure, not for those who should have entered the 50 mile or 100 kilometer rides.

In the case of the century rides, riders must be able to complete the route within 12 hours. Riders who are not on pace to finish by 7:00 pm must board a SAG vehicle when directed to do so by the ride staff.

Century riders are encouraged to start earlier than the 7 am mass start if necessary in order to finish in time to enjoy the post ride festivities.

Are Electric Bikes Allowed?

Yes, both Class 1 and Class 3 electric bicycles are allowed (Class 2 electric bicycles are NOT allowed). If you plan to bring an electric bike to this event, please consider the range of your bike over distance and terrain, and be aware that there will be no opportunities for charging the bike along the way.

Is There a SAG Wagon?

We will have vehicles patrolling the course to offer assistance and to pick up those riders who are unable to continue. Look for vehicles displaying door signs that read “Event Support.”

Due to the geography of the region, many riders will pass through areas in which cell phone service and radio communications are sporadic. In the event of a break-down or accident it is possible that considerable time will pass before assistance arrives.

Our SAG vehicles are equipped with spare tubes and tires, but the drivers are not bike mechanics. Be prepared to handle your own roadside mechanical needs. If necessary, the SAG vehicle can take you to the next rest stop that does have full mechanical support.

Please do not bring your own support vehicle. Private SAGs are prohibited.

Is There Mechanical Support?

While we ask that all participants be sure their bikes are in good working order before the ride, we understand that sometimes things go wrong. We will have mechanics at the Immortal Tree and the Mattole Grange rest stops. The mechanics will be equipped with a full set of tools and have a supply of tubes, tires and cables.

Do I Need to Bring Food?

If there is a particular on bike snack that you prefer, then, by all means, bring some along. However, our rest stops are fully stocked with a variety of food and it will be hard to go hungry out there. For riders doing the 50 mile and 100 kilometer rides, the lunch stop will be at the Immortal Tree (at Mile 25, and again at Mile 36 for 100K riders). The lunch stop for the Tour of the Unknown Coast century route will be at the Mattole Grange (Mile 62). The Avenue of the Giants century riders will have two options for lunch at the Immortal Tree, at Mile 25 and 75.

What About Pre and Post Ride Meals?

  • On Friday night, we’ll have complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5-7 pm in the Turf Room. We’ll be happy to recommend a local restaurant if you are looking for a full dinner.
  • On Saturday afternoon, a catered meal will be served from 12:30-5 pm in the Turf Room. This meal is included in the entry fee for the 50 mile, 100 kilometer and 100 mile events. Additional meals may be purchased at the time of registration, as quantities allow.

What Kind of Weather Can I Expect?

The North Coast can offer sunshine, wind, fog and rain, and all of these conditions can occur in the same day. In short, come prepared for anything. It is often chilly at the start, so smart riders dress in layers: we recommend a pair of cycling shorts with knee warmers or leggings, a base layer and short sleeved jersey with arm warmers or sun sleeves,  and then a wind shell or jacket over that. As the day warms up (and it usually does), riders can peel off outer layers.

Free Camping? Do I Need to Make Reservations?

Yes, camping is free for those who want to camp in a tent or vehicle. To camp in your vehicle simply pull into the front parking lot of the Humboldt County Fairgrounds and make yourself at home. For tent camping simply pitch your tent on any of the grass areas within the fairgrounds. There are bathrooms and showers near the front of the fairgrounds and a much newer (and nicer) facility within the fairgrounds. There’s plenty of room for everyone—in all of the years that we’ve offered free camping we’ve never come close to filling up. No reservations are needed.

There’s also an RV campground with full hook-ups (water, sewer, electricity) for only $25 a night. There are 100 sites available and again, we’ve never come close to filling up. But reservations can be made by calling 707-786-9511.

What if I Can’t Attend?

We regret that we are unable to offer refunds for this event.