In an effort to guide everyone through the registration process and events with as few issues as possible, we've come up with an extensive blow by blow description of What to Expect this weekend. The entire pdf will be available for download via the main site shortly.
SATURDAY, MAY 14 : Spartanburg will be a host of activity two days before the main events take place.
9:00 AM : SPACE has partnered with the Assaults this year to offer the Cottonwood 5K Trail Run/Walk at Spartanburg High School (registration opens at 8:15am). You don’t have to be an Assaults participant to join in, making this a perfect event for friends and family members coming into town to support their rider!FREE EVENT
3:30 PM : The Assaults will be showing a remixed and remastered version of the documentary of the 1988 Assault on Mt. Mitchell in our first annual Afternoon Film. Seating is limited. Complimentary tickets are available on our website. Come enjoy the history and the popcorn. This is good (nostalgic) fun for everyone!FREE EVENT
7:00 PM : Globalbike presents the Assaults Vélo Social. This is our first annual cocktail party and mixer, and we hope that everyone can join us that night. Rahsaan Bahati and Robin Farina will be there, mingling with the crowd, so come out and take advantage of this opportunity to hang out with the pros! Plus, we will be serving RJ Rockers beer, Carriage House wines, and Palmetto Palate hors d’oeuvres.$15/person
SUNDAY, MAY 15 : Getting ready for the big day ahead, we will have the Expo, packet pick-up, and the Assault on Morgan Square.
2:00 PM : Partners for Active Living has teamed up with the Assaults to offer our first ever Assault on Morgan Square, a kid’s ride with all ages welcome. The event will take place downtown on Main St. between S. Daniel Morgan Ave and Spring St. Budding athletes will “climb” the hill from the Herald Journal to the clock tower and “descend” back to the start. Prizes & Giveaways, helmets required.FREE EVENT
1:00 – 8:00 PM : Packet Pick-up at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. Here, registered riders can pick up their goodie bags filled with information and merchandise.What to Expect: Upon entering the room, you will see rows of tables labels such as “Mitchell (A-E)”, “Marion (F-M), Timing Chips, etc. Begin by going to your event table that is labeled with the first letter of your last name. There a kind volunteer will ask for your bib number, and then they will ask you to show your photo ID and sign & date a release waiver.
After you have gotten your packet, please double check to make certain that you have everything you ordered (extra t-shirts, armskins, bus tickets, whatever). If you are a Mitchell rider, you will then proceed to the Timing Chip table where you will show your bib number and be assigned a chip.
NOTE: The timing chips are very expensive, and if you lose yours or fail to return it, your results will not be posted and you will be billed a $150 replacement fee.
Additional BUS TICKETS and MEAL TICKETS will be for sale as well. If you need a Sunday bus ticket (if you are planning to leave your car in Marion and need a lift back to Spartanburg), please note that the bus leaves Tom Johnson Camping Center at 4:00 sharp. You will need to purchase your tickets by 2:15 in order to make the drive to Marion in time to catch that bus.
NOTE: If you purchased a ticket online or during registration but can’t make it to the Expo before 2:15, there will be someone at the Camping Center with a list of people who have purchased Sunday Bus Tickets. Simply give them your name and get checked off of the list.
DRY CLOTHES BAGS: Outside the Expo, there will be TWO trucks – one will carry dry clothes bags to Marion and the other to the very top of Mt. Mitchell. Be sure to label your bag using the luggage tag in your packet (with the same number as your bib). This will help us to identify it after you finish, or in the case that you do not finish, we will be able to get the bag back to you more quickly.
MOST IMPORTANT: Pack all of your clothing into a trash bag (or water proof bag) which you then place inside your luggage bag. In case of rain, we will do our best to keep the bags dry, but wind and sudden onset makes this job a very difficult one.
Bring both warm and cool weather clothing. It is simply impossible to know what conditions will be like at the top (or even in Marion). Don’t forget to bring shoes, and a towel is highly recommended.
Many people pack a small amount of money - there is a concession stand at the top that serves hot chocolate, coke, and coffee (among other things). As ever, we will have the traditional tomato soup freely available to all finishers.
Bringing a plastic baggy with some hand wipes is also recommended. It’s a long ride down to Marion, and you may want to freshen up before boarding the bus.
Please DO NOT pack car keys or a wallet in your Mitchell bag. If you need your keys after the ride, either put them in your saddle bag and carry them with you for the whole ride (making sure to get them out before shipping your bike back to Marion) or pack a second bag that is shipped to Marion. Otherwise, you run the risk of being stranded if you cannot complete the event.
1:00 – 8:00 PM : Once you have your packet and timing chip in hand, you will enter the Expo. Here you can peruse the many different cycling specific booths from Quarq to Powerback to Boyd Cycling. Several bike shops will be there, too, so you can pick up any odds and ends that you might have forgotten or may think you’ll need (nutrition/hydration goods, gloves, glasses, spare tubes, whatever!).
Palmetto Bank will be raffling off Assaults accessories like armskins, slipstreams, and base layers. Robin Farina will also be hanging out at the Uptown Cycles booth, and John DeLong will be hanging out at the Quarq booth. Outside, Trek will have several demo bikes ready for anyone to ride. It’s going to be an exciting afternoon!
NOTE: we will not be having a Pasta Dinner as in years past. Far too many cyclists have specific routines and dietary desires, and interest in the dinner has been waning. In lieu of the Pasta Dinner however, we are hosting the Vélo Social on Saturday night (see above) in an effort to continue the tradition of bringing participants and the community together before the ride.