The entire list is available for download at https://theassaults.com/What_to_Expect_2011_Assaults.pdf.
- Once you reach the finish line, many different things will happen at once:
- As you cross, Clint Davis will snap your photograph. (He will also have a backdrop set-up after the finish line for additional photo ops.)
- One Volunteer will ask for and remove your timing chip.
- Another Volunteer will hand you a patch – only one per customer, and only to the finishers!
- A different Volunteer will ask you “Spartanburg or Marion?” while they take your bike from you. Tell them where you want your bike to be shipped. All passengers ride down to Marion and unload there. People who are taking the journey back to Spartanburg board a second bus in Marion to return to Spartanburg – their bikes however, take a direct trip from the top to Spartanburg or Marion.
(be sure to grab your computer off of your bike, and car keys out of your bag)
- Next, you will be guided up the stairs to the front of the Gift Shop where all of the luggage will be spread out on the ground. Once you find your own bag, use one of the SIX Changing Rooms in the parking lot (they look like extra large porta-johns) to change clothes and freshen up.Take a moment to have a warm cup of tomato soup from the Mt. Mitchell restaurant (a long standing tradition in the Assaults.) Hang out and watch a few finishers or wait for your friends.
- Last, board one of the passenger buses to head back down the mountain to Marion. Expect this to take about 1.5 hours including a few brief stops to cool the brakes along the way. (Spectators ride the same bus as the cyclists, and buses roll once they are full.)
Once in Marion, whether you are finishing there or returning from the top, you will be greeted with a healthy lunch catered by Palmetto Palate. All participants in both rides receive one lunch, and extra meals for family, friends, and supporters are $5/person (tickets available at the Expo and on event day).
Marion is the central staging area on the day of the ride. There will be massage therapists, showers, bathrooms, etc. Buses will be coming in and out of the Campground all day long, and trucks will be hauling bikes down the mountain every hour or so. There is also a large Rest Stop for the cyclists continuing to the top. With all of this activity, we ask that you keep your children in view and your pets on leashes at all times.
BUSES & SPECTATORS
- Once the first riders pass through, the spectator buses will begin to fill up. These carry family and friends directly to the top of Mt. Mitchell and avoid (as much as possible) driving on the same roads as the riders.
- Once the first riders finish at the top, they will begin to board buses that carry them down the mountain back to Marion. Spectators ride the same buses as the cyclists, and each bus leaves the top once it is full.
- Buses heading to Spartanburg from Marion begin to fill at about 1:00 PM and make the trip accordingly. They will run all day and as needed. Tickets will be for sale at the Expo and on the day of the event.
TRUCKS & BIKE PICKUP
- There are 2 kinds of trucks that bring bikes back down the mountain. The first only goes as far as Marion whereas the second goes directly to Spartanburg. Remember to tell the people at the finish line where you want your bike to go!
- In Marion, the bikes will be unloaded immediately from each truck and placed in a fenced off area. To retrieve your bike, go to the person with the clipboard and show them your bib #. You must have your bib # in hand to get your bike back!
- In Spartanburg, the bikes will be kept in the lower level of the Memorial Auditorium under police supervision (in the same place as was packet pickup).
In both Marion and Spartanburg, space & time are limited, so we ask that you get your bike ASAP
TUESDAY MAY 17, 2011
- Finish times and results will be posted @ https://theAssaults.com
- Lost and found will be open, please contact us directly with questions regarding missing items
- 6:00 PM: Ride of Silence. Leaving from the Memorial Auditorium, this short course is a good recovery ride as well as a great cause.
- Clint Davis Photography brought to you by Palmetto Bank: finish line and event pictures will be available online @ http://clintdavis.net/assaults