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THE RULES

Solo, Self Supported

 

The RAT was originally conceived as a tribute and rolling memorial to the Texas cycling legend and hero to many, Ray Porter. We lost Ray to illness very unexpectedly which caused many in our circle to realize that waiting to go on a grand adventure means you may never get the chance.

 

Ray was a veteran of the Tour Divide and his passing has been an impetus for many to set that as a personal goal of their own. As initially conceived, The RAT was intended to be a stepping stone for people to gain the skills and confidence needed to attempt the Tour Divide so the basic Solo, Self Supported "rules" are inspired by the TD guidelines.

 

While The RAT has gone on to become its own event with its own distinct personality, we feel that it would be inappropriate to essentially copy and paste the TD rules into a different event.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the TD guidelines by visiting their site and clicking this link.

The RAT does operate in the spirit of the TD, but our event offers a number of different aspects to it which do require some RAT specific guidelines. These are as follows:

Record keeping: Solo, self supported participants are required to use a "real time" satellite tracking service and make their RAT data available to the general public during and after their attempt. All completed attempts will be reviewed to verify that routes were properly adhered to. It is highly recommended that each attempt have a gps recorded backup data source in case their is a need for clarification/confirmation.

Route adherence in cities/towns: Riders are allowed the flexibility to navigate as needed to access the amenities they prefer in the towns along the route. Once a rider enters a City Limit there is no official route in that town. Howerver, riders must enter and exit at the City LImit points as dictated by the course.

Additional/outside support during RAT week: Self supported riders may utilize some additional resources provided by organzers and sponsors without penalty. Neutral resources will be specified prior to RAT week departure.

No trespassing or littering: The route is entirely on public roads and/or publicly accessible trail. Trespassing or littering will result in immediate disqualificcation. Please do not make things difficult for the riders who follow you.

Road closures and reroutes: You will come across the unexpected. All riders should have the capability to navigate for themselves if reroutes are required because of road closures and the like. Riders should make a point to reroute in a manner which does not create a significant mileage/terrain advantage over the official course. Please note that road conditions (mud, excess sand, etc.) alone will not justify an approved reroute. Please be prepared to provide a detailed explanation for any course deviations.

Stage Race

 

Please note that these apply on the stage race category, not the self supported individual time trial. ITT still follows the traditional "Tour Divide" format. ITT rules will be discussed in depth at a later date.

This is a work in progress and subject to modification. We welcome discussion from racers and potential racers. 
 

1. Aero bars allowed
2. Team tactics among stage racers allowed 
3. Team support only at designated check points allowed (no bike changes mid stage).
4. Neutral/common support allowed in all cities/towns along the route (specifically within city limits).
5. On course support from other riders allowed and encouraged. This includes all RAT participants. Please note that "team tactics" shared with non stage race riders may result in disqualification for stage racers. Please enter the stage race if you plan to share the load with the stage racers.
6. "Live" tracking using the Spotwalla site will be required. You can use (free) phone app or satellite locator. Publicly accessible tracks for each day's stage will be required as well.
7.Racers must be present for roll call each morning and must start with the group each day at the predetermined start times for each day.
8. This is a living document and will be updated up until event start (and potentially beyond)

Route adherence in cities/towns: Riders are allowed the flexibility to navigate as needed to access the amenities they prefer in the towns along the route. Once a rider enters a City Limit there is no official route in that town. Howerver, riders must enter and exit at the City LImit points as dictated by the course.

No trespassing or littering: The route is entirely on public roads and/or publicly accessible trail. Trespassing or littering will result in immediate disqualificcation. Please do not make things difficult for the riders who follow you.

Road closures and reroutes: You will come across the unexpected. All riders should have the capability to navigate for themselves if reroutes are required because of road closures and the like. Riders should make a point to reroute in a manner which does not create a significant mileage/terrain advantage over the official course. Please note that road conditions (mud, excess sand, etc.) alone will not justify an approved reroute. Please be prepared to provide a detailed explanation for any course deviations.

Self supported ITT "racers" group departure will be from Texarkana Saturday morning, time TBD.

Stage race group departure will be from New Boston Saturday morning (time TBD) but stage racers still need to start from Texarkana on Friday on their own schedule for an untimed 43 mile stage from Texarkana to New Boston.

ITT, self supported solo efforts can start at any time.

We will have a tracking page setup through spotwalla.com so I highly suggest getting familiar with their device tracking options and account functionality ASAP. Phone/app tracking is allowed as long as it updates regularly throughout the day. End of day only uploads won't be sufficient for folks who want an official time.

 

Stage Race Support/Relay Handoff Points
 

Stage 0, Friday - Texarkana to New Boston (untimed)
No support or handoff points

 

Stage 1, Saturday - New Boston to Paris
Support/handoff allowed in Avery and Clarksville only.

 

Stage 2, Sunday - Paris to Denison
Support/handoff allowed in Honey Grove and Bells only.

 

Stage 3, Monday - Denison to Henrietta
Support/handoff allowed in Whitesboro and St Jo

 

Stage 4, Tuesday - Henrietta to Vernson
Support/handoff allowed in Holliday and Harrold only.

 

Stage 5, Wednesday - Vernon to Childress
Support/handoff allowed in Chillacothe and Quanah only.

 

Stage 6, Thursday - Childress to Silverton
Support/handoff allowed in Estelline and Turkey only.

 

Stage 7, Friday - Silverton to Vega
Support/handoff allowed in Tulia and Canyon only.

 

Stage 8 Saturday - Vega to Tucumcari
Support/handoff allowed in Glenrio (state line) and San Jon only

 

Group Departure Weekend

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