VISION RELAY

What to Expect

We strive to make sure your experience is the very best it can be. As part of that, we want to make sure you know what you’re getting into, and what you can expect to get out of it. Here’s a list of all the items you can expect to receive for participating in the Vision Relay.

This is why it crucial you give us an email you check regularly. We’ll also put some of these announcements on facebook as well. We’ll notify you of things like packet pick-up times and locations, promotions on how to get free swag, and other pertinent information about the race and being prepared.

This is why it crucial you give us an email you check regularly. We’ll also put some of these announcements on facebook as well. We’ll notify you of things like packet pick-up times and locations, promotions on how to get free swag, and other pertinent information about the race and being prepared.We want you to have the best time of your life. Part of this is making sure you’re prepared to tackle the cycling you’ll be doing. Once you’ve split up the legs between your teammates, we recommend studying the legs you’ll be riding and then trying to find rides that are similar in length and elevation change and practicing on those sections. You may even want to practice on rides that are slightly more difficult so that come race time, your sections won’t seem quite so difficult. Also get a couple of night rides under your belt. This a great time to test your lights and cold gear equipment. The nights in southern Utah can be downright frigid (yes, even in June!). By the end, we recommend that you can ride a solid ride during the day, do another decent midnight ride the same day, and then an additional ride the next day.

You’ll also want to make sure you have lodging arrangements made in advance for both Moab and St. George. We know that some teams drive down the morning of the race, or drive home the same day as they finish. Although we can’t stop you from doing so, we highly discourage this simply from a safety standpoint. Starting a race with fatigue, or trying to drive another 4-5 hours after sheer exhaustion from the race is dangerous to you and others on the road. Please plan accordingly.

Make sure you communicate regularly with your team. Have team meetings if necessary to cover things such as transportation, lodging, food, training, and other items you may deem important. Stay in contact!

We recommend bringing a bike, just in case. But seriously, make sure your bike is in good working order. We recommend getting a tune-up before the ride to make sure all of your components are properly adjusted and your brakes are in good working order. We recommend a tune-up from our good friends over at Bountiful Bicycle. You’ll need cycling gear for both hot day riding, and cold night riding. Make sure you bring those lights! Sunscreen. Trust us. For a more comprehensive list, jump over to the full list of what to bring.

Please note this ride is not supported, so you are responsible for your food and drink between Moab and St. George. Some exchange sponsors may have food and drink for you, but do not count on this.

We will have packet pick-up at Swanny Park (start line) in Moab on the Thursday afternoon before the race. Then we will have a late packet pick-up again at the start line the morning before the race. The exact times of these will be sent to you via email.

We have a mandatory Team Instruction 30 minutes before you scheduled start time at the starting line (Swanny Park). We will start the race promptly at 7:00am / 9:00am / 11:00am on Friday. We will have a police escort taking us from the start line to the edge of Moab. We encourage all riders to start with their team and follow the police escort for a few miles.

We will be having staggered starts at 7:00am / 9:00am / 11:00am on Friday. You will be ranked based on your time to complete the course, not on the time you finish in St. George. See more about the staggered start here.

You need to make sure you know what “race category” you qualify for. Most are straight forward, but there are a few restrictions on the Open and Coed Categories. Please read the page on Race Categories by clicking HERE.

Once the race starts many teams implement a leap frog style support system for their riders. Essentially the support vehicle will drive past the rider 10 miles or so, wait for them with water/food. Once the rider passes the support vehicle will pass them again by another 10 miles and wait again. We just ask that you exercise caution and respect on passing cyclists, where you park, and not holding up traffic. The roads will not be closed, so you’ll be sharing the road with other drivers. Please be careful.

Have your camera handy. There are incredible views you’ll want to capture, along with unflattering pictures you’ll want to save for blackmailing your friends.

There are gas stations and grocery stores along the way. Prices are a little higher, but you’ll have access to items you should need to stay nourished. There is one stretch between Blanding and Hanksville (120 miles) where there are NO services. Be prepared with plenty of water for your rider and a full tank of gas.

In Torrey there is a great Mexican restaurant named La Cueva (located at Exchange 5). Each year we arrange with the owner of the restaurant to stay open late so that all of the teams can have dinner there if they desire. Most teams show up to Exchange 5 between 7:30 pm and midnight. We recommend the milanesa!

Make sure you have a plan/rotation on how you and you’re team will get sleep and rest. Doing so will make your ride a bit more pleasant.

Please note this ride is not supported, so you are responsible for your food and drink between Moab and St. George. Some exchange sponsors may have food and drink for you, but do not count on this.

The finish line is at Bluff Street Park in St George. The finish line will open at 9:00 am on Saturday. We recommend that teams arrive to the finish line before their cyclist so that they can unload their bikes, ride back a mile and meet up with their cyclist and then ride through the finish line together. After a team finishes we have an area setup to get a team picture. After this, you’ll be given your Finishers Medal and you’ll receive your raffle tickets and be able to purchase any other merchandise you’d like.

A free BBQ will be setup for participants. Family and friends are welcome to buy a BBQ meal ticket for a small fee. We think you you’ll have just accomplished something significant and want to congratulate you. You’re welcome. There are plenty of trees to relax under and celebrate your achievement with your teammates and family. The awards ceremony will be next to the finish line at the park at 5:30pm. Winners will be announced and a plethora of prizes and giveaways will be handed out. Keep those raffle tickets!

Official results of all teams will be posted on the Vision Relay site the next week. Photos from the event will also be posted online and will be available to anyone to download in high resolution. Links to both the photos and results will be sent to each cyclist via email.

Some of you may be signed up for the infamous LOTOJA race. Now is the time to highly consider signing up for the Utah Triple Crank. If you’ve already completed the Vision Relay and are signed up for LOTOJA the same year, you’re only 1 more ride away from earning the prestigious accolade. Make sure and check it out!

If you have any other questions about the race, what to bring, or what you’ll encounter along the way, please feel free to drop us a line at [email protected]