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Frequently Asked Questions about the "Classic" 500 Mile Ride
 
What is the average number of miles per day?
65 - 75 miles a day / 60 miles a day in 2021
Are there bathrooms along the route?
There are often bathrooms at the SAG stops but not always and there will be no SAGS in 2021.  Try to find a gas station, restaurant, church or convenience store. Consider purchasing something small as a courtesy and ask if they would like you to remove your bike shoes. If the route is on a rural road, use a secluded spot in the woods. That's why we recommend carrying tissues in your bike pack!
What does Anchor House provide?  N/A for 2021
Your room at the hotel (4 to a room), snacks and water at the SAG stops, and support along the route. Also, one night during
the week there is a free banquet meal. Otherwise, you are responsible for purchasing your own meals, so plan to bring the appropriate amount of money (approximately $300.)
What time do we start in the mornings?
Riders are welcome to leave any time the yellow truck is open, between 5:30 and 8:30 a.m. 
Socially Distance start times will be determined for 2021.
What goes on in the evenings? N/A for 2021
The main event in the evening is eating. People group up and go out to eat and it is easy to find a group to join, but you have to ask. Ask roommates or people you meet during the day if you can join them for dinner. There are awards at the yellow truck every evening; the time of the awards will be announced in advance or posted on the yellow truck.
Will I have to ride alone?
There are riders at every pace. You will easily meet people and hook up with them. Often you will find people on the training rides. We strongly recommend that you find someone to ride with for your safety (and your sanity).
We recommend that you ride in a small group for 2021.  Please reach out to admin if you wish to be paired up with another rider.
What if I can't complete the ride?
There are rovers who will be riding the route to make sure everyone is OK. If you need assistance, you can signal them with a thumb down and they will pick you up and take you to the next SAG stop or to the end of the day's route.
What if I have problems with my bike?
A bike mechanic will be available at the start and end of each day. He will also travel the route and be available at the SAG stops. If your bike breaks down along the road, a rover will transport you and your bike to the next SAG stop and notify the mechanic. You are responsible for fixing minor problems yourself (such as a flat tire or dropped chain).
TBD for 2021
What if it rains during the ride?
It almost never rains, but if it does you will be expected to ride, and need to be prepared to ride. In the event of severe weather the Ride Committee will decide whether or not it is safe for riders to be on the road. Safety vests are mandatory on days of poor visibility and will be provided by Anchor House.
During the week, what will happen to my butt?
This is certainly an area to take seriously. Make sure you have a good bike seat, good padded bike shorts, and have trained sufficiently. Part of your training is getting your butt ready. Some people find that using baby powder or diaper rash cream is helpful for irritation. As the week wears on this will not be a sensitive subject; people will speak openly about remedies.

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