The OGRE is a 150 mile course on gravel roads through the hills surrounding Lake of the Ozarks. The Ozark region is known for hills, rocky soil, deep valleys, oak trees, springs, creeks and caves. The course has been designed to "put you to work" right out of the shoot, then periodically allow for leg recovery on flatter stretches before hammering you again with the ups and downs of native Ozark topography. There will be some pavement scattered throughout the race connecting gravel roads to gravel roads.
This IS NOT AN EASY course. Training is required in order to complete such a task. The OGRE is NOT for entry level cyclists. Attempting to finish this grueling bike ride is ADMIRABLE. Actually finishing the race will be REMARKABLE.
There will be 3 designated Pit Stops along the route where riders will meet their Support Crews. Riders are required to check-in with Race Officials at the Pit Stop locations. Pit Stops are the only locations where riders may meet their Support Crew to maintain or fix equipment and to re-supply. Riders must remain on the same bicycle (frame) used at the start of the race.
At Pit Stop locations, riders will receive a map for the next leg of the course and an OGRE token for that Pit Stop.
Pit Stops will have cut-off times. Any racer not making a cut-off time will be marked as DNF (Did Not Finish) and will need to be picked up by their Support Crew and removed from the course. Cut-off times for Pit Stops will be based on an average 8.5 mile/hour speed.
Riders receiving any outside support along the course will be disqualified. Riders receiving any support or assistance from their Support Crew at locations other than the Pit Stops will be disqualified.
There will also be Checkpoints along the route where Race Officials will be tracking the progress of the riders. Riders will have the OPTION to stop at Checkpoint locations for rest or water. These Checkpoints will be remote and manned by race volunteers. If you do not physically stop at a Checkpoint, please loudly call-out your race number to the volunteer as you pass by. Note - your race number MUST be clearly visible at all times.
Pit Stops and Checkpoints will be clearly marked on Rider maps.
FOOD & WATER:
Each rider should carry water and nutrition for each leg of the race.
There will be water available at specified checkpoints on the course. Pit Stops (locations where riders may meet their Support Crew) will also give riders an opportunity to re-supply via their support crew.
ON THE RACE COURSE:
- Bonk Hard Racing,LLC, volunteers, sponsors, contractors, event staff, or anyone having to do with the OGRE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE for riders, rider safety, or rider well-being.
- You will be required to sign a liability waiver at racer check-in in order to ride. By participating in the OGRE, you agree to be responsible for yourself at all times.
- Support Crews will be REQUIRED - The OGRE is a self supported race. There will be NO RACE OFFICIALS to help riders on the course.
- Rider Support Crews will handle their riders' emergency needs. Bonk Hard Racing, LLC will not be assisting riders during this event.
- SOLO riders and TEAMS of 2 are allowed to participate in The OGRE. If a teammate drops, the remaining team member may continue on with the race as an unranked team.
- Race numbers must be placed on the front of the bicycle and clearly visible at ALL times.
- Racer support vehicle cards must be placed in the lower corner of the windshield (passenger side) clearly visible at ALL times.
- The race course will be on public roads.
- Riders may use only one bicycle during the race (no switching or alternating bikes). The bike frame that is used to start the race must be ridden for the duration of the race.
- Riders must follow all highway regulations at all times including city, county, state laws and Rules of the Road.
- Foul language, inappropriate behavior, drugs, or unsportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification.
- Riders must follow the course at all times. Any short cut or alternate routes taken will result in disqualification.
- Riders will follow a marked course using a map and it will require that riders keep in contact with the map and their location at all times.
- There will be designated Pit Stops as well as Checkpoints along the course. Pit Stops are locations where rider Support Crews will meet their riders. Checkpoints are locations along the course where Race Officials Only will be tracking the progress of the riders.
- Riders are REQUIRED to stop at Pit Stops where they will check-in with Race Officials and meet their Support Crew.
- Riders have the OPTION to stop at Checkpoints. Race Officials will be logging rider numbers and times as they pass (or stop at) the Checkpoints. Water will be available at Checkpoints.
- There will be cut-off times for Pit Stops.
- Riders receiving any outside support along the course will be disqualified.
- Riders receiving any support or assistance from their Support Crew at locations other than the Pit Stops will be disqualified.
- Riders may help other riders with course navigation or mechanical assistance at any time.
- Riders are REQUIRED to assist other riders in emergency situations.
- Bike towing/tethereing is allowed for teams.
- There will be a cut-off time for race completion - midnight, Saturday.
- Team members must check in together at each Pit Stop and Checkpoint. Team members must remain within 100 feet of each other at all times during the event.
- All team members must cross the finish line at the same time.
- Non-riders are not allowed on the course without the approval of the race directors.
- All riders and spectators must follow a "Leave-No-Trace" ethic.
- No littering of any kind will be allowed. Any team found littering will be automatically disqualified.
- Riders must follow race instructions and avoid all off-limits areas (disqualification).
- Riders must exclusively travel on bike (or on foot with bike) under their own power during the race. Any rider using motorized transportation will be disqualified.
- Riders should use cell phones in the event of an emergency. If cell phone usage is not possible, the emergency distress signal is 3 short blasts of the whistle repeated at intervals.
- GPS units are not allowed for navigation. Use the maps. GPS navigation units are allowed in the event a rider chooses to drop out, or in emergency situations to notify Support Crews of exact location.
- Riders/Teams must carry all required gear throughout the race. (See Gear List)
- Gear that is modified in any way that is deemed non-usable by the race staff will result in an immediate disqualification and removal of the rider/team from the race course for safety reasons.
- Each rider must wear an ANSI or Snell approved biking helmet while riding.
- Each rider must have a red taillight flashing at all times.
- Each rider must have a headlight mounted on the bike or helmet and must be turned on after sunset.
- Each individual rider must attach the race number to the front handlebars of the bike. The race number MUST be visible from the front at all times.
- All participants must be at least 18 years of age.
- The time recorded by the Bonk Hard Racing staff will be the official time.
- Grievances shall be given to Bonk Hard Racing in writing within one hour of the completion of the race.
- Rules may be added or changed at any time before the event. Riders are responsible for knowing the rules before the race starts.
- Racers must sign all waivers in order to race.
- No illegal drugs shall be used during the event.
- Bonk Hard Racing is not responsible for stolen, lost, or damaged equipment.
- The Race Director reserves the right to alter the course before and during the event based on course conditions and/or flow of the riders along the course.
AUTOMATIC REASONS FOR DISQUALIFICATION:
- No support crew
- Improper gear
- Race number not visible
- Participating in a mode other than cycling or walking bike
- Accepting assistance/support from non riders (other than Support Crew at designated areas)
- Traversing on or through non-course areas/roads
- Non-assistance to person in danger
- Not following race rules
- Foul, abusive language or unsportsmanship conduct
If required, additional rules will be added and announced through the website Updates section prior to race start.
All decisions of the Bonk Hard Racing staff will be final.
Any rider/team that is caught cheating will be banned from all Bonk Hard Racing events.