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Mountain High Cycling General Rules & Policies for Riders and Volunteers:

Registration is defined as  completed the date payment is received by mail, pay  pal, or handed to the Ride Director.  Thus the date
you put your name on the web site does not confirm you have completed registration.  Completed registration requires 1) your
name and required information have been filled out, 2) reg. fee has been paid in full defined by the dates on the web site for early
bird, regular, late, and day of reg. late fees 3)  you have finished the ride within the required time limit.  

NO REFUNDS.   

TRANSFERS: the only way to transfer is to first Vol. for a Mtn. High D.C. event..  After you volunteer, you may transfer the ride you could not ride, for whatever reason, to another ride that same year.  Repeating: there are no ride transfers without volunteering first.

Credit for completing any and all Mountain High Double Centuries:

Riders must ride the entire course as it is on the the route sheet, and finish the ride before the designated cut-off time. 

Acts of God:

In the rare occasion there is an "act of God" such as, fires, floods, earthquakes, tornado's, severe storms that are deemed "dangerous", such as lightning, hail, snow, severe winds, severe sand storms,  heat defined over 115 degrees,  cold that is defined 45 degrees or less, volcanic activity, or any condition of nature or traffic that threatens the safety of the rider, or threats of warfare. The Ride Director has the freedom to use discretion and wisdom, to call off any Mountain High Cycling ride. The riders have the freedom to choose to continue riding to the Finish line on their own,and, should not expect to be supported by the Staff who would also be risking their lives to support the riders.  The Staff is to halt supporting the riders choice to continue to ride when it is dangerous or unsafe.  The riders may choose to take another route to the finish line, but will not be given double century credit for choosing to do their own ride, off course. Insurance liability only covers the route, on the route sheet.  Liability covers riders who are on the route that is on the route sheet.  Volunteers are not expected to give support to riders, if it appears unsafe for them to do so. There are no refunds for cancelled ride due to acts of God. 

 

 VOL.Ride Credit:

Good for one year from the Ride Event Date, again, IF you do NOT ride the Staff Ride of the Event you volunteered for. Volunteer Ride Credit expires in one year from the Event Date you volunteered for.

  You may not transfer it to someone else.

  If your spouse volunteers, you may ride  in the Event.  However, the person or spouse needs to volunteer for a day, or 8 hrs.

Only Volunteers earn CTC Volunteer credit, and it can only be applied to themselves!  It may not transfered or given away. 

If you are volunteering, there is motel compensation for one night only, Sat. night, IF THE DISTANCE DRIVEN IS MORE THAN 2 HOURS TO GET TO THE EVENT.

 

Time Limits:
Mountain High Cycling Doubles:  You may start your ride any time after 12 midnight.  Rest Stops have open & close times on your route sheet.  You need to start early enough to be at the Finish line on or before midnight of the ride event day, or close mentioned on the web site for that double century.  Volunteers begin roving sag between 4am and after the last riders leave at 5:30am.  There will be a sign-in sheet at the finish, which you will put in your start and finish times in front of a volunteer or the Ride Director, or unless otherwise directed.  If there is any question, you may be asked to send in your strava information.  
Allergies & medications:
If you are allergic to anything, please put this info. in your bag, and bring your own medication or supplements to cover yourself. Prescription medications: please keep whatever you need, with directions, in your personal bag. Asthmatics: please put an extra inhaler in a drop bag with your name on the medication. This is in case yours drops out of your bike bag, or your leave it at a rest stop, or whatever. Also, if any of you want to donate an unused inhaler to the emergency sag bag, leave your name off of it.  
Drop Bags:
1.Please permanently write your name and contact info. on everything you put in to, or plan to put in to your drop bag. If your name isn't on it, please don't expect get it back. This goes for lights, clothing, batteries, & tires. Food and supplements, don't bother, they'll get tossed.
2.Please clearly put your name on your drop bag with your rider number, and the # of the rest stop you want it forwarded to. Bring your own bag if you want; the more distinguishable, the easier for you.
3.If you take medications, put directions with them, how much, and how often.
4.All bags left at any rest stop will be forwarded to the Finish. Please remember to pick them up.
Notes:

If they are mailed back; please offer to pay the mailing charge. If a friend picks up your stuff for you, and gets it back to you, you may want to think of a way to thank them with more than a "thank-you". If there is a supplement you must have, bring your own, in case it runs out, or is not available. Again Mountain High Cycling will not be responsible for any medications, which includes both over the counter, and prescription.

Please be courteous at your motel. Don't clean your bike with their towels.

Don't put oil or vasoline on motel towels. They have rags to supply you, if you need a rag.

If you are a vol. and other vol's tell me you snore, you may be asked to room with anther vol. who also snores.

Volunteer Ride Policy:
The Volunteers Ride is offered before or after the scheduled Double Century. This ride is known as the Staff Ride, Workers' Ride, Pre-Ride, or Post-Ride. The Volunteers' Ride is offered to Volunteers helping out with the Double on the day of the scheduled double, the day or week before, and or the day or week after the double. Volunteers are given the opportunity to also ride the double for credit, in exchange for volunteering their time to serve the riders who are riding it on the scheduled double century ride day. The customary service time is usually 2 -3 rest stops, and or roving sag. There are a variety of ways a volunteer can serve. The options are:
1. Volunteering during the week prior, helping to organize supplies for the rest stops. This involves a day at the staging area, helping with buying and or placing items according to the rest stop designations
2. Afterwards, for post-organizing and clean up the following morning, and or transferring Rest Stop supplies back to the staging area.
3. Helping with Rider check-in the night before, or the morning before the ride.
4. Helping serve the post-ride meal, and or breakfast the following morning, if there is one. Usually riders will dedicate a minimum of a half day, to a full day, or a full weekend.
Notes:

 Every volunteer receives a volunteer folder explaining volunteer duties, emergency information, rider emergency contacts, extra route slips, etc. These are to be returned after the double.  Place them in a bin, if you are at a Rest Stop.

If a rider wants to ride with the volunteers for ride credit only, without volunteering, they need to clear this with the Ride Director before they ride, in writing, stating why they cannot volunteer. Rider registration fee is paid  in cash to the Ride Director on or before the Staff Ride date. These rides are put on as a courtesy, kindness and gratefulness for hard working Volunteers.

PETS:

If you want to bring your pet, as a courtesy to others, when riders are eating in the room, or there are four or more riders in the room, have the pet outside.   If you room with your pet, you need to pay for half of your own room.
Volunteers will receive California Triple Crown Volunteer credit.If your spouse volunteers he or she receives volunteer credit in their name, not in the Rider's name. 

YOU & YOUR SPOUSE VOLUNTEER:

If you and your spouse are volunteering I will do my best to give you your own room, but there may be exceptions where I will need to add you to a room with two beds and other volunteers. 

You are welcome to pay for your own room.If you say you are going to spend Sat. night at the ride event, and I have a room reserved for you, if you decided to not take the room for any reason, after it is too late for  me to cancel payment for the room, you will be charged what I paid for your bed in the room, or for the total amount of the room.

WHAT IF YOU FINISH THE RIDE AFTER THE CUT OFF TIME:

  If you finish the ride past the 12 midnight cut off time, you will not get CTC ride credit, but you will get ride credit for finishing the ride for Mountain High Cycling.  As stated before you may start anytime after midnight on the ride event day.  The time limit is 24 hours from the start of midnight on the day of the event.

IS PERSONAL SAG SUPPORT ALLOWED?

  No personal support is allowed.  However support to all the riders in the rider's vicinity is allowed.  Personal support must notify Ride Dir. who they are supporting, and must display a SAG sign in the rear window.  They must register as a Volunteer, and accept Roving SAG responsibilities which are in the Volunteer folder, given by the Ride Dir. or another volunteer.  Sag vehicles are NOT ALLOWED to DRIVE CLOSE TO ANY RIDER  or riders, WITH OR WITHOUT their blinking lights on, close to the rider, i.e. the way RAAM allows it.  This is cause for a DNF of the rider.  The vehicle may drive ahead and pull over in a safe spot way to the left on the shoulder, with plenty of room for all riders to pass, in a hopscotch fashion.Personal Sag support is allowed for new-to-double century riders only; those who are riding their first or second double century, or those who have a severe physical challenge.Insurance: hour ins. coverage on riders and volunteers.

CALIFORNIA STATE LAWS:

  Everyone is required to observe all California State laws.

NO DRAFTING BEHIND VEHICLES ALLOWED.

DRAFTING OTHER RIDERS IS ALLOWED; PLEASE KEEP AT LEAST 4" SPACE BETWEEN THE WHEELS. 

USING AERO BARS IS ALLOWED AT ALL TIMES. NO RIDER HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL ANOTHER RIDER THEY CANNOT USE AERO BARS, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE PACE LINE.  YOU ALREADY KNOW TO KEEP IT SAFE.

ALL OF YOU ALREADY KNOW TO KEEP IT SAFE.

HELMETS REQUIRED WITH BUCKLED STRAPS:

AT ALL TIMES FROM RIDE START TO RIDE FINISH, UNLESS AT A REST STOP.

 MECHANICALS, PULL OFF THE ROAD WHERE IT IS COMPLETELY SAFE:

If you have a flat tire or other mechanical, you are required to pull your bike completely out of the way of all riders and traffic, which would usually be to far right of the road shoulder.

BICYCLE PARKING:

  Never park or lean your bike up against any vehicle. Never lay down your bike in front of, near, or around any vehicle.  You are responsible for keeping your bike parked safely away from all vehicles. If any part of your bike gets touched by a vehicle, you are responsible for the damage.

BIKE LIGHTS:

You are responsible  for using TWO BRIGHT FRONT LIGHTS, & TWO BRIGHT REAR LIGHTS. PLEASE RENEW the batteries when they go dim.  You could be asked to not finish the ride if your lights are not bright enough or are not working, OR, you may ask a Vol. if they have one to loan you, at a Rest Stop. If you are going to have problems, it will probably be with not having enough batteries.

REAR LIGHTS: Please point them down, out of the Rider's eyes behind you if they are blinking, OR, just make it a straight red light that does not blink at all.

HELMET LIGHT: STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

REFLECTOR ANKLE BANDS:

You will not be DNF'd for not wearing ankle bands, however, they are highly recommended.

REAR VIEW MIRROR:

You are responsible for wearing and using a rear view mirror, either on your helmet, or on your bike.

WATER BOTTLES:

You  are responsible for having at least two waterbottles, with water in them on your bike, or liquids, OR

a Camelbak of 50 oz. or more.  Camelbaks are encouraged, even if not full; they  tend to promote hydration much more

on climbs.

ROUTE SHEET:

You are responsible for going by the route sheet.  The route sheet is "gospel", not your garmin.

VOLUNTEERS:

Volunteers are responsible for setting up Rest Stops according to the mileage, and designated area, on the route sheet. Volunteers are responsible for obtaining a route sheet and reviewing it before leaving from home.  Route sheets are sent to all the volunteers, along with all other information in the volunteer packet, via link sent by the Ride Director.  If you did not receive the link, please inform the Ride Dir. at least 3 days before the Friday of the Ride Event.

Volunteers will be asked by the riders, at every rest stop "How far is it to the next rest stop?"  If this is not explicitly on the route sheet, figure it out, so you can tell them.  (May as well write it on your forhead, as they WILL ASK!) 

  Vol. FOLDERS: can be obtained on line, from the Ride Director, from another volunteer, and are in the plastic  "dry goods"  with the bathroom tissue, knives, etc. in the supplies for your Rest Stop.  In an emergency, if there is no cell phone coverage, flag down a vehicle & or another rider,  and ask for help.  The Rest Stop should not be changed except with the permission of the Ride Director, or IF an an "Act of God" or an accident has made the Rest Stop unsafe.

ONLY SET UP REST STOPS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD!

  Only set up Rest Stops on the Right side of the road, not the left.  Only set up Rest Stops to the far right of the shoulder.  Remind the cyclists not to lay their bikes down if front of the tables, or close to the road side.  Bike hangar racks to hang bikes on will be provided for most Rest Stops.  Often they are forwarded from a previous

REST STOP Volunteers are responsible for reading the Volunteer Assignments sent out before the event by email.  If you did not get it, please notify the ride director via: howhighwillyouclimb@verizon.net.

EMAILS:  Sometimes yahoo and hotmail emails do got get through using the website email, via bbcnet.com   Riders  & Volunteers are responsible for reading & understanding all Rules and Policies in the Mountain High Cycling web site.

LATE FEES:

CHARGED TO RIDERS AFTER THE THE LATE FEE DATE STARTS.

CASH LATE FEES ARE REQUIRED THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE EVENT, AND SAT. MORNING, DAY OF EVENT.

NO  PAYMENT, NO RIDE CREDIT.

 BICYCLES NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE: 1) bicycles without breaks for both front and rear wheels, 2) electric bikes, 3) bikes without saddles, 4) bikes without lights,(front & rear), 5) bikes that have one wheel, (unicycle), 6) juvenile bikes, & 7) bikes that appear to be unsafe to ride for 200 miles.

WAIVERS:

NO WAIVER SIGNED, NO RIDE CREDIT.   2 WAIVERS MUST BE SIGNED FOR OCEANSIDE D.C. & BORREGO D.C.

  The SAN DIEGO waiver requires your initials for each paragraph, and a full SIGNATURE & PRINT at the bottom of their form. 

CHECKS GET $5. DISCOUNT

There is always a $5.00 discount if you send in your payment via check, IF it is received before the late fee date kicks in.  There is no discount if it is received after the late fee date starts

VOLUNTEERS HAVE AUTHORITY TO STOP AN INJURED RIDER FROM CONTINUING ON: 

If a Rider has has head or spinal injury or possible head or spinal injury, or is bleeding  from the eyes, nose, or ears, or is

complaining of pain, the Volunteers have the authority to make the decision to take the rider's bike & put it in their vehicle, against the Rider's will and judgment of his or her ability to continue riding. If the rider is beligerent to do so, then please try to calm the rider down, call the Ride Dir., call 9-1-1 & call the person's emergency number.  There is a list of emergency facilities and urgent care centers that are emailed to Vol's as well as in the Vol.Folder given to each Vol. & at Rest Stops, in the dry goods container., labeled Vol.Folder.  Please get pictures if you can, and take notes asap after the incident.

See You at the Top, "Unstopable"!
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