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Freewheelers of Spartanburg
The Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion
ON-line purchases for bus tickets, extra meals, etc. are closed. These items can be purchased during packet pickup on Sunday May 18 from 1-8.
The 2014 Assault on Mt. Mitchell and Marion is under the leadership of The Freewheelers of Spartanburg and the 2014 Assaults Directors, Keenan Mullen and Angela Halstead of MullenHalstead Public Relations.
The Assault on Mt. Mitchell began in 1975, when a group of friends led by John Bryan decided to ride their bicycles 102.7 miles from Spartanburg, South Carolina to the top of Mt. Mitchell - the highest point east of the Mississippi River. From that casual beginning, the event quickly gained a reputation for being one of the most challenging bike rides in the country and as the popularity of the ride grew, limitations had to be set on the number of people allowed to the top of the mountain so registration is limited to 1000 participants. The popularity of this event continues and the Assault on Mt. Mitchell sells out every year. In recent years, the ride has been held on a Monday in order to limit traffic delays on the parkway.
The Assault on Marion began in 1993 to allow more cyclists to participate in the event. Riders will make their way along the 75 mile course to Marion, NC, where Tom Johnson’s Campground will be the stopping point for the Assault on Marion riders and the beginning of the final, most enduring segment of the ride for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell riders. Traditionally, Tom Johnson’s Campground is where friends and family can cheer for riders as well as pick up riders after the ride. It is also here that buses will be available to take spectators to the top to watch the finish of the Assault on Mt. Mitchell. Although the Assault on Marion does not include the 28 mile trek to the top of the mountain, this event is as enjoyable and engaging as any around with its rolling hills, multiple climbs, and compelling North Carolina scenery. It is a wonderful challenge for any cyclist, regardless of their skill and experience. Many top athletes choose to ride Marion rather than Mitchell, attempting to best previous personal records on this mountainous course. The Assault on Marion is unrestricted and can accept an unlimited number of participants.
NEW for 2014! At the request of some our participants, we are adding a premium bus service direct from Mt. Mitchell returning DIRECTLY to Spartanburg. NOTE: This will be a long ride, ~3 hours and space is LIMITED to 60 passengers. The bus will make a stop for a restroom break, and a box lunch will be provided. There will only be 2 buses available and they will leave promptly at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM from Mt. Mitchell, so please make sure that if you purchase this ticket that you are likely to finish your AOMM within 7 hours or by 8.5 hours at the latest. If you are unable to board the 4:00 bus, you will have to forfeit your seat/ticket and NO REFUND will be issued. Due to the length of the ride and as a courtesy to the other passengers, we cannot hold the direct return bus beyond the 4:00 cut off. This will be a trial year for this service to determine if we should expand this option in future years. IMPORTANT! Your bike will still have to be transported via truck back to Spartanburg, so you will likely have to wait on your bike in Spartanburg. Bikes CANNOT be transported on the busses . No REFUNDS will be issued on this bus ticket – make sure you have your travel plans / logistics worked out with your family and friends BEFORE purchasing. This policy is consistent with over all Assaults refund policies.
BIKE Handling Updated Process in 2014: We will be revamping the bike handling procedures in Marion for 2014. We hope that the changes will improve our efficiency and improve participant satisfaction. More information will follow as we get closer to the event. Please let us know what you think!
Offical Assault on Mt. Mitchell apparel will be available via a link upon completing registration and also through the Assaults website www.theassaults.com
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
January 15, 2014 - Priority registration opens for Freewheelers members who joined by January 4, 2014.
February 1, 2014 - registration opens to the public.
May 9, 2014 - Last day to complete transfers
May 17, 2014 – Assaults warm-up ride for anyone wanting to get going and meet some of the other participants. More information will be available at www.theassaults.com .
Pre-ride celebration open to the community and Assaults participants. We will be changing things up a little this year and hope you will join us! You won't want to miss it! More information about this event will be sent out to participants and it will also be available on www.theassaults.com .
May 18,2014 - Registration/Packet Pick-up and Expo will all be held at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
May 19, 2014 – For planning purposes this is an all-day event for most participants. Typically, the last cyclist finishes in ~10 ½ hours. All participants will start the Assault on Mt. Mitchell and the Assault on Marion at 6:30 AM from downtown Spartanburg at the traditional starting point in front of the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. In Marion, cyclists will be able to enjoy the after ride meal and then either meet their ride back to Spartanburg or take the bus back to Spartanburg. On Mt. Mitchell, cyclists enjoy the traditional cup of warm tomato soup, and then take a bus down to Marion to join the other cyclists and a good meal before heading back to Spartanburg.
More information will be posted on our website ( www.theassaults.com ) over the next few months.
For questions or to become a volunteer please contact email@example.com
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Assaults 2014 Policies
(Additional information and details on recommendations and policies can be found at www.theassaults.com)
All who complete the Assault on Mt. Mitchell are REQUIRED to ride the buses back to the loading and unloading zone at the Tom Johnson Campground in Marion, or take the new Spartanburg Direct bus. Trucks located at the top will carry all bikes down the mountain to either Marion or Spartanburg as needed.
After finishing at the top of Mt. Mitchell, you will immediately hand your bike to the volunteers loading the trucks. Your dry clothes bag as well as some food and drink will be waiting for you. Then you will board one of the buses back to Marion. There, you will be able to enjoy the post-ride meal, either meet someone to drive you or take another bus back to Spartanburg.
NO PERSONAL SAGS are allowed.
This policy is dictated to us by the Mt. Mitchell State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway to ensure the safety of our riders, and to manage the limited amount of space at the top of Mt. Mitchell. If you choose to ignore this rule, and you are sighted by any of our ride officials, your rider number will be documented and turned in to the Assaults Director. Upon verification of the violation by the Director or a Freewheelers Board member, you will be notified of the documentation and the disqualification. You will have 10 days to appeal your disqualification to the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Freewheelers. Once the disqualification is complete, your results will be removed from the official results posted on our web site, and you will be banned from the ride for 2 years. This policy will be strictly enforced so that we may continue to hold the Assaults in the future.
A Personal SAG is any unauthorized vehicle traveling the same course as the Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion. Family and Friends may meet riders at various points between Spartanburg and Marion - so long as they travel on a different route. Additional information on how best to meet up with riders along the route is posted on the web site. The roads are simply too narrow with too many cyclists to have extra traffic along the way.
NO unauthorized vehicles are allowed to drive on Highway 80 or the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Park Service has the right to decline us the privilege of use, so we have an agreement with the Park Service that everyone take a bus from the top of Mt. Mitchell back to Marion. There are no exceptions to this rule. In addition, there are spectator buses available in Marion for anyone wishing to go to the top of Mt. Mitchell to view the finish. DO NOT drive a personal vehicle to the top of Mt. Mitchell. If identified, your rider(s) could be disqualified. Tickets for the Spectator bus can be purchased online or in Marion the day of the event.
TEAMS AND TEAM SAGS
We have many teams that participate in the event and we welcome them all but they must adhere to the same rules as everyone else. Food and support is provided for everyone, including teams, and we require that teams get to the top without any special means. There will be no authorized team vehicles and any team vehicle on the route or at the top, regardless of whether or not they sagged the route, will result in the disqualification of the entire team. The disqualification process will be the same as noted above. A member of the Team will be notified.
IMPORTANT RULES OF THE PARKWAY
All riders must be on the Parkway no later than 3:00pm. Spectator Supporters are NOT ALLOWED to have Personal SAG Vehicles for Individual Riders. This will be enforced and anyone violating this Blue Ridge Parkway requirement will be DISQUALIFIED AND YOUR TIME WILL NOT BE POSTED!”
“Violations observed, improper refuse of human waste and disorderly conduct (exposing, public nudity), under 36 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations), may carry a fine up to $5000.00 and, or 6 mos. Imprisonment.”
Bicycle riders must comply with all applicable federal and state motor vehicle regulations.
The bicycle operator must exhibit a white light or reflector visible at least 500 feet to the front and a red light or reflector visible at least 200 feet to the rear during periods of low visibility, between the hours of sunset and sunrise, or while traveling through a tunnel.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds or credit registration fees towards next year’s event as this event has limited entries, early financial commitments, and a very tight budget. However, it is possible for registrants to transfer a number to someone else! (See transfer policy below and additional information @ www.theassaults.com).
Note: In the case of accidental double registration, it is possible to get a refund if you contact the Director (Click here) within 24 hours of purchasing an entry. As with Transfers, there will be absolutely NO refunds for bus tickets. Purchased Accessories and Items can be mailed after paying an additional shipping & handling fee.
There is a $5.00 processing fee for all Refunds. ($10 for all International Refunds)
An Assault on Mt. Mitchell registration / bib number can be transferred to someone else should a rider be unable to participate. However, there is a fee of $30 for transferring a registration. The fee will be applied to BOTH parties involved. In other words, the owner of the original number and the person to which it is sold will each pay $30.
Please be aware that transfers ONLY apply to registration fees and DO NOT apply to any additional purchases such as bus tickets, apparel, lunches, etc. No refunds will be issued for those items and the new registrant will need to purchase additional items separately on the event registration site.
The option to transfer will become available beginning Feb 15th, 2014. ABSOLUTELY NO TRANSFERS WILL BE ALLOWED AFTER FRIDAY, MAY 9th at 5:00 PM!
To help you get the word out, we recommend posting your interest in selling or buying a registration on the Assaults Facebook page: Assaults on Mt. Mitchell & Marion, and if you are a Freewheelers club member, you can also e-mail it the Freewheelers yahoo group: FreewheelersOnline@yahoogroups.com. If you do not have access to either of these outlets, then e-mail your request, including your contact information to director@theassaults and they will post your request on both.
Please note that neither the Freewheelers nor Go-Green Events will be involved in the actual selling of the registration. It is the responsibility of the two parties involved to work out any payment details.
Once a seller and buyer have an agreement between themselves they can initiate a transfer by contacting the Director (email@example.com). They will then provide you with a link to the transfer process on Go-Green events.
Please refer to our web site for more information regarding the transfer process.
UNCLAIMED PACKETS AND MERCHANDISE
If for some reason you are unable to attend the event and you would like your T-shirt and any purchased items, please contact the director (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for shipping. An additional shipping fee will be charged. All requests for receiving unclaimed materials must be received by June 20th, 2013. After June 20th all items will be returned to inventory for post event sales.
TIME TRIAL, TRIATHALON AND AERO BARS, DISC WHEELS, ETC.
Time trial, triathlon, and other bikes equipped with aero bars, disc wheels, etc. are not recommended for mass start events but we do not prohibit them. We ask that you refrain from using the aero bar position unless you are by yourself. When in a group, keep your hands near your brakes and in a position that allows you to maintain control of your bike in close quarters.
LOST & FOUND
Lost and found will be available from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on the Tuesday following the ride at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium entrance.
Packet Pick up and the Expo are scheduled for Sunday May 18th from 1:00 – 8:00 PM at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium (385 North Church Street Spartanburg, SC 29303). You MUST bring a photo ID to retrieve your packet! As in previous years, no one will be allowed to pick up your packet for you. You need to pick up your packet in person. Packet pick-up will again be organized according to Bib Number. Bib numbers will be sent to participants in an e-mail several days prior to the event. They will also be posted at the Auditorium. If you absolutely cannot make it on Sunday, packets can still be picked up on Monday the 29th from 5:30 – 6:15 am.
UNCLAIMED PACKETS AND MERCHANDISE
If for some reason you are unable to attend the event and you would like your T-shirt and any purchased items, please contact the director (email@example.com) to arrange for shipping. An additional shipping fee will be charged. All requests for receiving unclaimed materials must be received by June 19th, 2014. After June 19th all items will be returned to inventory for post event sales.