Tour de Reef FAQ’s

GENERAL

How long is it?

TOUR DE REEF has 3 different distances for all type of riders:

60K / 36 Miles

115K / 72 Miles

What's the schedule at a glance?

Packet pick up TBD

Sunday January 21st, 2018:

  • 6:00 am opening of packet pick up.
  • 7:00 am closing packet pick up
  • 7:30 am ride starts
  • 10:00 am begin of festivities
  • 1:00 pm raffles
  • 1:00 pm close of the course
  • 3:00 pm end of festivities

What are the important dates and deadlines?

August 23, 2017: opening of registration

October 3, 2017: First price increase

November 3, 2017: Second price increase

December 13, 2017: Third price increase.

January 20, 2018: Or when it sells out. Registration closes.

January 21, 2018: Event Day – No same day registration

REGISTRATION

What is the entry fee for 2018?

Registration

August 23 – October 2, 2017

  • Regular registration

  • VIP registration

  • Ultimate registration

  • $50.00

  • $99.00

  • $199.00

Registration

October 2 – November 2, 2017

  • Regular registration

  • VIP registration

  • Ultimate registration

  • $59.00

  • $109.00

  • $219.00

Registration

November 3, – December 12, 2017

  • Regular registration

  • VIP registration

  • Ultimate registration

  • $69.00

  • $119.00

  • $235.00

 

Registration

December 13, 2017 – January 20, 2018

  • Regular registration

  • VIP registration

  • Ultimate registration

  • $80.00

  • $130.00

  • $250.00

There is no event day registration.

What is included with the entry?

Tour de Reef participants will receive:

REGULAR ENTRY VIP ENTRY ULTIMATE ENTRY
 

 

  • Event commemorative t-shirt.
  • Custom finisher medal.
  • Event unique race bib number
  • 1 FREE beer ticket. (Soft drinks for minors)
  • A limited edition water bottle.
  • A drawstring backpack [goodie bag] with more fun stuff.
  • 1 free meal on race day.
  • Festivities, include a FREE raffle ticket for all registered participants(with your wristband).

      Everything on the Regular        registration PLUS:

  • Tour de Reef Jersey
  • Tour de Reef Snapback Hat
  • Bike Tech cycling hat

      Everything on the Regular and VIP registration PLUS:

  • 1 additional pair of Tour de Reef socks
  • Tour de Reef cycling BIBs.
  • Specialized t-shirt.
  • Specialized tote bag.
  • Bike Tech coffee mug.
  • Special lunch menu for you to choose.
  • Wine and champagne at Ultimate gazebo location.
  • Ultimate gazebo with massages after your ride.

I already registered for the 115 KM Tour de Reef, but I'd like to participate in the 60km Tour de Reef. Is that possible?

You can transfer your registration at no extra cost until January 12. Please email us at info@velosportevents.com  with subject: “Request a distance change”

Is there a minimum age for participants?

Riders must be 12 or older to participate. Riders 17 or younger will have to be accompanied by their legal guardian.

Where and how do I register?

Please register at: register.velosportevents.com

I can’t start. Can I get a refund or do a transfer to another rider?

There are no refunds, transfers or deferrals.

CATEGORIES

What type of bike can I ride for the event?

We suggest to use a road bike as it is the best option to ride in groups. Its light weight makes climbing easier.

You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike or single speed (with two brakes), triathlon bikes, time trial bikes, tandems, recumbent bikes, trailers and bike seats.

Is it timed?

No, Tour de Reef is a fun tour.

What are the speed groups?

115K: 72 Miles 60K: 36 Miles
  • OPEN(A): 24 + MPH
  • ELITE(B): 20 – 23 MPH
  • ADVANCE(C): 15 – 19 MPH
  • OPEN (A): 24 + MPH
  • ELITE (B): 20 – 23 MPH
  • ADVANCE (C): 15 – 19 MPH
  • SOCIAL (D): 12 – 14 MPH

BEFORE THE RACE

Can I pickup my packet the morning of the event?

Yes. Pick up will be limited to 1 hour day of event. Ride will start promptly at 7:30 AM.

Can someone else pick up the packet for me?

Yes. Participants can pick up for friends and family as long as they have a copy of your I.D. and your confirmation e-mail.

START

What do I have to wear?

We recommend to wear you Tour de Reef Jersey! Your BIB number and helmets with buckled chin straps must be worn at all times. Also, Keep your bib number on for post event festivities.

Headphones of any kind are not allowed.

Where do I park

There will be parking signage at Homestead Sports Complex.

Do you provide a bag drop?

No.

Does Tour de Reef start if its raining?

Yes, rain or shine unless the event is cancelled by the authorities due to e.g. a severe storm.

How do riders line up at the start?

Line up will be according to the speed that you will be riding. We will have a mass start with fast riders first followed by those on group A, B, C and D. D riders will only be allowed to ride the 60K distances.

To allow as little interference as possible, we encourage beginner and slower riders to line up at the back of the start. With this you will be able to ride your own pace unobstructed.

I’m riding the event with my friends. Can we all line up together in the same corral?

We encourage to ride with your friends, after all, you trained together!

DURING THE RACE

How many AID stations does Tour de Reef have and what do they provide?

There will be FIVE aid stations (one for the 60K) spread out along the course with solid food and fluids as well as at the finish.

Please note that there will be food or water at the start available. Make sure your bottles are filled and carry a snack that keeps you going for the first part of the ride.

Are the roads closed for traffic?

Roads are not closed for traffic, however we will have Police support until 1:00 pm in the entire course.  We asked our riders have to obey to traffic laws and ride on the right hand side of the street. Riders have to follow the instructions of police officers and volunteers.

If I have a bad day and I realize I won't be able to finish, what do I do?

Tour de Reef will have SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles along the course for any cyclists who are unable to complete the event.

Try to make it to the next or previous aid station, there you will have food, water, volunteers to keep you company. If you are unable to ride to an aid station, there will be police officers controlling traffic at intersections as well as volunteers guiding athletes for turns at intersections, so ride forward or backwards until you see a police officer or volunteer and they will inform the SAG vehicle to pick you up. If you are unable to ride, move off the road and wait along the shoulder of the road until a marshal or police officer or mechanic rides by, they will be on the lookout for stopped cyclists. If you are riding and you see a cyclist on the side of the road who asks for help, when you get to the next police officer or volunteer, report that you saw a stopped cyclist and their approximate location.

If I have a medical issue on the course, what should I do?

Call 911.

If I have a mechanical issue on the course, what should I do?

We highly encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including in particular fixing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring your own pump and extra tubes for your bike. Make sure you bring your bike to your local bike shop or one of our partner bike shops in the weeks leading up to the event.

However, if you are still unable to make the repair, course marshalls will accompany riders along all routes. Should you need assistance, just let one of the marshals know and, if a marshall is unable to assist you with the repair, a SAG vehicle will try to repair your bike.

Will there be restrooms at the Start/Finish and on the course?

Yes, start/finish area as well as aid stations are equipped with bathrooms.

I never rode in a large group before. What do I have to be concerned about?

Group riding is faster as you save about 30% energy in a draft. It takes a bit of skill to get used to riding closely behind someone else’s wheel. Ideally, you find a riding partner to practice. If you live in the Miami and Broward area, you can take advantage of our free training rides for registered participants and practice group riding.

FINISH

Will there be food at the end of the ride?

Yes, there will be food and drinks.

IF YOUR QUESTION HAS NOT BEEN ANSWERED WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT US AT INFO@VELOSPORTEVENTS.COM