Registration for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell for 2014 will open on
Jan. 15, 2014 to members of the Freewheelers
and Feb.1 to the general public.
Cost of registration for Mt. Mitchell will be announced.
Cost of registration for Marion will be announced.
In 2014 the Assault on Mt. Mitchell will follow the same great course as years past: 102.7 miles with 10,357 feet of climbing! With 10 rest stops along the way, you will be able to refill, refuel, and make mechanical adjustments as needed.
On Monday, May 19, 2014 everyone from both events will line-up at the starting line in front of the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
There will be a mass start at 6:30 AM. Everyone will then ride together to the Tom Johnson campground where the Assault on Marion riders will finish. Mitchel riders then begin the grueling 28 mile ascent to the top!
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. Trucks located at the top will carry all bikes down the mountain to either Marion or Spartanburg as needed.
Leaving your car in Marion??? 4:00 PM: Buses leave Tom Johnson Campground in Marion on SUNDAY to carry passengers to the Memorial Auditorium (no bicycles). You MUST have purchased a bus ticket if you plan to ride the bus back to Spartanburg. Please purchase these tickets during registration or go to the AOMM Extras event to purchase miscellaneous items if you have already registered.
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. This is dictated to us by the Mt. Mitchell State Park and 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.
Bicycle Regulations of The Blue Ridge Parkway (pdf)
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 as this event has limited entries 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.
The option to transfer will become available once registration has opened. Check back here for details.
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.
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.