Countdown To The Big Dam Day! 09/26/2020 07:00 AM 79 Days

FAQ: COVID-19

Update: 5/29/2020

As the new Event Director of the BDB100, and I wanted to take a minute to update you on a few operational items related to our event. As everyone continues to navigate through the challenges of COVID-19, the BDB100 staff, volunteers and I want to provide you as much clarity as possible during the coming weeks and months regarding our plans for the ride. Everyone here certainly hopes the transition to warmer weather has you thinking about The BDB100!

At present, I have a high degree of confidence that the BDB100 will take place as scheduled on Saturday, September 26, 2020.  As Arkansas and surrounding states implement a controlled phasing-in of business and outdoor activities, I’m confident that will provide a pathway for outdoor events such as the BDB100 to take place without mandatory social distancing and PPE protocols. 

We’re in weekly contact with state and local agencies, as well as the national governing body of cycling events, to ensure we have the most up-to-date data and information on the status of COVID-19 and the impact it could have on the BDB100, but rest assured, we have contingencies ready for all scenarios.

So many of you have contacted us to say you’re ready to participate, and that’s very encouraging! In fact, 86% of athletes involved in a number of sports who were polled across the state, region and nationally, said they are ready to participate in mass outdoor gatherings.  We do, however, understand that some people will choose to not participate in mass outdoor gatherings for a variety of reasons, and we respect their decisions as well.

As has been a standard for the BDB100, registration price increases occur on set dates each year. However, we have delayed the most recent registration price increase until midnight, July 5th.  By that date, Arkansas and surrounding states will have completed their implementation of Phase 3 of the return to business and subsequent opening of local economies, with tourism and recreation being open.

Organizers of the BDB100 sincerely appreciate your past and current support. Together, we will overcome the challenges of this unprecedented time. Until then, I will echo one of my favorite sayings, “All we can do is just keep moving forward.”

Bruce Dunn

FAQ: EXPO & Packet Pick-Up

What is included in the registration packet?

Registration packets will include your bib number, timing chip, event t-shirt, magazines, pamphlets and goodies from sponsors and friends of the ride. 

Do Tandem riders get two sets of numbers?

No, Tandem riders will get one set of numbers. The person on the front of the bike should wear the bib.

Where is the Expo/Packet Pick-up on Friday?

Packet Pick-up will be located at the Statehouse Convention Center, Hall 4 at the corner of Markham and Main in downtown Little Rock.  Parking is across the street or at the deck at 2nd and Main. Little Rock Convention Center 101 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201, Phone: (501) 376-4781

Is there packet pick-up on race morning?

Yes, at the Wyndham Hotel, North Little Rock in the Razorback Room from 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Address is 2 Riverfront Pl, North Little Rock, AR 72114. Link to directions is https://goo.gl/maps/GEmsV4oamCCKAy4CA

What do I need to bring to registration?

Your ID, funds to pay (if you have not pre-registered), and yourself! People without their ID will not be allowed to pick up their packet.

Can I pick-up a packet for a friend?

No, each person is responsible for picking up their own packet. This includes: coaches of teams, spouses, partners, and team captains. This is an insurance requirement. The rider whose name is on the packet must sign the wavier, the only exceptions are: if there is a legal power of attorney specific to this purpose provided to the registration manager or if you are a parent or authorized legal guardian of the minor you are picking up for.

Is there early packet pick-up available?

There is no packet pick-up before the times posted on the website.

Can I ride my bike to the expo?

Absolutely! Please know that we will not have secure bike racks, but you are welcome to use the wall space or have a booth hold them for you.

FAQ: Need To Know

What time is does the start line open?

5:30 am

What is the start time for the event?

The start is 6:50am

Are Bike Helmets Required to be worn?

Yes all riders must wear a helmet that is secured to their head per manufacturers guidelines.

Are Ebikes allowed?

Yes, if your bike meets the following standards. Per USAC Cycling sanctioning and insurance...“The Consumer Product Safety Commission defines a low-speed electric bicycle as “a two-or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 miles per hour.”

Can I start any time I want after the official start time?

All riders must start within the official start. We have road closures set for specific times between the Start line and the base of the Big Dam Bridge.  If you miss this road closure window you will not be allowed to start.

Where do I place my bib and number set?

The bib number should be pinned to the front of your jersey
The small adhesive number sticker (helmet number) should be place on the front of your helmet
The bike tag number attaches around/to your seat post with the number extending over the rear wheel.

What do I need to bring to the start line?

A properly maintained bike, a properly fitting helmet, your number attached correctly, water and or sports drink, and food items as you feel needed.

Where is parking for race day?

See the Parking map on the website.

Can I rent a bike for the event?

The BDB100 event does not rent bikes, but we suggest checking with local bike shops to see if they are currently renting bikes for event participation.

Where can I find the event guide?

Use the 2019 Athlete Guide as a guide only.  The 2020 Athlete Guide will be posted 6 weeks before the event.

FAQ: Course Info

Who can I contact on the course if I have a mechanical issue?

Prior to ride day, there will be a phone number released to call if you need help. Please take advantage of the aid stations. If you can walk, we ask that you make your way to the closest aid station. Help will be available there.

How many aid stations are available on the course?

There are 11 aid stations, plus the Finale Fest at the finish line. Stations are approximately 10 miles apart.

What is available at each aid station?

Each Aid Station has base Food and Drink products such as water, sports drink, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pickles, cookies and/or granola bars. Some stations will have additional food or beverage items.  There will also be shaded area such as a tent or pavilion, Port-a-Johns, friendly volunteers to assist you, a bicycle tire pump, first aid kit, an individual who can communicate with the event command center and a sag wagon that can transport you if your unable to continue.

FAQ: Jerseys & Kits

When will my jersey be shipped to me if I don’t go to pick-up?

Jerseys will be shipped after the event is over. You can expect to receive your jersey or accessories 1-2 after the event.

When can I pick up my jersey?

You can pick up your jersey at the expo or the finale fest.

Can I purchase a jersey at the expo?

Absolutely! We encourage you to purchase them.

I don’t know what size I am, can a jersey be held for me before purchase?

Sorry, but we cannot hold a jersey for you without payment. You are more than welcome to switch out sizes at the expo if another size is available. Please take note of the PRIMAL Wear jersey size chart - https://www.primalwear.com/pages/size-chart.

FAQ: Timing & Results

Where are the times posted from the event?

Times will be posted on www.bigdambridge100.com shortly after the event is completed.

When will the times be posted from the event?

Please allow at least 24 hours for the times to be posted after the event is completed.

My time isn’t listed, where can I find it?

If your time isn’t listed, please contact us! If you chose not to have your rider number sticker on the back seat of your bike, your time was not recorded.

Can I see the distance that the riders signed up for from the event?

We do not post the distance that the riders sign-up for since riders have the option to change course during the event. Remember, this is not a race, this is a ride! We do not intend for times do not reflect competition, but instead, personal reflection and goal-making.

Why is the time shown on my GPS unit or Cyclometer not the same as that shown on the event website?

Several reasons for the time differential are listed here.

Note: Our timing system records your time from the moment you cross the start line to the moment you cross the finish line.  It does not pause (or adjust ) your time if you stop on the course.
Your recording unit has an auto stop / pause function enabled.  If this is the case your unit will stop timing when you stop moving.  IE: With this function on your computer enabled when you stop at an aid station the running clock on your unit will pause. Your unit was started prior to or potentially after crossing the starting line.

Why is the distance on my GPS unit, Cyclometer or App different then the published course distances?

The United States government currently claims 95% Confidence Interval horizontal accuracy for civilian (SPS) GPS. Vertical accuracy is worse.  This means that on a 100-mile route a civilian GPS unit could be off up to 5 miles.  Most units are accurate, depending on tree cover, cloud cover, weather conditions and other factors well within this 5%.  So it can be seen there could easily be variance between measurements for different units.  The course distances were set using GPS so it could be off up to 5%.  Compound that with the fact that your GPS unit could also be off by 5%.  These variables may create the potential differentials between the distance recorded on your GPS unit or Cyclometer and the GPS unit we used to measure the course.

 

FAQ: Finish Line

Where is the finish line?

It is located in Riverfront Park which is adjacent to the Arkansas River. The entrance to this area is located at intersection of Riverfront Drive and Willow Streets in North Little Rock, AR, behind the Wyndham Hotel. 

Are spectators welcome at the event?

Absolutely! We encourage spectators at the finish line.

Where can spectators set up?

You can set up behind the barricades at the finish line.

What is the cost of the food at the Finale Finish Fest

Food is free for riders! There are usually food trucks on-site as well for spectators and “extra” food.  Enjoy!

FAQ: Event Photos

Where can I find the photos from the event?

Photos will be posted on our photographers’ website: www.runbikeswimphotos.com

My photos aren’t listed? Where are they?

Check in the “unidentified images” section. Sometimes bib numbers are not visible for the photographer to correctly identify them.

How long will it take for the photos to ship to me?

All shipping and ordering will be done through RunBikeSwim Photos. Please contact them on their website or Facebook for any further questions.