Unknown Coast Weekend Registration and Check-In
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Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, September 13 at 11:59pm. All registered riders will receive an email on Thursday morning with final ride instructions and information. While entries remain, onsite registration will be available at Rider Check-In on Friday September 15 from 4–6pm and on Saturday September 16 from 7am-8am. Total event registration is limited to 100 riders. This event is rain or shine.
Registration includes optional camping at the Fairgrounds on Friday night, luggage transportation, detailed route map, overnight accommodations at the Mattole Camp & Retreat Center, post-ride snacks, dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday, SAG support...and plenty of fun! We haul your gear, you just enjoy the scenery.
Pre-registered riders can check-in on Friday, September 15 from 4-6pm or Saturday, September 16 from 7 to 8am at the ride start, at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.
The ride begins and ends at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale (about 20 miles south of Eureka). For those arriving Friday night, camping and showers are available at the Fairgrounds. We will be camping in the regular camping Area this year, to the right of the entry stiles into the fairgrounds.
Arrive at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds for Rider Check-In. Tent camping at the fairgrounds is optional. If you have questions regarding camping, contact us and not the Fairgrounds. There are multiple options for dinner on Friday in Ferndale and nearby Fortuna.
On Saturday morning, bring your gear to the Uhaul and grab a cup of coffee on us. We ask that all gear be tagged with your first and last name along with a phone number. Park your vehicles in the lot across the street from the fairgrounds. When you get rolling, there are a variety of great breakfast options in Ferndale and along your route. Post-ride snacks, sandwiches, and beverages will await you and dinner will be served by the Chico Velo crew in the Tan Oak Lodge at the Mattole Camp.
Accommodations at the Mattole Camp & Retreat Center include an indoor or outdoor option. The spots for tent camping on the spacious grounds are virtually unlimited or choose one of their cabins. Cabins have between 4 and 8 bunk beds, must be shared, are on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 60 people total.
An amazing locavore breakfast served with coffee, tea, cocoa, and optional fresh-squeezed OJ will be provided by the folks at the Mattole Grange Hall, right down the road from the Retreat Center. Your gear will be awaiting you as you arrive to the Fairgrounds. Showers will be available at the finish.
A FEW WORDS OF WARNING! The roads on this ride (and in Humbolt County in general) span a wide range from new pavement to almost unimaginably poor quality (pavement that randomly turns to dirt for 10-50 yards, potholes large enough to swallow half a bike, etc...). While most use road bikes, consider all options including touring bikes, cross and lighter-weight mountain bikes. If you choose to use your road bike, you'll want to consider heavy-duty and larger than usual tires. If you choose a cross or mountain bike, you'll love the descents!
The climbs on this ride are notoriously challenging and there will be very limited SAG support. The Wall is purported to be an average of 18% for 1.25 miles. Ouch! To participate in this ride, you should be an experienced, self-sufficient bicyclist in good physical condition with some significant hill-climbing training under your belt. A triple, compact or mountain bike gearing is strongly recommended. Mechanic service is not available on this ride so PLEASE make sure your bike is in good working order.
As a 501.c.3 non-profit organization, Chico Velo uses your event fee to fund our bicycling advocacy and outreach efforts. All ride fees are non-refundable. Effective Feb 1, 2015, ride fees may be transferred to the same event for the following year, if the request is made prior to 2 weeks before the event. A $15 transfer handling fee will be charged. No exceptions!
You may transfer registration to a different route within the same event. If you change your route, please inform the staff at Rider Check-in. If there is a fee differential, you will need to get the proper wristband (if applicable), pay the additional fee, or get a credit, at "Rider Services" AFTER you go through the regular Rider Check-in. A $15 transfer handling fee will be charged.