~ What is the Sub-9 Death March?
The Sub-9 Death March is a bicycle race for teams of two to be the first to reach designated cemeteries in and around the Hoosier National Forest. The ride begins and ends at the Midwest Trail Ride Horseman's Camp (MTR) in Norman, IN. Teams will be required to reach five mandatory check-points, three of which are known in advance. The other two mandatory locations will be drawn from the list of optional check-points and announced at the Start/Finish line. Teams can use any route and can visit check-points in any order. Teams will be able to earn bonus time by visiting additional check-points along the way. Click here for the Sub-9 Death March Google Map.
~ What does my entry fee get me?
Sub-9 Death March participants get access to free primitive onsite tent camping at the Midwest Trail Ride Horseman's Camp, changing rooms and showers (weather permitting) for after the ride, "rolling" sag support with food, water and some mechanical assistance, FREE commemorative t-shirt, a hot, catered meal from Qdoba (featuring the hot naked burrito bar and dessert) after the ride, one-day Hoosier National Forest pass for each team member and more! Participants 21 and over will also enjoy a beer tasting from Sun King Brewing after the ride.
Additional event t-shirts are available for $20.00.
~ Where does the race begin/end?
The Sub-9 Death March begins and ends at the Midwest Trail Ride and Horseman's Camp located at 1264 Hunter's Creek Rd., Norman, IN. Click here for driving directions. Ample parking is available.
~ What will the start be like?
~ What will the course be like?
Teams should expect to encounter a combination of gravel road, rugged back-country mountain bike trail, unmaintained county roads and some pavement interspersed, covering an estimated 60-80 miles.
Riders have the option of using any bike they choose. Many will use cyclocross or mountain bikes. The entire ride must be done on the same bike.
~ Who can be on a team?
Teams consist of two riders. Riders can be of any age or gender. No individuals. Teams must start and finish together in order for results to be included in overall placings.
Absolutely. We don't care if you ride with a group or ride on your own. Just stick with your teammate and make sure you reach the check points together.
~ Will there be SAG support? What should I carry with me?
A "rolling sag" will be available during the event and will carry water and other SAG supplies, but participants should plan to carry with them any/all items the may need for the day. Each rider should be well prepared to deal with the physical and mechanical problems that may arise. Each rider is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to always have the following items available to them:
* Course maps* At least 70 ounces of water
* Hand pump or at least two C02 cartridges and an inflation device
* Tire levers
* Patch kit (glueless patch kits are easier to use in the woods)
* Chain tool (and the knowledge to use it)
* Full set of metric Allen wrenches (1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm)
* Standard and Phillips screwdrivers
* Torx T25 wrench if you have disc brake rotors
* Compass (and the knowledge to use it)
* Chain lube* Spare chain links
* Spare derailleur hanger for your make and model of bike
* Food or energy supplements
* Small first aid kit
* Emergency light source (LED lamps are tiny, lightweight and long lasting)
* Identification (driver's license, state ID, etc.)
Other items that are darn good to have:* Pocket knife of "Leatherman" tool
* Duct Tape (carefully wrap 2-3 feet around an ink pen or Allen wrench)
* Several strong nylon zip ties
* SRAM power links for quicker chain fixes
* An old spoke cut in half and bent on each end to hold your chain together while fixing it
* A safety whistle to blow if you get in trouble. Cell reception is iffy at best. A safety whistle is your best backup in case of emergency.
~ Where can I get a map of the area?
Teams are responsible for providing their own maps and/or GPS. A National Geographic map of the Hoosier National Forest (map # 770) can be purchased on-line. Maps can also be purchased at Indy Cycle Specialist in Indianapolis, Rusted Moon Outfitters in Broad Ripple and JL Waters in Bloomington. Click here for the Sub-9 Death March Google Map.
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