FAQ

Be sure to read the entire Details page in addition to this FAQ to make sure you have all the necessary info about the Tour Of The Battenkill!

Race officials enforce virtually all the traditional rules that are standard and expected within the sport. Download the full set of rules here.
No racing license is required. Participants must simply sign a waiver.
More than 400 volunteers, 80 police officers, 50 EMS personnel, and 60 staff are onsite and on course each day of the event to provide the safest and most enjoyable cycling experience possible. There are virtually no other amateur road cycling events in North America that compare in terms of complexity and preparation. While many other events are run entirely by volunteers, an event of this size and scope makes that prospect impractical and impossible.

Your entry fee ensures that the event is sustainable for the future and worthwhile to the many people and civic groups who contribute their time and resources to the event each April. The Tour of the Battenkill is a year-long project for several staff members, and is one of only a select few races in North America that offers a single loop road race with more than 75 distinct corners, over paved and dirt roads, and through more than 6 municipalities.

Riders may use any bike in good working order for either fondo. Riders should ride the style of bicycle on which they are most comfortable while riding on both paved and dirt roads. The overwhelming majority of racers use a standard road bicycle, though cross bikes are sometimes used.
Yes, there are no restrictions against disk brakes at the Tour of the Battenkill.
Yes, we provide extensive neutral support for both the Medio Fondo and Gran Fondo. Neutral service cars and/or motorcycles are provided. Sag wagons are also provided for for riders not able to complete the course.
To minimize response times to accidents on the course, we position EMS units at strategic locations and also have a full medical team at the start/finish line.
You can drop down to the Medio Fondo, but you won’t get a refund for the difference in price. However, if you move up to the Gran Fondo, you’ll need to pay the $20 difference. Email us at info@tourofthebattenkill.com ASAP if you’d like to switch.
Yes, just email us at info@tourofthebattenkill.com and we’ll make that change for you.
You don’t! Our chip-timing system will automatically put you in the correct category.
For this year, both the Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo will employ a mass start with a neutral roll out. The first 7 miles of the race will feature a rolling road closure with a full police escort.
Yes! Simply select the “Competitive Start Position” option when registering and you’ll be placed at the front of the mass start ensuring you’re in contention right from the beginning.
The conditions of the dirt roads vary from ‘pavement-like’ to soft dirt to loose gravel depending on the weather conditions in the days leading up to the race. We’ll post updates on course conditions on our Facebook page in the days leading up to the event. Regardless, it’s a good idea to bring spare tires, tubes, CO2 cartridges, and pumps.
Sure! Simply follow this link (http://register.tourofthebattenkill.com/my-account/ ) to log into your registration. You’ll be able to buy a jersey and edit any other options or personal info.
We don’t offer refunds, but you can transfer your registration to someone else or defer to next year’s race. Email us at info@tourofthebattenkill.com for assistance.

Still Have Questions?

The answers to 99.9% of the questions we get asked every day are on the Details page or in this FAQ, which means you’ll find an answer much quicker here than by emailing us and waiting a few days for a response. Of course, if you’ve read everything and still can’t find the answer, shoot us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can!

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