The North Star Bicycle Race is a contest of endurance and sportsmanship. Riders must act in the spirit of self- sufficiency, equal opportunity for all racers and, to be done, with integrity and gratitude. The NSBR is an old fashion unsupported road race with no cause nor commercial angle. It is a battle! And whether riders wage that battle against time, mother nature, friend, foe, or innocent stranger... it's all good here. Celebrate yourself, keep it clean and let's all come out pedaling.
Etiquette 1. Act with class. 2. Check emotions before responding to bystanders and especially cars. Consider the next cyclist and how your behavior will affect how they are treated. This is a matter of life and death. 3. Take a moment to enjoy the unique out & back experience by cheering for your fellow savages and taunting your friends. Whether an across the road rolling high five or a trail side hangout it's cool to be out there both solo and all in it together.
Understandings 1. Support allowed from commercial businesses open to the general public. 2. Support allowed from friends, family and dot watchers via encouragement and cheers. 3. Race to protect yourself. 4. Each racer is on a private excursion and solely responsible for any accidents or situations in which they may become involved. Racers alone are responsible for their own insurance. 5. Racers alone are responsible for communicating with their people. 6. GPS trackers must always be on and tracking...this is how we race. Bring back up lithium ion batteries. Online GPS tracking is not intended to ensure rider safety. It is for racing, validation of course compliance and entertainment. If bad luck strikes and your tracker breaks or is lost... you are no longer competing fairly with the other racers and will not be numerically ranked with the Finishers. However... keep photos, receipts and/ or data to verify course completion and finishing time. Providing this proof will guarantee that you and your time are included as a proper Finisher with an asterisk rather than a ranked number. Asterisked Finishers are not eligible for course records. 7. Racers are responsible to self report, in writing, violations to the expected NSBR behavior. Reporting must be done within 72 hours of finishing and include a timeline of the incident emailed to the NSBR. Racers who entered as Solo but finished Not Solo must report. Racers who fail to report will be disqualified and denied entries to future NSBR's.
Unsupported 1. Complete the full route, out & back, under your own power. 2. Riders must be fully self-supported and not receive any private outside assistance, intelligence, or coaching. No serendipitous support from "trail angels." 3. No caches. No arranging lodging, food or other services until after race start. No dropping off of anything while traveling North with the intent to be picked up again on the return South. No unloading of anything onto Dot watchers with the intent to be regained after the race. 4. No windshields or air sails. 5. Do not put other racers in an awkward position or encourage trail angels by begging in private conversations or social media.
Solo Division 1. These racers understand that solo & unsupported are intertwined. Racing without assistance is ancient and the aim. 2. No drafting other racers for efficiency either by sitting in a slipstream or shelter from the storm. 3. No riding with others for comfort or convenience. 4. Racers will, at times, find themselves riding alongside others. Racers cannot commit to riding with others. Racers must separate themselves either by attack or by agreement before the finish.
Not Solo Division 1. Each Not Solo racer must be self sufficient and have their own connected GPS tracker. 2. Not Solo racers can work with other Not Solo racers by drafting, riding together for comfort or convenience, committing to riding together and/or sharing hotel rooms. 3. They are allowed to finish not solo. 4. They can ride a tandem with one GPS tracker.
Minimum Racer Safety Requirements (Racers are encouraged to go above and beyond like wearing glasses.) 1. Helmet 2. 2 front white lights. 2 rear red lights. Both front lights must have separate power, both rear separate, one front and one rear may share a power source. At the minimum... 1 front & 1 rear should be on at night. 3. Upper body high visibility reflective vest or sash. Example: Amphipod Xinglet. Vest designed to be worn over any other garment. (Any pack/s that may cover a portion of the vest must have reflective features.) 4. High visibility reflective ankle bands at night. 5. Reflective tape on back of both sides seat stays, front of both sides fork, 3 pieces tape each side of rim or cranks in rim brake situations. 6. Sticker or marker writing on bike stating your name & state of residence AND name & phone # of your emergency contact. Emergency contact must read and understand entire NSBR website.
NSBR 2022 Finishing Divisions Finisher Full solo and completely unsupported. Through planning, perseverance and luck these racers did not accept support and raced in the spirit of solo. Ancient stuff. These racers set the standard.
Honorable Finisher Honorable Finishers are everything a Finisher is but unfortunately required support to finish. Honorably, they reported their support including a time line of the incident to the NSBR email within 72 hours of finishing.
Not Solo Finisher Not Solo Finishers ordered the NSBR but held the solo. It's the yin to the Solo yang. Other races might call this a word that sounds like pears. At the NSBR it's racers working together. Some use Not Solo as a stepping stone to Solo, prefer it or were placed here by racing and/or finishing not solo.
Not Solo Honorable Finisher Not Solo Honorable Finishers are everything a Not Solo Finisher is but unfortunately required support to finish. Honorably, they reported their support including a time line of the incident to the NSBR email within 72 hours of finishing.
Scratched Racers who reported throwing in the towel.
Disqualified Racers can be disqualified for not reporting support, intentional violations or poor sportsmanship.
In the event of a life and death emergency abandon all notions. Survive.