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Comfort Station Locations
•There will be a total of 4 comfort stations on the course; #2 and #4 are the same location. Comfort station #3 is located at the lowest point of the course and is followed by a16-mile climb to Sierra Prieta Overlook.
•Participants are allowed to receive "hand-ups" from their support crew at each comfort station, and at the intersection of FR 373/Thumb Butte Circle and Copper Basin Rd (one mile from the top of the Skull Valley climb).
•Support crew at the Wolverton comfort station are only able to access the Wolverton comfort station (#1) by driving to the Aspen Club TH and then riding or hiking to the intersection of FR48.
•Copper Basin comfort station support crew are only able to access the Copper Basin comfort station (#2 & #4) by driving to the FR 373/Copper Basin intersection and then either walking or pedaling to the comfort station location, roughly 2 miles down hill. No vehicles are allowed on the course past FR 373/Copper Basin & Thumb Butte Circle intersection.
•All rider support must travel to and from comfort station #3 via Iron Springs Rd.
Specific Comfort station locations can be found on the detailed course map page here.
Comfort Station Fare
Each station (except the Sierra Prieta Overlook water station) will be equipped with bread products (bagels, donuts, cookies, etc..), fruits (banana's and oranges) and pickels. There will be more than plenty to go around. If a rider prefers a different sports drink mix or energy drink, we encourage them to bring their own and mix with the water provided on route. Actual sports drink mix(s), gels & bars will be provided by event nutrition partner(s) and announced through pre-event communications.
Start of Event
Plan to start the event with a full tank of water and plenty of food. These are both items riders should bring as Epic Rides emphasizes the provisions we provide for on course and post ride purposes.
All who've participated in the Whiskey Off-Road before know showing up to the start line five minutes before the shotgun blast goes off decreases odds of a good starting spot. In effort to align riders of similar fitness and skill levels at the start line, the Whiskey features a corral format starting grid.
The Cruiser Class starts 30 minutes after the primary start each distance. The Cruiser Class is available for both 30 Proof and 50 Proof events as a more leisurely-paced start option providing participants less concerned with winning a more enjoyable trailside experience in the Prescott National Forest.
For those who want to line-up in the front of the primary start, the Preskitt Pass can be earned. All riders who participated in a 2014 or 2015 Epic Rides event and finished within an hour of the fastest finisher in their gender group and distance (Male 30 Proof, Female 30 Proof, Male 50 Proof, Female 50 Proof) will receive a "Preskitt Pass" that qualifies them to be in the front corral for either distance. The Preskitt Pass is stamped on the number plates that will be distributed at Packet Pickup.
Saturday: All participants arriving to the Thumb Butte/Copper Basin Rd. intersection at 1:30p or after will be re-routed down Copper Basin to the finish area and be a DNF.
The 15 Proof event is finished at 6:00p and the fat tire crit will be finished at 7:15p on Friday. The 30 & 50 Proof events are finished at 4:00p on Saturday. The 50 Proof Pro event is finished at 2:00p on Sunday. After each event day is finished, all course support will be closed.