FAQ

Q: Where do I order photos from the event?

A: Check out the photos at Linda’s website:  2016 Texas Rando Stampede

Q: How can I contact the ride organizers?

A: If you have questions that are not answered here or elsewhere on the website, please email your inquiries to: info@randostampede.net

Q: I plan to ride just during the day, do I still need lights?

A: Front and rear lights must be mounted permanently on the bike at all times. Please read the section below on Required Equipment.

Q: Will there be a bike check before the ride?

A: Yes. Required safety equipment will be inspected before the start and riders will not be allowed to start until the following requirements are met. The bike safety inspection will be conducted concurrent with registration, on May 10, 2016 noon to 5pm.

Q: What equipment is required?

A: Per Article 10 of RUSA’s Rules for riders:

“For night riding, vehicles must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the vehicle. Lights must be turned on at all times during hours of darkness or other low-light conditions (rain, fog, etc.). At least one of the rear lights must be in a steady (rather than flashing) mode. All riders’ lights must meet the requirements of local laws. A rider is not permitted to cycle at night or in other low-light conditions without working front and rear lights attached to the vehicle; therefore backup lighting systems and/or spare bulbs are strongly recommended in case the primary system fails and cannot be repaired on the roadside. Each rider, whether riding in a group or alone, must fully comply with this requirement. Everyone must use their lights!

During hours of darkness or other low-light conditions, all riders must wear a reflective vest or some other device that clearly places significant reflective material on the front and back of the rider. During these times all riders will also wear a reflective ankle band around each ankle. (Due to their unusual seating position, recumbent riders may modify their reflective torso devices to show better from front and rear.) Other reflective devices on clothing, shoes, helmets, and machines are encouraged for increased safety – but they are extra and may not take the place of the minimum items listed above. Riders must review the RUSA Reflective Guide and are strongly encouraged to meet the recommended minimum standards for torso reflectivity described in that document.

Regardless of whether or not an RBA or ride organizer conducts a gear/equipment inspection at the start of a ride, failure to have and display appropriate reflective gear and required lighting may result in an immediate disqualification.”

In addition to the requirements of Article 10 above, riders MUST wear a helmet at all times. Failure to wear a helmet will result in immediate disqualification.

Q: What additional equipment is recommended?

A: Hand held flashlights or helmet mounted lights are recommended for repairs made in the dark. Spare batteries and lights are strongly encouraged. A spare tire and several spare tubes, and sufficient tools to effect minor repairs are also recommended.

While not required, fenders (1/4 coverage front wheel and 1/2 coverage rear wheel) are recommended. May can be a rainy time in Central Texas.

Riding gear for inclement weather, as well as sufficient food and water for yourself between controls is recommended.  Convenience stores will be at reasonable intervals, with hours of operation and addresses noted on the Q-Sheet

Q: Motels are all well and good, but I still don’t sleep well when sharing a bed, will there be other sleeping arrangements available?

A:  The overnight controls are provided for all riders and that is also where the food service will be.  That being said, it is understandable that some may not appreciate the sleeping arrangements provided.  Those riders are free to find lodging on their own.  However, there will not be adjustment in price of the ride and riders will still be responsible for checking into the controls on time.

Q: I want to attempt a personal best time, can I ride straight through?

Yes, but the Texas Rando Stampede is and always has been a ride that utilizes night time controls.   Our volunteer support is limited and we cannot always provide support for all riders that are ahead of the masses.

Also keep in mind that many of the areas that the Texas Rando Stampede goes through are remote.  Occasionally there will be no services for long distances, especially in the middle of the night.  A lot of the towns we will pass through roll up the sidewalk early and you may have a hard time finding food, water, or even shelter if the weather turns sour.

 

Q: Where do I sign up to volunteer?

Volunteers can email info@randostampede.net to sign up.

Q: Why is there a limit on the number of riders?
The Texas Rando Stampede route goes through many remote areas and we don’t always have access to the facilities large enough to accommodate a group that is any larger.