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125 Miles of Gravel and Dirt


Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7am

Optional Sign-In, Meet and Greet, Friday, October 13, 2017 @ Omaha Bicycle Company, 5pm - 8pm

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125 Miles of Gravel and Dirt


Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7am

Optional Sign-In, Meet and Greet, Friday, October 13, 2017 @ Omaha Bicycle Company, 5pm - 8pm

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The Course


Gravel, rocks, pebbles, dirt, sand: these are all things you'll find passing for roads in the hilly terrain and pancake flat river bottoms north of Omaha.

The Course


Gravel, rocks, pebbles, dirt, sand: these are all things you'll find passing for roads in the hilly terrain and pancake flat river bottoms north of Omaha.

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Race Information


Whether you're looking to compete, or spend the day touring the countryside, this free event offers something for everyone.

Race Information


Whether you're looking to compete, or spend the day touring the countryside, this free event offers something for everyone.

Omaha Jackrabbit 125

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:00 a.m.

Location: 11256 Co Rd 27 Blair, NE 68008 [ map ]

Cost: FREE! See the Register page for more information.

Description: 125 miles of back country bicycle racing on Nebraska gravel and dirt roads.

Categories:

  • Open Women
  • Single Speed Women
  • Fat or Cargo Women
  • Open Men
  • Single Speed Men
  • Fat or Cargo Men
  • Tandem

Prizes:

  • Top finishers will receive a trophy
  • All finishers are super awesome
  • All starters are to be commended
  • Unlimited bragging rights

Omaha Halfrabbit 50

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:00 a.m.

Location: 11256 Co Rd 27 Blair, NE 68008 [ map ]

Cost: FREE! See the Register page for more information.

Description: 50 (ish) mile fun ride.

Categories:

  • No categories. Just show up and ride.

Prizes:

  • High fives
  • Strava KOMs

 

Disclaimer:  Please be reminded that the Omaha Jackrabbit and Halfrabbit are strictly ride at your own risk.  There is no support.  No one is responsible for your safety, or the safety of your belongings.   You are responsible for you and your stuff.

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Rules


Rule #1: You are responsible for yourself. There is no support. Know your limits, and be prepared with a backup plan in case of an early withdrawal.

Rules


Rule #1: You are responsible for yourself. There is no support. Know your limits, and be prepared with a backup plan in case of an early withdrawal.

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The Omaha Jackrabbit course is around 125 miles and will feature several thousand feet of elevation gain. The route consists mostly of gravel roads, with several miles of dirt roads, or Minimum Maintenance Roads (MMR). There will be some connector segments on paved roads. In the event of extremely wet weather, we may provide an alternative route that reduces the amount of MMR.  No matter the weather conditions, there will be at least one MMR segment. The race will occur despite rain or snow. 

 

The Omaha Halfrabbit course is around 50 miles. The route consists mostly of gravel roads, with several miles of dirt roads.

 

An optional sign-in will be available from Friday night at Omaha Bicycle Company. Riders will be able to complete their waiver, and (we hope) sample beer from a nearby brewery while meeting other riders and race organizers.

 

The Omaha Jackrabbit 125 starts at 7:00 a.m. sharp. Check in begins at 6:00 a.m. Riders must attend a mandatory pre-race meeting at 6:45 a.m. Riders not checked in by 6:45 a.m. must wait until the race has started to check in, when they will then be allowed to start the course. Riders much check in, even if they signed-in at the optional Friday night sign-in event.

 

The Omaha Halfrabbit 50 starts at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Check in begins at 6:00 a.m. Riders must attend a mandatory pre-race meeting at 7:45 a.m. Note that the Halfrabbit is not a timed race, but riders with GPS ride recorders may find a Halfrabbit Strava segment, by which they may be able to compare their efforts against those of other riders.

 

Jackrabbit riders will elect one of the following competition categories: Open Women, Open Men, Single Speed Women, Single Speed Men, Fat Bike Women, Fat Bike Men. A fat bike is defined as having tires measuring 3.7 inches or more in width. Also permitted in the Fat Bike category is a tandem or a cargo bike. There are no categories for the Halfrabbit ride.

 

The Number One rule of the Omaha Jackrabbit (and Halfrabbit) is to understand that you are on your own, and fully responsible for your safety and your property. Riders will be required to sign a waiver to this effect. While some measures will be taken to provide limited support, in the end, you are 100 percent responsible for yourself. If you don’t agree to this, or aren't prepared to handle 125 miles of rough, remote roads, in varying weather conditions, then please do not enter this race.

 

Riders should be prepared to ride in the dark. The Jackrabbit starts before sunrise, and depending on pace, you may be riding in the dark at the end of the day. Both rear and front lights are recommended. Helmets are required.

 

Please note that the fall harvest season will be underway. You will be sharing roads with farm equipment and farm-to-market trucks, some of which can be quite large. The course is not closed, and takes place on public roads. Be sure to watch out for this and other traffic on the course, and give them the room they need, stopping and pulling over when necessary. Giving a friendly wave is encouraged. Riders are expected to follow all traffic laws and ride safely at all times. 

 

Riders are expected to be self-supported, and may not accept help, repairs, supplies, or provisions from a support crew or individual, or via pre-cached supplies. Riders may acquire supplies along the route via neutral sources (convenience store, bar, restaurant, good Samaritans and race officials along the course, etc). Riders may provide support to one another. Riders should be prepared to ride at least 50 miles with no opportunity for resupply. Anyone observed meeting with a support crew along the course will be disqualified.

 

Riders are required to stop at the checkpoints to have their progress recorded by race officials. Riders may be required to carry checkpoint tokens given to them by race officials as proof of a stop at a checkpoint. Please keep in mind that checkpoints are staffed by volunteers who will be working as quickly as they can to get you back out on the course. Please be nice to them.

 

Riders are expected to maintain an overall average speed of approximately 9 mph. This average speed includes any stopped time at checkpoints or anywhere along the course. The checkpoints will close on a schedule based on this minimum speed. If you are expecting a late finish, let us know. We'll keep the finish line open as long as riders are putting in the effort to finish.

 

In the unlikely event that a rider reaches a checkpoint before the checkpoint open time, the rider must wait for the checkpoint official to open the checkpoint. Checkpoint and course close times may be modified by race officials, if deemed necessary due to weather or other conditions.

 

The Halfrabbit course will pass near a convenience store. There may or may not be race officials at this checkpoint.

 

Riders leaving the course for any reason must reenter the course at the same location where they left the course. There may be secret or roving checkpoints to discourage cheating and ensure rider safety. Riders may advance on the course by riding or walking their bicycles. No other form of advancement is permitted.

 

Riders will receive printed cue sheets on the morning of the event. Difficult intersections with missing or incorrect signage may be marked via marking tape, flags, or signs. You will need a cycle computer or odometer to know when and where to turn based on the cue sheet instructions. Riders may use GPS to navigate, and to record their rides, but riders must follow the course as directed on the cue sheets. No deviation from the course is allowed, for any reason, unless directed by a race official. In the event that a rider withdraws from the event before finishing, or outside of a checkpoint, he or she will notify a race official. There will be no transportation provided to riders who withdraw from the race. Riders will be expected to make their own arrangements for transportation. Top finishers may be required to show proof of mileage traveled on their cycle computer or odometer.

 

Riders must provide their own contact information, an emergency contact name, emergency contact telephone number and sign a waiver of liability, holding harmless anyone connected with the event, including the race officials, volunteers, sponsors, and other riders.

 

Littering is not allowed. Anyone caught dropping bottles, wrappers, papers, foils, used gel packaging, etc. will be disqualified and asked never to return. Fruit and vegetable rinds, tossed off the road way, will not be considered as litter. Keep Nebraska beautiful.

 

Above all, have fun and don’t take things too seriously. Keep your head up and look around at the beauty of the terrain while enjoying the company of your fellow riders. Let us know what you liked and what you didn't like. Keep supporting free racing, volunteer in your local races, and start your own races, if you want to. The more, the better.