2021 MN IRONMAN BIKE RIDE

RIDER FAQ

August 14, 2021

RIDER FAQ

Event Day Helpline at 952-777-8091 or visit the website ironmanhelpline.com

 

Advanced packet pickup schedule

The week of the ride, packet pickup will be available as follows:

Schedule: Tuesday – Thursday, 8/10-12  6pm-9pm

 

Location

Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN Warehouse

6100 Shingle Creek Parkway

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

The entrance is on the east side of the building near the loading docks. This is an old Target building.  The front doors of the Target store will NOT be open.

 

Can I pick up my packet on Saturday?

Yes! Stop by registration at the Start line on 1st Ave E and Lewis St. in downtown Shakopee.  6:30am-8:30am

 

If I get my packet the week prior, do I need to check-in Saturday?

No, just stage on 1st Ave at the appropriate time.

 

What are the wristbands in my packet for?

There are two numbered wristbands.  Put one on your wrist and the other on your handlebars.  Wristbands help identify riders on the road and will be required for Bike Parking.

 

What is the drink ticket in my packet for?

Your registration includes one free beverage at the Big Taste of Fun in Huber Park following the ride.  You can choose a beer – maybe our signature Radler from Shakopee Brewhall – or a non-alcoholic beverage.  You MUST have the ticket with you to receive your drink.  You must also have a valid ID to enjoy a beer.

 

Where do I park?

There is no parking within Huber Park for participants.  There are several public parking lots as well as ample street parking within 0.5mi of the park.  One change from 2019 is that some street parking has been converted to limited parking hours on Saturday.  Please be sure to read signs.

https://www.shakopeemn.gov/home/showdocument?id=1370

 

Where does the ride start?

Staging for the ride will begin at 7:15am on 1st Ave East between Sommerville and Holmes.

 

The Family Rides starts in Huber Park.  Riders should stage in the park, not on 1st Ave East.

 

What happens after the Ride?

We’re throwing a huge party with food, beverages, expo exhibitors, family activities and live music!  Get all the details here:  https://ironmanbikeride.org/festival/

 

What do I do if the weather turns bad during the ride?

Find the closest shelter you can immediately.  Call the MN Ironman Helpline at 952-777-8091 to report your position.   We will consult with officials from the city of Shakopee to make any decision regarding the event.

 

When does the ride start?

Century: 7:30am.  Staging at 7:15am

Metric Century:  8:00am. Staging at 7:45am

Rambler:  8:30am. Staging at 8:15am

Family Ride:  10:30am.

 

What are the road conditions?

Roads are open to normal traffic.  Obey the rules of the road.

 

As you might expect, with the harsh winter, there are some patches of rough road.  For the most part, road surfaces are decent.  Some roads have a narrow shoulder, or a shoulder with a rumble strip, please exercise caution.

 

All routes crossover MN Hwy 282 which is closed to traffic and undergoing a complete reconstruction.  Please exercise caution when crossing.

 

How will I know where to go?

Ironman Signs will be placed on the side of the road Friday afternoon/Saturday morning at major intersections such as turns.  Also, Route Arrows will be placed on the ground to assist.  Due to potential changes the week of the event, Route Maps will be available at the ride start line for your desired ride.  Please review routes online prior to coming down to the ride.

 

Route GPX files can be downloaded by visiting the ride info page.  Routes have been published in Strava, MapMyRide and RidewithGPS.

 

Can I start my ride before or after the published start times?

Yes.  However, safety personnel and Rest Stop scheduling is based on riders starting at the designated time.

 

Be Prepared

Check the weather report and dress accordingly.  Carry extra water and food.  Have a spare innertube.  Check your bike before starting out on the ride.

 

Where are the Rest Stops?

Station Ride Route(s)Location Time
1 All

Mile 11/Mile 90

*porta potties will be available until 4 pm

7:45am-12:00pm
2 Metric/ Century Cleary Regional Park (Mile 22) 8:00am-10:30am
3 Metric/ Century Cedar Lake Regional Farm (Mile 38) 8:45am-12:00pm
4 Century Union Square Park (Mile 58) 9:30am-1:00pm
5 Century Lagoon Park(Mile 80) 10:30am-2:30pm

 

What will be available at the Rest Stops?

There will be water, HEED energy drink, pickles, bananas, oranges, Hammer Gels, Hammer Energy and Protein Bars, and other food.  Rest Stops are staffed by volunteers.

 

Please discard your wrappers and other debris in bins.

 

Are the roads closed?

No.  The roads are open to normal traffic.

All riders must follow the rules of the road.

All riders are required to wear a helmet.

Riders are responsible for their own safety.

Do not assume that because a road crossing is clear for one rider ahead of you, that it will be clear for you.

 

There will be safety personnel stationed at a few of the busier intersections.  They are there to increase awareness, but not to direct traffic.  Please use caution and obey the rules of the road.

 

Will there be SAG Support?

Yes, we will have multiple vehicles along the route to assist riders as needed.

 

Will there be mechanical support?

We are hoping to provide mechanical support at the Start Area.  There will not be mechanical support at the Rest Stops.

 

What if I need help?

Call the helpline at 952-777-8091 or visit the website ironmanhelpline.com.  By visiting the weblink, you can send your GPS position to our communications team who will relay that to our support vehicles on course.  If it’s an emergency, call 911.

 

If I’m stopped on the road and I see an event vehicle, how do I communicate?

Thumbs up or thumbs down. When you are stopped along the road and an event vehicle passes, give a thumbs up if you are doing OK, and a thumbs down (or arms crossed over their head) if they need assistance or a pick-up.

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Registration fees

Early Bird:     $50  Ends June 1 - Extended to June 3

Plan Ahead:   $60  Ends July 1

Last Chance:  $70  Ends  August 12

Ride Day!         August 14, 2021