Logistics of The Black & Blue
The Black & Blue is a relay, with teams comprised of 1 – 8 cyclists for the Double Century . The 200-mile course is divided into 8 stages (4 stages for the 100-mile course) of approximately 25 miles per stage. Solo riders are accepted and will be considered a team of one (team category 1:1). Teams registered in other team categories (see registration page) will ride in an established rotation. One rider per team will be on the course at any given time.
As an example, a 4:2 team (4 cyclists, each riding 2 times) will have the rotation in the table below. Each cyclist rides approximately 25 miles per stage x 2 stages for a total of 50 miles per rider. Please note that the rotation is determined before the start and must be maintained throughout the course.
|Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||Stage 6||Stage 7||Stage 8|
|Rider 1||Rider 2||Rider 3||Rider 4||Rider 1||Rider 2||Rider 3||Rider 4|
Support/exchange zones are located on the course approximately every 25 miles. Riders/teams may receive support at these locations only (support is not permitted at any other location or on the course). In addition, teams may rotate/exchange riders at these locations only.
A rolling exchange is permitted when safe. A rolling exchange occurs when the incoming rider is slowing and the outgoing rider is starting; a minimum of the front tire of the incoming rider will parallel the rear tire of the outgoing rider (applicable on Exchange Zones 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7). However, when not safe to complete a rolling exchange (Exchange Zone 2), such as in the case of vehicular traffic, the incoming rider will stop completely before the outgoing rider begins.