Frequently Asked QuestionsThis information will help answer all of your questions.
Is the Fools Classic a Race?
The Fools Classic is a challenging RIDE. The roads are open to traffic and there are no prizes for finishing order. The rescheduled ride is being held as a self supported Randonee. Participants should obey all traffic rules and are responsible for their own safety.
Will we be riding as a group?
That is entirely up to the participants. We will have cue sheets, so those who want to ride at their own pace, can. While there will be a mass start, we expect there to be several groups that form quickly on the road, based upon rider fitness and skills. We suggest you ride in a manner that is most comfortable and safe for you.
What type of support does the ride offer?
The ride offers only minimal support.
The course will be marked; Cue Sheets will be available. All pre-registered participants will be emailed GPS Data. Use of GPS data and cue sheets is highly advised.
There is only 1 aid station (ca mile 54), but the course has been designed specifically to go past stores and restaurants. Please see the course map.
There will be post ride food & drink, provided to all entrants as part of your entry.
Will there be any SAG, Technical Support or Medical Services?
Doylestown Bike Works is providing 1 technical support vehicle, and there will be at least 1 Broom Wagon to sweep the course, but this is not the same as active SAG support. Bring spare tubes, tires, tools, and anything else you might think is required to perform repairs yourself.
There will not be medical services on course, so be prepared to call 911 in case of emergency
Is there an Entry Fee for the Fools Classic?
Yes, please see the Registration Page for details
What do I get with my Entry Fee?
You will get a great day on the bike, on a unique and challenging course, along with the post ride meal.
Proceeds help support local charities
Who is the ride open to?
The Fools Classic is open to any experienced cyclist who wants to take on the challenge of this event. Riders can be members of any or no club.
How do I Register?
On-line registration is available at BikeReg. Please see the registration page for more details.
Will Bad Weather Cancel the Fools Classic?
Typically Not. Since this ride is a tribute to the Northern European Spring Classics, bad weather comes with the territory, thus the ride is rain or shine. But that said, rider safety is paramount, and if conditions warrant it, the ride will be rescheduled as is convenient to the organizers. Please check this website the morning of the ride or Facebook for any changes. Pre-Registered riders will also be notified via email.
How Bad are the Unpaved Roads?
The unpaved roads on the Fools Classic are public roadways, suitable for daily vehicle use; they just are not sealed with asphalt or other paving material. Some of the roads are packed dirt, packed gravel, or hardscrabble, but many of them have loose gravel, significant potholes, and quite a few ruts.
What Type of Bike Should I Ride?
The course is suitable for road bikes, but tires wider than 23 mm are highly suggested to improve traction, comfort, and to reduce the likelihood of punctures. Since the course is 79 miles long, and only ca. 25% of it is unpaved roads, we do not recommend the use of mountain or hybrid bikes. The course is not suitable for time trial or triathlon bikes, which are prohibited.
Should I use a Cyclocross Bike?
Cyclocross bikes are welcome, but certainly not required. Keep in mind that cross bikes are not stronger than road bikes; they are just designed to offer better clearance for wider tires and mud. If you use a cyclocross bike, please consider what tires you use, as ca 75% of the course is on paved roads, so knobbies will be slow.
Can I use a Fixed Gear Bike?
You are welcome to give it a try, but your bike must have at least 1 working brake. This is a hilly ride >6000′ of climbing) with a few steep climbs, and some rough descents, but if you are comfortable on such terrain, we welcome you to give it a go. You may get mocked, but you will also be greatly admired.
What Tires Should I use?
Normal road tires typically are just fine, however we recommend using tires wider than 23mm to improve traction, to increase comfort, and to reduce the chances of punctures. Tire treads typically are not very important; knobbies will be slow. An important thing to consider is tire pressure; most people overinflate their tires, which not only is less comfortable, but often leads to poor traction, and flat tires.
Are there any Awards?
This isn’t a race, so there are no prizes based upon performance. However, we do have a door prize drawing for great merchandize prizes. You must be present to win, unless you have made other arrangements with the organizer prior to the event.
If I have other questions, who do I contact?
Please submit your question via our Contact Form