Race The Rail
Cyclist will start 1/4 mile south of Watonga and ride south to Geary where they will do a u-turn and ride back to the start. As the cyclist start in Watonga, the train will leave from Geary and head north to Watonga. As the riders travel south, they will meet the train and hopefully catch up and pass the train on the return trip to Watonga. The roundtrip is approximately 32.5 miles. The train travels approximately 10 mph, but the rail line is a slightly more direct route than the highway. The average speed needed to meet the train varies slightly each year as it is difficult to hold a constant locomotive speed. Typically, a 22 mph average will beat the train.
A portion of proceeds from the 2021 Race The Rail goes to the Oklahoma Children's Hospital Foundation, the only non-profit organization in Oklahoma whose sole focus is the advancement of pediatric research, while supporting specialized clinical care for Oklahoma's children.
Date/Start Time: October 9, 2021 9:00 am
Registration: $30 per rider. On-line registration will end at midnight October 7, 2021.
Participants can register on the day of the event starting at 8:00 a.m.
Riders will start and end approximately 1/4 mile south of Watonga on US 270/281 at an old Ford Dealership. The route travels south on US 270/281 to Geary and turns around at Main Street and returns to the starting location.
Asphalt highway in good condition with wide shoulders. Rumble strips exist for most of the route but the wide shoulders allow riders plenty of room.
Water and snacks will be provided to riders before and after the event. The rest stop in Geary has been eliminated as no riders ever stopped.
The route WILL BE OPEN TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC and all cyclist must obey all traffic laws. The course is not closed to vehicles however law enforcement will be on scene to manage traffic as best as possible. All riders must wear a helmet during the event.
Support and Gear vehicles will be present during the event until 12:00 noon. At that time, any rider remaining on the course will be responsible for their own support. No SAG vehicles will be available after 12:00.
Porta-Potties will be available at the start/finish line.
Parking will be available in a grass lot north of the start/finish line.
All riders who beat the train back to Watonga will receive a 2021 Race the Rail rail spike. A handmade trophy is provided to overall first place male and female on a traditional bike. Also a trophy will be provided to the first place non-traditional bicycle (recumbent or tandem).
This event will not be timed. Either you beat the train or you don't.
907 S. Clarence Nash Blvd. Watonga, OK 73772. Click here for Google Maps Directions