Team or Solo?
PARTICIPATING AS A TEAM
The Office Solutions IT Pipeline Challenge is predominately a team event and how you tackle it is up to you.
Each team is required to have one rider on the trail at all times but if you'd prefer to ride the whole trail as a team you can. Before registering you will need to appoint a Team Captain who will be responsible for attending briefings and relaying this information back to the team (all riders and support crew are more than welcome at briefings).
Each team will need to be self-sufficient for the Challenge. You will need your own support vehicle (one per team), trailer/bike rack, camping gear, bike/spares and everything else listed in the Gear section.
Each morning teams will be required to be ready at the start line by their allocated time. Teams will leave at timed intervals followed at a safe distance by their support vehicle. You can choose how long you ride for before you swap riders or if you have multiple riders on the track at any one time. At certain times we may restrict transitions to keep everyone safe. Please note that when rider transitions occur your support vehicle must be stationary and stopped in a safe location that allows other teams to pass by safely.
If you are planning to tackle the Pipeline Challenge solo make sure you’ve read this.
Struggling to form a team? That okay, call Erica or Corina on 08 9300 2677 and we can help you.
DO IT SOLO
Want to go solo? Nice one! Before you press that register button here are a few things you need to be aware of…
You’ll probably be the first to leave each morning. This should allow you to reach camp by sunset so long as you maintain a minimum average speed of 15 km/hr. Days two and four are approx. 184km and 172 km respectively so please ensure you can maintain this speed over long distances before registering as a soloist. Day Five, while short, is challenging regarding elevation and fatigue. We recommend you incorporate hills and riding on consecutive days into your training regime.
You can participate as a Soloist in one of two ways:
1) Be self-sufficient. This means providing your own support vehicle and driver.
2) Utilise the Event Support Vehicle and Logistics Van. We will take your bike and camping gear to Kalgoorlie (if needed), transport your equipment from camp to camp each day, and provide roving support on the track.
If you choose to utilise the Event Support vehicle and logistics van you will need to ride with a well-charged mobile phone and 2-watt minimum handheld 2-way radio so you can remain in contact with the organisers at all times. The last thing we want is for you to get in trouble and not be able to call one of our support vehicles for help. We will also provide all soloists with the number of a Satellite phone that connects to the Event Director. Of course, if it is an emergency call 000 first.
We recommend all soloists leave camp carrying as much water as is comfortable. We will be placing water stops approx. every 30 kms for our event-supported soloists.
You might be doing it solo, but you aren't doing it alone. If you have any questions regarding registering as a soloist please call Mark or Erica on 08 9300 2677.