Questions on the Buff Epic 110 mile route:
QUESTIONS ON THE BUFF RUN 5K/10K:
How do I register? Can I register in person or by mail?
You can register for the 2017 BBC through our registration provider, RunSignUp.com by clicking the REGISTER tab at the top of this page, or by here
. All registration are handled online, until Saturday, September 9nd at 12:00pm. After that, you can register in person on ride day, the next day. Registration opens at 6am, and closes at 10am. If you need assitance with registering a large group, please contact Rosie Allen at Rosie.Allen@colorado.edu.
What’s the Pledge Package, and how does it work?
The Pledge Package is a great opportunity to not only lower your personal cost to register, but you’ll get some great gear all while raising more money for student scholarships! Here’s how it works: You register for the pledge for $35 (ride)/$15 (run) and ask your friends and family to donate the remaining $265 to your personal fundraising page (a link will be sent to you in your confirmation email). As a "Pledger" you receive your registration, a custom 2017 jersey and shorts. If you exceed your pledge, and raise $500 or more, you will also receive additional gear by Primalwear, as well as entry into exclusive raffles and invitation to the post-event "Thank you Party" at the St. Julien Hotel. If you hit the $1,000 fundraising mark, you also receive a pair of CU Men's basketball tickets for the 2018 season!
Where is packet pick-up?Packet pick-up will take place at scheduled locations throughout the front range. The dates, locations, and times will be posted to the "RIDE INFO" page of the website, as well as emailed to all registered riders. Please note "Pledgers" cannot pick-up their pledge merchandise until their minimum fundraising is met.
I registered for the Epic, what time does it start?The Epic starts at 7am. Since the start is staggered, we will be releasing 300 riders every 5 mintues.
How tough is the Buff Epic Century and Epic 75?Difficult. Please don't underestimate the difficulty of the Epic. To do the Buff Epic, you should be comfortable riding from the Greenbriar Restaurant to Ward. And you should be comfortable riding 70 miles. Because Buff Epic will be like riding from Boulder to Ward and then 70 more miles.
I heard Boulder Canyon is closed to cars, is that true?Technically, Boulder canyon is not "Closed", as the eastbound lane will remain open. However, the westbound lane of Boulder Canyon will be closed to non-emergency traffic from 7am-9am. This closure ensures the safety of both cyclists, motorists and our law enforcement officers.
The Buff Epic century and Epic 75 have a Boulder Canyon Challenge; what is that?The Buff Epic Century and Epic 75 begins with an ascent of Boulder Canyon. Epic riders will be stopped by the City of Boulder Police at the intersection Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard until the 6:50 a.m. bus to Nederland passes. Riders will then be released to ascend the canyon. The westbound lane of Highway 119 from the mouth of Boulder Canyon to Barker Reservoir will be closed to westbound traffic (other than emergency traffic) from 7 a.m. to approximately 9:00 am. on Sept. 11.
The fastest male and female climbers in six age categories—29 and under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over—will win polka-dotted jerseys courtesy of route sponsor TIAA. The overall fastest male and female will be announced at the finish area. All other age group winners will be notified by the BBC to collect jersey sizes the week after the ride.
How are the winners determined?Winners will be determined by times recorded on the Buffalo Bicycle Classic Boulder Canyon climb segment by using timing chips supplied by our timing partner. If you registered for the Buff Epic of Epic 75, you will receive a timing chip at packet pick-up on on ride day.
When will the polka-dotted jerseys be awarded?The overall winners (fastest male and female) will be announced on ride day at about 3:30p.m. Age-group winners will be determined after the ride and you will be contacted by the BBC the week after the event.
Why is the climbing challenge confined to Boulder Canyon?Safety. Only Boulder Canyon is closed to westbound traffic, and we don’t want riders trying to race on open roads. Further, we do not want riders jockeying for position on downhill stretches.
What is the 10K route?
The 10K route is comprised of a double 5K loop. You can view the course and elevation report here
. Once you complete your first 5km, you will run a second lap, finishing at Benson Field.
Are there different start waves?Yes. You will self-report your running/walking pace by joining the appropriate wave at the start. The 10K runners will start first. Within both the 10K and 5K groups, the fastest participants, sub 7 minute-milers will start in the first wave, followed by sub 9 minute-milers, etc.