Ride the Rivers 2021 Frequently Asked Questions


Ride the Rivers 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Ride the Rivers Century presented by Streets of St. Charles. Whether you’re riding the metric century, or the full century, here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

Packet Pickup

When and where should I get my ride packet?

Thursday Oct. 7, 6-8:00 p.m.
Streets of St. Charles 1520 S 5th St, St Charles, MO 63303

If you preordered an event jersey you’ll be able to pickup it up Oct. 7 as well.

There is day-of packet pickup at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday at the check-in tent

What is the bib number for?
There is a timing chip built into the number plate. It is linked to your registration and will be used to track your cumulative ride time. Use the included zip ties to attach it to your handlebars to track your overall time and standings.

What is the wristband for?
The wristband confirms you’ve registered for the ride. The tear-off tabs are used for the ferry crossings, give one to the ferry operator. Please don’t tear off ahead of time.

You will need the tear-off tabs for the Golden Eagle Ferry (both routes) the Grafton Ferry (metric century route only). The Brussels Ferry is free for all users and doesn’t need a tab.

I ordered a jersey (or any other merchandise), when will I get it?
If you ordered a Jersey during early-bird registration, you can pick it up on Thursday during packet pickup or on Saturday.

If you ordered the jersey after the early-bird window, it will be shipped to your house.

If you ordered socks, they will be included in your packet.

If you ordered a bottle, it will be available for pickup on Saturday.

Before the Ride

How will the route be marked?   

All our routes will be marked with bright pink paint and arrows on the road.

We will have paper maps and cue sheets on our Check-in table, as well. 

For turn-by-turn directions, download Ride with GPS from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Once you’ve downloaded the app click here to access the routes. We may need to make be minor changes to the routes based on road conditions and construction up until Friday. You’ll receive an email when the routes are finalized and can be downloaded to your phone or GPS.

How do I contact SAG (Support And Gear) if I need help on the ride?
Because of the large number of participants and distance covered during this ride we are using TraQ Central for SAG. This lets us more accurately track riders and give GPS locations to sag drivers, speeding up response times.

This easy-to-use app runs passively in the background of your phone and doesn’t significantly impact your battery. More info on TraQCentral can be found here.

Or, save this number in your phone and call: 314-913-BIKE (314-913-2453)

How should I plan for food/nutrition?
Food, nutrition and water will be available at check in and at several rest stops along the routes.

Rest stops are spaced no more than 20 miles apart and will have a variety of food, water and sports mix to fuel along the way.

All riders will receive a meal ticket after the ride for food from Mission Taco and beers from Schlafly.

From Mission Taco Joint:

  1. Chicken burrito – grilled chicken, cilantro rice, smashed black beans, Chihuahua cheese, and chipotle aioli.
  2. Veggie burrito – smashed black beans, cilantro rice, pico de gallo, Chihuahua cheese.

From Trailnet

  1. Schlafly Beer
  2. Sodas
  3. Gatorade

Day-of the Ride

When should I arrive?

If you have already picked up your ride packet, arrive no later than 6:00 a.m.
This will give you time to find parking, get coffee, grab snacks, fill water etc.

If you have not picked up your packet: we strongly suggest you be in line no later than 5:30 a.m.
You will need to give yourself time to get the packet, attached your timing card, return the packet to your car, and get ready to ride

When can I start the ride?
All Riders must depart with the group at 7: a.m.

St. Charles Police Department will escort riders through town before closing streets along the route for two separate events after our ride group departs.

Riders will not be able to depart after the 7 a.m. group start.

Where should I park?
All Riders must park in the Streets of St. Charles Parking Deck, located between Beal St. and S. Main St.

Do not park in any of the neighboring surface lots, anyone who does will be towed.

1650 Beale St.
St. Charles, MO 63303

Enter the parking deck off of S. Main Street or Camelback Road because of ride-day street closures.

Do I need to bring cash for the ferry crossings?

No, your wristband has tear-off tabs that you will give to the ferry operators at Golden Eagle Ferry (both routes) the Grafton Ferry (metric century route only). The Brussels Ferry is free for all users and doesn’t need a tab.

Do I need to wear a mask?

We are asking that all riders wear a mask when not riding, eating or drinking.

Trailnet staff and volunteers will be wearing masks when interacting with other people and when social distancing isn’t possible.