Always the Second Saturday in June
In the interest of making the BFC start safer we may stagger the start in Inlet to see if that relieves congestion. It will only be 2 or 3 minutes max and no one’s time will be affected. Stay tuned for details…
Last year’s BFC 2017 Champions included a first-time winner and a Champ who last won in 2010!
Morning & Afternoon Shuttles will line up on Crow Hill Road. All AM Shuttles will leave by 8am. All PM Shuttles will leave by 4pm.
AM Shuttle Parking will be in the West School lots off Crow Hill Road. There will be no parking allowed along either side of Crow Hill Road. Once the West School lots are full the overflow should go to another lot.
General Parking will be on the Indian Lake School Soccer Field and can be accessed by turing into the Community Bank driveway and following the signs.
Please Note: Indian Lake Library is open until 11:30am on race day. Do not park directly in front of the Library while they are open. Those spaces are reserved for Library patrons until 11:30am.
See the parking map below.
If you want a BFC 2018 race tee go to BikeReg and register NOW!
The cutoff for race tees is Monday May 21. If you register after May 21 you will not get a race tee.
Due to the fact that we have received more “what category does my bike fit in?” questions this year than ever before we recently posted the UCI spec for cyclocross bikes, including the max tire width of 33mm.
Some racers responded that they prefer fatter tires and after some research we have found that a considerable number of BFC CX competitors race on tires wider than 33mm.
Some new cyclocross, gravel and adventure models will even fit tires up to 45mm.
As always, our aim is to keep the BFC safe, fair and fun – and if it’s not fair it’s not fun. So, as far as Cat1 competition goes (CX or MTB) here’s where we stand:
Given the nature of the course we understand the desire for fatter tires. As a guideline CX bike tires should not exceed 45mm. Anything fatter is an MTB tire.
The BFC 2018 jersey is currently Shift Cycle Wear’s #1 top seller and the order deadline for race day pickup of your jersey or tech tee is May 4th!
Order deadline for post-race home delivery is June 17.
< image from Shift Cycle Wear website on 5/2/18.
It may be hard for non-Adirondackers to believe but we finally had a Spring day – in fact two in a row! If this weather continues the Limekiln-to-Cedar River road through the Moose River Recreation Area should be rideable soon even though it won’t be open to vehicles until Memorial Day weekend.
If you’re up for a training ride stop in to Screamen Eagle, Pedals & Petals or Pine’s Country Store to say ‘hi’ and report on the road conditions. And don’t forget to make a reservation with one of our BFC Lodging Sponsors. See ya soon!
Check out the UPDATE to this post.
Bicycle manufacturers have recently released some models that look like a cyclocross bike but in reality are not. With the exception of tire width, Black Fly Challenge follows the UCI specifications for cyclocross bikes, the main distinctions being:
If your bike does not fall within these parameters register in the MTB category. Don’t be fooled by drop-bar, rigid frame bikes that look like a cyclocross but have bigger, fatter tires. These bikes don’t meet the UCI specs for cyclocross. Download the full UCI specs here.
Some other Cyclocross commonalities:
June 8-10, 2018 ~ Make it a BFC Weekend!
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Among the top concerns of Black Fly Challenge organizers is safety. Given the size of the starting field and the limited space of our starting facilities we have considered various strategies to improve safety and maintain fair competition.
The race committee has considered the observations of numerous people including race volunteers, police, Fire and EMS personnel and the racers that have taken the time to contact us. We sincerely appreciate all their input.
Decisions have already been made that:
We are also considering a staggered start with Cat2 leaving a few minutes behind Cat1 to alleviate the congestion of the first several miles. This has not yet been finalized and may only apply to the Indian Lake start because the pack at the Inlet start seems to thin out much faster.
These decisions are and will be made solely in the interest of racer safety and fair competition. We want to make sure the Black Fly Challenge continues to be The Adirondacks’ Greatest Race.
When registering for the Black Fly Challenge follow these guidelines…
If you need further info visit the FAQs & BFC Rules page.
Once again Screamen Eagle is stepping up to provide the prizes for the Fatbike Challenge. If your fatbike qualifies check ‘Yes’ to the “Are you riding a Fatbike?” registration question at BikeReg. If you already registered you can edit your registration to check the fatbike box. If you can’t figure out how to do that contact BikeReg. Procrastinators can add their bib number to the Fatbike Challenge list at race day registration.