The Hoodoo 500 offers a unique division for the most experienced ultra-distance cyclists which allows them to race without a support crew.
The Voyager Division may be raced by invitation only. Invitation will be granted to a limited number of applicants who submit a written resume listing their cycling experience over the past two years. Resumes may be sent to Planet Ultra via email. Voyager racers must also sign and return at racer check-in a detailed information and waiver letter identifying specific rules and requirements of participating as a Voyager.
First and foremost, Voyager racers must be 100% self-sufficient, which includes determining how to get back to St. George if he/she abandons the race. There is NO SAG support for Voyager racers. Voyagers may not have any person out on course at any time during the race; nor may Voyagers pre-drive the route and leave things on course for themselves.
Racers who have successfully completed the Hoodoo 500 solo or the Hoodoo 300 Nomad, are automatically invited. For all applicants who have not successfully completed the Hoodoo 500 solo or 300 Nomad, your resume must include other significant ultra-cycling / self-supported endurance cycling experience, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
What will likely be considered adequate qualifying experience?
A 600k or 1200k brevet completed within the time limit in the past two years.
Official finish in a solo 500-mile race other than the Hoodoo 500.
Official finish of Race Across America in any category; or Race Across the West solo.
350+ miles completed in a 24-hour race.
Double century riding alone will not be enough; but we will consider all of your ultra cycling experience.
The Hoodoo 500 is a super tough race through very remote areas. You absolutely must be willing to put a rack and bag on your bike, as well as carry a camelbak. You absolutely must be willing to carry everything you could possibly need to make it through a long, dark and cold night (and perhaps the better part of the second night). Between the hours of 10pm and 8am, finding an open store to buy food will be pretty much impossible. You may, however, be able to find water at the many campgrounds along the course, or from a local garden house in someone’s yard.
In addition to listing your cycling experience, your resume must provide a detailed plan about how you’ll manage the race. Outline what you’ll bring (food, clothing, etc), your expected bike set up and lighting, as well as your overall strategy for completing the race. Your resume must also include a contingency plan in the event you abandon the race.
What we’re looking for is a rider with significant experience in distance, self-supported riding, and who is willing and able to take very seriously the planning for this challenge.
Voyager (solo, no support crew)
• Limited to 25 riders selected by the Race Directors
• Voyager Men (Open, 50+ and 60+)
• Voyager Women (Open, 50+ and 60+)
Voyagers Conjoined (“joined at the hip” for the duration of the race, no support crew)
• Limited to 5 “teams,” (which count towards the limit of 25 total Voyagers) each member individually qualified, selected by the Race Directors
• Male Voyager Team (Open, 50+ and 60+)
• Female Voyager Team (Open, 50+ and 60+)
• Mixed Voyager Team (Open, 50+ and 60+)