The Hoodoo 500 offers two unique divisions for the most experienced ultra-distance cyclists which allows them to race without a support crew: Voyager (Saturday start) and Voyager 72 (Friday start).

The Voyager and Voyager 72 Divisions are open to everyone and no request for entry is required. Voyager and Voyager 72 must, however, sign and return at racer check-in a detailed information and waiver letter identifying specific rules and requirements for participating in this division including an acknowledgment that if he/she abandons, he/she is solely responsible for transportation back to St. George and lodging somewhere on the route if transportation is not immediately available (it likely won’t be).

While there are no specific or required qualification standards, potential riders should understand that this is a very challenging route with the potential for extreme weather changes and long stretches with no services. We highly recommend that the first time you race Hoodoo, you do so with crew.

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 or third night) in areas where there are no services. 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. You absolutely must be willing to study the route and do as much research as required to plan your refueling stops, rest stops if needed, and water sources.  Before signing up, do your homework!

There is NO SAG for Voyager or Voyager 72 racers.

For a newbie Hoodoo racer attempting the Voyager or Voyager 72 division, at the very minimum your cycling experience should include multiple day bike-packing adventures, and/or completion of a 400k brevet, 24 hour event or a supported 500-mile race within the past two years.

Click here for Voyager-specific event rules. Please take this division very seriously. This division is intended for riders with significant experience in distance, self-supported riding / bike-packing, and who are willing and able to take the time and effort to plan for the challenge. 

Voyager Categories:

Voyager (solo, no support crew – Saturday start)
• Limited to 50 riders.
• Voyager Men (Open, 50+ and 60+)
• Voyager Women (Open, 50+ and 60+)

Voyager 72 (solo, no support crew – Friday start)
• Limited to 50 riders.
• Voyager 72 Men (Open, 50+ and 60+)
• Voyager 72 Women (Open, 50+ and 60+)

Voyagers Conjoined (for either category): – “Joined at the hip” for the duration of the race **
• 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+)

**Conjoined Voyagers must ride together (drafting or side-by-side when traffic permits) at all times except on descents greater than 3-4%. At the bottom of descents, they must re-group. Both must finish or both must quit. 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? Included with your Voyager or Voyager 72 entry:

  • LIVE Tracking includes your GPS SPOT tracker rental.
  • One tech t-shirt per rider.
  • Official Hoodoo swag / souvenirs.
  • Finisher award for each Official Finisher.
  • Finisher jersey with matching socks for each Official Finisher. Additional jerseys, socks and matching shorts/bibs may be ordered at the awards banquet.
  • Awards ceremony and breakfast banquet: One ticket per rider. Extra tickets may be purchased during registration. Your banquet ticket is also a raffle ticket- and we have fun prizes up for grabs!
  • Podium awards (if you’re a top finisher in a division with more than 5 competitors).
  • Event Book, Route Sheets, Registration Forms (electronic copies) and access to route RideWithGPS files for download.
  • Entry and passage through Snow Canyon State Park, Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument.
  • Drop bag service to Escalante and Panguitch Time Stations. (See rules.)  For Veteran Voyager racers: Please note: On course hotel rooms are no longer included with entry; but you may make reservations or get a last-minute room anywhere on the route at your own expense.

Hoodoo requires a year-round organizational effort. In addition to the items above, we also provide these all-important non-tangibles:

  • An outstanding, scenic and incredibly challenging course through Utah’s beautiful color country.
  • Festive and professional start/finish line.
  • Live and active weekend webcast with updated time-splits, active Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds and lots of photos.
  • Year-round access to a live person who will answer emails within 24-hours and help you prepare for the experience of a lifetime!
  • Access to historical data and event records for each division and category.
  • And so much more!

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. However, you may purchase during registration event insurance for a small fee of 7.5% of the registration fees (and we highly suggest that you do so). More information about the insurance here and about our cancellation policy here.
  • Registration closes August 12.

Looking for another Voyager to room share at the start/finish or share the cost of on course hotel rooms? Post on the Hoodoo 500 Facebook page! Be sure and include your contact info.