CUT – OFF TIMES
RACE & TOUR
These times are designed to give each rider an opportunity to ride safely as far as he/she can, and to allow a rider to repair a mechanical problem early in the race and still finish.
The cut-offs are not a schedule for your ride. If you squeak by the 1st one you will not make the 2nd. If you squeak by the 2nd you will not make the 3rd. If you are “cut-off’ the safest way back to Oden is marked with black arrows.
Ride hard and have fun!
BIG BRUSHY 11:00 A.M. TOUR
10:30 A.M. RACE
SIMS 1:00 P.M. TOUR & RACE
F.S.92/WOMBLE 3:00 P.M. TOUR & RACE
F.S. 62/WOMBLE 4:00 P.M. RACE
4:30 P.M. Tour
When you have finished your ride, whether you have completed the course or if you have had to take one of the short cuts, PLEASE report to the officials at the Finish Line. We need to know that you are back safely.
2015 Update to the Rules
We had a strong negative response to 2014’s “No personal SAG/individual support” rule. This is a fun ride and in keeping with that theme, we are allowing personal/individual support at key points along the route. Safety is our major concern. We suggest support at Brushy Creek Rec. Area along Hwy 270. That’s the first Aid Station. Also we suggest support at Sims Fire Station on Hwy 88. Hee Gap is also a good support area. These are public places and racers and their support are not the only persons in the area. Please be careful when driving to these places. Please respect others that might not be involved with the race. Safety for the riders and support persons is our major concern.
Aid Stations will be at:
All Aid Stations will have:
Personal Sag/Individual Support is not allowed, but a Drop/Pick-up zone will be provided for ALL riders.
Marked one gallon bags will be provided at Registration for any special food, clothing, or equipment. These will be taken to a marked Volunteer vehicle before the Start and will be delivered to Sims, approximately halfway on the course. You may leave any extra clothing or equipment there and it will be returned to the Finish area.
Spectators may view the riders on the Womble Trail, at a site 3/4 mile from Mauldin Meadow. Park your vehicle in the lot on FS Road 37 and walk to the trail (approximately mile 40 of the 60 mile course). The safest place to view the road portion of the event is probably Sims. Spectators would have to find a place to park out of the way of participants and local residents. Please be careful.
Please help us ensure the riders’ safety by following these rules. Official vehicles only on the Course.
The OC Staff reserves the right to alter the course due to inclement weather or for any other safety reason.
Proceed across highways with caution. Marshals will be posted at these areas but WILL NOT be stopping vehicle traffic.
Pre-event Rider Meeting at 7:45 am.
The Tour starts at 8:00 am Saturday
The Race starts at 8:00 am Sunday.
The Course will be marked with BLUE/RED arrows. Please be aware that most roads have multiple names. For example, most roads have a county name and a forest service number. We have noted at least one of these names.
From the Oden school:
Alternative start #1
Alternative start #2
On Saturday the Tour riders will go around Blowout Mt. by taking F.S. 33 north, F.S. 17 east and connecting to F.S. 274 (Fiddler Creek Rd.) where they will rejoin the Ouachita Trail
2021 Update to the Rules
The Ouachita Challenge is held in a "dry county" (no alcohol sales).
Also, the Oden Schools are a drug free environment.
Please respect these rules.
Be aware that we have a concussion awareness policy.
Please see following link for more information on concussions:
Schedule of Events:
There will be a pre-event meeting at 7:45 am each day for final instructions.
Both the Gravel and the 60 mile Race will have 4 Aid/Food Stations which will provide water, energy drinks, fruit, energy bars, cookies, etc. as well as first aid supplies. PLEASE eat and drink; we want you to finish!.
Sign in for the Gravel will be on Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturday from 6:00 am to 7:45 am. Both will be at the Oden School Cafeteria.
Sign in for the Race will be on Saturday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and on Sunday from 6:00 am to 7:45 am. Both will be at the
Oden School Cafeteria.
Remember both the Gravel and the 60 mile Race start at 8:00 am
If you must sign in on the morning of your event please allow adequate
If you arrive in the Oden area without a motel reservation or campground space, there will be sleeping space available in the gym.
It will be open from early evening until 7 a.m. You will need a sleeping bag, pad, towel and good humor.
The gym will also be available for showers. Bring your own soap, shampoo etc. A small donation is requested (at least $3.00) for these services. All proceeds go to the school athletic fund.
Hours of operation and use rules will be posted at the gymnasium.
PLEASE show your appreciation of this wonderful service by obeying all rules!
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