Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to any possible questions, please consult our Tech Guide. In it, you will find answers to darn near anything You may be wondering about! 

If a question is not answered, please email us at Ridewhitefish@gmail.com, and we will respond as soon as possible. HOWEVER, please scour the tech guide from cover to cover before you send us a question. While we try to be timely about responding, sometimes race prep, our other jobs, and life in general can prevent us from getting back to you immediately.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Do I need a gravel bike to participate in this event?  

No, a gravel bike is not required, but it is highly recommended for this event.  Alternative options would be a hard-tail mountain bike, followed by a CX bike.  We STRONGLY recommend against using a road bike on this course, but if you feel you must, please select the widest tires possible.  

 

The Last Best Ride 2022 Transfer Policy

Race Organizers will no longer facilitate registration transfers between participants for 2022. However, participants may transfer to another person on their own if they wish for a $25.00 transfer fee. 

Instructions for transferring your registration to another ride (gifting registration): 

  1. Login to your RunSignup account (this is the account you used to register for the event)

  2. Under your profile, scroll down to view Upcoming Events

  3. Click Manage Registration to the right of your Last Best Ride event

  4. Click the Transfer to Another Runner menu option from the column on the lefthand side

  5. That rider must then register with the link emailed to them and provide payment to you. 

  6. PLEASE NOTE: You will not receive a refund. Step 5 must be completed as listed

Can I Change Courses If I've Already Registered? 

Yes, you can change your course selection until Sunday, August 14th, 2022. To do so, Click here. If you are changing from the short course to the long course, you will be required to pay the additional difference.  If changing from long to short, you will not be refunded the difference. 

Instructions

  1. Login to your RunSignup account (this is the account you used to register for the event)

  2. Under your profile, scroll down to view Upcoming Events

  3. Click Manage Registration to the right of your Last Best Ride event

  4. Click the Transfer Event menu option from the column on the lefthand side

  5. Click the Start Transfer button

  6. Choose your New Event and click Continue

  7. Proceed through the registration questions

  8. Review your details, check the refund policy box, and click Complete Registration

 

Once you complete the transfer process, you can confirm your event registration under the “Find A Participant” tab on the registration website.

What Is Your 2022 Deferral Policy? 

Deferrals will only be allowed for unforeseen events, such as wildfires or other natural disasters which are out of the race organizer’s control. For more information, please refer to our Wildfire Policy below.

The Last Best Ride 2022 Wildfire Policy

Wildfires and smoke conditions vary over the course of the summer in Montana.  Often, even when the Whitefish area does not have active fires, smoke is blown in from the west causing poor air quality.  Wildfire conditions are variable, unpredictable, and can change daily in northwest Montana.  As we experienced in 2021, smoky conditions were persistent until race weekend where we experienced rain and clear skies.

In the event of an active wildfire posing a safety threat to The Last Best Ride courses and/or rider safety, the race organizers reserve the right to cancel the event at any date.  Please keep in mind that we work with several different land owners that will also be looking out for the health and safety of participants in our event, and also have the discretion to cancel The Last Best Ride.  

If The Last Best Ride is forced to cancel due to an active wildfire, participants will have the options to:

  1. Deferring their registration 100% to 2023.

                                                   OR

     2. Cancelling their registration for a 50% refund.

In the event of smoky conditions causing variable air-quality, The Last Best Ride organizers reserve the right to make a final race cancellation decision by 6:00am on the race morning of Sunday, August 21, 2021 based on the official Montana.gov air quality report. The Specific Air Quality Index Chart We will refer to can be viewed here

 

  1. The event will not be cancelled for Air Qualities With NowCast Concentrations Between < 12 (green)  to 35 (yellow).

  2. If air quality has a NowCast Concentration of 35-55 (orange), riders will have the choice to 1) complete the event  2) defer their registration 100% to 2023 or 3) cancel their registration for a 50% refund.

  3. If air quality 55 or above (Red to Purple), the event will be cancelled and riders will have the choice to 1) defer their registration 100% 2023 or 2) cancel their registration for a 50% refund.

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND and Event Cancelation POLICY?

The Last Best Ride has a no-refund policy, except in the case of our Wildfire Policy or other unforeseen circumstances.  In a circumstance not covered by our Wildfire Policy, riders will have the choice to defer their registration 100% to 2023 or cancel their registration for a 50% refund.

NO other refunds will be allowed, NO exceptions.  Please note that BikeReg offers a third-party event insurance policy that participants may choose to purchase.  Unfortunately, The Last Best Ride organizers can’t be responsible for participant injuries and other life events including but not limited to the following: work events, weddings, pregnancies, illnesses, and weather/smoke conditions That might impact one's ability to train for the event.  To be fair to those who do choose to purchase this insurance we will not offer any exceptions.

The Last Best Ride 2022 COVID-19 Policy

The health and safety of our participants and the community of Whitefish is our top priority.  Your registration comes with the ability to either defer Your registration 100% 2023, or Cancel your registration for a 50% Refund in the event that it is not safe to have large gatherings in August of 2022 due to COVID-19.  We will be monitoring state and national health department guidelines to inform cancellation decisions.  

Are E-Bikes Allowed? 

Unfortunately, due to permitting and land-use Restrictions, We cannot allow E-bikes in the Event. 

Become Bear Aware and Learn How to Use Bear Spray

Whitefish is Grizzly bear country, and while bear attacks are rare, it is important that you come prepared for not only The Last Best Ride, but also your other adventures around Whitefish and any possible trips into Glacier National Park.  We recommend taking the time to become bear aware for your safety, as well as that of the animals who live in the areas that we have the privilege to recreate in.  

Be Bear Aware - Courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

We recommend that you carry bear spray during The Last Best Ride, as well as during all your outdoor Montana activities.  You can purchase bear spray with your registration and we will have it ready to go with your race materials at packet pick-up Saturday, August 21, 2021. 

Bear Spray Info and Video Tutorial - Courtesy of The National Park Service