, roadside help and rest stops are provided on all routes.
Korean Yeon Je Sung abandoned the race and rode the sag wagon
after he crashed on a treacherous downhill in Tanay, Rizal, reducing the field to 73 riders.
The tour passes by pastures, wineries and rolling hills, skirts Dorena Lake and comes equipped with mechanics, medics, rest stops, sag wagon
drivers, and a host of friendly volunteers.
"My wife and I set ourselves a humble goal of finishing each stage together and avoiding the dreaded sag wagon
," Jan said, referring to the vehicle that follows the last racers to pick up slower riders and broken bicycles.
"We are also hoping that if people can't bike, they might simply come along for a day as my 'sag wagon
,' feeding me lunch and picking me up on the road if I wipe out," she said.
Everyone else had to stay behind me or get' Vanned" by Uncle Russ--they'd be riding down in the sag wagon
. Grimly, I started downhill, aiming to go as fast as I could stand, and anticipating disaster.
They'll even send a sag wagon
to fetch any wines you want to bring home.
And they have a sag wagon
, so if that hill is a lot tougher than you thought, you can hitch a ride in the van."
Staying at campgrounds and sharing a sag wagon
, we'll average 45 miles daily with one layover, allowing for swimming, shopping, or relaxing at day's end.
No "sag wagon
" accompanied the bikers; each rider carried about 40 pounds of gear, including his own tent.
Staying in comfortable country inns with sumptuous meals and sag wagon
support, rounds out a fabulous week.
Guided rides on and around Haleakala include pickups at some hotels, gear, a snack and/or meal, and operators who ride with you and/or follow in a van (called a sag wagon
) loaded with repair and replacement equipment and other gear.