FAQS
A RACING ADVENTURE EVENT AS UNIQUE AS THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN WITHOUT QUESTIONS

What does my registration money get me?
  • Access to a race that is unlike any other race in existence. A race designed for you to have a adventure experience first and foremost. We do this race event thing completely different from start to finish. And, so will you.
  • A great start and finish party with beverages, swag and race gifts.
  • All riders receive the 2019 riders patch, a thingsuncommon gift, and manduro takeaways. Plus a medal, and goodies.
  • An adventure so unique people will invite you over for years to come just to hear your stories \ a hero's welcome at the finish line party regardless of how far you got on the course
  • Are you cheap? You can always stay home on the couch with a $6 pack of PBR ~ we don't care ~ it's safer that way.
Will there be support on the route?
  • Support from the event staff? No! You may get a pat on the back or, weather report via texts.
  • Support yourself, flag down someone, knock on a door, scream out and hope someone hears you. Pity will be showered on you at the finish. You won't be alone in your suffering other than you might just be alone when you suffer.
  • This is an individual race, you can form teams as you race for moral support however, there can be only one winner
Can I have my own support team?
  • If you think that will help, go for it. We looked into our crystal ball only to foresee this being more trouble than what you might think is "support" and therefor not worth the extra worries
  • Maybe phone-a-friend or a roving bunch of mates trying to keep up with where you are in the race or a chance they can meet you at the next brewery. From past experience, this might be a waste of time, and time is so precious on manduro
  • You'll maybe want someone to come get you when you do tap-out so you don't have to make the long journey riding from wherever you are at when you hit your limit. And, you will hit your limit.
How many riders will there be?
  • A maximum of 50 riders. All must be 21 or older. 
Do I have to qualify?
  • You don't have to qualify. You can be denied. If denied, we'll return your money plus maybe $5 so that you can buy yourself a beer to go cry in. If you have the guts to enter, you'll likely make it into the event. We'll look into who you are and assess your abilities. We certainly do not want to put anyone out on the route that has no business there, for your safety and ours
What can you tell me about the ride?
  • manduro is an epic adventure and a suffer-fest. minduro is a little less epic.
  • Unique adventure comes via box checkpoints, breweries, and huMAN tasks as the riders travel from point A to B to C ... so on and so forth using a QR Codes to find the next location which links to Google Maps, and then the next...
  • Too often we find ourselves absolutely needing to know the who, what, where, when, why, and how of life and that is so prevalent in what is expected in running, biking, and other adventure races. That's not how this works. You don't get those comforts. You don't get that assurance of knowing where you are going. You don't know what is beyond well, next.
  • By using "MAN" in manduro, we're actually mocking that term, you'll have to see what these short tasks turn out to be.
  • Gender has nothing to do with manduro or the tasks ~ Have you ever climbed a tree house in the rain?  Throw a dart through your bike frame triangle to hit a balloon target?  Hit a beer can shooting a sling-shot? Chopped firewood? Start a fire with the friction from your spinning wheel? Set a table properly? Picked a lock? Thrown a boomerang? Braided hair?
  • You could be wet, thirsty, chaffed, disoriented or worse. Isn't biking fun?
What should I expect on the route?
  • Thick stuff. Single track. Sugar-sand. Mud. Thorns. Good roads. Bad roads. Worse roads. Gravel. Ups. Downs. Water crossings. Mental fatigue. Physical punishment. Debris. Poison Ivy. Spiders. Snakes. Disgruntled people. Relying on technology. Technology failure. Needing other technology. Making crucial choices under heavy duress. Skills beyond riding fast.  Feeling alone. Heat. Wishing you were on a different bike. Deciding to stay with a group or break off alone.  New places. New experiences. New routes. Great views. Brews. Cool, adventurous people. And, sealed boxes to grab the contents while riding the route.
What type of bike?
  • You can use just about any bike that is not electric or power assisted. It all depends on how crazy and skilled of a bicyclist you claim to be under any condition.
  • At some point every rider will wish they had another type of bike other than the one they are on. See above, plan accordingly
Technology, what about that?
What about inclement weather?
  • Rain or Shine or Both. Hot. Humid. Wind. Wet. The race goes unless there is a tornado or hurricane, and maybe even then.
  • 2018 launched with the race starting in a deluge downpour and light rain 8 out of the first 12 hours.
Where do I stay before and after the event?
  • Riders coming from afar can be connected with our friendly network of bicycle hosts here in the Triangle area, if you ask.
  • After registering, let us know if you need a hook-up with a local and we'll find someone. originovel@gmail.com
  • You can always book a hotel room downtown Raleigh for Thursday and Saturday nights. Longer if you like.
What about the Start and Finish?
  • The racing adventure starts Friday promptly at Noon at the sound of the train whistles.
  • Rider registration check-in begins at 9:00 am.
  • The finish will be at a brewery TBA starting at 4 pm on Saturday
  • More information, but not much more, is given out to registered riders and to the public/fans via the event pages 
  • All riders, regardless of success on the course, will be treated with great fanfare and respect.
  • You can party as long as you'd like. Who know's, your partying longevity may last longer than your biking time as it did for many of the Pioneer manduro riders in 2018.
  • Stay tuned for a Thursday evening manduro rider and staff preview drink social, TBA.
Can I have friends and family at the start and finish?
  • Absolutely! In fact, we'll give out a special prize for whomever has the largest fan turnout.
  • We'll have the race projected LIVE on a big screen and TV's for fans to watch at different stages.
  • If you want to try to predict the route, brewery locations and times to invite friends to be at those locations, well that's great too. Great for the brewery, futile for you.
  • We will be arranging some viewing opportunities throughout the race.

What's this about adventure filming?
  • If you're a filmmaker in search of someone to capture moments of adventure, let us know.
  • Riders, are you looking for footage? We can help connect riders to persons behind a camera.
  • If you are a major brand using manduro for a sizzle reel, we ask you let us know in advance to make the proper arrangements.
What about insurance?
  • We'll have some, maybe you should too \ Most travel adventure insurance plans are relatively inexpensive and might be a literal life-saver \ if you are a member of a bike club or association, check there \ or, risk it
  • You'll sign a waiver or two
How is anyone going to finish this thing?
  • 2018 had 13 Boxes to ride to then grab recipe pages from cookbooks. Two riders bagging 8... getting to Box 9, and two riders bagging 7...getting to Box 8, over the  36 hours.
  • Most 2018 riders only bagged 3 boxes before tapping out within the first 12 hours
  • It will involve pedaling, navigating wisely, exploring, sore butts, and, most important, time management
  • Sign up, how do you know you can't finish 'til you try?
  • Obviously, the manduro experience of past riders is an advantage but hey, they paid their dues
  • Finishing is relative. We will celebrate you having the courage to start. Each rider gets a finisher patch that reflects how far they made it in the race with their last bagged box number stamped on the patch at the Finish Line Party
  • so far the WINNER stamp has stayed dry
Which is it ~ 200, 250 or, even more miles?
  • Yes ~ See the bottom of the MAP page

an originovel llc production © Copyright 2019 ~|~ All Rights Reserved