The S.T.R.O.N.G. Women of the Steel Horse Sisterhood offers a wide variety of information to help you learn about and prepare for the the Women’s Motorcycle Summit. We’ve compiled a list of the questions we get asked the most often. To jump to the section you’re most interested in, simply click on one of the links directly below. If you have a specific question that is not answered below, please contact us via email at info@SteelHorseSisterhood.com or text 608.335.0852
GENERAL – 2018 SUMMIT DATES & LOCATIONS2017-10-25T06:58:52-07:00

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SUMMIT: June 10-16, 2018.  Durango & Silverton, Colorado

SMOKY MOUNTAIN SUMMIT: October, TBD, 2018.  Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

General Safety – Alcohol2017-10-25T05:30:33-07:00

We love our riders!  For that reason, we want to keep everyone as safe as possible while we are on the road.  The riding events will be alcohol-free, but when we are done for the day there will be plenty of opportunities to let your hair down and have a good ol’ time…and a nice cold adult beverage!  Drinking and riding will not be tolerated.

Anyone caught drinking during a WMS riding event will be prohibited from further participation in the event and, if competing, will be disqualified.

General Safety – Exposure at Altitude2017-10-25T05:31:15-07:00

The Rocky Mtn. Women’s Motorcycle Summit takes place at high elevations (6,000 to 10,000+ ft) and can see high temperatures during summer months.  Dehydration, sunburn and Altitude Sickness are serious risks but are preventable.  Riders are asked to carry water at all times, be diligent about keeping up water intake throughout the day and use sunscreen or other protective clothing to protect from sunburn.

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness / Dehydration include:

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Increased thirst

  • Dry mouth

  • Tired or sleepy

  • Decreased urine output or urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal

  • Dry skin

  • Dizziness

  • Dry eyes.  Few or no tears

General Safety – Follow the rules of the road2017-10-25T05:29:59-07:00

Dangerous, unlawful, or otherwise inappropriate riding behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Anyone found to be riding in an unlawful manner or in a way that jeopardizes the safety of other motorists will be prohibited from participating in WMS riding events.

General Safety – Gear2017-10-25T05:32:05-07:00

It is strongly recommended that all riders wear appropriate motorcycle gear when riding.  This includes a helmet, motorcycle jacket, long pants, boots, gloves, and protective eyewear.  Helmets are not required by law in Colorado but are strongly recommended.

Mechanical Safety – Pre-Trip Inspection & Preparation2017-10-25T05:28:22-07:00

Tires: Before the event, make sure that your tires are in good condition!!  Check your tread depth.  If you will be riding on new tires, it is important to break them in prior to the event so that you have optimal traction on curvy mountain roads.  Bring a tire pressure gauge with you so that periodic pressure checks may be performed.  Altitude can affect tire pressure and this should be checked daily.

Before the event, make sure that your tires are in good condition.  If you need new tires, it is important to break them in prior to the event so that you have optimal traction on curvy mountain roads.  Bring a tire pressure gauge with you so that periodic pressure checks may be performed.  Altitude can affect tire pressure.

Wheels: Check for loose or broken spokes.  Check bearings.

Shocks: Check for leaks and spring adjustment

Fluids & Lube: Make sure that your bike has oil and the filter is good and that all other necessary fluids are at appropriate levels. Grease appropriate linkages.  Look for and repair broken seals and leaks as needed.

Battery: Make sure your battery is working reliably.

Brakes: Check brake pads for wear.  Check rotor for loose or missing fasteners.  Check brake drums for proper adjustment

Chains/Belts: Check tension and look for damage.  Adjust/replace/lubricate as required

Clutch/Brake: Check and adjust levers and cables as needed.

Lights/Signals: Make sure that all lights and signals are working.

Foot Pegs / Floorboards: Check for wear; replace anything uncomfortable or worn out

Crash bars: Check mounting hardware and examine welds for cracks

Saddlebags: Check locks and brackets to assure proper attachment and functionality.

Tool Kit & First-Aid: Pack a first-aid and basic tool kit on your bike.

Owner’s Manual: Bring your owner’s manual in case unexpected technical issues arise.  This will help get you back on the road as fast as possible.

GENERAL – Who should attend the Women’s Motorcycle Summit?2017-10-25T05:34:11-07:00

The Summit is for All Women Who Ride.

  • The Woman Who Rides her own motorcycle

  • The Woman Who Rides next to or behind a partner. (Men are WELCOME!)

  • All rider skill levels

  • All bike types

  • All riding styles

  • Women with an interest in motorcycling

  • All Sponsors

Women learn more about riding, from sharing their stories, comparing notes, and from hands-on workshops and clinics than they do from other electronic means.  The Women’s Motorcycle Summit is the perfect place for women to meet, grow and ride with women who share the love of riding.

The Women’s Motorcycle Summit attendee is many things in her day-to-day life, but above all, she is a motorcycle rider.  She rides on two wheels or three.   She rides on road or off.  She is a novice or experienced rider, or anything in-between.  Men are also encouraged and welcome to attend the Summit with their partner.  Men purchase the same kind of ticket as their partner and may participate in all events.

Those attending the summit are helping others by participating in an effort much larger than themselves. In return, they experience a fun and powerfully inspiring weekend, make new friends, become a part of an extended family and have an amazing adventure. 

General Safety – Group Riding Guidelines2017-10-25T06:26:28-07:00

Tips for riding in groups:

Arrive prepared with a full gas tank and after daily TCLOCK inspection has been performed

Designate lead and sweep riders

Keep the group a manageable size (up to 7 riders) 

Ride Prepared: At least one rider in each group should carry a first-aid kit and full toolkit, and all
riders should carry a charged cell phone, so the group is prepared for any problem that they might

Hold a riders’ meeting. Discuss things like the route, rest and fuel stops, and hand signals.                                                                                                                                                                              Assign a lead and sweep (tail) rider. Both should be experienced
riders who are well-versed in group riding procedures. The leader should be aware of each
rider’s skill level before the ride and monitor the riders during the ride.

Ride in a staggered formation:  The staggered riding formation (see diagram below) allows a proper space
cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to maneuver and to
react to hazards. The leader rides in the left third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least
one second behind in the right third of the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern.
A single-file formation with a minimum 2-second following distance is preferred on a curvy road,
under conditions of poor visibility or poor road surfaces, entering/leaving highways, or other
situations where an increased space cushion or maneuvering room is needed.

Avoid side-by-side formations, as they reduce the space cushion. If you suddenly needed to
swerve to avoid a hazard, you would not have room to do so. You don’t want handlebars to get

Periodically check the riders following using your rear view mirrors. If you see a rider
falling behind, slow down so they may catch up. If all the riders in the group use this procedure,
the group should be able to maintain a fairly steady speed without pressure to ride too fast to
catch up.

If you’re separated from the group, don’t panic. Your group should have a pre-planned
procedure in place to regroup. Don’t break the law or ride beyond your skills to catch up.
For mechanical or medical problems, use a cell phone to call for assistance as the situation

If a rider leaves during the ride, the rest of the group should re-form the staggered formation by
criss-crossing into the next vacant position. Although it would seem more efficient for the
column directly behind the missing rider to move up, we do not recommend it because passing
another rider within a lane can be risky.

General Safety – Rocky Mtn. Summit Emergency & Roadside Assistance2017-10-25T05:33:30-07:00

For the Rocky Mountain Summit, in the event that you break down or need assistance:

Doolie Smith – 505-330-1943 (Roadside assistance)

Durango Harley Davidson: 970-259-0778

Fun Center Cycles: 970-259-1070 (Polaris, Suzuki, Can-Am, KTM, Kawasaki)

Handlebar Motorsports: 970-247-0845 (Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, Beta, Husaberg, Husqvarna, Zero)

In case of emergency or late return to base camp, please contact:

Joan Krenning: 608-335-0852

Mechanical Safety – Daily Inspection2017-10-25T05:29:14-07:00

Prior meeting your riding group each day, please remember to gas up and perform this inspection: TCLOCK

T – Tires

C- Controls

L – Lights and Switches

O – Oil & Fuel

C – Chassis

K – Kick-stand / side-stand

A daily inspection of your bike is recommended.

GENERAL – Tell me about the Women’s Motorcycle Summit in a nutshell. What will we experience?2017-09-13T23:52:46-07:00

We come to have fun, ride, learn and support each other as individuals and as women.  We ride for causes we believe in to lift up others.  All bikes and all types of riders are welcome.  Be prepared to have a great experience, establish friendships and make memories that will last for a lifetime.  Men are welcome to attend with their partners too!

This is a different type of experience than most motorcycle events and it encompasses more than just riding.

The Women’s Motorcycle Summits are meant for fun, learning, empowerment, and charitable giving.

Our events provide the exceptional riding opportunities in beautiful settings, but also offer empowering speakers, hands-on & classroom training to improve riding skills and techniques, parties, fashion shows, auctions, and fun competitions.

The spirit of camaraderie is strong and we aim to break down the barriers between different types of riding and riders with the thought that we are all in this together and should support each other and just have fun!


You must provide proof of medical insurance on the medical form in order to participate. This applies to all registered participants, including riders, passengers and volunteers. Personal health insurance is needed to cover the cost of any medical care received during the 4-Day Summit. If you do not currently have insurance, we suggest you obtain temporary insurance. Please e-mail info@steelhorsesisterhood.com to discuss insurance needs and requirements.

GENERAL – Ticket questions?2017-09-13T23:14:46-07:00

Can tickets be purchased at the event?

  • If the tickets are not sold out in advance, a limited number may be available for purchase at Registration on Wednesday at the Handlebar Highway Group  of dealers.  Advance purchase is strongly recommended.

Will we receive tickets in the mail?

  • No.  After your online purchase, you will receive an email confirmation and should bring your email confirmation to the event for registration when you arrive.

What is not included in my Basic Summit ticket package?

  • The lodging
  • Fuel for your motorcycle
  • Breakfasts with all of the riders.
  • Lunch (all participants)
  • Motorcycle Rentals (if applicable)
  • Any outside tours.
  • Stay tuned for updates.

May I purchase tickets by mail?

  • Yes.  Mail your payment with your name, address, phone number, email and the ticket type you are wishing to purchase to:
  • Steel Horse Sisterhood Charities
    PO Box 302
    Great Bend, KS  67530
    Attn: Treasurer


GENERAL – About the mandatory questionnaire2017-09-03T05:58:31-07:00

Your personalized questionnaire link  will arrive by email. Please fill out and return promptly. The information you provide tells us:

  • The team you wish to ride with.
  • The division you wish to ride in.
  • The people you wish to room with.

The Questionnaire is a critical form that the Steel Horse Sisterhood Charities must have on file before you arrive at the Women’s Motorcycle Summit.

GENERAL – 4-DAY WOMEN’S MOTORCYCLE SUMMIT Refund and Cancellation Policy2018-01-21T23:14:33-08:00


2017 Steel Horse Sisterhood Women’s Motorcycle Summit Adventure Packages are fully transferable, but not refundable.

  • If you cannot attend, ticket transfers are encouraged.
  • Email info@steelhorsesisterhood.com
  • All payments are in US dollars.
  • Rain or shine, the summit will commence.
    • Rain – we hang out, soak in hot tubs and enjoy the resorts
    • Shine – we ride, THEN soak in hot tubs and enjoy the Resorts
GENERAL – How do I get to the Summit? I just registered for the Summit. What is my next step?2017-09-14T00:24:43-07:00

How do I get to the Summit?  See Pigeon Forge or Colorado FAQ’s in this list for detailed airport and motorcycle rental info.

  • Ride in
  • Drive in
  • Fly & Ride (Rent a motorcycle)
  • Fly & Drive (Rent a car)

I am coming from outside the U.S. What is my next step?

  • Fill out your questionnaire.
  • Book your flight.
  • Rent your motorcycle.

E-mail info@SteelHorseSisterhood.com is you need help.

See Pigeon Forge or Colorado FAQ’s for airport and motorcycle rental info


GENERAL – Pets, parking, and lodging alternatives2018-01-21T23:20:52-08:00


Are pets allowed?

  • Yes.  Many riders travel with small dogs, however limited space is available.  Please email joan@steelhorsesisterhood.com for more information before you purchase your ticket.

What is the parking situation for motorcycles, RV’s, trailers, and other vehicles?

  • Parking in our base camp areas will accommodate up to 100 motorcycles. Please email joan@steelhorsesisterhood.com for information on parking vehicles, trailers and recreational vehicles.
I will be attending the Summit in my RV. Can we reserve a specific parking location? Camping? An alternative Motel or Hotel?
  • For those attendees who wish to Purchase the Women’s Motorcycle Summit Ticket and arrange accommodations outside of the Base Camp area, we have included the links in the Q & A under each individual Summit page.


GENERAL – MEN ARE WELCOME. How do men sign up? What about couples? What will men do at the Summit?2017-09-13T23:48:33-07:00
  • Men are welcome and couples may ride together.
    • Men may become an attending supporter and ride in the couples division with their riding partner on either one bike or two bikes..
    • Men may become an attending supporter, enter into the Blind Draw, and be paired up with a female riding partner.
      • You will receive the questionnaire once you register and may indicate riding / partner preferences there.
    • Men may volunteer to help during the event.
  • Are you in the media? Come ride with us, experience and take your place in letting the world know about this great event!
GENERAL – May I attend if I am not riding a motorcycle or don’t know how to ride? Do I need to be an experienced rider?2017-09-14T00:17:57-07:00

The Women’s Motorcycle Summit is for all women who share the love of the sport of motorcycling or think they want to just check it out. Women who want to find out more about the sport and culture of motorcycling could not find a better place to come!  

A license to ride is required if you plan to ride at the summit, but inexperienced riders are welcome.  If you are not licensed and want to attend but not ride, that is fine.

Each event is located in the heart of the best motorcycle riding country for our sport filled with limitless potential for riders of all skill levels and we offer seminars and training to help improve your skills!  

GENERAL – May I attend the Saturday Celebration if I am not attending the Summit?2017-09-03T05:46:17-07:00

Yes, one-day tickets will be available for Saturday only.

GENERAL – Can persons with disabilities participate in the Summit?2017-09-03T05:52:07-07:00

Yes. The Summit is committed to addressing the needs of all of our participants, including those with disabilities, in order to provide a safe, fun and successful Summit experience. Coaches and tools are available to support every participant through registration, fundraising and training.

GENERAL – Is there a minimum age requirement to register for the Summit? Are children allowed to attend?2017-09-13T23:43:04-07:00

Children under 16 will not be allowed. Young adults, ages 16 – 20 may ride as passengers in America’s Moto Rally.  Summit registrants must be 21 or over.

Please E-Mail info@SteelHorseSisterhood.com to receive a waiver for riders under the age of 21 to participate.

Riders must be at least 21 years of age at the time the Summit takes place in order to participate in America’s Moto Rally. Registered passengers who are 16, 17, 18, 19 or 20 years of age must provide a minor consent form signed by a parent or guardian and be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult who is also a registered rider for the duration of the Women’s Motorcycle Summit. Volunteers must be 18 years of age at the time of the Summit.

The Women’s Motorcycle Summit does not offer childcare.

GENERAL – What if I have people in my group that want other to do other things beside ride motorcycles?2017-09-03T05:45:34-07:00

Both summit locations offer hiking, hot springs swimming or soaking, horseback riding, shopping, art galleries, amazing restaurants, and many other ways to enjoy your time.

GENERAL – Do you have any packing tips?2017-09-03T05:22:51-07:00

Yes we do. We suggest bringing gear for all seasons.

For both Women’s Motorcycle Summits – Rocky Mountain Edition and Smoky Mountain Edition.

We recommend protective motorcycle gear for riding (pants, jacket, boots, eyewear, and helmet).  Here is a short list of additional items you might want to bring with you:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes (pack them daily for the Moto Rally Challenge)
  • Swimwear and Shower Shoes for around the hot tubs and pools.
  • Full rain gear  
  • Heated jacket and gloves (gear) if you have it
  • Any medical remedies you use often
  • Baselayer shirt and pants for layering

**Pack in an alternative bag

We suggest you bring copies of your key travel documents (passport information page, airline tickets, credit card numbers and insurance information) and carry them separately in case you lose your originals.

You might also want to consider packing the following items:

  • All needed medications, including prescriptions, in their original, labeled containers  
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution  
  • Important papers and travel documents  
  • Camera gear, film or extra memory cards, extra batteries  
  • Valuables

NOTE: Most hotels and lodges have hair dryers available for guest use. Also, laundry service (no dry cleaning) is available on board for a fee.

GENERAL – How are locations chosen? When & where do the 2018 Women’s Motorcycle Summits take place?2017-09-13T23:54:57-07:00

Each location:

  • Is intentionally located in the middle of North America’s best motorcycle riding.
  • Presents a perfect riding adventure filled with limitless potential for riders of all skill levels.
  • Features remote, luxury base camps showcasing the dynamic beauty of Mother Nature.

Once again, in 2018, the Women’s Motorcycle Summit will take place in two distinctly separate locations, located in two very different types of basecamps producing two very different, yet similar events.

  • October 3rd – 7th, 2018 The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee & North Carolina
    Location TBA Pigeon Forge, TN
GENERAL – How do we volunteer?2017-09-03T05:27:50-07:00

We LOVE volunteers!  Email info@SteelHorseSisterhood.com and let’s chat!

GENERAL – Is the Summit held in bad weather?2017-09-03T05:44:51-07:00

Whatever the weather, the Summit continues. So please be prepared for riding in inclement weather. If the weather gets too severe, we will have a back-up plan.

  • Sunshine – We ride, then enjoy the Hot Springs.
  • Rain – We enjoy getting to know each other … and enjoy the Hot Springs.  Ride at your own discretion.
GENERAL – What is the Base Camp?2017-09-03T05:43:47-07:00

Our main encampment providing all accommodations which will include: beautiful sleeping rooms, communications for the Summit Challenge, hot springs soaking tubs, meals, entertainment, vendors, and the Saturday Celebration Party for all participants of the Women’s Motorcycle Summit.

GENERAL – The History of the Women’s Motorcycle Summit.2017-09-03T05:48:53-07:00

Originally named the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit, the event began in 2014 as an event for women to meet, share their stories and be inspired through each other to become better riders, and women.

With the addition of America’s Moto Rally Challenge in 2016, inspired by the Adventure Rally, presented by Butler Maps and Cycle World Magazine., the event went through a face lift: geographically, artistically and spiritually.

Today the event continues to serve as an opportunity for women to meet and be inspired to grow their skills: spiritually, emotionally, physically, mechanically and charitably.

GENERAL – The Women’s Motorcycle Summit reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse registration and/or participation to anyone at any time before or during the Summit.2017-09-03T05:43:08-07:00
GENERAL – What is The S.T.R.O.N.G. Scavenger Hunt? How do we play?2017-10-25T05:50:13-07:00

AMERICA’S MOTO RALLY is America’s largest riding challenge For Riders of All Skill-Levels and their machines.

Simply stated, it is a scavenger hunt — on motorcycles — on steroids! It’s a miniature “amazing race” personalized for the women motorcycle road riders that combines the brain-twisting challenge of clue-solving with the active excitement of a motorcycle tour while having tons of fun as you and your teammates compete against other Challengers.

  • The Rally will be FULL OF SURPRISES.
  • Instagram will be instrumental in helping us track your location to award your team points. Once you are at the location, you will take a team photo and submit it.
  • All team members and member motorcycles, must be included in location photos.
  • Teams will be rewarded for riding a diverse selection of locations.
  • Creativity when shooting their team photo at various bonus locations. (optional)
  • Points
    • Both teams and individuals will be awarded points for the following:
      • Creativity when shooting their team photo at various bonus locations.
      • More will be announced at registration.
    • The team with the most points wins the Summit Challenge and all that goes with that distinction including:
      • Extra points for Individual rider performance on special tests. (optional)
      • Inducted in the Summit Challenge Hall of Fame
      • Prizes from our Sponsors
GENERAL – I will be attending the Summit in my RV. Can we reserve a specific parking location? Camping? An alternative Motel or Hotel?2017-10-25T05:48:20-07:00

For those attendees who wish to Purchase the Women’s Motorcycle Summit Ticket and arrange accommodations outside of the base camp area we have included links below.

For Rocky Mtn Summit: Contact info@SteelHorseSisterhood.com

For Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: info@SteelHorseSisterhood.com or:

ROCKY MTN SUMMIT- Describe the 2018 Rocky Mountain Women’s Motorcycle Summit?2017-10-25T07:50:00-07:00

The Women’s Motorcycle Summit is a 6 ½ day EDUCATIONAL, INSPIRATIONAL, AND TRANSFORMATIONAL motorcycle adventure welcoming women who ride and the men who ride with them.   

  • The Summit is divided into two parts: The Moto Expo (2 days) and the Moto Rally (4 1/2 days)
  • The entire event takes place in the San Juan Mountains located in the Western Rockies of Colorado. 
  • This event is a fundraiser for the Steel Horse Sisterhood Charities’ BECOMING S.T.R.O.N.G. project (More info HERE)

The various scheduled events are intended to be fun, educational and transformational and are for people who want to have world-class riding experiences in an epic setting for a great cause.

  • What it’s all about!
    • Skill building!
    • Nourish your soul!
    • Pick your adventures!
    • Create your perfect Summit!
  • The Moto Expo (Durango, Colorado) June 10 & 11
    • Vendors
    • Workshops, Clinics
    • Skill Building Sessions
    • Exhibitions
    • Street Party
  • The 4-Day Moto Rally (Silverton, Colorado) June 12-16
    • S.T.R.O.N.G. Scavenger Hunt
    • Million Dollar Poker Run
    • Photo Contest
    • Legends of the West Photoshoot
    • Street Party
    • Women of the Year Award

Find information regarding the Summit Schedule HERE


ROCKY MTN SUMMIT – AIRPORTS AND MOTORCYCLE RENTALS. Enjoy Your Ride to the Rockies Edition of the Women’s Motorcycle Summit.2017-10-25T07:49:49-07:00


International airports near Durango, CO

223 miles: Albuquerque, NM (ABQ / KABQ) Albuquerque International Sunport

360 miles: Denver, CO (DEN/KDEN) Denver International Airport

Domestic airports near Durango, CO

17 miles: Durango, CO (DRO / KDRO) Durango-La Plata County Airport
50 miles: Cortez, CO (CEZ / KCEZ) Cortez Municipal Airport
53 miles: Farmington, NM (FMN / KFMN) Four Corners Regional Airport
111 miles: Montrose, CO (MTJ / KMTJ) Montrose Regional Airport
111 miles: Alamosa, CO (ALS / KALS) San Luis Valley Regional Airport
131 miles: Los Alamos, NM (LAM / KLAM) Los Alamos County Airport

Note: Some distances are straight-line estimates, click on the link to calculate actual driving distance.

Local airports near Durango, CO

6 miles: Durango, CO (AMK / 00C) Animas Air Park
39 miles: Aztec, NM (XWH) Aztec Municipal Airport


100 + miles from Ouray to Grand Junction  EAGLERIDER MOTORCYCLES USA – Grand Junction, Colorado Location (Rents all brands of motorcycles)


S.T.R.O.N.G. SCAVENGER HUNT – What do I need to know?2017-10-25T16:59:35-07:00


  • 2 1/2 day event
  • Designed for riders of all skill levels,  this event is custom built for all Motorcycle enthusiasts.
  • We recommend machines of 650cc or more.
  • All riders will receive their Clue Book, Map and Swag Bag during registration of their event.
  • Cell phone coverage is not available at all Waypoints
  • By the close of this event, you will have learned or enhanced your riding and navigation skills–helping you to get more from yourself and your motorcycle.
  • And … you will have forged new friendships … and discovered even more, about you.


  • This is not a speed event.
    • Excessive speed, unsafe passing, and dangerous riding of any sort can result in penalties up to and including disqualification.
    • Excessive speed will also likely result in failed navigation, offsetting any theoretical advantage.
  • You can ride as much, or as little as you want within the allotted time window.
    • The intent of the Bonus Values is to reward people who are willing to both put in some miles and use team strategy to accumulate the most points.
    • We feel the Scavenger Hunt award should go to a well-rounded team. However, it is an equally valid approach to choose a ride you like to do anyway, grab a bonus or two and lunch, and come back with a big smile!
  • Teams must stay together.
    • Bonus Points Values will not be awarded unless all riders (or all bikes) appear in the Waypoint photo.
    • If you have a team member who breaks down, mechanically or physically, as long as the breakdown can be verified, the team member can be excused from competition without penalty to the team and the team may “ride on.”
  • Multiple teams MAY NOT ride together. Each team must ride their own ride.
  • For teams needing assistance with reading maps, GPS Codes, or would like a little reassurance for any other reason, the Scavenger Hunt Committee will provide a riding companion.
  • Scoring will be done exclusively over Instagram, which requires an account and correct use of hashtags.
    • If a photo does not show the “Featured Photo Location” as described in the Book of Clues under the scoring section, no points will be awarded.
    • If a photo is not tagged correctly, the Bonus Points Value will not be awarded.
  • Each Waypoint is rated as a Green, Blue, Black Diamond or Double Black Diamond in terms of increasing difficulty.
    • Our Waypoints have been chosen take you to the most exciting locations in the Rockies.
    • Reaching the Summits does not come without upping your game.  Let’s Ride Ladies!
  • GPS points will be furnished for a select group of Waypoints that we feel you will need that little extra assistance.
    • Please pay close attention to the TERMINOLOGY and GOOGLE MAPS SECTION.
  • The schedule for each day must be closely observed.
    • All photos must be uploaded and tagged within 3 hours of the end of each day.
  • Because there are no determined routes, there is no sweep.
    • You need to be self-sufficient to return to base at the end of the day.
    • If you break down, we will send help. Please refer to the emergency page.

STRATEGY…What we recommend!

  • Register for the event, enjoy the Meet “N” Greet, put your heads together as a team, and strategize your routes.
  • Pull up the Google Map for the Million Dollar Highway and acclimate yourselves to where each Waypoint is in ADVANCE of your departure
    • What we do NOT Recommend: Register for the event, grab your maps and clue book, jump on your bikes and head out to the closest Waypoint.
    • GPS Points will not be furnished for every Waypoint. As mentioned earlier; GPS points will be furnished for a select group of Waypoints that we feel you will need that little extra assistance.
      • EXAMPLE: The Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Durango contains over a dozen Waypoints. Silverton, Colorado is located at the halfway point. Additional waypoints can be found there
S.T.R.O.N.G. SCAVENGER HUNT – Scoring System2017-10-25T16:39:21-07:00


  • At REGISTRATION you will receive an email with a link to the Waypoints that are connected to GPS navigation. It is as simple as 1,2,3:
    1. Click on the link in your email from your SMARTPHONE.
    2. The link will take you to the location of the Waypoint
    3. Click on directions.
  • To collect The Bonus Value, your entire team must reach the designated Waypoint together. You will prove this by taking a photo of the Waypoint as directed with either all of your faces, or all of your bikes (or both, but no mixing and matching).
  • BONUS: Receive 3 extra points per waypoint for both; entire team with all bikes.
  • You will upload that photo to Instagram (see additional instructions on each Waypoint page located in this Clue Book) and #hashtag accordingly.  This will allow us to see what you are doing back at basecamp, and keep a close score of your team’s earned Bonus Values as you ride.
  • NOTE: If there is no cell service at the Waypoint, take the photo and wait to upload it later.  All photos must be uploaded by 9 pm MST at the end of each day Check in is 6 pm and they have to be uploaded within 3 hours.  
  • Each Bonus Value has a point value. When we receive the photo, we verify the elements are there (team, feature) and presto, voila! you have points.  We will be keeping score while you are on the road, so the more you keep up with uploading while you are out, the less waiting around at the base camp.
  • Because this event is about riding all kinds of roads and terrain, we want to reward the riders who do exactly that. So, there is a 5 point Creative Bonus for getting sets of waypoints – any green, blue and any black. Sets are calculated daily, not over the course of the entire event.  You cannot get credit for the same Waypoint more than once per event.
  • Creativity counts!  Each team can be awarded several “Creative Bonuses.”  The value of the bonus earned will be set at the discretion of the judges.
  • All judges decisions are final. Please make it easy for the people scoring by taking clear photos and uploading with correct tags. Crucial element: Have fun!
  • Timing: You must respect the schedule of the day, and we don’t want you speeding to do it.  KSU no earlier than 6 am and you are required to report back to Base Camp by 6 pm each day.
    • The Bonus Value is the total points received after reaching each Waypoint, snapping the photo and posting it on Instagram.  Bonus Values will vary based on the difficulty ranking of the Waypoint and will be posted in the Book of Clues.
    • A Creative Bonus is an extra set of points received from the judges and applies to any team act involving the merging of skill and imagination into original creative ideas, especially in the production of laughter.
    • A REVER Bonus is an extra set of points received when the team rides an entire route and tracks the ride with the REVER App on their phone.
    • A BUTLER Bonus is tied to the number of miles ridden over the colored G1, G2 & G3 roads over the course of 4 days, beginning on Thursday, June 8th and ending on Friday evening, June 9th. This winner will be a solo winner. Requires REVER tracking which can be set on the entire route.
    • A team consists of two, three or four riders.
    • A teammate is that perfect person who will help pick up your bike when you drop it. (Just kidding)
    • Divisions are the level at which you will compete. Masters, Open, Trikes, Photography, and Couples.
    • THE GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) is a worldwide navigation system of satellites and their ground stations Our interest in them lies mostly with use in searching out the amazing waypoints we have chosen for this year’s America’s Summit Challenge.
    • Waypoint is a fixed location on the map, that when reached, a team may score points. Some Waypoints will be furnished with specified longitude and latitude, which when entered into Google Maps or a GPS system, will lead the navigators to the desired location.


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Solo riders, both female and male may choose place their name into the Blind Draw, a random method for choosing teammates.

  • Keynote Speakers and Sponsors will join as Team Leads.
  • Competitors may choose to enter their name into the Blind Draw.
  • Names will be drawn and teams will be formed at 2 pm on the Wednesday before the Meet N Greet begins  
  • Blind Draw teams competing in Women’s Divisions will be teams of 3.
  • Couples Blind Draw teams will be a team of 2: One man and one woman.