The MMM is not a race although many people treat it like one. We know the advantages of a strong peloton, so we will have start waves for those who want them. You do not have to start in a wave and are free to start anytime between 6:00 am & 9:00 am. Whichever way you start, your time will start when you cross the start mat. We are asking the participants to self-select their starting position. By asking riders to choose where they start, we aim to provide participants a safer and more enjoyable MMM cycling experience. Please take a look at the criteria for each MMM Start Wave, then make an honest assessment of your abilities/objectives for the event and choose the appropriate corral during the start process.
Wave 1: Racers – Start time @ 7:00 a.m.
Have you finished a MMM event in the top 5% of the overall field? Do you average 22-25 miles per hour/35-40 kilometers per hour. Own a racing license? Train at least 10 hours a week? Think you can be competitive in your category? Completely comfortable riding in a fast-moving group? Not planning on making leisurely aid-station stops? Registering to race — not just ride? If the answer to most of these questions is yes, then you belong in Wave 1.
Wave 2: Serious Enthusiasts – Start time @ 7:15 a.m.
Cyclists choosing Wave 2 should also have at least some race or fast-paced group riding experience, but perhaps not enough free time to be a fully dedicated amateur racer. That means you ride 8-10 hours a week, 18-21 miles per hour/29-34 kilometers per hour, and may be signing up because you want to race against your friends and fellow semi-serious cyclists.
Wave 3: Casual Riders – Start time @ 7:30 a.m.
Wave 3 is for those that ride approximately 3-6 hours a week, 14-17 miles per hour/23-28 kilometers per hour, are comfortable riding around others, and have completed a century, charity ride or maybe some triathlons. If this description resembles your riding, then you’re ready to check out a slightly more competitive cycling atmosphere. Your MMM plan is to ride reasonably hard all day, but you prefer to stay out of the front-of-the-race fray, and will probably enjoy at least one or two leisurely aid-station stops.