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Re: [RC] My Biltmore Heartbreak - Diane Trefethen

Anytime you feel you have gone off trail, end of race, middle of race, whatever, you can always go back to the last point you KNOW you were on trail and ride from there, presumably more carefully. Obviously, the sooner you identify your error, the sooner you can correct it. Just because you arrive at a vet check or the finish line doesn't mean you can't go back out. If you cross the finish line having gone off trail, you haven't completed the ride within the meaning of AERC rules. You can only "complete" when you meet all the requirements, among which is:

Rule 6 d. Following the prescribed course, and doing multiple loops in the correct order.

Note that there is no rule that requires you to retrace your steps to the point in question. Say you leave camp to ride Loop 3 which ends back at camp and your time is so short you just know you went wrong out there. You can do Loop 3 again, this time more carefully. Or, if you realize your mistake while out on the trail and there are multiple ways to get back to where you think you went wrong, you may take the route you think is shortest to get there.

So if this ever happens again, cover your bets, return to where you KNOW you were on trail. Hopefully you'll have enough time to comply with -

Rule 6 g. Finishing within the prescribed maximum time.

BTW, if in the opinion of ride management you unintentionally went off course, did NOT rectify the error and your error did not make your course either easier or shorter, the RM can award you miles and a completion (Rule 6.1).


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