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Wheelerman is a two day mid-Atlantic adventure wheeling event held in the mountains and scenic byways of Virginia and West Virginia. This is a modified Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) rally also known as a regularity rally. This is not a race. This is an event that will challenge your navigational skills and ability to maintain an average pace. Each team will consist of two 4WD vehicles. Crossover SUVs are not recommended. Participants must read the FAQs and agree to terms and conditions.
Wheelerman supports the principles of Tread Lightly!
* TEAM TICKET covers one team. One team = two vehicles/up to 8 people. Ticket covers camping for occupants of the two vehicles on your team. Additional/support persons need to purchase a support pass.
* SUPPORT PERSON PASS includes camping and access to event participation to adults (18+) who are not occupants of the team vehicles.
1. Why should I sign up for this event? A: You will have a fun time, get to use all that overland gear you’ve invested in and see some nice places.
2. What is the goal of this event? A: This is a modified Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) rally also known as a regularity rally. The goal is to drive safely in accordance with local traffic laws and attempt to match the master track speed (which you will be given) as closely as possible without exceeding the speed limit or driving unsafely.
3. Is this a race? A: Absolutely not!
4. How do you determine the winner? A: The winner is the team that accrues the fewest amount of points. Think of it like golf where low score wins.
5. How does a team receive points? A: Points are bad. You receive points for being too early or too late to a checkpoint. It’s better to be late to a checkpoint that early.
6. Why are you calling this a modified TSD rally? A: For several reasons:
a. We are not issuing rally books (turn by turn instructions). Feel free to make your own rally book though.
b. Our checkpoints are virtual (unmanned and not known to contestants)
c. You will be navigating via a GPS master track which you will need to load into your personal GPS or favorite navigation device.
7. How will I know what the master track speed is? 1 to 2 weeks before the event we will release a gpx track log that will contain track point timestamps. You can use this information to calculate what your average speed should be. Note: Garmin BaseCamp is the tool we are using to analyze tracks and determine checkpoint arrival times.
8. IMPORTANT: You will be scored by GPS track log file that you will turn in to the scorers at the end of each day. The format is a raw, unedited gpx file of your complete track for the day. You will need to use a GPS or a SmartPhone/Tablet app that can record your track and show a time stamp for each trackpoint. We will overlay your track on the master track checkpoints to determine how early or late you were. You must be able to provide us your track electronically via Bluetooth, Wireless, USB or SD card for us to score you.
9. How is ‘Tread Lightly’ being incorporated into this course? A: Good question. The event organizers will have taken and passed the “Tread Lightly! 101” awareness course and have incorporated TL principles in this event. All participants are encouraged to take the training as well. https://tread-lightly.teachable.com/p/online-awareness-course. Additionally, we are posting a list of Do’s and Don’ts that all participants must adhere to. Lastly, we’ll be looking at your tracks for evidence of blatant speeding.
10. How hard will the wheeling be? A: Not too hard at all. Country dirt roads and forest roads. Possibly a water crossing. Nothing technical.
11. Can I do this in a stock 4x4? Yes.
12. Can I do this in a crossover SUV? We don’t recommend it. If you show up in a Subaru Crosstrek don’t say we didn’t warn you.
13. What are the vehicle requirements? 4WD or AWD capability. Serviceable tires capable of providing traction on muddy roads. Recovery gear and spare tire. Winch not required. If you get stuck or breakdown it’s on your team to get you unstuck or fixed. Vehicles must be street legal for VA and WV. You will be out in the wood potentially hours from the closest house and no cell service. Plan accordingly and be self-sufficient in food, water, tools and gear.
14. What are team requirements? Two vehicles and one licensed driver per vehicle. Navigators are optional but highly recommended. We’re going to ask you to give your team a name and identify a team captain or spokesperson.
15. Can I do this event with only one vehicle? No. Two vehicles per team.
16. Can I do this with three vehicles? No. Two vehicles per team.
17. How long are the tracks? A: For Saturday plan on being out 8 to 12 hours. For Sunday plan on being out 3 to 5 hours.
18. What’s the general concept of operations for this event? A: Show up Friday night. Set up camp @ Buffalo Gap. This is a base camp event. You have the option of leaving your camp set up while you are out on the master track. Saturday morning begin the course at the time indicated for your team. Starting order for Day 1 is the order in which we received your registration. We are starting the first team around 0600 and sending teams out every 5 minutes thereafter. Complete the Day 1 master track. Check in with the scoring team. Get scored. Hang out at camp and socialize or go into Capon Bridge for dinner. Bonfire planned. Check the bulletin board for announcements and starting order for Day 2. For Day 2, get up and start by the time posted. Complete the Day 2 master track and turn in your track. It will probably be half day or 3/4 day track max so that we can get you scored, have an award ceremony and get you on the road home at a decent hour.
19. Is this event suitable for vehicles towing an overland-type cargo trailer? A: Yes, but we recommend just leaving your trailer at basecamp.
20. Can I trailer my rig to this event? A: We’d like to have an overlanding feel to this event but we’re not going to tell you that you cannot trailer. If you insist on trailering your rig in you will be charged for your tow rig and trailer as a support vehicle/person. We recommend just finding a big store parking lot in Winchester to stash your trailer and tow rig if you absolutely need to trailer in.
21. How does this event compare to say, the Red Clay Rally? Red Clay Rally is an event we highly recommend. Both events follow a modified TSD rally format. Red Clay is point to point and includes some significant wheeling obstacles. Wheelerman is meant to be a mellow event with an emphasis on superb time keeping skills. You’ll be using the same camp every night and we’re laying out a course intended to keep your rig in the same condition you started in (just dirtier). Consider this a good training event for Red Clay.
22. Will any wheeling be taking place at Chaos Offroad Park? A: CORP is right next door but the trails are resting so no.
23. What more can you tell me about this event? Shoot us an email if you have any general questions that we did not answer above. Once you’ve signed up we’ll be providing regular updates and more detailed instructions.