This page contains answers to many of the frequent questions we receive about the Desert 100 race weekend.
Q: What dates can I camp?
A: Entrance gate is open Friday morning at 5am through Sunday afternoon, participants trying to enter earlier will not be allowed to enter. You may camp through the weekend but must have your site cleaned and leave by Monday Morning 8AM. NOTE, no riding Monday
Q: How much does camping cost?
A: Cost of camping is included in your gate entry fee and is good for all weekend.
Q: Is water available in camp?
A: There is no running or drinking water available in camp, you will need to bring your own.
Q: Why can’t we have a campfire?
A: There is a strict policy against campfires. Our goal is that everyone has an enjoyable and SAFE weekend. You will quickly realize there are literally thousands of RV’s and people camped at the event. The wind blows regularly at Odessa and one burning ember or spark caught in the wind can literally start a wildfire! With the amount of fuel brought in for the event, the confined camping area, wind and desert grasses a fire will quickly escalate to a situation in which people would not be able to exit fast enough. Please respect the safety of everyone attending by not burning a camp fire. Blatant violators will be asked to leave.
Q: Are there places to Eat in Odessa?
A: The town of Odessa has several restaurants and a full grocery store. The town chamber of commerce typically provides a shuttle service running to and from town. There will also be food vendors on site.
Q: What about cell coverage?
A: We have found that most major cellular providers work well at the race site.
Q: Last year there was wi-fi coverage, will it be available this year?
A: Yes, thanks to odessaoffice.com there will be wi-fi coverage. Please note, we are not able to assist you with any problems you may have accessing wi-fi coverage, so if you do not receive it then please do not ask us for help (sorry we don’t have the resources and time).
Desert 100 Race Questions
Q: Is there gas available on the course?
A: You can only receive gas in the Pits
Q: How long is the course? Can my stock tank make it?
A: The course is approximately 50 miles in length. 100 mile classes will complete 2 loops and can pit for gas at the end of their first loop. Therefore, your stock tank must provide enough fuel for 50 miles. If you have an MX tank it is suggested you pack fuel (e.g., a number plate can).
Q: How many riders do you expect?
A: On average we receive 400-500 entries for the Desert 100 Race, but we’ve seen as many as +700.
Q: Can ATVs enter the race?
A: Unfortunately due to the land management ATVs are not permitted.
Q: Can I pre-register for the race?
A: Yes! Click on the Desert 100 link of the main menu above and on that page look for a link to the pre-registration form.
Poker Run Questions
Q: How difficult is the family poker run? What about the Ironman?
A: We have plenty of small children that complete the course on their 50s. However, there are some tough sections that parents will likely need to help their children on small bikes. The Ironman course is very similar to the family course with extra mileage containing more technical sections. The Ironmen will complete two loops.
Q: I thought I got a free hotdog but they were all gone?
A: Sorry about that, but it is first come first serve. We try to provide enough hotdogs for nearly 2000 riders. We stage the hottdog stand near the 1/2 way point and our workers have it ready by the start of the family poker run. For you dual-sporters and Ironmen leaving early, the hotdog stand may not be setup by the time of your first loop and it’s possible (for Ironmen) that by the time of your second loop we’ve exhausted all the hotdogs, we are sorry about that but hope that you tough guys get some nourishment from the extra dust you ate 🙂
Dual Sport Questions
Q: What bikes are good for the Dual Sport?
A: Your bike must be street legal and be capable of 60 miles before re-fueling. The dual sport runs an optional loop of the poker run course and this section requires a more dirt oriented dual sport depending on your abilities. That is, a BMW GS (or similar) can make it but it is not suggested for a novice rider.