We are pleased to announce the 2021 45th Annual Three Flags Classic! (TFC)
This information is fluid and will be updated as more information becomes available. As of December 4, 2020 this information is accurate. Do not make reservations for hotels until you are allowed to register for the ride. Currently, we expect registration to open up on SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM PST.
The TFC started in 1976 and has continued every year since then. The ride typically starts or ends in Mexico or Canada. As of now, the ride is scheduled to start in Mexicali, Mexico. Mexicali is located south of El Centro, California off I-8. The ride is currently scheduled to finish in Penticton, Canada BC.
Each year the ride has a start and finish with 3 checkpoints along the route. Every 5 years the ride is 5 days long with 4 checkpoints along the route. This IS a 5 year ride. There will be approximately 300 people riding in 2021! You may ride by yourself, with a passenger or others. Passengers need not register as a rider if they don’t want to receive any of the riding materials, shirts, hat, buckle, etc. They may buy a Start dinner ticket and/or Finisher’s dinner ticket separately.
Take your time to glance through each of the items listed on the drop-down menus and learn about the history of this magnificent ride, the route we will be taking this year (final route sheets forthcoming), information about border crossing into CAN and MEX, eBlasts previously released with ride info, photo’s from previous 3FC’s, and links to information on weather conditions during this 4-day event.
Website pages may not be populated early in the year but will be as information becomes collected.
The format of the Three Flags Classic
This event is NOT a race. No records are kept in regard to elapsed time. This event is a 7-day event with a check-in day, 5 days of actual riding and the day of the finish banquet. The ride will be longer if you consider your travel time to the start and home from the finish. It is an endurance event where riders may be exposed to extreme cold, rain, snow, sunshine, extreme heat, road closures, and more. Riders are presented with a preferred route but can ride any route they choose, as long as they reach 4 checkpoints and the finish point within the designated times. It is NOT a convoy. You ride by yourself or with friends, but you organize your hotel days along the route and travel at your own pace. The route is predominantly “back-roads” vs. Interstate. They are scenic beautiful roads. The route is pre-ridden by two volunteers to check the route in advance. Checkpoints are open during designated times and are designed to be open for riders who ride shorter or longer days. You will want to be able to average 500 miles per day.
At the time of check-in (in Mexicali), riders will receive a starter’s package usually containing a plaque, 3FC passport, preferred route sheet, decal, pin, shirt, and cap. Upon completing the ride and having checked in at each checkpoint within the designated times you will receive a limited edition beautifully designed belt buckle commemorating this year’s magnificent ride. Please know while our ride is primarily back roads, riders may deviate from the exact route as long as they make the checkpoints within the times listed in the TFC Passport.
Check-In Day: Wednesday, September 1, 2021, is for Event Check-In, start banquet, rider’s meeting, and first timer’s meetings.
Riding Days: September 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and Monday the 6th.
Finish Day: Monday, September 6, 2021, is the main finish date. Riders arriving before the close of the checkpoint at 9:00 pm, and meeting passport stamp requirements, will receive a Finisher’s Buckle.
Banquet Day: Tuesday, September 7, 2021; Finish Banquet. Happy hour 3-5 PM. Banquet 5-8 PM.
More information about the route, checkpoints, hotels, etc. will be published as it becomes available. Routes, checkpoints, dates, and times are all subject to change. The route will be published online, including a GPX route contact. A turn by turn route will be provided online as well.
If you have questions after reviewing all the information, please don’t hesitate to call me. I’m here to help you organize the best riding event you’ll ever attend!