START A UNDERGROUND LEAGUE
Join The Collective and start a Underground League! Organizing a League requires locating trails, recording rides, creating Trails in Ride Hermes and managing your League in the app. Other responsibilities can include obtaining sponsorship, awarding prizes or organizing live events.
We recommend you have a close connection with the Community and knowledge of local trails. A Ride Hermes App account is required to manage your trails and Messenger is needed to communicate between League Leaders.
May 17th - August 18th, 2024
Choose a name that describes your area and community. The use of Underground in your name will identify it as part of the “Collective” and the benefits that come with it.
Facebook, Instagram, Discord, YouTube. Connect and communicate with your community. One form of Social Media is required to become an official Underground League. Recruit "Trail Ambassadors" to help manage trails. This can include reporting trail condition, mediating when issues arise and maintaining relations with the Trail Community.
RIDE & RECORD
Record your rides on Hermes. You can make any Ride into Trail.
The 2024 race season starts May 17th, 2024 and ends August 18th, 2024. Early seasons outside these dates can be approved for locations where weather or trail conditions wont allow for standard season dates. All seasons must close by August 1st to qualify for Finals.
A League Logo is required, Think of it as your “brand”. Recruit the local community to assist. Fiverr or similar freelance services are helpful to find help.
Underground Trails must range from a half mile to three miles. Ask your Onewheel Community for trail suggestion or find new trails with apps like Trailforks, MTB Project or All Trails.
Choose your top ten rides and make them into Trails in the Hermes app. Use the guide for tips on choosing the right trails for racing. You can select any Hermes Trail for your season.
FORM YOUR LEAGUE & SEASON
Form a new "League" in the Hermes app. Upload your logo, add a description and include any social media links. Continue in the app with "New Season". Add start and end dates, describe the season and select Trails to be added. Add vehicles to be allowed under "Vehicle Class".
Submit your League through the Ride Hermes Underground Portal (coming soon). Leagues must be completed and submitted by May 1st. Your League will be added to Underground after the application has been approved.
Each League will be evaluated if it meets the minimum requirement to be included in the 2024 Underground season. Any League not selected will become a league in Hermes, but not included in the Underground season. We ask that only official Underground leagues use the Underground name and branding.
There is no right or wrong way to manage a League. Find sponsors, make jerseys, organize live events! Make your league yours!
There are many considerations when choosing a Underground Trail. Is the Trail enjoyable? Does it track correctly? Is it safe? Will use cause problems with the Trail Community? Here are some things to help make the right decision.
1. Distance 0.5 to 3.0 miles (Short trails do not track as accurately)
3. Avoid high traffic trails
4. Navigate with one path to the finish. Use the fastest route to avoid shortcuts
5. Cell service.
6. Legal and trail community friendly
7. Downhill or flat Trails preferred (Climbing gives advantage to light riders and high powered boards)
8. Charging access
Set "Start" and "Finish" gates on a straight path with no other trail nearby. Gates require a safety area of 20 yards with no other sections of the trail in the safety zone. Tight turns or tree coverage near gates will negatively affect GPS accuracy and can cause errors.
Avoid setting Start and Finish Gates at the same location. Set Start Gates away from rest areas where riders gather before or after a run. Riders can accidentally activate a gate if they get too close
Once a Trail is selected, ride it multiple times on the same recording. You will see if the Trail tracks well by where the lines seperate. This is GPS drift. Some drift is expected, but excessive drift should be avoided near the Start and Finish Gates. It's recommended to have others ride it, preferably with different phones and cell service. This is what a proper GPS track looks like after three runs on one recording.
How far apart should trails be?
Locations of your trails is dependent on your community and available Trails. We had a League with over 500 miles between Trails and another where all Trail were located in a single park. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Most important thing is that your Trails meet the needs discussed on this page