Archive for December, 2012

Ride results for Woodbine-Dillsburg

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Thirty-seven riders set out into foggy and cool weather for the December DCR brevet, Woodbine-Dillsburg. Except for the fog, we hit the weather sweet-spot between a rainy Friday and Sunday. All riders returned safely over the course of the day. Results have been posted here. There were two first-time randonneurs to congratulate: Patrick O’Connor and Matt Bailey. For some reason, Pat’s disk brakes apparently kept auto-adjusting to be tighter and slow him down. Some people do bonus miles, but in Pat’s case, he did a little bonus resistance training! Thanks are due to our volunteer ride organizer, Bill Beck, to cue-sheet massager Crista Borras, to morning registration volunteers Duncan Glenday and Dave and Marcus Provine, and finally to Greg Conderacci for donating sodas and cookies to the after-ride party. Bill Beck’s photos are posted here

Next ride is the January 12th “Annual Meeting Populaire” starting from Glen Echo. Park your car in the Glen Echo Park parking lot. The ride itself will start at 9 am from Glen Echo Town Hall. The Annual Meeting will also take place at the Town Hall at 4pm. We’ll send more details on both the ride and the meeting in a future email.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for December 8 208K RUSA Brevet

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The cue sheet for the Woodbine 208K RUSA brevet, starting at the Woodbine McDonalds at 7:00AM on December 8, 2012 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20121208 Woodbine 208K Brevet (PDF version at Cue Sheet PDF - 20121208 Woodbine 208K Brevet).

The ride starts from the McDonalds at 7:00am. Registration will open at 6:00am. Park in the Park & Ride shown on the map.

In previous years we used the Coffee Express as our control in Dillsburg. The Coffee Express closed, but a new and remodeled version called the Square Bean recently opened in the same location, and I had a very nice lunch there during the checkout ride. But to avoid crowding in the Square Bean, Dillsburg is now an open control and you may choose any business as your control. As noted on the cue sheet, there are at least five options. However, note that the cumulative mileage on the cue sheet is based on the Square Bean, so you will need to shift your cumulative mileage if you use a different control. Be sure to get a receipt wherever you control in Dillsburg.

The link to the GPS files is posted below. But please read this information before downloading them. Always get a copy of the final cue sheet. That final cue sheet contains the official route, so in case there is a conflict with the GPS file, you should resolve the conflict in favor of the cue sheet. Use the GPS as a handy-dandy adjunct. Keep your wits about you, as the GPS cannot notify you of road hazards — it is up to you to ride safely.

We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to the settings below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:

Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
Calculation Method: Best Route
Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes. The GPS files are posted at GPS Files - 20121208 Woodbine 208K Brevet.

If you have older maps in your GPS, they may not include a relatively recent extension of MD31 in New Windsor, which connects it directly to MD75. Therefore, when you go through New Windsor near miles 16.5 and 112.6, your GPS may try to follow a slightly different route.