Archive for May, 2013

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for June 1 Frederick 600km ACP Brevet

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The cue sheet for the Frederick 600km ACP Brevet, starting at the Frederick Days Inn at 4:00AM on June 1, 2013 is now posted at in various formats at 2013_dcr_600km_frederick_cue.zip

Parking:  Riders will need to park in the Days Inn truck parking gravel lot.  In the map that is linked to above, I think I have correctly identified this with a big arrow and the letter “P”.  The entrance is off of Grove Rd just a little down from the Days Inn.  Look for a sign that says Days Inn Truck Parking.  Park at the back of the lot.

Registration will be in the breakfast area of the Days Inn starting at 4am.  This is near the green exclamation park on the map.

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be sure to bring your reflective gear and ensure that you have the required front and rear lights mounted on your bicycle.  In addition to bike inspection the morning of the event, there will also be a bike inspection available Friday night from 8pm to 9pm.

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 2013_dcr_600km_frederick_gps.zip  A comment about the GPS file: For major climbs (defined as more than 400′) the GPS file usually has viapoints that show upcoming climbing plus the top of the climb.  The climbing cues are in the form “C8.8m65to105″ which means “Climb for 8.8 miles with an elevation change of 650 feet to an altitude of 1050 feet.”  Some climbs have ups and downs–these are ignored.  A climb that’s 375 feet doesn’t get a climbing cue, even if it’s the steepest climb you’ve ever been on.  So … the Pigeon Hills don’t get climbing cues.

A RidewithGPS version that may be useful for people using certain Garmin Edge GPS’s and/or other GPS’s is posted here.  NOTE: This should be considered highly experimental.  There is a fair amount of info at RWGPS’s website about which format to download for the type of GPS that you have.  Note that if you download a track to your GPS then there may be a limit to the number of points that your GPS can accept: Mine can only handle 500 points.  I do not have any of these types of GPS’s so no way to experiment.  Please report back on your experience if you download something from RWGPS.  Let me know the type of GPS you have and the type of format that you downloaded and how well it worked for you.

ACP 600km brevet - June 1, 4am - Frederick, MD

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Starting from the Frederick Day’s Inn (park at the “P” on the map in the gravel truck-parking lot, unless you are staying in the hotel), we follow almost the same figure-8 route as when we last rode it in 2009.   The Frederick 600km route–originally designed by Lynn Kristianson–has an initial, Day 1, Frederick to Frederick loop that is roughly similar to the 2012 Frederick 400km in reverse; the second Frederick to Frederick loop will take in some familiar territory from the 300km and some new territory through York and Carroll counties.  The pre-ride draft of the route is posted at RidewithGPS.

Day one heads north to Thurmont, climbs up MD550 and then picks up the 300km route through Fairfield and Arendtsville. In the Michaux State Forest, we forego the grinding climb over Big Flat for a slightly more mellow route through the woods in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Once across South Mountain, the route heads east along Yellow Breeches Creek to a control in Montsera. Turning south and west to pass through Newville, the riders begin the reverse 400k route. After a control in Mercersburg, riders continue due south through Williamsport and Sharpsburg and then cross the Potomac into West Virginia at Shepherdstown. From here, we avoid climbing over Snickers Gap (which has become too dangerous over the years) by detouring back up into Maryland, over Gapland, and then down to Purcellville.  Turning north again, we soon rejoin the old route, re-crossing the Potomac at Point of Rocks and return to the Day’s Inn.

Day two starts by following the flat terrain of the Monacacy flood plain and the MD 300km route - in reverse - to East Berlin, PA. Turning southeast,  riders pass through the most challenging portion of the day’s ride in the Pigeon Hills of York County, to a control in New Freedom. From Glen Rock to New Freedom and then on the return to Maryland, the terrain moderates slightly. The hills return in the quiet rural roads of Carroll County. A stunning 5-mile downhill along Deep Run Road and more rolling terrain bring the riders into Frederick County where the terrain moderates somewhat as they reverse the day’s earlier route back to US15 and take some familiar roads to the final control.

There are many stop-lights going through Frederick. Please respect these as the cross traffic is sometimes fast and hard to see. Going out through downtown Frederick in the morning is especially nice. Watch for traffic when you return to Frederick as it will likely be heavier that going out.

DCR Warrenton Firefly 400km Cue Sheet and GPS Files

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The cue sheet for the Warrenton (Firefly) 400km starting at the Warrenton Hampton Inn at 4:00AM on May 18, 2013 is now posted at 2013_dcr_firefly_400km_cue.zip. Please park as far away as possible from the front entrance of the hotel.  Registration will take place from 3-4AM. Lights and reflective gear are required so bring your bike and reflective gear to registration for inspection.

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.

GPS files are posted at 2013_dcr_warrenton_firefly_400km_gps.zip.  A RidewithGPS version that may be useful for people using certain Garmin Edge GPS’s and/or other GPS’s is posted here.   NOTE: This should be considered highly experimental.  There is a fair amount of info at RWGPS’s website about which format to download for the type of GPS that you have.  Note that if you download a track to your GPS then there may be a limit to the number of points that your GPS can accept: Mine can only handle 500 points.  I do not have any of these types of GPS’s so no way to experiment.  Please report back on your experience if you download something from RWGPS.  Let me know the type of GPS you have and the type of format that you downloaded and how well it worked for you.   One data point: A rider with a new Edge 800 had better experience on the Frederick 300 using the GPX file posted in the zip file instead of the TCX downloaded from RWGPS.

Ride results for the Frederick 300km

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Ride results are posted for the Frederick 300km.  http://www.dcrand.org/dcr/results.php  Please check and let me know if you see any mistakes.
Thanks, Kelly, for organizing the ride; and thanks Josie, Chip, and Ron for helping make it happen.  Thanks also to Crista for a little cue sheet magic (and for a great route).
Congratulations to first-time 300km finishers: Carolyn Frazee, Curtis Hunter, Matt Kisner, Jim Lopez, and Calista Phillips.  Did we miss anyone?

Nick

On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM, SMITH, KELLY G <kgsmith1@att.com> wrote:
Hi all,

Think everyone would agree Saturday was about as fine a day as you could ask for to do a 300, don’t you?  I hear there was a tedious headwind on the eastbound leg but not very strong (though after Big Flat everything seems harder).

34 riders headed out and all finished within the time (maybe only 5 minutes within but that works) for a 100% success rate!

There was a lot of first time 300 riders too, but I have to apologize for not writing down names at the time so I only recall Carolyn Frazee and Calista Phillips.  They came in strong, Calista even riding the last 60 solo from Rocco’s non-stop – rule V applied!  Congratulations to all first time 300 riders and please send an email about your experience.

I want to thank Chip Adams and Ron Tosh for helping Josie and I through the prestart crush, and also Chip for dropping in at the finish to offer a hand.  Thanks Nick for walking me through the prep.

Josie and I enjoyed seeing everyone at the secret control, you all looked strong powering up that grade (apologies for the extra foot of vertical to our spot).  We took a few (non-Bill quality) pictures which are here:

http://s59.photobucket.com/user/bike_kelly/library/5-4-13%20DCR%20300k

It was fun to see things from the other side of the looking glass.  Josie and I went to the Apple Blossom Fair while you all circulated across PA and I kept thinking how odd it was to be strolling and eating while the club was riding.  It was great to show Josie some of the sights we see.

Thanks for coming out,

Kelly

ACP 400km brevet - May 18, 4am - Warrenton, VA

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The Warrenton (Firefly) 400km starts at the Warrenton Hampton Inn at 4:00AM on May 18, 2013. Please park away from the front entrance of the hotel.  Registration will take place from 3-4AM. Lights and reflective gear are required so bring your bike and reflective gear to registration for inspection.

The Firefly 400km route was designed by Nick Bull.  The route was designed to be a night-start 400km to help prepare for PBP, and the route itself has just a little more climbing per mile than PBP.  The route starts at Warrenton, heads north to Purcellville, south to Marshall, then west to Linden, south to Madison and eventually Charlottesville, northeast to Orange, and then mostly north back to Warrenton.  (Many thanks to Lynn Kristianson and Crista Borras for routing suggestions!)  With all of the flowering trees in bloom, and views of the Shenandoah’s, it should be a beautiful ride.

Like PBP, most of the route is hilly and you’re constantly shifting gears.  But also like PBP, there is very little that is really steep, and only a couple of climbs of 400 feet or more.  Several of the controls are even at the top of a hill, just like PBP!  Overall, the climbing per mile is comparable to the recently-completed Warrenton 300km.

The tentative route is shown here, subject to revision after the checkout ride.  Since the route has not been ridden as a day-start, we’ll have more detailed comments after the checkout.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for May 11 Suffolk 300km ACP Brevet

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The cue sheet for the Suffolk 300km brevet, starting at the Holland Plaza Shopping Center at 5:00AM on May 11, 2013 is now posted at 2013_dcr_300km_suffolk_cue.zip The versions named “2Up” are set up to be displayed folded in half in the map case of a handlebar bag.  The other versions are our usual cue sheets for folding in quarters.

Registration opens at 4:00am.  Coming from US 58, Holland Plaza will be on your left. Park near the Rite-Aid near the now closed Food Lion.

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be sure to bring your reflective gear and ensure that you have the required front and rear lights mounted on your bicycle.

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 2013_dcr_300km_suffolk_gps.zip

A RidewithGPS version that may be useful for people using certain Garmin Edge GPS’s and/or other GPS’s is posted here.   NOTE: This should be considered highly experimental.  There is a fair amount of info at RWGPS’s website about which format to download for the type of GPS that you have.  Note that if you download a track to your GPS then there may be a limit to the number of points that your GPS can accept: Mine can only handle 500 points.  I do not have any of these types of GPS’s so no way to experiment.  Please report back on your experience if you download something from RWGPS.  Let me know the type of GPS you have and the type of format that you downloaded and how well it worked for you.

DC Randonneurs jerseys

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the DCRand summer jerseys are available for purchase directly from Voler at the same discount price we received when we placed our first group order.  There is no minimum order size now to receive the discount.  Anyone can buy the jersey with the DCRand logo directly from Voler. Simply click this link to begin:

Order DCRand Jersey from Voler

Once the preview comes up, use the drop down to select the jersey style and color you’d like to purchase and the preview will refresh to show how it will look with the DCRand artwork applied.  Then proceed to checkout.

There are two important details to know about Voler’s order process:


1) Price: Your checkout price on the web site will show significantly higher than the final price you will actually be charged.  Voler will apply the discount when your order ships and you will in fact be charged only $53.95 plus tax and shipping for short sleeve jersey designs.  This is a limitation of Voler’s web site, it just can’t compute the discount for you up front.  A test purchase recently completed this way was correctly charged the discount price.  Also note that long sleeve jerseys, while eligible for a discount, may have a higher final price.


2) Colors:  When you complete your order, you will receive an email confirmation.  It may include a notice that Voler’s new print process might alter the color of the art work.  We’ve already worked with Voler to get our artwork updated for the new process.  We’ve also received a test order and it matched the original art work very nicely.  You can safely ignore this notice.

Most orders will be printed and shipped within one or two business days of placing the order and you’ll receive your jersey in a week to 10 days, sooner if you select express shipping.  The check out process will ask you what your preferred “in hand” date is and they will make every effort to get it to you by that date.

Questions can be directed to the Voler representative who manages the custom artwork program, Wayne Lance.  When calling be sure to have the DCRand design number handy: 13870.


Wayne Lance

VOLER APPAREL

Customer Service - Custom

waynel@voler.com

800-488-6537 ext 216

Mike Binnix represented the club to coordinate all of this with Voler (thanks, Mike!!!).  Please feel free to contact him directly with questions at 410-340-2791 or mike@binnix.net.  Mike says “I look forward to seeing many of you this Saturday at the Frederick 300K.  Bonne Route!!”