Archive for June, 2014

Warrenton RUSA 300km Cue Sheet, Route comments, and GPS Files, June 7th

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Warrenton 300km RUSA Brevet, starts at the Howard Johnsons in Warrenton, VA at 7:00AM on June 7th, 2014.  Be sure to park either at the high school indicated on the map or along Waterloo Rd. Do not park at the HoJos or nearby businesses.

Cue sheets are posted at 2014_06_07_dcr_warrenton_300km_cue.zip (note the 2up version is intended to work well in the mapcase of a handlebar bag and prints better from the pdf version). The main route is all paved road except for a 0.3 mile gravel section near the end.  There are three potential gravel road detours for riders who want to avoid a bit of traffic on F.T.Valley Rd &/or US522, and who have suitable tires for gravel.  These are clearly marked in the cue sheet and are also contained in the GPS file.

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

Registration opens inside the HoJo’s at 6:00 AM.  Here are some route comments:

  • The Orange Control is an OPEN control — GET RECEIPTS!!
  • The GPS files do NOT break at INFO controls.  Be careful not to miss them.

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 2014_06_07_dcr_warrenton_300km_gps.zip.  The official route is also posted to RidewithGPS.  However, I do not know of any way to post to RWGPS the official route plus the detours on gravel roads.  So what is on RWGPS is just the official route that follows the paved roads.

Climbing: All climbing is relative.  My best  measure of climbing on this route is that the Warrenton 300km has 9500′ of climbing, Paul’s Paradise 200km has 9000′ of climbing, the Urbana 200km has 9500′ of climbing, and Wilderness Campaign has 5500′ of climbing.  For a comprehensive list of consistently-measured events, see Climbing.

Cue Sheets and GPS Files for June 7th Old Rag 200km ACP Brevet

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

The Warrenton (Old Rag) 200K ACP brevet starts at the Howard Johnsons in Warrenton, VA at 7:00AM on June 7th, 2014. Be sure to park either at the high school indicated on the map or along Waterloo Rd. Do not park at the HoJos or nearby businesses. Lights are not required, but always a good idea, e.g. in case of morning fog or rain.

The cue sheet(s) are posted here: 2014_06_07_dcr_old_rag_200km_cue.zip  As usual, the “2up” cue sheet is for handlebar bags and the PDF version prints best.  The cue sheets include a probably-unnecessary detour around the low-water bridge at mile 47.8.  You can just ignore it if it hasn’t been raining a lot.

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 2014_06_07_dcr_old_rag_200km_gps.zip.  The RideWithGPS version is here.