Archive for October, 2014

Cue sheet and GPS files for November 1st Flatbread 200km

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The cue sheets for the Flatbread 200km RUSA brevet starting at the Good Guys Sports Bar in Centreville, MD at 7:00AM on November 1, 2014 are now posted at 2014_dcr_eastern_shore_flatbread_200km_cue.zip.

The ride starts from the parking lot of the Good Guys Pizza at 7:00am. Registration will also be at Good Guys and opens at 6:00am. Parking will not be permitted in the Good Guys parking lot.  There is a municipal parking lot at the corner of Happy Lady Lane and Water St.  Plenty of parking there (see square outlined in red in the image flatbread_parking.png).  There may also be street parking in the area.

Note that there is no restroom facility available at the start, so please find one on the way in. If you use Route 213 north from Route 301, there is a McDonalds on the right 1 mile north from the exit. If you’re coming in from the North, there is a truck stop at the intersection of Rts 304 and 301.

The Slaughter Beach mini-mart is closed for the winter, so there will be an Info Control at the nearby firehouse, at the end of the firehouse near the beach.  This does mean that the first control with services is not until 69 miles in to the ride, so if you need to resupply before then, check the cue sheet for stores.

The Milton Control is an “open” control, meaning that you can choose any business in Milton. But you must get a receipt from that business. If the receipt does not include the name and address of the business, write it on your control card.

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_dcr_eastern_shore_flatbread_200km-gps.zip. The RideWithGPS version is posted at  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3636110

Eastern Shore Flatbread 200km - Nov 1, 2014

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Always a crowd favorite, the Flatbread 200km starts at 7am in the town of Centreville, Maryland and takes in a nice water view on the Chesapeake Bay side of the shore before heading toward the Delaware Bay / Ocean at Slaughter Beach, Delaware.  The fall colors and muted, dappled light are one of my favorite parts of this ride.

Compared to the climbs that we are used to on the western shore, the eastern shore of Maryland can be a wee bit flat, but of those who have done this ride in the past, we know that the wind is no friend. Be prepared for more of the same this year. As you pass through Milford, DE, don’t miss the opportunity to stop at Dolce Coffee: They make some tasty hot beverages as well as pastries to die for. This will boost your energy to go back out and tackle the wind. At Slaughter Beach, you’ll reach the midway point and a great time to get off the bike a few minutes and check out the beach. Due east, 12-13 miles, is Cape May, NJ. Look south and you’ll probably see the outline of Lewe’s, DE.

After the Slaughter Beach Control, you have only 10 miles to the next Control in Milton. It is an Open Control and there are a few good lunch stops, like, Federal Street Expresso Bar, Irish Eyes, a Deli, and a convenience store. Milton is also the home of the Dogfish Head Brewery if you feel like a tour is needed or just go and sample the beer. No food, though. You can be in and out in 30 minutes or less. Or, if you’re in one those fast pacelines, enjoy yourselves a bit longer. You’ll make up the time on the road.

Heading back towards Centreville and the final Control, the ride will pass through the Bridgeville Control and then into Denton, Maryland. There’s an opportunity to fill your water bottles and grab a snack before the final push into the last Control at the Good Guys Sportsbar in Centreville where great pizza and fun await you.