Archive for June, 2015

Firefly 400km ACP Brevet - July 11, 8pm - Warrenton, VA

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

The Warrenton (Firefly) ACP 400km starts at the Warrenton Hampton Inn at 8:00PM on July 11, 2015. Please park away from the front entrance of the hotel. Registration and safety inspection will take place from 7-8PM. 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 as a night-start 400 to help riders prepare for PBP (the route itself has just a little more climbing per mile than PBP).  The route starts at Warrenton, heads north through hilly terrain to Purcellville and then back south to Marshall.  From there it traverses gradual rollers and a long, gradual climb up to Linden. The route retraces somewhat before heading down the tough rollers of Crest Hill Rd–it should be pretty in the moonlight with a 3/4 moon.  The terrain eventually moderates from Flint Hill to Madison and on down to Charlottesville.  Here, we have re-routed to avoid the airport–we’ll control further north of Charlottesville at a Sheetz and make up the distance later.  Now we head generally north-east through Orange and over Clarks Mountain.  We have to suffer nasty, fast traffic for 4-1/2 miles of US522–but the cars have good sight lines so they can see you from a distance, and you can watch them in your mirror to make sure they are moving over for you.  The payoff is the lovely 5-1/2 miles of the Algonquin Trail.  The terrain gets tougher through Kelly’s Ford but moderates by the Elk Run Store, where it heads home the final few miles to Warrenton.  (Many thanks to Lynn Kristianson and Crista Borras for routing suggestions!)  With views of the Shenandoah’s from near and far, and a sunrise shining onto the mountains, 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.

Cue Sheets and GPS Files for June 26-29 Warrenton Blue Ridge Vistas 1000km ACP Brevet

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The cue sheets for the Blue Ridge Vistas ACP 1000km brevet starting at the Warrenton Hampton Inn in Warrenton, VA at 4:00AM on June 26, 2015 are now posted at 2015_dcr_blue_ridge_vistas_1000km_cue.zip. The “2up” version is for the map case of a handlebar bag and is most easily printed from the PDF.

Park near the sides of the Hampton, and far from the front entrance. Registration and safety inspection are from 3-4AM on Friday. Lights and reflective gear are required so bring your bike and reflective gear to registration for inspection; requirements are here.

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 settings similar to those 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)

Generally, the routes go from control to control but do not break at info controls. The primary reason to do this is that it avoids the GPS getting confused on out-and-back segments.

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 2015_dcr_blue_ridge_vistas_1000km-gps.zip.  RWGPS is as follows:

Whole Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8659271
Loop One: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8659285
Loop Two: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8418508
Loop Three: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6756087

Climbing cues are provided in the GPS file for climbs of more than 400 feet.  To read them:  A cue like C7.8m59to151 means “From here, you’ll be climbing for 7.8 miles for an altitude change of 590 feet, ending up at an altitude of 1510 feet.

Cue Sheets and GPS Files for June 6 Middletown (Shenandoah) 600km ACP Brevet

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

The cue sheets for the Middletown (Shenandoah) ACP 600km brevet starting at the Middletown Econolodge (former Super 8) in Middletown, VA at 4:00AM on June 6, 2015 are now posted at 2015_dcr_shenandoah_600km_cue.zip. Park near the sides of the Econolodge, and far from the front entrance. Safety inspection is available from 7-9 PM on Friday.  Registration and safety inspection are from 3-4AM on Saturday. Lights and reflective gear are required so bring your bike and reflective gear to registration for inspection.  Bring drop bags to the lobby Saturday morning.  Make sure they are clearly labelled and less than 15 pounds.

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 settings similar to those 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 2015_dcr_shenandoah_600km_gps.zip.  RWGPS is posted here.

Climbing cues are often provided in the GPS file for climbs of more than 400 feet.  To read them:  A cue like C7.8m59to151 means “From here, you’ll be climbing for 7.8 miles for an altitude change of 590 feet, ending up at an altitude of 1510 feet.