Kinder-Gentler ACP 400km Cue Sheet, Route comments, and GPS Files, May 6, 4am

The Warrenton “Kinder-Gentler” ACP 400km starts at the Warrenton Hampton Inn in Warrenton, VA at 4:00AM on May 6.  Be sure to park at the extremities of the parking lot.

Cue sheets are posted at 2017_dcr_kinder_gentler_400km_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).  Make sure to review the cue sheet before the ride so that you know what services are offered where and when.

There are two potential detours to be aware of.  There’s a low-water bridge after mile 45.8 so if there has been heavy rain, consider taking the detour there.  And after mile 202.3, if you have tires that are suitable for a couple of miles of gravel, you can detour on Twin Mountains Rd to avoid US522. We have not checked this gravel section in the past few weeks, but rode it during the Warrenton 300 and it was fine for riders with suitable tires.

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 and safety inspections start at 3:00AM.

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 2017_dcr_kinder_gentler_400km-gps.zip. The GPS routes do not generally break at info controls, make sure not to miss them!

The official route is also posted to RidewithGPS.

Climbing: All climbing is relative. Pre-riders measured approximately 13,500′ of climbing, which seems consistent with RWGPS.  Warrenton 300km has about 9,500′ of climbing.  So Kinder-Gentler has maybe 42 percent more climbing for 33 percent more distance, which suggests it’s a little bit tougher, relatively speaking.  Pre-riders report that none of it is on “big” climbs (more than 400 feet) but some are steep.  The climbing is somewhat front-loaded.  For comparison with other 400’s: Firefly has about 12,800′, the Frederick “Four States” 400 has about 14,600, and Northern Exposure has around 14,100.  For a list of consistently-measured events, see Climbing.

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