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DB Lite 1-20-18, 9:00am, 48 miles to Downtown ***DELAYED START***

1 month 4 days ago #25843

Ride start delayed until 9am due to wet roads. I'm updating the subject of this post now.

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1 month 4 days ago #25834

Original route conflicted with a scheduled march downtown, so route is updated to:

ridewithgps.com/routes/26742484

Route is now 48.0 miles, with rest stop at mile 24.6.

See you in the morning! (and hopefully at the party in the evening too!)

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1 month 6 days ago #25830

***RIDE DELAYED UNTIL 9am DUE TO WET ROADS***

Please note, PBA Annual Party is this Saturday starting at 5:30pm. Tickets available online or at the door. 2018pbaannualparty.eventbrite.com

We're going to Downtown due to S winds. Please note, although DBL is now advertised as 16mph-17mph rolling average, we *might* come in slower today due to strong headwinds on the way out. This route is also a bit shorter than normal, since many of us have been off the bike more than we'd like.

WEATHER: (Updated Thursday 10am Friday 1pm)
The weather forecast says it will be 48°F 49°F at 8am and 56°F 57°F at 11am. Winds are predicted to be from the S at 13-17mph 11-16mph with gusts of 18-25mph 11-21mph. We'll have mostly cloudy skies with 10% 9% chance for "precipitation" but not rain--I'm not sure what this means, but here's a link to the National Weather Service .

ROUTE (click here) (Revised Thursday 10:35am)

GO YOUR OWN PACE ZONE--WE WILL WAIT AT REGROUP POINT:

  1. None.

RIDE PARAMETERS:
  • The goal is to keep the group effort smooth and consistent during the ride.
  • In order to keep the effort smoother for everyone, the front riders will accelerate very gradually after stops and turns.
  • If you want to work more, please take a turn up front by announcing your request and safely making your way up to the front, e.g. at a stop light, when given the go-ahead.
  • We will target a Garmin rolling average of 16mph - 17mph. This typically means going ~2-3mph faster on flats.
  • We may go much faster at times and exceed 25mph, depending on wind and hills.
  • Please review the route posted above carefully, and print or download to your bike computer.
  • The rest stop is at mile 21.4 (7-Eleven), so bring enough water for that distance.
  • This is a DROP RIDE. If we get separated at a traffic signal, or if there is a mechanical issue, we will soft pedal or stop to regroup.
  • Please have a sag plan in place in case you have gotten in over your head.

SAFETY:
You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of everyone else in the group, so please RIDE STEADILY, BE PREDICTABLE, & COMMUNICATE while riding with our group and adhere to the following PBA rules:
  • You must wear a helmet.
  • Keep at least one hand on the handlebar at all times.
  • Headphones, speakers, and any form of music is not allowed.
  • Call out road hazards loudly so others will hear you.
  • Loudly call "SLOWING" if cyclists ahead of you slow down unexpectedly.
  • Please note: left is anything to the left of the left column; right is anything to the right of the right column; and middle is anything between the left and right column.
  • When the ride leader calls out "Prepare Left", the sweeper (last cyclist in the left column) is responsible for initiating group left lane change(s) when safe to do so by loudly calling out "Take It" and taking the lane first or holding the current lane while loudly calling out "Car Back".
  • Ride a straight line and do not overlap the wheel in front of you.
  • Loudly pass all messages pertaining to the group up to the ride leader, e.g. "Gap" if the group starts to separate, "Riders Back" if members get separated at a stoplight or similar, "Mechanical" if ANYTHING occurs that requires the group to stop, and "Rider(s) Down" if needed.
  • I strongly recommend blinking lights even during daytime rides. The added visibility may save you from injury or worse!
IMPORTANT NOTE:
The goal is to have fun while riding safely within our ride parameters and enjoying the outdoors. Please introduce yourself to anyone you haven't met before. We ride at a brisk, but social pace.

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