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DB Rec 8/18/18 6:00am 75 miles
By Ron Shome
Posted on 8/17/2018 6:34 AM
***LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED FOR 6am START!!!***

***PLEASE NOTE, PRIOR TO 11am FRIDAY, THE ROUTE LINK WAS OBSOLETE, SHOULD BE 75.7 MILES LONG ROUTE***


We're starting at 6am (lights required) due to our 75 mile distance and to avoid some heat later in the day.  We will ride to Celina and then on to Aubrey and back.  Expect a headwind after our last rest stop--we may need to assign participants to pull 1 or 2 mile legs for this part of the ride.  Please note, some illness got me earlier this week, so there's a good chance you'll complete the ride without me, or return slowly with me.  Chris and Analyn will be there to help lead as needed.  Please review the route closely.

NEW FEATURE:  PBA now offers our RWGPS routes with full navigation to our members.  This means you can either use their smartphone app or a device like a Garmin/Wahoo and have the route plus cues. 
Log into your RWGPS account (if you don't have one, set one up for free).  Then click this button RWGPS to attach your account to our club routes (please use your real name, I have to manage the users).
Once you do that, your RWGPS account will have a PBA logo attached to it indicating you are a member of our club.  
If you are using a smartphone app, log in and then select "Club Routes" and look for "DBR 75.7 CelinaAubrey".  You can then download the route for offline routing, or just use the app online without downloading the map. 
If you are using a Garmin/Wahoo, use a computer and log into your RWGPS account.  Click on the PBA logo, then select "Route Library".  Select "DBR 70.0 SW" or "DBR 70.1 CelinaAubrey" and then "Export" (on the right).  You can download FIT, TCX, GPX, CSV, or KML files.  There are instructions for Garmin/Wahoo devices if you scroll down to the bottom of the "Export" tab.


Here is our mileage ramp up plan:
May 12, 2018 50
May 19, 2018 50
May 26, 2018 50
June 2, 2018 55
June 9, 2018 55
June 16, 2018 55 (Will be away ride @ Collin Classic for 62 mile ride)
June 23, 2018 60
June 30, 2018 60
July 7, 2018 60
July 14, 2018 65
July 21, 2018 65
July 28, 2018 65
August 4, 2018 70
August 11, 2018 70
August 18, 2018 75
August 25, 2018 HH100 - No PBA DB Rec (go ride HH100!)

WEATHER: (as of Fri 7am)
The weather forecast says it will be 78°F at 6:00am and 91°F at 1pm with 7mph S shifting to WSW winds throughout the ride. We'll have mostly sunny skies. NWS Weather 
 
ROUTE:
See green statement above regarding routing.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28367502


OPTIONAL 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 15.5mph - 16.5mph. This typically means going ~1-3mph faster on flats.
  • We may go slower at times, we don't want to burn ourselves out on these long rides, so uphill and/or upwind sections will be taken at an easier pace so as to not expend our reserves.
  • We may go much faster at times and exceed 25mph, depending again on wind and hills.
  • Please review the route posted above carefully, and print or download to your bike computer.
  • There are 4 rest stops, please review the route for details on these.
  • This is a DROP RIDE. However, 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.
  • You should have successfully completed rides with Tweeners, DB Lite, or above to attempt this ride.

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:
  • Keep at least one hand on the handlebar at all times!
  • You must wear a helmet.
  • 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.