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DB Rec 4-22-17, 7:30am, 70 miles to Celina/Aubrey/Little Elm

5 months 5 days ago #24893

Welcome to DB Rec! This ride increases in distance throughout the season, culminating in 75 miles before MS150, then it resets to 50 miles again and increases again up to 75 miles before Hotter N Hell 100.

We will be riding N to Celina, W to Aubrey, S to Little Elm, then back to the barn for our second 70 mile ride this month. Please arrive ready to roll at least 10 minutes before departure time to sign in and listen to the pre-ride talk.

WEATHER:
The weather forecast says it will be 53°F at 7:30am and 63°F at 1pm. Winds are predicted to be 18-20mph from the NNW with gusts of 25mph and we'll have mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies and an 8% chance for rain. NWS Weather

ROUTE (click here) ***UPDATED AS OF FRIDAY 5pm TO AVOID RED BALLOON RIDE*** The 10am Friday version of this route had us return on Legacy, but that will still be occupied by Red Balloon Ride, so we're returning on Spring Creek now.

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 16mph - 16.5mph. I am shooting for a ~16.2mph Garmin average. 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.
  • The rest stops are at mile 22.6 (7-Eleven) and mile 45.1 (Shell/7-Eleven). There is an optional stop at mile 53.6 (Valero).
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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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