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DB Rec 8-12-17, **6am/75 miles** or 7am/63 miles to Rowlett

2 months 1 week ago #25318

This is our first of two rides of 75 miles. Due to the high heat index forecast for this Saturday, we'll start early at 6am and ride a small 10.7-12 mile circuit and return to the parking lot by about 6:45am. Then at 7am we will pick up those who prefer to start at the standard time and begin our main 63 mile loop to Rowlett (very similar to our ride last Saturday). This 63 mile loop will have a parking lot pass (optional cutoff) 11 miles before the end for those who must end early or are suffering heat exhaustion symptoms.

6am Instructions for 75 miles *** Lights Required ***
Meet, ready to roll by 5:55am for a quick speech and sign in at our usual location. We'll start riding at 6am sharp. Please bring an extra water bottle and snack as your first rest stop is the parking lot when we return about 6:45am. The next stop for us will be 27 miles later (our mile ~38).

7am Instructions for 63 miles
If you prefer to start at 7am and ride 63 miles, please gather near my blue Honda Odyssey and sign in. The sign in sheet should at the rear window wiper blade. We should be there about 6:45am, and we'll have our full pre-ride talk.

Due to the hot weather, we've had many cyclists suffer heat exhaustion, and some have had to sag or ride back slower (including me). Please only choose this ride if you're acclimated to the humidity and heat and have been recently riding consistently in these conditions. Those cyclists who suffered painful leg cramping may have benefited from proper electrolyte intake; my favorite form is "SaltStick" capsules (you don't taste the salts), but there are many alternatives.

WEATHER: (as of Thurs 1pm)
The weather forecast says it will be humid and 79°F at 6:00am, 79°F at 7:00am, 92°F (heat index 102°F) at noon, and 94°F (heat index 105°F) at 1pm. Winds are predicted to be 6-7mph from the SE/SSE, and we'll have partly cloudy skies and a slight chance for rain and thunder. NWS Weather

ROUTE:
6am 11 mile loop (we might add a little extra if we're back early, e.g. Preston Meadow --> Denham Way --> Coit --> Stonewood).
7am 63 mile loop

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.
  • The main 63 mile loop rest stops are at mile 26.9 (RaceTrac), 41.9 (RaceTrac), and optional water stop at mile 59.5 (RaceTrac).
  • 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.

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