DB2 travels at a usual speed range of 15 to 24 mph. DB2 stops as a group for mechanical problems and flat tires. There is at least one rest stop, usually two in the summer. DB2 is a DROP ride. The leaders do their best to maintain group integrity by riding the published speeds and by using re-group points. Distances and speeds will vary depending on wind, road, and other factors. Check the DB2 forum and follow PBADB2 on Twitter for late-breaking changes due to the weather.
Large Group Procedures
In the event there are more than 30 riders at the start, DB2 will divide into two groups, DB2a and DB2b.
Start to Rest Stop
Both groups take the same route at the same DB2 pace. This is NOT a pace-defined division; riders can make that decision at the rest stop. The Weekly ride leader leads DB2a every week. A volunteer will lead DB2b each week. DB2a goes first. An approximate 5-minute gap at the start will be maintained to the rest stop.
Rest Stop to Finish
DB2 will divided up into two groups based on pace. DB2a will go first at a pace at the top end of the DB2 range. Not a sprint, not a surge, but a steady, safe DB2 tempo back to base. A rolling list of DB2 leaders will take turns leading this group back to the finish.
DB2b goes second at the established DB2 pace. The weekly ride leader will lead this group back to the finish. On occasion, the 2 leaders will swap groups.
On a voluntary basis, the ride leaders will be asking for sweeper assistance. Please be prepared to take a turn now and then.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start to allow time to sign in, introduce yourself to the ride leader, and hear the pre-ride briefing.