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DB Rec 4/20/19 7:30am 70 miles Irving
By Ron Shome
Posted on 4/19/2019 6:32 PM
We are scheduled to ride 70(!) miles again this Saturday.  It'll be sunny, so don't forget the sunscreen.  There will be light winds from the S so we'll head to Irving for an initial 57 mile loop, then ride around Plano for an additional 13 to get 70 or so total.  If you decide to go short at mile 57, turn LEFT onto Preston Meadow, then right onto Spring Creek, and left onto Stonewood to reach our parking lot.  I'll let you know when decision time comes around.

WEATHER (as of 8pm Friday):
It should be a beautiful day!  50°F at 7:30am and 72°F at 1pm.  Wind is forecast at 3-8mph from the S.  We'll have sunny skies and a 0% chance for rain.
  NWS Weather 
See "News" section of our website for a note on routes and downloading to your device.  If, like me, you have a Wahoo Elemnt, just copy the route to your own RideWithGPS account, and you can sync easily through your Wahoo phone app.

  1. Ranchview Drive.  Mile 21.0 - 22.8.  Stick to the right lane and single up (pass on left, announce passes), observe stop signs, REGROUP ON THE RIGHT A FEW CAR LENGTHS BEFORE THE STOP SIGN  FOR RANCH TRAIL (at the top of the hill).  I'll sweep, so no need to push too hard.
  2. Windhaven Parkway.  Mile 52.0 - 52.5.  Stick to the right lane and single up (pass on left, announce passes).  Climb at your own pace, RIGHT TURN TO REGROUP AT THE FIRST RIGHT TURN (W Arbor Hills Way).  Once again, I'll sweep or simply be last up the hill.

  • 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 rest stops are at miles 25.1 (RaceTrac), 43.5 (RaceTrac), and 60.1 (QuikTrip).
  • 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.

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!

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.