Please note, your ride leader for Saturday, July 6th will be Chris Sumner. Chris has been leading splits of DB Rec for over a year. If you haven't met him, please introduce yourself on Saturday.
The weather should be cooler (thank goodness!) and less windy than last weekend, with a slight chance of wet roads, so we'll hang around the general area with a variation of our past rain route to add some mileage as well as incorporate two rest stops and two go your own pace zones (I'll definitely be in the back). Please study the route, as it affords individuals opportunities to cut short if needed. For instance, at mile 50, you could turn right from Custer onto Ridgeview and take Rockledge to McDermott to Preston Meadow to Denham to Coit and return to the parking lot area.
(as of 7am Friday):
The forecast predicts 77°F at 7:00am and 88°F (heat index 92°F) at noon. Wind is forecast at 5mph - 7mph from the S and SW. We'll have partly cloudy skies and 20% chance for "precipitation".
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.
OPTIONAL GO YOUR OWN PACE ZONE--WE WILL WAIT AT REGROUP POINT:
- Stonebrook Parkway climb. Beginning at mile 41.5, go your own pace to climb and regroup at Shell at mile 42.8. I'll sweep, or straggle behind everyone else, so don't sprint unless you really want to! Shell isn't our scheduled stop, so please refrain from entering unless you really need to!
- Rollins Drive climb. This one starts at mile 59.2. Once again I'll be in the back as last cyclist attempting to hang on. Turn left onto Longwood Drive and regroup on the right BEFORE Hedgcoxe Road at mile 60.0.
- 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 mile 28.1 (Valero) and 48.4 (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.
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 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.