Sunday, July 20, 2014

Race Day Details

---- Update 7/26 
Bag drop
Feel free to bring a bag to leave at the start/finish so you can change clothes and get comfortable.

My Neighbor who is also riding has offered up his pool for a cool down, will have to hose you down first though.

----  Update 7/23

Updated Cue Sheet
For safety reasons I'm moving the sprint finish.   The sprint finish for those of you concerned with your place will be just before where the Luce Line goes under highway 25 coming into Watertown.    We'll try put up a cone 50 feet before the tunnel and hopefully it will be there when you finish. Otherwise just improvise.

So if you feel the need to contest a place within the group you are riding with this is where you can do it.   There won't be anyone there to judge so work it out with your fellow sprinters and record it when you get to the finish.

Here is an updated cue sheet.   No different than the last one except the sprint finish is called out.

Cue Sheet

GPX files and maps in post below do not change.

Sounds like it might be foggy on Saturday morning, might be a good idea to put a rear blinker on your bike.



---- 7/20 update below

Course update I rode the entire course today (7/20) on my fat bike and it's in pretty good shape, some of the rains have made for some sketchy washed out stretches, so you will need to be careful, but that's par for the course when riding gravel.

Bring some patience and a good attitude

This is a free ride funded by Jim, Ed, and our families.   The volunteers are our friends and they get a free t-shirt for their effort funded by those of you who purchased them.

We increased the number of riders significantly this year, so the start will be a bit hectic, but with two distances and varied riding speeds we expect the finish to be a fun and laid back.

Start time
When : 7 AM, Saturday July 26th, 2014

Maps, Cue Sheets, GPX files

See post below, we encourage the use of gps devices!   Everytrail and a dozen others have smartphone apps that you can use that are either free or only a couple dollars.


Registration opens at 6 AM.   
You will need to sign a waiver, get your packet which will include a number for your helmet and a copy of the cue sheet.   You can also pick up and pay for your t-shirt if you ordered one.

Directions to parking and start

You will need to get to Watertown, from there park at Christ Community Church on Highway 10.   See map on how to get from parking to start.   There is a biffy next to the ball field at the parking lot.  Use it to keep the bathroom line at the house down.

There is limited parking on the street near the start, but we're asking that only people who car pool and rider bringing volunteers use that.

With 85 riders we're going to have a very crowded cul-de-sac at the start.

Bathroom at the start/finish

You can use the bathroom at our house at the start and when you finish, but it might be a bit crowded at the start so keep that in mind.

Ride distances

When you register, choose your distance, 100 miles or 100K.

Both rides are the same route until around 40 miles.  At 40 miles the 100K turns off onto the Luce line and the 100 mile heads north.

If you sign up for the 100 mile, and decide to do 100K, that's cool, but please text Jim, number is in the cue sheets.   Last year we went looking for a few riders....  

The 100 mile ride is harder than last year, but 5 miles shorter, if you feel cheated on distance, follow Krone or Carline, they always put in a few extra miles.   Or make up your own and go for the "Dougie-I got lost" trophy.

Check Points

There is a check point in Biscay for both the 100 mile and 100K where there is water at around 33 miles.   

There is a second check point at Stockholm Lutheran Church at 62 miles for the 100 mile.   Water will also be available there.

The 100K riders will have additional chances to stop in Silver Lake at Molly's cafe (42.5 miles) and in Winsted (52 miles) at a grocery store and the corner bar (which has a nice deck)

The two check points are the only place for water on the 100 mile ride, keep that in mind and bring plenty of water as 38 miles on a hot day is a long way to go.

Ed is going to sweep the ride.

Tentative Check Point operating times:

Biscay - 9:30 to 11:00 (or until Ed gets there)
Stockholm - 10:30 to 12:30 (or until Ed gets there) 

Support - not very much

This is an unsupported ride.   You will need to bring adequate water and nourishment for the ride.   You will need to bring tools, spare tubes, ... If you get to a check point, chances are you will get some help from a volunteer.

We'll have some treats at the check points, but not enough to get you 100 miles, so keep that in mind.


We will be "collecting" finish times.    It will be self timed, on your honor.

The finish for places will be before the tunnel where the Luce Line goes under Hwy 25 going into Watertown. at the start of the bridge on the Luce Line, if it's close, figure it out between you guys, we won't have anyone there to decide.   From there ride to the timing finish and let them know your order.

The trophies cost $4 and are not real gold, so no need to get too uptight about a finish place.

Top finisher trophies will likely be given to the winners as they finish.   We'll hand out the others at around 2PM or so.

There is a previous post that describes how you can get a trophy, it's not all about speed.   

Lemming survival party
Tradition holds that at the finish the surviving Lemming herd gathers for a few beers and brats and whatever else Suzanne and Becky can come up with which we will provide on our deck in the back.   

We'll also have something for those who prefer veggie stuff (black bean burgers, humus, ....)

Rules - just a few
  1. You must sign a waiver.
  2. You must check in at the check points.
  3. You must wear a helmet.
  4. You must wear your number on your helmet.
  5. With the exception of your fellow grinders (or a friendly local), you are on your own. This is a self supported event. 
  6. No public urination allowed. Please find a remote woods or ditch in an uninhabited area. 
  7. Obey all traffic laws. This is an open course so show respect. 
  8. Helmet required. 
  9. No littering! Pack out what you bring. 
  10. If you leave the course, you must re-enter at the same spot you left.
  11. If you need to drop, let Jim know via text, number is in the cue sheets.