We have a new route this year, and we’ve just added an extra little loop to it so that it’s no shorter than last year’s — it’s 19.5 miles. It’s the same as what we did the first three rides, except that we continue on Hopson to Davis, take a left on Davis, and then go all the way down to Little. It passes through corners of Wake, Durham, and Chatham Counties, RTP, some residential neighborhoods, and a short quasi-rural stretch.
Click here for the route in Google Maps: http://tinyurl.com/MezThursday2 . Here’s the cue sheet in Excel: https://chrisbagley.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cue-sheet-thursday-with-little.xlsx . And here it is as a PDF: https://chrisbagley.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cue-sheet-thursday-with-little.pdf .
We’ll aim to have two or three pace groups, depending on attendance–one in the 14-15 range, one around 16.5, and one at 18+. There will be a designated sweep so that no one gets left on the course. It is important, however, that you be able to hold a 13 mph average over moderately hilly terrain.
Obey all traffic laws. While the ride leaders aren’t going to police absolute full stops, as the law requires, we can’t have riders rolling through stop signs or red lights at more than 1 mph. If drivers see us doing this, it makes cyclists look bad and gives drivers an excuse to take risks with our lives. Do not contribute to this dynamic.
After the ride, we’ll head over to Randy’s, Mez, Chipotle, or wherever we can get consensus.