Any other BF members besides myself going to be attending the Red Flannel on November 4th?
Here is the info...........
November 4, 2007
The thirty-third (33) annual Red Flannel Metric Century (67 mi.) and half metric (33 mi.) will depart The Oberlin Community Service Center, Oberlin, OH at 9:00 AM, eastern standard time on Sunday, November 4, 2007.
START-FINISH ... The start-finish and registration is at the Oberlin Community Service Center, just off S. Main Street., Oberlin OH. If you are driving via the Ohio Turnpike (Exit 140) or I-90/2, exit at route 58. Take route 58 south to Oberlin. Continue south on Rte 58 (Main ST) past the square a few blocks. Look for the Bike Path. Parking is limited at registration, but there is ample parking in the City lots off S. Main Street. They're behind City Hall and the GTE building. Look for signs. We should have the help of the Oberlin Police for parking. A MAP of the Oberlin area is available in PDF format.
REGISTRATION ... Advanced registration ($15.00) will be accepted until October 27, 2007. Late registration (after October 27th and the day of the ride) will be $20.00. Registration fee includes map, and three snack stops (100 km) and a commemorative water bottle. There will be NO patches! All riders will be included in a raffle with great cycling prizes. Please make checks payable to the LORAIN WHEELMEN. Please include a SASE for confirmation if you would like one.
OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS ... are available at the Oberlin Inn, downtown Oberlin. For reservations, call (440) 775-1111. Other options are the Days Inn and Motel 6, located in Amherst, (approx 8 miles north of Oberlin on SR 58 at SR 2). Call (440) 985-1428 or (440) 988-3266 for reservations.
ROUTE ... The route will be somewhat familiar to regular riders. We'll be going down Mill Hollow's improved 12½% east side. The first food stop (for the 100km riders) will be in Mill Hollow Park Vermilion hill has been replaced with one on Sperry Rd in Swift Hollow. It has a nice repaved downhill run followed by a tiered climb. We'll take a route through Berlin Hts. to Milan close to a route used a few years ago. The route into Milan will be the familiar one on Jefferies Road. We'll feast on Black Bean soup & Chili at Edison Park and return to Oberlin via a revised southern route through Wakeman, where a afternoon snack awaits you. The route from Wakeman had been revised. The 50 km riders will take a southern route to Wakeman where they'll have an AM snack at the gazebo before they join the 100 km route and return to Oberlin. The short route will be mostly flat. Both routes will use the west end of the Lorain Co. Metro Parks Bike Path for their return to Obelrin.
SAG WAGON ... Riders with physical injuries or unrepairable mechanical breakdowns will be given first priority for sag wagon service. If necessary, other riders will be picked up as time and circumstances permit. The last sweep will begin about 4 PM. All riders should be off the road by 5 PM.
WEATHER ... during the history of the Red Flannel, riders have seen a variety of weather ranging from a bone chilling blizzard, to temps of 70° plus, to pounding rain. The last few years have been great weather. Before that, we had a string of really bad years! Let's hope for a return engagement of the 2003/2004 weather, when we had about 400 riders. 2005 saw a terrible thunder storm at 7 AM. After an hour, it kinda cleared and the (big) winds came! I counted only 40 riders that braved the headwinds to Milan. In all, 125 riders braved the wind and rain. Sunny weather returned in 2006 when it climbed to 54° in the afternoon. 260 riders enjoyed the day!