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    Winding century without a GPS, pt 2.

    Here is pt. 1

    For an update, in case it might help someone in the near future, as the search function did not help me much for this.
    The route is mapped on Garmin Connect, which one must register with to use. So, I am mapping out the route myself via Ridewithgps, which can export cues openable with Excel. From the Excel spreadsheet, I'm making a Word file with an arrow graphic indicating direction and intersection type and distance at that point, and any pertinent information like checkpoint, etc. (I already have a Suunto watch with the bikepod so I can track distance and speed.)

    The Word file cuesheets are one page per turn, exported as PDF, then saved to my phone. The phone will go in a top tube bag with a touchscreen friendly clear plastic window like this. I will put my phone on airplane mode for battery conservation, open the pdf and can swipe through directions as I go. In pt. 1, I refused the use of my phone but have recanted after getting out and trying it on the trails.

    Snacks also go inside the top tube bag. More snacks and the coordinator's printed cuesheet will go in my jersey pockets. My pump is electrical taped to my top tube nearest the seatpost (no room anywhere else, no bracket for mounting on the bottle bosses). I also have a small roll of more elc. tape so I can put my pump back there if I end up using it.
    Tools, spare tube will go in the saddlebag. Got two 1L waterbottles, might also take the camelback (supposed to be nearly 100 with high humidity) with diluted poweraide.

    I did a 50 mile trail ride with this setup and it worked well, so I'm sticking with it. I'm considering only using my 28c Conti Top Contacts @80-90psi, pending the race coordinator's reply to an earlier email. I did the test trail ride with Vittoria commuting slicks at 120psi...a short run was over limestone gravel, that was pretty bumpy, so unless the race route has runs like this then I won't buy the cx tires I have in my Amazon shopping cart.

    The race is this weekend, the coordinator is cool with a few people camping in his back yard (rural farmland for the most part), it's about 2 hours from where I live. I'll leave from my place the evening before and camp out overnight. I'll be registering for the open class but am very intimidated by the masters who will be there; a few people who rock the DK200 and a few teams. On my test ride I only managed 16.6 mph but had a small headwind and stopped a few times (adjust saddle pitch, filled up water, checked a map on the way back). Hopefully I'll place at least in the top half.

    Did I miss anything?
    Last edited by jfowler85; 07-13-15 at 01:50 PM.
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    A lesson learned a week or two ago: We were riding urban bike trails using cue sheets. The problem was that the bike trail had numerous unmarked junctions and wyes. The cue sheet would say "Veer right at Mile 70.7" or something, but there would be multiple unmarked places to veer right that pretty well matched that mileage, and GPS or a phone was about the only way to eliminate the wrong turns. "Veer right to go under bridge" and stuff like that would have been much more helpful. If a turn is at a T, it is always helpful to have that shown on a cue sheet, saves you even looking for the turn. Ditto if a turn is at a stop sign or a traffic light.
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    Crista pretty much cured me of calling out tee intersections, and then I had a couple of battles on my fleche where someone said that a 'T' was a wye, and I just gave up. I have a high tolerance for the angle of approach that I will consider a 'T', but apparently some people don't. My thought is that if an intersection requires you to turn, my default is to call that a tee. I try to make my cue sheets such that misinterpretations require ignoring the obvious.
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    How did it go?

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    Wondering if you used the Camelbak or just the water bottles. Was it 100 degrees?

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    Long story, didn't attend the race. Skip this paragraph if you're uninterested:

    I called the coordinator (at work apparently) and asked to put up a tent in his yard the night before. Had his address, packed up the car and got there around 11pm. Google led me to an empty field, the nearest houses not having the address he listed, with no signage or markings at all. The house I thought was the starting point was completely blacked out and had a for sale sign in the yard, no vehicles in the drive. I figured, screw it I'll drive into town and sleep in a parking lot then find it in the morning. I tried sleeping in a town parking lot, but got a creepy feeling about a truck that kept driving by; this is a very small town and decided that I was too obvious and left for the nearest interstate rest stop. On my way out of town - by this time it's around 1am, the truck finds me and follows me on the highway, tailgating me closely. I slowed to 15-20 below the limit to try and encourage him/her to pass but he/she persisted. This went on for about 20 miles or so, on the way to the interstate, at which point the driver slows a bit, shuts the headlights off and disappears (was overcast and pitch black out). About one minute down the road I see the tail lights pop on in my rearview and assume its the same driver. Got bored or decided I wasn't a threat anymore...a bit weird. I got to the rest stop and tried to sleep in fits until the sun came up then it started raining fairly hard. I decided at this point that I wasn't having fun any more so I took off for home. Wasted $$ for the gas and supplies to get there, not to mention a night of sleep and 1/3 of my weekend.

    It ended up around 90, high humidity, and I had the Camelback ready to go in addition to the bottles. Rest stops were at 30 and 45 miles.

    There are other races coming up next month, I'm planning on jumping in and giving it another shot. These events are actually sponsored and organized (the other was basically run out of some dude's front yard). Otherwise this set up works very well for 50-60 miler out-and-backs from my house, but then again I don't have the pressure of a time deadline and it's not as far. I can report back after I actually race (that's a misnomer, I'm only entering just to finish) next time. I'm changing my setup with some profile jammer GTs so that may change other things.
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    Bummer but probably a good call, what with the rain. Hopefully the next event will be better!

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