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Old 08-08-08, 05:42 PM   #1
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Reston Century Format

I just got this year's packet for the Reston VA Bike Club's century ride in a couple of weeks. It looks like they're trying to cheap out on the rest stops. Instead of having an actual route like last year, they have a couple of different smaller loop-lets that all come back to the park at Hamilton. It looks confusing as hell to me, and not nearly as much fun as one long ride. If half the riders do the "south" loop first and half do the "Taylorstown" loop first I guess that will cut down on bike traffic on the roads, but half of the fun is seeing all the other riders and hooking up with them for awhile. Also if I want to keep track of where I am using the cue sheets I have to reset my odo six times instead of letting it count up to 104 or whatever.

What do other veterans of this ride think? This is only my second year of doing it.
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Old 08-18-08, 03:14 PM   #2
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I just got this year's packet for the Reston VA Bike Club's century ride in a couple of weeks. It looks like they're trying to cheap out on the rest stops. Instead of having an actual route like last year, they have a couple of different smaller loop-lets that all come back to the park at Hamilton. It looks confusing as hell to me, and not nearly as much fun as one long ride. If half the riders do the "south" loop first and half do the "Taylorstown" loop first I guess that will cut down on bike traffic on the roads, but half of the fun is seeing all the other riders and hooking up with them for awhile. Also if I want to keep track of where I am using the cue sheets I have to reset my odo six times instead of letting it count up to 104 or whatever.

What do other veterans of this ride think? This is only my second year of doing it.
My first impression was the same as yours. However, after consideration I don't think it's that bad. The cue sheets for each ride suggest an order in which to do the loops, so I think the century riders will all be doing them in the same order as each other. Also, since riders doing the shorter rides share some of the loops, you may end up seeing more fellow riders rather than fewer. As far as your mileage goes, you can manually add up the miles on your cue sheet and write the cumulative totals down if that makes it easier to follow. I'm hoping the route will be marked well enough that I won't have to use the cue sheet too often. Speaking of that, that seems to be one drawback of the new system. The markings on the road will have to indicate which loop they correspond to, not just the overall route (century, etc.) So that could make it more confusing. Anyway, I guess we'll see how it works.
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Old 08-19-08, 09:38 AM   #3
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I just glanced at the cue sheets the other day. Seems pretty confusing to me. I'm a noob though and not familiar with the route.
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