More Ride Details

Monday, May 25, 2009 at 3:19 pm 4 comments

Hey everybody-

I apologize for being so slow to get information about the ride out, I’ve just been busy doing homework and papers and all that good stuff. I’d love to enlist a helper for this planning, but noboy has offered! There will be another update later today, but I know this is one detail that everyone is curious about.

Where will we be meeting up?

I have decided to meet up right on Lemon Hill, in Fairmount Park. If you look at the map, it is very close to Kelly Drive. I chose this location because parking there is free and plentiful. And, it’s all nice and grassy around there. You won’t have to worry about your car being broken into or anything like that, seeing as it’s not quite close to any actual neighborhoods, too. We’ll be leaving from that point and heading back towards Kelly Drive (but over to West River to begin the route!).

I’m working hard on the route planning, I assure you. The 35 mile route looks like it will be flat with only one or two notable hills on it, and pretty safe, too (bike path + bike lanes for the first half). The metric and complete century look like they’ll be venturing off of the trail as soon as I can manage to find some safe, less-traveled roads in chester or Montgomery county. I can still use your guidance! Please continue to ask questions if you have them.

Does anyone have a problem leaving around 9:30 instead of ten? I am trying to look out for the century riders, while also making it not-too-early for everyone else. Leave a comment!

I hope all is well with you, and that you are/have had as wonderful holiday weekend!

-Doug

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alison  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    OK so some FAQ from a talk we had about the ride:
    *How long (estimate) would each distance take?
    *Will there be some one who knows where they’re going for each distance?
    *How fast will we be riding?
    *How do you want us to give you donations?
    *What is the route? how hilly? ect. (yes i’m posting this one just to bug you so you get the route done =])

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  • 2. dougtales  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for asking some questions~

    Provided we start by 9:30, the 35 mile route could be finished as early as 11:30-12. Finishing by 12:30 means an average speed of 11 mph, which is very do-able. A decent finishing time for the metric could be 2:30pm.The full century could take until 4:30, at an avg speed of 14.3mph.

    You’ll be riding as quick or slow as you need to ride. I will be printing out and providing cue sheets for every rider, just in case there’s any confusion. There will be a designated ‘group leader’ for each distance, who will be familiar with the course prior to showing up at the ride.

    I did not specify how donations will be given, did I?? That had slipped my mind. Any donations by check can be made to “Raisin Hope Foundation” and handed to me or my father at the beginning of the ride. Cash is acceptable too, it will be sent by me to the organization along with any checks I receive.

    The route will not be very hilly for the 35-mile riders. The 63 and 100-mile riders, well, they will see a decent amount of hills, but no hill will be too steep, I promise. The route’s coming, guys.

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  • 3. Alison  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Awesome! thanks for the speedy answers! See you for the 35miler on Sunday =]

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  • 4. Deb M.  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Just confirming that I still plan to come and ride.
    Any time you plan to meet is fine with me.
    Deb M.

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