THIS IS NOT A RACE & THERE IS NO SUPPORT!
Note: GTDRI 2013 Will Happen 7/13-7/14
Start/Finish: The Island City of Sabula IA.
Event Time: 5:00am SHARP from theJackson County Welcome Center on HWY 64.
Distance: 135 miles, ( Metric route = 65 miles)
Course: Gravel Roads with a minor amount of pavement.
Pass Through Towns:Miles, Preston, Maquoketa, La Motte, St Donatus, Bellevue
Why: Because I like to go on long gravel rides. Maybe you do too? If so, consider yourself invited.
Where: County gravel roads and maybe a "B" level maintenance road or two. A specific route will be posted after I verify the existence of the roads. Some pavement will be experienced through pass through towns.
How: Self navigated by a provided route map. The map details will be posted later. NO COURSE MARKINGS of any kind will be put up by me. That's waaay too much work, and besides, all the roads are marked at intersections with "street signs", so your ride can find you if you bail out, get injured, are attacked by pigs, etc...... You will be self supporting. There are no aid stations....well, not in the traditional"race" sort of way. Convenience stores will have to do! No one will pick you up if you are in trouble that is related to this event since, well....I'll be riding it! There is nobody else! Fend for yourself or........... (It is called "Death Ride" after all!) Get the picture? That said, I'd recommend bringing your cell phone. (Maybe lights too, see the "Latest News" for more)
When and for How Long?: July 14th. We'll meet up the day before. (Slightly before) Sun up to sun down. -If ya wanna ride longer, that's entirely up to you. The event's "time stamp" will be at the aforementioned times.There will be time to hang out afterward if anyone is so inclined.
It's not a race?: Nope! The point for me is to experience the terrain, the suffering, and the camaraderie of riding with any like-minded folk that show up. If no one does, well that's okay. I'll still be out there! I won't be keeping any results, so don't expect any! I'll keep a roster of who started and who finished. That's it. I'm going rain or shine. Be prepared to do the same if you come. This is pretty much a "no-rider-left-behind" type ride.
Notes On The Route: The course will take in the hills of Jackson County along the Mississippi River and will be HILLY!! Be prepared to climb over, and over, and over again! There will be stops for refueling. We will be planning on eating at Maquoketa and St. Donatus. Afterward we will be hitting up food for the folks sticking around in Sabula.
Thank You's: I want to thank all of you that have expressed interest in this little ride. THANKS TO THE SLENDER FUNGUS CYCLING ASSOCIATION!
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