I rode a lot last spring and summer and also spent a lot of time pouring over mapmyride. This years route will be similar to the 2014 in feel. Maybe a bit less pavement. Don't be surprised to find serious MMR segments. I will not make a final route announcement until a couple weeks before the event. I have a couple of options that are ready to go and we are looking at 68-80 miles of river valleys, climbs and rocky 'B' roads.
Registration is open and runs until 9:15 am Saturday. RSVP by email via email@example.com or on facebook if possible. I use the numbers to help JJ Tailgators to know what to expect and to improve the event for everyone. I will let anyone ride who shows up day of (up to 15 minutes before the start) but RSVP ASAP is preferable.
Do not park on Main Street! We have permission to use three parking lots within the city thanks to the schools. See the map below (want a copy?). I won't police this but everyone in Elgin has been great to us and it would be a shame to do anything to change that. Elgin is a small place and riding from a lot to check-in will be a good way to make sure your bike is ready to go.
Check-in behind JJ Tailgators between 8 and 9:15 am. I will have some copies of cue cards available at check-in but it is preferable if you've printed your own. I will have downloadable cue cards, GPX and CRS files no later than 10 days before the event., You will also drop off your potluck items at check-in- look for my Toyota Sequoia.
We will congregate in front of JJ Tailgators on Main St. at 9:20 for a brief pep talk and roll-out at 9:30 am.
Throughout this ride you are responsible for yourself. No one is going to come get you. Ride safely and within your limits. Bring anything you think you will need. Do not assume what will be around the next corner. Cars, trucks, ATVs, cattle, and dogs (and even a pet pig) all share these roads. Follow the law, don't pee in someone's yard etc.,
There is a checkpoint at the halfway point. It is potluck style. I have made arrangements to have 15-20 gallons of water at the ready. Anything else that will be there is up to the you, the riders. Bring something you might want 40 miles into a ride. If you bring something gluten free or vegan etc., please mark it as such so other's with the same needs can take advantage. If you for some reason do not want to take your chances with the potluck or need a real toilet there is a gas station in Elba. I stop there all the time and it is well stocked.
If you want to finish the course faster than your friend that will be determined by the Elgin town sign sprint. Do not leave the wide shoulder. Do not continue to 'race' down past the parking lot on the right and onward toward Main St..
After you finish buy some food and hang out with the great people you rode with. JJ Tailgators isexpecting us and have plenty of room. I'm thankful for how accomodating they have been, without them this would not be happening. I have ridden the course twice. I expect finishing times anywhere from 4.5 to roughly 10 hours.
The Dickie Scramble is solely organized and run by Cyclocarbon LLC.
If you aren't sure what to ride... pick a bike you are comfortable on, some tires that can handle hitting rocks and which won't drive you nuts on pavement. Most likely a cyclocross or heavy duty touring type bike, maybe a mountain bike.