Sunday, April 20, 2014

Final Update- maps, parking, check-in, vital information to know

We are ready to go.  I've rode and rode the course again.  Can't wait to get rolling with each of you.  Here is what you need to know for Saturday.

First things first-  Registration is still open and runs until 9:15 am Saturday.  RSVP by email via or on facebook here if possible.

First things first-  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 here, but it is strongly recommended that you print your own from this link.  Here are links to GPX and CRS files.  If you have a Garmin device, drag and drop that CRS into your "courses" folder.  If you have something else you know better how it works than I.  You will also drop off your potluck items here-  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 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.

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