LSR Brevet-fest April 29, Cleburne TX

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Pam Wright

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Mar 29, 2023, 12:00:32 PM3/29/23
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Hi all,
Lots of dialog already in the works, so putting out a post that's not finalized yet :)  For example, start time not confirmed yet and some other items, highlighted in yellow, I know aren't confirmed.  

Biggest reason for advance posting is the Super 8!  Right now, rooms are going for $52/night, which is a great price AND at the ride start!  I use hotels.com because they make it easy for me to cancel, change, etc, but this rate is the going rate on all sites.  I'd encourage you to get your room booked if you're a maybe.

We're exploring new options for waivers, so that info will be available later and RSVPs will be recorded as waivers are received, so feel free to send in multiple waivers for any ride you're considering.  

TENTATIVE RSVPs - WAIVERS TBD

Dinner Fri 6pm- address below
DanD
Pam W

200k
Debbie Breaud

300k
Jim McDougall
Debbie Williams-McDougall

400k
Becky Reilly

600k
Dan Driscoll
Pam Wright
Mike Misner
Paul Vlasveld
Peter Rajcani 




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  • Start Info:  Nolan River Mall, Cleburne, TX
    • Park:  Parking lot NW corner near Exxon:  115 S. Nolan River Rd
    • Services:  Circle K (24hr) and Exxon (5a-10p) are at this intersection 
    • Cue Sheet:  Please print your own cue sheet.  I do not plan to bring any printed cues unless you let me know by Thursday morning that you need a printed version.
    • Start:  Group start at 7am TBD.
    • Night Gear:  Required for 300, 400 & 600k.  Sun is 6:45a - 8:09p (13+hrs!)
    • Dinner Friday night 6pm:   Pastafina's of Cleburne · 1670 W Henderson St, Cleburne, TX 76033 
  • Routes:  All routes are out&back, so they stay together until each one turns around, then the 600k goes out for their 2nd loop.  As of today, the biggest construction area is about mile 53.6 on all routes, but the roadway is clear. 
  1. ACP 200k (13.5hr time limit):   #00003 - Cleburne - Goat Neck Perm - Out & Back to Bluff Dale 
    1. RUSA 300k (20hr time limit):  Goat Neck 300 - Out & Back to Info Control.  This will be a revised, reduced route, so heads-up on the cue sheet and sign control.  If you go to the highway, you get bonus miles.  If you shortcut, you won't be official.  The new  turnaround is an info control at mile 93.3.  Still tweaking the cue sheet, so will send with any update 
    1. ACP 400k (27hr time limit): 400k Cleburne Goatneck Godley Finish Out & Back to Palo PintoWith 600 k'ers.  Upon return to Nolan River, you will continue 12miles to Godley info control, then return.  One cool thing is you can stop at your vehicle (or hotel) to refuel or change clothing options.  FYI, I think the roughest road surface may have been this last loop on FM4.
    1. ACP 600k (40hr time limit):  

·   Day 1: D1 Cleburne Clobber - Out & Back to Palo Pinto  

·   Day 2: D2 Cleburne Clobber - new ESE-bound lollipop route

            
           5.      Sunday:  236km RUSA Brevet or Perm#4047 - Let me know if you're interested riding Day 2 with tired 600k'ers :)  

 

  • WAIVERS:  Attached are files for the RUSA waiver.  Unless otherwise arranged, I will not have copies at the ride start.  Sign, date, scan, and email the waiver to Dan (dandri...@me.com) and me by Thursday 4/27.
  • CUE SHEETS:  Attached.   Unless otherwise arranged, I will not have copies at the ride start. 
  • PROOF OF PASSAGE:  Please plan to provide your GPS file, time-stamped selfies at each control and/or store receipts.  After you finish, please text your proof of passage and RUSA # to Dan 817.925.0158 . YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR FINISH INFO TO DAN.
  • Hotels:  Super 8 is at the ride start and now offering $52+taxes.  This has smoking rooms, so if that's important to you, make sure you request a non smoking room.  It's the closest motel to the start and there are 24-hr stores right there on the corner, plus a Sonic and all kinds of fast food within driving distance.  All have microwave/refrig in rooms.  Don't get your hopes us for breakfast at the cheap ones...plan your own breakfast and overnight food )

  1. Super 8 by Wyndham Cleburne | 1707 W. Henderson St.
  2. Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel in Cleburne | 1996 W. Henderson

  3. PLEASE NOTE:
Randonneuring inherently involves various hazards, and riders assume all risks associated with the activity.  Hazards include, but are not limited to, motor vehicles; other cyclists; loose dogs, livestock or wild animals; road flaws including cracks, potholes, ridges, gratings, rumble strips, sand or gravel; lightning, heat, cold, ice, or other hazardous weather; mechanical failures; fatigue; medical conditions; assault.  All routes are on public roads or paths, and neither the route nor any flaws in the road surface are marked.  All routes are unsupported.  Riders will be required to sign and submit the attached waiver prior to riding.  Please read it, as you are signing away some rights and are responsible for knowing what you sign.


Pre-Ride Announcements

  • All Routes - Dogs Mile 18.3 - a new pack of dogs is across from the New Hope Baptist Church (our old Texas Time Trials home base).  They are younger and a couple just as determined as the old pack.  Please be aware for your outbound AND return!
  • 600k Cue Sheets - 2 versions are attached.  Horizontal pages start D2 at zero to sync with the RWGPS file and the vertical pages continue the mileage from D1.
  • 600k D2 - Stephen created this new route and shared the following:
    • You ride east into the sunrise, then ride west into the sunset.  So consider a visor on the helmet and a blinkie or two in the daytime.
    • Stores are somewhat limited.  Maypearl grocery store, Avalon, Blooming Grove and the turn-around on the outbound, and Avalon and Maypearl only on the return.  In Maypearl, you can use the grocery store or go off-course to the convenience store or Dollar General.  The Avalon store used to be a store/cafe, appeared to be open yesterday, but I'm not sure if it's still a full store or just cafe or what.  Turn-around store is a fairly typical convenience store, but nothing special either, so no high hopes for cuisine.  Blooming Grove has a donut shop, Family Dollar, and convenience store, with the convenience store being slightly off-route.
    • The only timed control on Day 2 is the turn-around, and that may be changed at some point.  But beware that this is not an especially fast course, so don't cut yourself too short on time.
    • The route is mostly low-traffic county roads.  There are two very short sections with gravel on the road, otherwise all paved, but that's not the same as "smooth", either, so you just take it for what it is.  Five wooden bridges with grating, that you hit both ways, and all five were in fairly decent shape when we rode it.
    • Coming back into Cleburne, you have a narrow but rideable shoulder for a bit, then the shoulder ends at Washington Street.  We had a parade behind us coming through that section on a Saturday afternoon, then no traffic to speak of going back out just few minutes later.  That is the only spot I'd expect any trafficky issues, though.
    • Mile 38.3, intersection at 5 points (please look at map if not using GPS).  You hit three intersections all right together, which makes it confusing to describe on cue sheet.  That's also one of the gravel areas.
    • Mile 23.56, it looks like the main road veers right, but you go straight.  And I think that's the other gravel area.

 




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