Sunday, January 22, 2017
9:30 Start Time
Join us for the 2nd annual winter fat bike tour.
Last year had 5″ of fresh powder but this year’s clear trails means all mountain bikes are capable and welcome. If you have a fat bike definitely bring it first.
Schedule of Events:
7:30 AM Join us early for coffee and bagels to watch the Cyclocross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands on the projection screen. Check out Jeremy Powers’ actual 2016 Hoogerheide skinsuit and muddy race number on display.
9:00 AM Recommended Ride Arrival Time
9:00-9:30AM Get equipment ready, sign waiver, fill water bottles
9:30AM Long and Short Courses Ride Departure Time
12:00 AM Approximate Short Course Return Time
12:30 PM Approximate Long Course Return Time
Hot Waffles will be prepared at the Velo Studio immediately following the ride along with hot cider. A full coffee shop and complete lunch menu is available in the tavern next door at the Heritage of Sherborn.
The 12 and 17 mile courses consist of mostly double-track, fire roads, and some limited technical singletrack suitable for all abilities. Beginners at a slower pace are encouraged to join the 12 mile short course, while the 17 mile ride may split into two groups. The Winter Ruckus is a group ride designed to meet others riders and enjoy a jovial atmosphere. There will be periodic stops to regroup, adjust equipment, and enjoy some scenic vistas. The courses can be found on RidewithGPS and downloaded into your GPS enabled cycling computers. There are approximately 40 arrows around the course at certain intersections, but following the group or a GPS device is the only sure way to stay on the full course. It is suggested to download the course on Saturday evening since very small changes may be made upon the final route check. The links below will always provide the latest update.
RidewithGPS Event Page: https://ridewithgps.com/events/29327-2017-deep-freeze-fat-bike-ruckus
Individual Routes Direct Links:
Short Course (12 miles) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18548694
Long Course (17 miles) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18541858
We will be using the “Drop the 2nd Rider” technique. Here is the NEMBA description:
“Here’s how it works. Before the ride begins choose a leader and a sweep rider. Then explain to everyone that at every corner or intersection the leader will ask the second rider to stop and wait until they see the sweep rider and then take off in front of them. This means that every rider gets to ride second, third, fourth and at every position in the pack except first and last. It means that everyone gets to take an occasional breather while they are waiting for the sweep rider. But most importantly it means that nobody ever gets lost because there will always be someone waiting at every intersection and corner to point out the right route.”
Please note that if you need to leave early or turn around please be prepared to make your own way back to the start. The course is within a compact geographical area and both the trails and local roads will quickly get you back to Sherborn. Please be prepared to fix a flat tire but there will also be plenty of riders to assist with expertise and supplies.
There is a marked hill climb on course for a fastest time contest via Strava. You need to be tracking your ride with a GPS unit/phone and have it uploaded to Strava shortly after the ride completion so we can announce the winner. But be forewarned, this is a demanding steep and loose-surface climb that will take all your skills. An easy bypass trail is also marked and we will be regrouping at the railroad tracks directly after.
No Deep Freeze this year! The current forecast is 42 degrees and partly cloudy with the wind and rain holding off until Sunday evening. We are looking at mostly dry to damp leaf covered trails and mud fenders are not likely needed. There were only a couple muddy spots on the pre-ride.
There are approximately 12 spaces the Velo Studio lot which will fill up early. Please then use the municipal parking lot down Cemetery Lane across the street. The ride starts down Cemetery Lane and will pass directly by this lot, so if you are running late you won’t miss the start before 9:30.