UPDATED JULY 4 - 5:45PM - I am posting the updated route for this ride. There will be a 76 mile option and a 54 mile option. Two rest stops on the 76 miler, one on the 54 miler. This is a great route. A short but steep climb early on, many rollers through beautiful countryside and some fast sections where we should be able to get a nice paceline going. Coffee shop will be open at 7am and will be serving Steel Cut Oats with some great, fresh toppings as well as delicious coffee and pastries.
Ride will originate from the parking lot behind Haymarket Bicycles Fit Studio/Happy Creek Coffee. Parking is available as are bathrooms. You can also park in the usual place by the railroad tracks and ride over.
76 mile route - http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8965276
54 mile route - http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8965932
To cure any post July 4 hang-overs let’s meet at the new coffee shop at the Haymarket Bicycles Fit Studio in The Plains for an early coffee and ride.
The Haymarket Bicycles Fit Studio is located in the heart of The Plains at the corner of Main St/Rt 55 and 245 right at the stop sign as you come into The Plains.
There is parking in the rear of the shop as well as street parking. In the case of overflow you can park in the usual place by the railroad tracks and ride over. Bathrooms are available at the ride start. The coffee shop will be open at 7AM and serves Steel Cut Oatmeal along with great coffee if you need some pre-ride nutrition.
The Ride leader will ride a solid A pace and there will be frequent regrouping at most major turns. That said, please be prepared to ride on your own and support yourself if find you are unable to stay with the group. The ride leader will not be riding from the rear or sweeping the course. One, possibly two rest stops, so please plan water and nutrition accordingly.
Greg Gibson [Greg@GregGibson.com]