Silly Summer Solstice, C

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barton bourassa
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Silly Summer Solstice, C

Post by barton bourassa » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:01 am

There is a small group of us that would like to ride this event but at a bit of slower pace than the usual 30 to 32 K / Hr average. The idea is to start at the same time (even 4:30 AM start is crazy! Any earlier, well...). Targeting 26 to 28 Km / Hr average. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Gerry L
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Re: Silly Summer Solstice, C

Post by Gerry L » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:02 pm

How is this idea:
Everyone starts at the same time with several larger groups similar to the Thursday TT but whenever the groups meet riders could transfer to a quicker or less quick group? Could make keeping track of laps interesting!

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Re: Silly Summer Solstice, C

Post by mfarnham » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:52 am

One would want to be careful about managing groups passing. There are some narrow pinch points where it's unsafe to have 2 2-up groups side by side. With a large group (or two), it requires especially careful communication to manage passing safely. And remember a group goes 4 wide during the handoff near the end of each lap. I would encourage people to find a solution that keeps people riding in a single group, but with different start times as needed.

One option to preserve energy at a faster pace is to remain near the back and skip pulls. Also, if a separate group started early and slow, they would have done a slower pace warmup, and could then join the faster group and finish their laps with the main group at the faster pace (but remaining near the back to ease the effort).

To facilitate this compromise, the main group could pre-commit to a slightly more social pace than last year. People with computers could monitor the pace and communicate to the group when it needs to ease off (don't micromanage the pace within a lap--it will ebb and flow with hills and wind--but if a lap comes in 2km/h over the agreed upon pace, that could be pointed out to the new leaders so they would know to slow up a bit).

Also, if someone could give an update on construction status around BHP, that would be useful. Repeated exposure to even a small hazard starts to get risky with the numbers we're talking about (lapsXriders). I'm still not riding and have no car, so scoping it myself is difficult.

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Re: Silly Summer Solstice, C

Post by Fozzy » Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:29 am

Looks like Dallas Road and BHP are a bit of a nightmare at the moment, and I can't imagine it being cleared any time soon.

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Re: Silly Summer Solstice, C

Post by Ann » Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:03 pm

Fozzy wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:29 am
Looks like Dallas Road and BHP are a bit of a nightmare at the moment, and I can't imagine it being cleared any time soon.
Maybe all groups could do this ride up at UVic? Not sure if it’s enough notice for everyone though.

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Re: Silly Summer Solstice, C

Post by mfarnham » Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:12 pm

Emailed and chatted with the Exec. Given the status of BHP, we're postponing the Solstice Ride until the following Sunday (June 23). Location may need to change as well. Keep checking in here for updates. Please spread the word--no Solstice Ride on June 16.

Thanks to various people who've done recon to verify that BHP is impassable.

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Martin

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