On September 18th & 19th there is going to be a party. I have made arrangements with a local drinkery for Friday the 18th of September. We are going to be installing some of the photographs that we have been collecting along the gravel roads of the Almanzo and having an opening. Hopefully we will be able to screen the gravel road cycling film that we have been working on as well, but that is up in the air considering the challenge of editing everything down. Either way we will at least have a trailer there for everyone to see. There is going to be some music there that evening as well, so get your drinking shoes on and get ready. That's Friday.
Now, Saturday. The Gentlemen's Ride. We will be riding the same exact Almanzo course from this May's race. The catch. You must either have ridden in the May 16th classic or be riding on a team with someone who did. If that doesn't make sense, let me know and I'll try to explain as best I can. The rules are essentially the same...No outside support, etc., etc. The major difference will be that you are riding for time. Let me explain:
-You must have a team of four riders.
-You must all leave the start line together. (You will all start with the same time)
-When you arrive at the only checkpoint in Spring Valley (which will be a bar for this one) your riding time will stop when the last member of your team checks in.
-You must leave the checkpoint together.
-When you arrive at the start/finish, your riding time will stop when the last member of your team checks in.
Major difference with this event is the checkpoints and timing. Your collective time will be decided by the last member of your team. For example, If we all start at 12:00 and I get to the checkpoint at 12:05 and the last rider from my team comes in at 12:30, my team will will receive a riding time of 30 minutes. Make sense? Secondly, as long as you are at the checkpoint and have not "officially resumed travel" your team ride time is stopped. What this means is that as long as you don't "check out" from the checkpoint, you can stay as long as you like and drink as much as you can afford.
I hope this all makes sense. I'll be back with a more concise description down the road a bit, but I wanted to make sure everyone had an idea of what was coming.