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Traffic Control Training for upcoming pack ride..

5 th Anniversary pack ride PRE RIDE

(Please read this entire post )




RSVP ---only---- if you are willing to perform any 1 or more of the below highlighted duties on the REAL  Anniversary pack ride coming up on May 27th

Note to last years support riders. Thank you!  You do need to attend to re familiarize yourself w/ the route and be an example to the new trainees..Your participation is Mandatory to support actual ride 2 weeks later

RSVP 'rs must be willing to be a corner keep, a traffic blocker or a pillion capable of taking video ..for the upcoming ride..

Please read entire post as you may qualify for 1 or more roles to help this events success.

This event will be a trial run for the traffic control corner keep segments of the actual ride.

The entire pack ride route will be ridden. It is 120 gorgeous  miles in (4) - 45 minute ride segments.  On this pre-ride we'll take a 30  minute break between segments just for fun and some instruction.  May 27th the ride breaks will be different from our pre-ride today.

This is your opportunity to see the real route.  Nearly 70% of this route is spent at 60 mph on very scenic roads.

The end results of who will qualify for these positions will  be determined by communication and SAFETY.

Riders for this event will learn how and where to control traffic, which corners to keep and at what points to aim video cameras .

I DONT CARE WHO YOU ARE .. Your dedication to Safety first is all I ask.

It does not matter if you know me or not .. or how new you are to the group.

If you feel you are capable of following 4 simple hand signals that I will go over, and can absolutely keep a Safety First mentality you may qualify . If you do not qualify you will get to see, ride and experience the route before anybody else.  And it is absolutely a wonderful ride.  A beautiful  way to spend a Sunday

ALL FoSMR qualified leads and sweeps are encouraged to rsvp .

CORNER KEEP will pull out of the group at my signal only stop in a safe place on the effected corner until the designated sweep reaches that corner and then fall back into the group in front of the Sweep.

TRAFFIC BLOCKER WILL NOT block traffic then race back up in front of the pack.  The traffic blocker will, at my signal only, position himself in front of already stopped traffic at stop signs and red lights to prevent cross traffic from moving forward as the pack rolls through.  6 easy to control intersections.  You will fall back into the pack in front of the assigned Sweep. This position has a legality issue that we will discuss but not print.

PILLIONS IS A PLUS for traffic blockers and corner keeps but only if they have any kind of video option on cameras, phones. camcorders, etc., on the day of the actual pack ride.  If necessary I will supply my own camcorders.

VIDEOGRAPHER preferably will be a pillion riding with corner keeps, traffic blockers or as a passenger in a car or truck.  This means simply push a button and stay aimed in 1 direction only from the pack's beginning to the pack's end at my pre selected points on the route.  You will not miss being in the pack ride.

Lastly so as not to send e mails to the entire group, please post comments or questions directly to me at toddfields[masked] or call me at[masked]   I am Todd F ..

Route links are below representing the 4 segments of the route

1st leg= Niles to carnegie hills

2nd leg = Carnegie hills to Patterson

3rd leg = Patterson to The Junction

4th leg = The Junction to Niles

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  • Derek D (.

    great day all the way around(again) just going to get better, Bets always a pleasure .

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome group!! Thanks to Todd and Valerie for allowing me to tag along. I enjoyed my first group ride. Good route and nice people :)

    2 · May 13, 2013

    • Roxanne N.

      Welcome to FoSMR Suneel! You're a lot braver than me... I have about 500 miles saddle time but I wouldn't have tried this ride.

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • Valerie

    The training was so valuable, informative and fun! I can't wait to experience the real thing!

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great job Todd. It's always a joy to witness how you make such a complicated event look so easy!!! Wonderful day spent in the beautiful sunshine with amazing friends.

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A tip of the hat to Todd for once again pulling together a great training day for the newbies as well a a refresher for those of us with memory loss from last year. Everyone who participated did a great job!

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • BetsyGo

    Its because of the great planning and strategies of Todd and Val that we can pull this off smoothly! I am so proud to be a part of these fantastic groups and honored to assist with traffic control - even from the back seat! It's gonna be a fantastic and memorable event!

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Matt

    Todd is an excellent trainer. He had simple, clear instructions and offered all of his trainees plenty of real-world experience controlling traffic for pack rides. There were also several old-timers on hand to help and mentor. Todd had hot coffee and doughnuts waiting for everyone in the morning, and stayed around afterwards to talk through scenarios and answer questions.

    I have been on many FoSMR rides, and the was my favorite ride to date.

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • (Grizzly) B.

    Great idea Julie with the Coffee & Donuts. Thank You. Again Todd, You are Da Captain. Memorial Day should be a BLAST for ALL

    May 12, 2013

  • Roxanne N.

    Great planning Todd! Thanks for the coffee & donuts Julie. Can't wait for the real deal.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Tony M.

    What a beautiful day for a ride in the Valley! Sorry I could do the whole thing with you, but what I did was a blast. Todd, you're like the "Maestro" conducting a Symphony Orchestra! I am really looking forward to the real ride.. Thanks for the Coffee and Donuts in the morning Julie...

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Todd F.

    wow oh wow o wow . every meetup I am reminded of what an awesome group we have ,, the day and every element of it was wonderful , the entire support crew showed wonderful skill sets and I am sure with their traffic support for the upcoming ride will create a safe scenic ride with memories to be enjoyed by all ..THANK YOU to all for your support ..Todd

    3 · May 12, 2013

  • Sharon L

    I forgot its Mother's Day. Riding to Sacramento

    May 2, 2013

    • Todd F.

      jope to see you in Patterson about 1 pm

      May 11, 2013

    • Todd F.

      chinese restaurant

      May 11, 2013

  • Dan

    Out of town commitment interfering. But will be there for the real thing!!

    May 8, 2013

  • Sean B.

    Too bad this is on Mothers Day or I'd be all over this event.

    May 6, 2013

  • Todd F.

    I recently sent out the links to the route to all who have rsvp,d for this event , I was surprised to see that only 3 people caught that those links did not work ... instead of resending to everybody I have inserted them in the very bottom of the main body of this events description .. call or e mail me qith questions, Todd

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have gear need ride.

    1 · March 19, 2013

    • Todd F.

      now wait a minute here ? r u here ? or there !

      March 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Riding with and thanks to Joe L.

      1 · April 7, 2013

  • Erik S.

    family issue came up that weekend so I will not be able to make it.

    March 20, 2013

  • Jaz

    Will try to controll Grizz. =>

    3 · March 19, 2013

  • (Grizzly) B.

    Jazz will be riding with us

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • Roxanne N.

    I think my pilot should be pretty good at this...

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • BetsyGo

    With D...

    1 · March 7, 2013

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