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Sun. June 30 - Vineman Preview - Final (hopefully) details

Some final (hopefully) notes – please review carefully, note water sources listed below, and note mobile numbers you should carry with you on the ride:

1. Primary points of contact:

- Tom Zimlich,[masked] – will roll with the 93-milers and later fall back with the other riders.

- Rick Schwartz,[masked] – will ride with the 93-milers.

2. Two angels have volunteered to SAG.  Well, actually, their partners volunteered them for us.

- SAG #1 (with the 93-milers rolling at 9:30 am) – Doug,[masked]

- SAG #2 (with the 58/73-milers rolling at 10:30 am) – Gerard,[masked]

3. SAGs are for backup/support, NOT your primary source of water or food.  With 30+ riders spread over 90+ miles, it’s impossible for 2 persons to refill water bottles.   The SAGs will have limited supplies of water, salty snacks, oranges, and tools.  They will be at various points along the course and periodically roving.

4. The SAG cars will be marked with signs on the back and driver door, and ribbons on the antenna.

5. With temperatures around 100 on Sunday, have your hydration/electrolyte strategy worked out.  Salt sticks or other electrolytes are must-have.  And plenty of sunscreen.

6. For the 73- and 93-milers, at mile 20 is the Dry Creek General Store on the right.  At mile 29 is a critical re-supply location in Geyserville, where 128 takes a left turn.  There is a small grocery on the right immediately after the turn.  We highly recommend you refill water bottles here.  If you do not refill here, it is likely you will run out of water because the next 20-25 miles are tough to find water.

7. For the 58-milers, at mile 19 as you head into Healdsburg on Dry Creek Rd, watch for Big John’s Market and, a little further, a Circle-K Market, both on the left side.

8. For all distances, take every opportunity to re-fill water bottles as needed – gas stations, sandwich shops, wineries with bathrooms/snack areas, etc.   There are places along the way, but as noted above, for ~20-25 miles beyond Geyserville, we don’t recall good options.

9. Better course maps/cue sheets have been prepared by Joseph Aziz (links below) – please print yours to carry with you on Sunday.

- 93 miles / 4267ft of elevation gain:  http://ridewithgps. com/routes/[masked]

- 73 miles / 3359ft of elevation gain:  http://ridewithgps. com/routes/[masked]

- 58 miles / 2699ft of elevation gain:  http://ridewithgps. com/routes/[masked].

10.  $8 donation please:   OK, sorry, surprise!  I know we never mentioned an “entry fee.”  Well, given the size of the group and temperatures expected on Sunday, this has become something of an event in itself.  I feel that the SAGs are important and want to reimburse drivers for gas, ice, water, snacks, etc.  If everyone pitches in $8 we’ll be covered.  You can either get this to me on Sunday, or use Paypal with my email address, [masked].      Thanks!

11. Once again, please please PLEASE be on time, have gear organized, and transition quickly from swim to bike.

- 93-milers:  ready to swim at 8am (water’s edge), ready to ride at 9:30am (on First Street at Church Street, just above the beach)

- 58- and 73-milers: ready to swim at 9am, ready to ride at 10:30am

12. If you need to update your swim/ride plans, go to:

Many of you have done the race and the preview in the past – please post comments if you have any suggestions to add.  Looking forward to a fun day on Sunday!


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  • Angeline T.

    Excellently organized, great day out, a sure confidence booster with the course preview.

    July 1, 2013

  • Glenn B.

    Thank you Rick, Joseph, Doug, and Gerard! You're Awesome!

    June 28, 2013

  • Joseph A.

    For those who like a clearer map of the preview courses, I mapped all three options (93 miles, 73 miles and 58 miles) in You can download the cue sheet / GPX files of each individual ride. Here are the links:

    93 miles / 4267ft of elevation gain:

    73 miles / 3359ft of elevation gain:

    58 miles / 2699ft of elevation gain:

    Hope to see you all there!

    Side note: Please note that the elevation gains are estimated by ride with GPS. I usually find them an underestimate on what my GPS unit reports. My unit has a barometric altimeter which is supposed to improve the elevation accuracy estimation compared to units that rely only on GPS data.

    3 · June 27, 2013

  • Rick S.

    Sunday's our course preview! With ~30 people signed up at various sites, a few reminders:
    1. If you are still a “Maybe” or your plans have changed, please update your RSVP.
    2. Be sure you have ALSO listed yourself and your swim/ride plans on the sign-in sheet at:
    3. Review the event details (link to course maps/cue sheet - suggest you print your own).
    4. Please be on time!
    a. 93-milers: be ready to swim at 8am (water’s edge), and/or ready to ride at 9:30am (on First Street at Church Street, just above the beach)
    b. 58- and 73-milers: be ready to swim at 9am, and/or ready to ride at 10:30am
    5. Have your gear organized for a TIMELY start and FAST transitions.
    6. There may be no SAG or Aid station.
    7. This is NOT a formal or “official” event. Be self-reliant and prepared for surprises.
    I’m looking forward to a great day on Sunday – see you then!

    2 · June 24, 2013

  • Jamey

    Ooh la la...thanks for setting this up :)

    May 21, 2013

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