Can you believe the DCR is less than 2 weeks away? Part of me can’t but then again since I am now spending almost every waking hour on some aspect of the Ride I can! There are a lot of final arrangements that have to be made with support staff, police departments, municipalities and the like. Do you realize that this route is never more than 25 miles from the Start yet we go through 4 counties and 14 cities/towns? That is pretty wild if you really think about it in those terms!
As you know, this is an urban based ride so you do see more population (i.e. cars, people, commerce) than on other organized rides that are based in more rural settings. To help you navigate through some of the more densely populated areas we have hired over 40 police details and we have over 50 course marshals. This is in addition to the Route Managers, SAG Support and the extensive signage on the route. We definitely work hard to make it a safe and fun event for you but we do ask that you also do your part to keep it a safe ride.
In Aurora, we have 20 officers for 12 miles of route and one of the reasons is that cyclists have the reputation for not stopping at intersections, so the fear is that if one cyclist blasts through an intersection without stopping the “peloton” will just follow. While I don’t necessarily agree having more faith in all of you, and especially since it is later in the ride, there is always that concern. Here is the important points to think about:
- It is a Rules of the Road ride. There are only 2 locations where the road is closed: Blake Street between 20th and 15th and the Dam Road. If a uniformed officer does not direct you through the intersection then you have to stop.
- Your choices affect others because they may just follow your lead and because it tells the community that cyclists are indeed reckless. This not only jeopardizes the safety of others but the ability of organized rides to travel through some areas.
I realize that I sound a bit like a broken record but I do take your safety very seriously.
So, while I am working with the support crews on these details here are a few things you can do to prepare for your ride:
- Get your bike ready! Has it been tuned up? Some of our participating bike shops are offering discounts
- Aid Stations: If you have a severe allergy we do encourage you to pack an energy bar or two in your jersey in case we don’t have what you need at the Aid Stations. Each Aid Station will have Pep Pod for hydration, Clif Products (not sure of exactly what products until they are delivered!), fruit and some other snack items. But again, if you have a severe allergy please be prepared so you don’t bonk!
- Recruit a friend! Nervous about the ride? Then recruit a friend to do it with you so you can mutually encourage each other along the way!
You will hear from me again before the ride but don’t hesitate to reach out if there are any questions I can help answer!
Have fun training and see you soon!