TNW at Glade Elementary, 5:30 PM
Warm-up from Glade Elementary: Turn L onto Devilbiss Bridge Rd., R onto Dublin Rd., R onto Links, R onto Glade, R onto Devilbiss and the Walkersvill RR course. Late arrivers: Turn L onto Devilbiss, R onto Glade, L onto Links, R onto Dublin, L onto Links Bridge Rd., and L onto Ramsburg.
The lead of the pace line MUST be cautious and respect that their decisions may cause the death of another. The head steers the entire pace line, the lead MUST look far ahead and steer wide from hazards far in advance, the lead MUST call-out and point-out the hazard, the lead MUST control the pace and slow down or stop if necessary, w/audible warning, for the group's safety. Hazards are anything that may cause an accident such as vehicles, slower cyclists, pedestrians, animals, especially loose dogs (not to mean overly flirty), pot holes, stones, and anything remotely sinister. The head is largely responsible for the safety of the pace line, but that does not negate that each of us are responsible for our own and others safety too. Look around the rider in front of you; you'll have plenty of time to look at their butt after the ride. Do not overlap wheels. Do not take unsafe chances in a sprint, even if we will remember the glory until our brains rot. If winning a sprint is so important, then go pro, they get paid to heal; we have family. Crossing a road’s dividing line “is like the dumbest thing ever;” others will say that if you think you can see far enough ahead, it is not as crazy as intending to hit a car. Aero bars pierce backs, and TT bikes are designed for speed, not agility. Riding in an aggressive group ride that includes sprints requires very quick reflexes and a bike that is very responsive. Aero bars and TT bikes at TNW are not safe. Please remove aero bars for group rides.
Jimbo 240-372-6507; Dwayne, 301-693-5242
In the photo, Curt and Jim at Quicksilver Criterium, 2003.