Today's post is about cue cards for the ride. I personally think they are pretty simple, but there are new people out there who might not think so, and veterans who might need a refresher. So here an example sheet of some of the cues from last years card (it is not the same route this year).
L- turn Left.
QL- Quick Left. (a turn that will come within 1/4 mile of a previous turn)
QR- Quick Right. (see above)
CL- Curve Left. (when the road curves and becomes another road by name, or when there is not a right angle turn where roads intersect)
CR- Curve Right. (see above)
ST- Stay Straight. (noted when there may be some confusion of road transitions. so just stay the course)
CP- Checkpoint. This is a mandatory stop. For safety sake, respect the event and please stop.
Cue Card Sizing- Cue cards are approximately 4 1/4 x 4 3/4. They will be printed front to back and standard sheets of paper. The print is not waterproof. I will issue cue cards in Ziploc baggies. You can use the baggies or transfer the to whatever cue card holder you might have.
I like to think to keep my cue cards are pretty simple to understand. You really do need to have a cycling computer to keep track of your miles as you progress. If you have a good mental odometer, well good luck with that. You always need to trust your cue cards, and not always the rider in front of you. Some riders are simply "cue dumb". Sorry, but it's true. Try to work together to help each other if you have any confusion. Do not take any turns unless the cues indicate that you should do such. I even try to add extra little details, such as telling you when a road T's, to help you know that you are on the right path.
There will be road intersections that have no signage at all. The cues will be marked as "unmarked". There will also be a stake with pink ribbon/tape at those corners to let you know that you actually are at a corner of some significance to your cues. The "unmarked" road cues will also list the actual road in parentheses on the cue sheet. For those of you that will insist on using some sort of mapping technology on your phones, this will serve as a back up plan for not getting off track.
This mileage on the cues has been measured by myself, from actual training rides I've done. The mileage should be very close to being accurate and obvious in terms of making turns. If you are someone who can't ride a straight line up a hill, you will eventually find your mileage slightly off as time goes on. Just know I did the best I could to be accurate.
The course is an even Steven 82 miles. Please trust your cues so that you don't make it any longer.