Must do's: You must wear a helmet and sign an event waiver before you ride. You must have a support plan/pit crew in place to pick you up in the unfortunate case of a DNF, or if you only plan to ride to the 1st checkpoint.
Highly reccomended: You really should have a bike computer to compute mileage or you will get lost. Don't just trust the people ahead of you. It is helpful to have a means of carrying your cue cards (a posting about cue card details will come soon). You should also come prepared with a spare tube, tools, and a pump in case you flat or have a breakdown. It would also be smart to have a cell phone with you in case of an emergency.
Driving to the Grumpy Grind: Be respectful and drive the speed limit when passing through small towns. Milledgeville and other small towns along the way are classic speed traps.
Camping the night before: Plenty of space is available on the farm grounds to pitch a tent or sleep in the back of your truck. Brent, the farmer, is a great guy, but be respectful of his property and leave no trace.
Parking: There is plenty of parking space on the farm grounds. If the ground is hard, you can park on the grass along the drive and cement slab areas. If the ground is still soft, please park only on the cement slabs areas. Parking on Otter Creek Dr. may be necessary depending on rider turnout.
Registration: Signs will point you to the barn where you will register. Please register by 8:45 to make things easier on everyone. At registration you must sign an event waiver, pick up a race number (you must wear it!), pick up a cue card, a wristband, and any free goodies we offer.
Start/Pre-ride Meeting: The ride will promptly begin at 9:00. The starting area will be on Fremont Road, along the fence line (it will be obvious). The prerace meeting will also take place here. Helpful ride information will be provided at this time.
Checkpoint: Riders must check in with Grumpy Grind volunteers at the checkpoint and get their wristbands punched. Race numbers need to be visible. Bathrooms will be available here. Water and a few small snack items will be available here as well. A convenience store is located at the 48 mile mark for complete refueling.
DNF: I will provide a cell phone contact number at the registration table. If you bail out at the checkpoint or any other spot on the course, be sure to contact me telling me of this situation so nobody worries about your safety. Niether myself or any volunteers will pick you up. Prepare accordingly.
Finish: The finish is at the same place as the start. You will peel off into the grass on your right to check in with our finish area volunteers. Your time will be taken here. Remember, your time will reflect how long it took you to complete the event, which will likely not be the same time as what your odometer ride time shows (due to pit stops, breaks, etc.).
Post-ride: Food and beverages will be available at the registration barn. BBQ, beans, pasta, vegetarian chili, deserts, and beverages will be provided. Based on current entries, I'm planning to have plenty of food for an expected 75 people (current "politely registered" number of people), so it is not an endless buffet. If you are someone who requires your own X-Large pizza as a post ride snack, make sure you plan accordingly.
Raffle: Post-ride raffle begins at 4:00 in the registration barn. You might win something, or you might not. You must be present to win.
That should cover most questions people have regarding the days itinerary. It should be a fun day. Feel free to contact me if you have something specific on your mind you'd like to ask.