I have a few last minute thoughts that I would like to share. These are more for rookies than veterans, so my apologies if my posts might seem repetitive.
*You are responsible for yourself. This is a self supportive event. Please come prepared.
*If you feel like you are driving to the middle of nowhere for this event, then you are headed in the right direction.
*Please check in for registration in "The Barn".
*The ride will begin promptly at 9:00.
*Please pin a Grumpy Grind bib on you somewhere (backpack, jersey, bike) so that we know you are part of the ride.
*Temperatures will be in the 70's. Please be prepared to hydrate yourself properly. This heat will be something we haven't yet experienced this year.
*The ride does NOT pass by any convenience stores or gas stations.
*The mandatory checkpoint is at mile 46. My volunteers will have some water, but if they run out, you are on your own. Please bring enough food and water.
*The checkpoint is outside of a local bar (The Slurp and Burp, in Loran). You can purchase a meal and beverages there. If you are unable to finish, it's a great place to bail out.
*When there is an unmarked intersection (no signage), look for a stake with a pink flag attached it. This will signal you need to turn the direction notes on the cue sheets.
*There will be one spot of "intersect" on the course. Most of you won't notice this at all, but if you do, please don't cut the course at all. Why would you?
*There is one point on the course where you might see riders in the distance seemingly coming toward you. Please follow your cues and don't necessarily follow those riders. They will actually be on a return road. (most of you won't notice this)
*There will be food and beverages provided in the barn at the finish. Please help yourself. I prepared for 100 participants. I don't anticipate running out, but do be prepared with some post race snack just in case provisions run low late in the day. There is pasta salad and beans, but I didn't do well preparing for vegetarian.
*All finishers will get a Grumpy Grind pint glass at the finish.
Other than going over my mental checklists, things are pretty well in order for me right now. Because of the weather, I expect there will be the biggest turnout of riders the Grumpy Grind has seen. There will be some kinks in the day I'm sure, but I'm really looking forward to the event and I hope everyone who comes has a great experience.