Strava, Map My Ride, Garmin Connect. Hard to find a rider today who isn’t using at least a cell phone to record his/her rides. Better have good battery life if you are using your smartphone for the century, though. I prefer my Garmin 800.
Maps are up!
Head on over to the Routes page for links to route maps for all three routes.
The Family Fun Ride will stay completely on bike trails along the Clarkston Green belt, but there is a map if you want one. However, the other two routes also have gpx tracks available and printable cue sheets. You also get little extras like total elevation and elevation profiles. A few pictures are scattered along the course maps as well.
Click on the 50 or 100 mile route maps to go to the interactive maps.
We are using Ridewithgps.com so you get access to several formats for downloading and installling on your own devices.
Each map comes with a printable cue-sheet. My sight is so bad these things aren’t much use to me. Print these out if you like. However, on ride day, we’ll provide you a print out which will fold up nicely into fourths which is easier to handle on your bike. Fold it up, stick in in a baggie, and attach it to your bars or just stuff it in a jersey pocket.
Of course, if you are sporting a gps device, then by all means, grab the TCX or GPX file of your choice. You’ll also find lots of instructions for different devices. So enjoy. Please note, routes get changed sometimes late in the game. You’ll want to download the latest version. You’ll see the update info on the Routes Page.
The course will be marked with spray chalk. Again, my eyes are poor, so I can miss these marks. That makes carrying a map for those situations when I can’t find a wheel to follow, important.
Neither of the longer routes is difficult. The major turns will be pretty obvious. However, local riders usually take a number of frontage and side roads to get away from the main highways. That will mean two things. 1) if you miss a turn, going straight on will probably work just fine in places like the Lapwai Valley or along 12/95 headed back to Lewiston ont eh 50 mile route. And 2) you’ll want to look for those marks onthe pavement well before the turn, at the turn, and a confirmation following the turn.
I just came back from a bicycle tour on the West side of Washington State. Lots of turns and twists and practically no shoulders and all the traffic you could ask for. At no point along these courses will you encounter anything like west-side traffic. Phew!
Still there are several places that require special attention. You are always an attentive cyclists aren’t you? I’ll post specifics later but for now know that Down River Road running from Spiral Highway to Red Wolf Bridge has a narrow shoulder but very good sight lines. Use your mirror and manage your lane position and you’ll be fine.
The 50 milers will also need to manage a diverge and merge with a major highway intersection. This is fairly easy for local riders but for your first time through, it can be sketchy. Look for the warning signs and follow the advise on the cue-sheet when it says “stop.”
If this will be your first century, you’ll want to be trained. Better get out there now!