Thursday, April 17, 2008

Two Days Before Race

The Baker's Dozen is on Saturday. I changed the gearing to 32x16 because from what I have heard the race course is quite flat, with only a few of very short steep climb. Having tried the 2.0 gain ratio in Schaeffer for two days straight, I found it was actually not too bad and most likely doable for this race. Once the race is over I'll be back to 32x18, though. No point to over-stress my knees.

Tomorrow will be a resting day. I'll do some shopping and get the supplies ready.

Schedule and race rules from the organizer:


Friday April 18

12:00 Noon - Venue opens for camping and pre-riding. The gates will be shut and locked until Noon, please do not come before. We will need to have the area clear to complete race preparation.

5:00-8:00 pm - Packet Pickup. Each registered rider must be present to pick up their own packets. We will also be marking the racers at this time.

11:00 pm - All generators, radios, etc must be turned off.

Saturday April 19

8:00-10:00 am - Packet Pickup. Each registered rider must be present to pick up their own packets. We will also be marking the racers at this time.

10:45 am - Pre race meeting

11:00 am - Leesburg Bakers Dozen starts

3:00 pm - Leesburg Bakers Dozen Kids Races are under way

11:00 pm - Pizza's begin arriving

12:00 pm - No more riders are permitted to start a lap. All riders on course will be able to complete their laps.

12:45 - 1:00am - Race awards ceremony around the Bonfire's

Racer Rules

No Cheating - We hope to provide a fun and healthy environment with good clean competition. We are racing on the honesty policy. You as riders will be policing yourselves. Please do not be "that guy" who cheats, cuts the course, uses a motor, etc.

You will be permitted to transition at your campsite. We will have a transition area at the start finish area, but you are not required to transition there.

Riders will be using the championchip timing equipment. Each team will be given an RFID chip. When making rider changes, the chip must be removed from the retiring riders' ankle and attached to the new riders' ankle.

Please ensure that when you cross the pads at the timing station, you keep your ankle in the down position and listen for a series of audible beeps.
This means your chip has been picked up.

No riders except registered racers will be permitted on the course. We had a few instances last year of unregistered riders poaching the race, including one person who suffered a broken collarbone. This not only endangers you as riders, but the race itself. As a racer, it is your responsibility to ensure that none of your crew, supporters, friends and/or family is on the course on a bicycle. If we find that a member of your group has illegally ridden course, your team will be docked with a 2 lap penalty. On a second offense, you will be disqualified and asked to leave the venue immediately. Also, if the offending rider is part of a group of teams, the same rules will apply to ALL the teams the offender is associated with. Your crew, supporters, friends and/or family are welcome to ride the course on Friday, Saturday before 10:00am, or anytime Sunday.

All on course racers must have three things: a race number on their bike, a championchip on their ankle, and the race markings on their calves.

If you leave the course, whether on the trail or through the camping areas, you or your teammate must reenter the trail at the same spot. If your team is transitioning at your campsite, the new rider must reenter course at same spot as retiring rider exited the course.

Make sure you enjoy yourselves.


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