Hi all – so this coming weekend we have one of our biggest challenges of the year. I think I know most of the people who plan to ride it by now…
On Saturday June 9th we will ride our 400km brevet. Note that we are riding this on SATURDAY.
So we will assemble Friday night at midnight to depart.
Our departure is from Graham’s Grove in Dartmouth. The official end of the route is at the Armdale Roundabout in Halifax. If you plan to drive to the start, then you’ll have to ride to Dartmouth to get your vehicle… so play this by ear and plan accordingly.
The link to the route on RWGPS is https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2153173 and on Garmin Connect is https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/18761257
Some of our riders have had Garmin issues with RWGPS courses so you can try the Garmin Connect download instead (thanks, Dave). If you’re not sure how, I can help.
As this is a brevet with extended night riding, all riders are required to have reflective vest and clothing, and full lights. A bright white headlight is required, plus a secondary white headlight in case the first one craps out. And a steady-beam red taillight is required, plus a second red taillight in case the first one dies. You can’t be too visible.
The route: we will head out the Waverley Road to Windgate Drive to Route 1 and follow Route 1 through Windsor to Wolfville. The first controle is the Wolfville Tim’s, which is open 24 hours. We then ride quiet back roads through the Annapolis Valley as the sun comes up, to Middleton, where there are a couple of breakfast options as our second controle stop. We then ride Route 10 south to New Germany and take a somewhat convoluted route into Bridgewater for our third controle stop of the day. Then on to Mahone Bay and a surprise deviation to visit Indian Point mostly to see if Micheline reads this far into my emails, then Route 3 all the way back to the cities.
I will need to know of your intention to participate by THURSDAY AFTERNOON, please notify me by email of your intent. Those who wish to earn a medal for your accomplishment are requested to bring $15 with you – and if you wish a medal for the earlier brevets, let me know.