Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Event Preparations: Update #3

The cuesheet has been updated to draft 3, dated 7/21/13.  There was one reroute for bridge construction, along with some minor corrections and clarifications.  This draft should be pretty close to being final, unless the volunteers marking the course find some other problems with the cuesheet or course.  Be sure to use the "refresh" button on your browser, to flush any older version of the cuesheet that might be cached on your computer.

The cuesheet is the official route for the course -- it should be your primary source of navigation.  But there are also supplemental aids to navigation in the form of course marking and GPS files.  Again, I want to stress that if there are any conflicts or discrepancies, the cuesheet is the final word on the course direction -- the course marking and GPS database are just supplemental aids to help you and should not be relied upon -- course marking can get paved over and GPS devices may send you astray.  And both the markings and GPS files can get out of sync with a last minute cuesheet change.   And more importantly, there are several areas, as indicated on the cuesheet, that alert you to taking extra caution for some road hazards you will encounter.

The course will be marked with a painted white "EM" and direction arrow, with marks generally before, at, and after each turn.  Currently, the course is about 75% marked, and we hope to have it 100% completed by the time you start.

A RideWithGPS database has been created by participant, Joel Lawrence and has been posted at:
I have confirmed that this GPS route, as displayed on the RideWithGPS website,  follows draft 3 of the cuesheet.  Joel has indicated that he plans to provide smaller segments of the route, which would allow for the practical limitations of downloading the route into your GPS device, if you plan to use one.  You may contact Joel at:
... if you have any questions or technical problems with the GPS database.

For those of you flying into Philadelphia airport, there is a busline from Philadephia that stops at the Quakertown Park and Ride, which is located right next to the start/finish hotel:

For those of you flying into Allentown (ABE) airport, a taxi service is probably your best option.  In order to perhaps share a ride with other participants who may be arriving at the same time, you can post a comment to this message to indicate your travel plans.  If you are arriving by car, you may park your car at the start/finish hotel for the duration of the event -- and it would be great if you could also pick up some participants arriving at ABE airport.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Event Preparations: Update #2

With just a little more than 4 weeks to go before the start, most of you have completed your qualifying brevets -- the roster and qualification status as of 7/6 has been posted here:

.... if you are missing any qualifiers, please drop me a note to let me know of your plans. Please note that the cancellation fee will be increasing to 50% on 7/15.

The EM wool jersey order form:

... has been updated in the past couple of weeks to reflect (unfortunately) the higher prices that Woolistic is now charging for the jerseys.  The explanation given to me is that they've moved the manufacturing from China to Europe, and the value of the dollar is still weak compared to the euro.  They have also increased the minimum quantities on me.  So I'm hoping that you'll want to buy 2 jerseys: a short sleeve and long sleeve, for example.  As an incentive, I'm offering a $50 discount on orders of 2 or more jerseys, so I can meet my minimum quantities.  Final orders will be accepted at the EM1240 finish, and delivery will hopefully be in time for first cold weather brevets.  I'll have a couple of wool jerseys available for sizing at the start/finish.

The posted cuesheet has been updated to draft 2, after a recent scouting trip to check out day 3's loop out of Lewisburg.  There will most likely be a couple of more updates as we check out the course in the coming weeks.  A couple of you have inquired about GPS files. The cuesheet is the one and only official route for the EM1240k.  That being said, we hope to provide supplemental aids to navigation in the form of course markings and electronic navigation files.  However, the cuesheet should be used primarily for navigation and it is the final word on the course direction if there are any discrepancies with these other aids.

Feel free to drop me a note if you have any questions, and keep training!

-Tom Rosenbauer
Eastern PA RBA