2015 Great 80 - Final Ride Details

Good afternoon, Great 80 Participants 

We’re just a few short days away from our 3rd Annual Great 80 cycling event, which is shaping up to be our best year yet. As of right now, we have 66 riders (11 teams & 5 solo riders, 15 post-race guests, and about a dozen volunteers all committed to having a great day on the bike and a wonderful post race meal at the Joseph Decuis Farm. If you know a team or a few individuals that would want to participate, it’s not too late. I’ve planned ahead with food. Get them signed up. Best of all, we'll raise some money to help NeighborLink Fort Wayne purchase materials for projects. 

Thank you for choosing to ride with Team NeighborLink. We know that our event is non-traditional and at times hard to understand, but those that have ridden in it in past years love the format and appreciate the challenge. We’ve learned that much of what it takes to complete our cycling event is similar to what it takes to volunteer with NeighborLink Fort Wayne  A willingness to do what few are willing to actually commit to, a sense of peace and adventure to tackle the unknown, and a deep desire to do meaningful things with friends and strangers. 

Below you’ll find a full outline of what you expect & missing details. Please read carefully and forward on to the rest of your teammates. I only have the emails for those that did the team registering, so it’ll be up to you, team captains, to communicate to your teammates. 

Location: Joseph Decuis Farm (Google Map) - As you come down 900 towards the farm, You'll be parking in the gravel lot on the right hand side of the new Bed & Breakfast on the main road. You can't miss it and we'll have signs. We will have plenty of volunteers on hand to point you in the right direction for bathrooms and post-race festivities. 

The 6th or 7th Rider: If your team knows of one more person that would like to ride and would say yes if they could ride with you, and your team doesn't really care about winning, then invite them and have them pay when they show up. Also, if you are open for welcoming a new rider on to your team the morning of from one of the solo registrations, please let us know and we’ll make the connection.  

Rain Or Shine Plan: Right now, the weather looks sporadic with summer thunderstorms, but a lot can change by then. Don’t forget sunscreen! We plan on riding rain or shine as long as there is no lighting when we start. We do ask that each individual rider make their own decision as far as what conditions they’re willing to ride in and still feel safe. Especially once out on the road, make the decision that makes the most sense and reflects what you’d do if you’re out on the road by yourself. Each year so far has had some rain & we all survived and had a great day.

On The Road Rules: The only rules we ask you to follow are the basic, rules of the road. Ride like you would if you were out riding on your own. The roads are open and you'll encounter traffic, so be courteous and safe. Take caution at stop signs, stop at stoplights, wait for your team members, move over when cars are behind or climbing hills, etc. All basic stuff. 

Overall Schedule: Registration opens at 8:00a. All Riders Meeting at 8:30a and the TT start begins right at 9am with each team being launched every few minutes. All teams should be out by 10:00a. Food will be ready at 1:30p for those faster riders and we’ll continue the post-ride event until 5pm or so. 

Start Line Schedule: (order is set off registered pace & designed to help everyone finish close together)

  • 9:00 - Solo Riders (Kevin T, Jon H, Russ S, Teddy M)
  • 9:05 - The Cyclomaniacs
  • 9:10 - Sons of Ache-ery
  • 9:15 - John Shank Redemption Too
  • 9:20 - Team NL - Team 2
  • 9:25 - John Shank Redemption  & Solo Rider (David)
  • 9:30 - Team Last Minute
  • 9:35 - HMW 
  • 9:40 - HMW Racing
  • 9:45 - Team NL - Team 1
  • 9:50 - Architectural Interiors
  • 9:55 - Fort Wayne Outfitters 

Route Details & Card: Not knowing the route and not having the route marked with Dan Henry markings is a key feature of this event. We know it makes some of you anxious, but this another reason why you need your team and trust us that you won't get lost. We’ve created route cards with distances and turn by turn navigation. Each route card also has a link to the GPS Garmin map of the course that when used with your smartphone’s mapping app can help you get back on course once on the road. We’ll even have larger maps you can take with you or review prior to the start. And any of your are welcome to call Jeff or James if you get lost. 

GPS Map: In years past, we’ve not made this available to riders and forced you to rely on the route card. New for 2015 is the option to email me to get the Garmin route. If you do choose to request the route, it will disqualify you from winning the hammers at the end and ultimately take away from some of the experience. However, we all can experience the ride in different ways if we want. Email me at andrew@nlfw.org if you want it. 

Gravel Section: In case you're worried about the gravel section, here is the info you need to know. Right in front of Joseph Decuis is gravel. You can go 3/4 of a mile in the gravel and head towards the course, or go backwards 1/4 of a mile & add just a little bit on to your overall route. Then, at mile 72, there is a 1 mile section of hard pack gravel road. 

Day of Race Contact Info: NeighborLink Contact: Jeff Shatto - Phone numbers will be on the route card you receive and please call with any concerns. Obviously call 911 if you have an emergency

Team Support Vehicles: If you have a family member that is coming with you and plans on driving a vehicle with your team, please follow the rules of the road as this will be an open course. 

On Course Fuel & Bathrooms: We’ll be providing minimal sag support of gels & ride fuel as well as water at the start line and checkpoint 1 & 2. There is a gas station near checkpoint 1 & is 27mi into the ride. There are bathrooms near mile 42 or so at a state park, and then there will be water & food at checkpoint 2 at mile 57. No other gas station services past mile 27. 

Food & Beverages: Joseph Decuis will be preparing a BBQ meal post event and Upland Brewery has generously provide post ride beverages for anyone over 21. We’ll also have water and soda available. Reminder that if you have guests that would like to join you at the post-race meal, we do ask that they purchase a meal ticket for $20 prior to the event if possible, but there will be some margin there if you can’t make that happen or you can bring payment to the event.

Waiver: Just a reminder that each rider will sign a waiver since this is an unsanctioned event. We’ll have a master document on hand the day of the event.