Thank you to everyone who has registered on Facebook or given us an RSVP via email. We have a pretty good idea that this is going to be the biggest, baddest and best GM ever. Unless it rains, then it will be all those things and more.
Before I get started on some updates, I want to say thank you to everyone for coming out to our GM Training Rides. We had a good turnout to both of them and enjoyed seeing you all.
Ok, we have to get serious for a second.
During the training rides, we were also reminded that no matter how much we talk about behaving well on the road and being good representatives for cycling, we still have people come out and act like jerkbags. This may sound harsh, but if you take offense to it, then you are probably an offender. Our good times on bicycles do not merit conflicts or confrontations with the other users of the roads. We ask that all riders that come out by our invitation be mindful that your behavior on a single ride affects how local riders are treated on every single ride.
For example, riders should not clog an entire lane so that oncoming cars have no choice but to swerve off the road to avoid a collision. Your draft is not more important than the safety of those drivers. The GM isn’t a race and it isn’t a closed course. Be cool out there.
If you hail from a cycling culture that rides as if it owns the road, or you think your team kit is famous or fast enough to merit special consideration, we recommend getting together with your team to ride in circles somewhere else that day.
We’re not serious about much, but we’re serious about this.
Now, down to business. Funny business.
Here’s the parking situation.
When you get here, park anywhere in the green.
Sign a waiver (or sign it beforehand, you smart and handsome person), grab a cue sheet (or print one out beforehand, you clever one), and buy some rad goods. Gravel Metric goods and Axletree goods will be for sale outside (first come, first served)(please bring cash). If you’re a smart cookie, you’ll jump over to the pre-order site by clicking here and nabbing some of those goodies ahead of time. Pre-ordering guarantees your goods and speeds up your check-in process on the day of the event. Again, click here.
NCC will be open for business starting at 7am. That means that after 7am, you may enter the bike shop and purchase any last minute items you need for the ride. It also means that, if you have to go to the bathroom, you can USE THE BIG JOHNS OUTSIDE. Please do not obliterate our kind little facilities. Speaking of, there will be coffee.
Our friends from Heritage Bicycles General Store will be present at the start to sell great coffee – with proceeds going to Axletree. Please support them supporting us. Thanks for the support.
Please watch for traffic as you register and get ready. We’ll be exiting the south end of the Staging lot at 9am. We’ll have a police escort out of town. (Thank you, City of DeKalb).
On the way out of town we’re going to have a pace car take us all the way to the gravel. We were dismayed when people crossed the double yellow during the neutral leadout in order get a better position. We’ll have a line of Axletree riders keeping everyone in the fun zone and out of the danger zone. Once we hit the gravel, the course will be open.
Please check out the route. It’s the same as last year, so you know. Come prepared. Have a ton of fun.
You’ll want to mind the out-and-back on Woodlawn (go south from Houghtby, even if you see riders going north) and hit the checkpoint to get your wristband punched. All riders with a punched wristband get a beer ticket at the after-party.
Finish the course, sprint for the RR tracks (even if you’re alone), cool down on the way into town, and arrive safely at the starting line. Remember what I said before and be cool to drivers as you’re coming into town.
After you’ve put your bike down and used the Big John, please join us in the Gravel Metric Beer Garden. You’ll need an ID. Show ID and a punched wristband at the door and get your free beer ticket. Once you’re in, we’ll have beer and food available.
We’re asking for a $13+ donation for food. Axletree is footing the bill for the catering to keep our permits straight, so we’re hoping you’ll help us cover and exceed the costs of the day. Cash is best, again. If you’re interested in more beers, those will be available as well. Donate as you wish for the drinks. Do not exit the beer garden with alcohol. For the sake of all future Gravel Metrics, keep all alcohol in the beer garden. Do not bring your own and drink in the parking lot or you run the risk of ruining the fun for everyone.
We’ll hang out until the food and drink run out (which they will) and then we’ll accept any willing hand in the tear down process.
That about wraps it up! Come have fun! and bring cash, if you could be so kind.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org