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Riding The Silver Comet to The Georgia/Alabama State Line & Back: 114 miles




The Basics:
Event Type:Bike
Event Location: Oxford, Georgia   Bike: Riding The Silver Comet to The Georgia/Alabama State Line & Back: 114 miles   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Nov 1 2020  7:00 am >> Sun, Nov 1 2020 5:00 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Aug 11 2020 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Oct 28 2020 6:45 am
Event Duration:10 Hours (Plus or minus)
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:114 Miles
Pace:Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Tom Jarosz (Juh'rose)
Mike S
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.

Itinerary:

 

* NOT A BEGINNERS RIDE *

* This event is dependent on state and local government direction and AOC Leadership direction

* We will adhere to any social distancing directives that may be in place

  * This event requires registrants to have completed a minimum of recent road rides of 50-60 miles, with rolling hills

* Must be able to complete at least one 70-75 mile road ride 2-4 weeks prior to main event ride 

* Must feel comfortable riding in traffic and being chased by unleashed country dogs

* All registrants are subject to review, screening and approval by the trip leader(s)

* If you're a new member or don't have a riding history with us, please email the trip leader(s) explaining your recent biking experience & history. You may be moved to the waiting list until we hear back from you and approve you for this event

* This ride is exploratory so participants should be flexible & adventurous!

* Itinerary is subject to change before and during event - if weather or other circumstances not permitting, event may be rescheduled to the following weekend, future date, or subject to cancellation

 

  Join us for this scenic fall foliage group bike ride on the Silver Comet! We’ll ride out to the Georgia/Alabama state line (mile marker 61.2) and then return to the Floyd Road Trailhead. The total mileage will be about 114 miles.  We will be sharing more details about planned rest stops along the route.

 

 

 

 Our Group Riding Plan       

Our plan is to group ride 114 miles on the Silver Comet Route at a 2 wheel moderate pedal pace (not too fast, not too slow) and enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and amazing fall foliage scenery.  We will give ourselves  approximately 12 +/- hours to complete the event so we can achieve our riding goal and cross it off our bucket list.

There are hills, some more challenging, please note: this is NOT a flat greenway or Silver Comet ride, or speed race to see who can finish first.  Endurance, determination & fun is the name of the game! We will plan to stay together as a group, stopping every few miles to re-group & re-energize with a few gulps of water or Gatorade and snacks. 

Up front notice: This is a no-drop self sustained ride so no one will be left behind, but if you can't keep up with the group, you may be asked to turn around - you're ultimately responsible for finding your way back to the start. 

 

      Our Scenic 114 Mile Bike Route 

 

Important Notes

For safety, helmet required to be worn during this event.  No helmet, no ride. 

Wear light or bright colored clothing and working lights on both front and back of your bike for visibility.

We recommend a road bike although you can ride a hybrid.

Carry your cell phone for emergencies, Uber, GPS mapping, etc.

If you're a Garmin user, please join our 'Atlanta Outdoor Club (AOC) Garmin Users' group to connect with other AOC Garmin users and track your activity.  Join us at:  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/group/2255568  

Itinerary is subject to change before and during the event - please check the posting and notes section often for updates and changes!


Required Items to Bring:

 

Helmet (No helmet, no ride!)

Cell phone (Turned 'on') with trip leader(s) phone numbers, and route map

Water and bathrooms are very limited along the route so we suggest bringing enough water or Gatorade and snacks to last the entire ride.  We will look at alternative ways to restock on water and food as we get closer to the event date.  No guarantees.

Extra bike inner tube, CO2 cartridge or small pump

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Dress appropriate to weather

Bright clothing - you want drivers to see you on the road

Biking glasses or sun glasses

Biking clothing - pants, shirt, gloves, shoes, etc.

Bicycle tools 

Whistle to signal group for breakdowns, emergencies, etc.

Sunscreen

Chafing cream - Body Glide, vaseline, etc.

Money for any store stops, emergencies, etc.


How to Get There:
Event Directions:
 

 

Silver Comet Depot

4342 Floyd Road, Mableton, GA 30126

On the Silver Comet Trail [mile marker 4.2]

http://silvercometmap.com/silver-comet-depot/

FROM ATLANTA:

  • Take I-20 west to Fulton Industrial Boulevard Exit (#49, near Six Flags) - exit to the right.
  • Go North for .5 mile and turn left on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (GA139).
  • Go about 7 miles (Martin Luther King Drive turns into Floyd Road after Highway 78, GA139 ends at the 78) and the Silver Comet Depot will be on your left just before you cross the Silver Comet Trail.
  • Go to the Silver Comet Depot Bike Shop parking lot located right on the Silver Comet Trail at the 4.2 mile mark

FROM WEST OF ATLANTA:

  • Take I-20 to exit 49 and turn LEFT on Fulton Industrial Boulevard. Follow as above.

FROM EAST OF ATLANTA:

  • Take I-20 to exit 49 and turn RIGHT on Fulton Industrial Boulevard. Follow as above.

FROM NORTH/SOUTH OF ATLANTA:

  • Take I-75 or I-85 to Atlanta, switch directly to I-20 or via the perimeter (I-285) to I-20 westbound. Follow as above.
 

Notes:

Century ride training plan: https://www.bestbuddieschallenge.org/hp/12-week-century-training- blog/

Bicycle Hand Signals: 
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How to fix a flat tire: https://youtu.be/gYZtywJ3Vzk

5 Essential Skills Every Cyclist Should Learn: https://youtu.be/SdbVz-HZ8H8

How to change gears: https://youtu.be/clnNCsv4Phc

 


* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.


Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

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