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Checkpoint 4 staff will be advised of this situation.
It has come to our attention that the 2014 Rules document has an internal conflict regarding blinking vs constant-burning red taillights.The blinking taillights can be disturbing to some riders who follow you, and could actually be a hazard for them.
It is our intention to eliminate blinking taillights, and if you are using a blinking taillight we will ask you to set it for constant burning. If that is not possible, and in light of our faulty rules document, we will allow you to continue riding with a blinking taillight.
Our friends in the Rapid Wheelmen bike club arrange a series of spring rides ideally suited for N24HC training.If you are within driving range of Grand Rapids, consider these great training opportunities.
May 3, 2014: Dawn Patrol Special Edition - Dawn Patrol is a weekly ride (typically 45 - 65 miles.) On May 3rd, Dawn Patrol Special Edition will ride Loop 1 of the N24HC route. In addition to being a training ride, this is also a chance to become familiar with the N24HC route. The ride will start at 8:00am from Thornapple Kellogg Middle School. The ride is free, but we will stop for lunch in Delton.
May 17, 2014: Ride Around Kent County - This ride will begin at 7:00am SHARP at Johnson Park in Grandville, and will hit all four corners of Kent County. Riders that complete the entire loop will ride 145 miles. Full SAG support, lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided for a $15 entry fee.
June 7, 2014: The 100 Grand - The 100 Grand offers a 141 mile option. Riders start between 6:45am and 7:00am to complete the 35 mile route before riding the 105 mile route. Full SAG support, rest stops, and a lunch stop (with live music!) are provided for a $25 entry fee.
The motel has set aside a block of rooms for us and a discount will be available to Challenge riders, so make your Father's Day weekend plans with this in mind.
We're pleased to announce a couple of new sponsors: Gap30 Bicycles in Wyoming and Holiday Inn Express in Hastings.Gap30 calls itself a "Bicycle Boutique," so if you're looking for something special, check them out. They are conveniently located near 36th St and Roger B Chaffee Dr.
Both are newly established businesses and we wish them great success.
Holiday Inn Express in Hastings is new since last year's Challenge. Located only 10 miles south of the traffic light in Middleville, it's the closest mainstream motel available to our riders.
The N24HC is contemplating a change to how places are assigned that will bring us more into line with the rest of the sporting world.
In a short, one sentence summary, under the proposed change everyone's position would be 1 + the number of riders that rode more miles (the highest mileage rider is 1st place, with zero riders that rode more miles.)
Currently, if there is a tie, the N24HC doesn't "skip a place." For example, if there is a tie for first place, the N24HC currently awards two first places, a 2nd place, and a 3rd place. Under the new system, we would award two first places and a third (in line with what the rest of the sporting world does.)
Where this really makes a difference is deeper in the field. In the last N24HC that I rode (2012), I rode 302.8 miles. There were 78 riders that rode more miles than I did, but because of the way that the N24HC handles ties, I was officially listed in 38th place. Even within my category, there were 13 riders that rode more miles than I did, but I was still awarded 11th place in my category.
For myself, since I manage the server were the database is kept, I'm able to look at the raw numbers and see how I actually did compared to the rest of the field (79th out of 311, if you care ), but no one else is in a position to do this, so it is difficult or impossible for anyone else to really determine how they did compared to the rest of the field or the rest of their category.
Before implementing this change, the N24HC would like feedback from as many riders as possible. Do you agree that this change will make it easier for riders to know how they really did? Is the change worth the (hopefully small) amount of confusion it might cause (mostly in comparing your rank in events pre- and post- change)?
- Michael Burden, Board Member and Keeper of the Results Database
We trust that these changes will improve your riding experience. This change restores a few miles we lost on Loop 1 when we shortened the initial run from the Start to M-37.
2) Toward the end of Loops 1 and 2, we will avoid a rough 2-mile section of Patterson by taking Payne Lake Rd north to Bass Rd, then heading west to pick up Patterson.
So now we are continuing north through the Village of Freeport, returning south on Fighter Rd and then east on Sisson Rd toward Checkpoint 1.
Hot off the presses! We have posted the 2014 Rider Map and Rules. See our Maps and Rules page.1) Heading north on Wood School Rd, we will no longer turn east on Sisson Rd. This is a fast downhill run. Riders tend to be tucked in and not nbotice the right-hand turn.
There are two significant changes in the map, both made in the interest of rider safety.
The Rules are basically unchanged from 2013 - we have clarified a few items. We apologize for the length of the document, but a 24-Hour venue gets complicated.
- Pete Steve
Every year we fill a Lost and Found box with stuff left at the TKMS campus. And we usually are able to re-unite several items with their owners.This year we have a microwave oven! If you want it back, please contact us with a description and we'll do our best to get it home.
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