The Quackcyclists Present:
The 2009 Knoxville Fall Classic Double Century
The Quackcyclists would like to invite you to participate in the Tenth Annual Knoxville Fall Classic Double Century. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, the 19th of September, 2009. This is an endurance ride, not a race, not a timed event. Ride your bike with friends, take in the scenery. Just finish.
All riders must be pre-registered. Entries must be received by us on or before Friday, the 11th of September, one week before the ride. No day-of-event registrations. No rider exchanges, each entry is only good to the person registered. Proof of identity may be required. Entry fee: $85.
Rider limit: 225. Once we receive 225 total entries, We will post a notice on the web and registration will be closed. Our permits & available support simply do not allow us to have more riders. (Please note that the last few years we have filled the ride.)
The ride will start & finish at Vacaville’s Pena Adobe Park. It’s right off I-80, just west of Vacaville. We ride north thru Fairfield, over Mt. George, up the Napa Valley, over Howell Mtn, then along Lake Berryessa on Knoxville Road, all the way to Lower Lake, site of the lunch stop. The afternoon course heads up Siegler Canyon and over Cobb Mountain via Loch Lomond, then heads south into Middletown & Pope Valley, back beside Berryessa, then finally down Pleasants Valley.
All registered riders must check in before you start to ride, preferably the night before between 5 p.m. & 8 p.m., but also Saturday morning, between 4:30 & 6:30 a.m. The start is “open”, any time after 4:45 Saturday morning. (We will have a rider meeting at 4:45 & 6:25) All riders must be off by 6:30 a.m. Please use an earlier starting time if you are concerned at all about making the cutoffs - see route sheet for rest stop opening and closing times. Preliminary Route Sheet
First light: (when you won’t need lights on your bike) about 6:30. Riders have until midnite to complete (with intermediate cut-off times that correlate to a midnite finish).
The Double Century is 201 miles. Total climbing is 12,600 ft. Almost two-thirds of the climbing is in the morning. Most climbing is under 10%, but some of the climbs are quite long. Lunch is at mile 107. Most riders seem to finish between 7 & 10 p.m. The course is mostly very rural, scenic, lightly traveled, & remote. Lots of it is twisty & turny (is that a word?) up & down, and often in need of repair (but that keeps the cars away!)
As Chuck Bramwell so eloquently puts it, “There is not a single 'easy' double century”. The nature of riding 200 miles continuously means that it is a very challenging endeavour, even for experienced cyclists. When the original course & timing for Knoxville was conceived, the idea was for it to be (relative to other rides) challenging and moderately difficult, but without significant time pressures, or any form of “race” mentality. The first two years of the ride, I think most riders agreed that was an accurate description. However, in the following two years, the temperatures during the afternoon reached well into the 100+ range, and we have heard numerous riders describing this as “the toughest ride I’ve done this year”.
A number of riders have completed this ride as their first double century. It’s not the ideal “first double”, but there are numerous other much tougher rides out there. We have attempted to set up the course so the afternoon is less demanding than the morning.
We are really proud of the support we offer, and work very hard to do most everything for you, except pedal your bike. There will be 6 total rest stops, plus two more “mini-stops”. Lunch will be served at rest stop #3. There will be a catered dinner at the finish. Bottled water (not hose water), lots of food, P, P , & P’s (as christened at the Devil Mountain Double, “Pills, Powders, & Potions"). All riders will have a route sheet, and the course will be clearly marked. We will have at least 4 experienced, dedicated SAG drivers on course.
What happened to the double metric?:
For the ride's first four years (2000-2003) we offered a “double metric” option, (200 km, about 120 miles). We are not formally offering it this year - in fact it's gone for good. The main reason is that we felt that we were not doing a good enough job supporting it. If we came up short in any area, it was getting support in place & on the road for these riders. Often they would come into the finish early- to mid-afternoon, and nothing was there. It also really stretched us thin. The last two rest stops needed to open 5 or 6 hours earlier than if they were only for double century riders, and were open for nearly 10 hours total. That’s too much to ask even of our great volunteers.
The double metric added a bail-out at mile 70 for riders not having a good day, or who were falling behind. This year, one of two things will happen at that point. If you hit the 2nd rest stop past the cut-off time that we know is the general limit for successful finishes (11:30 a.m.) you will either be:
(1) Offered a ride back to the start /finish, or ahead to the lunch stop, or, (2) You may, at your option, ride the old double metric course back to the start/finish, but you will be unsupported. The good part is, if you make this choice, it is a simple route, 50 miles total, (only one turn is not part of the main course) and there are numerous facilities along the way, washrooms, stores & campgrounds where food & water is available. Further it is well enough traveled (but not crazy) that if you have any significant problem you are likely to have someone help you very quickly.
Either choice, you may still have a good day of riding, but you won’t be an official finisher.
Well, it’s early fall, so we can get, (and have) the gauntlet. Perfect weather, rain, or hottr’ than stink. We are personally hoping for perfect, . . . but . . . The last couple of years have seen moderately hot afternoons (depending on who's doing the talking). We do our best to get ice & plenty of water out there, but every rider needs to be smart for any conditions.
Virtually all riders will need legal lights. First light: about 6:30 a.m., full darkness, about 7:30 p.m. Due to conditions of approval for the ride, any rider on the course before 6:30 a.m. or after 7:30 p.m. must have a full complement of front & rear lighting, as required by the California Vehicle Code. If you do not, you will be disqualified. Therefore, even if you think you are fast & can beat the daylight limits, we suggest that you do carry at least minimal lighting in case you get caught out late. Better to carry maybe ¼ lb of extra weight than to end up with a DQ.
California Triple Crown Stuff:
The Knoxville Fall Classic Double Century will count toward the California Triple Crown.
We have again been asked to host the California Triple Crown’s Award Breakfast. It will be Sunday morning, the 21st. Food service will start at 7:45a.m., talk & accolades will start about 8:30. We are suggesting a $5 donation to cover the cost of grub. Everyone is welcome, it’s a great chance to hear stories, swap lies, and recognize some truly extraordinary riders.
Registering & Confirmation:
Even though we are on the web, we are still kind of old-tech. Get the Entry Form here, fill it out online, and then print the form (or you can print the form and fill it out with a pen). Either way you need to print the form, sign and date the waiver, and send it along with a check to:
P.O. Box 2488
San Ramon, CA 94583
Once we receive your registration, we will send you an e-mail confirming we have you registered. Registration turnaround depends on how busy we are with our "regular" jobs & family life - registrations are processed on a more regular basis closer to the ride date. You will be sent a link to a web-page that contains “Instructions to Riders & Rules of the Ride”. It contains exactly that, as complete as we can make it. Hopefully it will cover all your questions, and give tips about the ride, a more thorough course description, and make clear the few “gotcha’s” we do have. Please read it carefully.
If you don’t like what it says, you have 7 days to cancel your entry & we will return your entry, after that, no refunds. We will also post on the web a list of registered riders as we receive them. If you don’t get an e-mail confirmation and don’t see your name on the list a week before the ride, please contact us. The week before the ride, we will send out a final e-mail detailing last minute-stuff.
Quackcyclists & other Volunteers:
Quackcyclists are not a club. We have no dues, no membership rolls, no formal meetings. We are just a group of friends & cyclists who somehow got this crazy notion to put on a couple of bike rides. (Just riding double centuries wasn’t good enough) We are not formally “non-profit”, but we don’t make any, and none of us gets paid. (We all have regular jobs for that.) The entry fee covers the ride’s expenses, and on the occasional times the rides actually make any money, we give it away to charities & cycling organizations.
Our volunteers & workers on the rides are our friends, folks we’ve met riding, and their friends & family. We have always managed to pull it off, and most folks have a great time (sometimes better than the riders) helping out. We would welcome any help you want to offer. We need rest stop workers, delivery drivers, shoppers, cleanup folks, SAG’s, and those of generally good spirit & attitude. If you help out we offer a conglomeration of goodies. Cycling caps or t-shirts, and other schwag as we get it, all you can eat at the after-ride meal, and a chance to either join us on our staff ride (Saturday September 12), or get a half-price entry into one of next years regular Quack rides.
Contact Scott Halversen if you are interested or check out our volunteer information site at Volunteer Information. From there you can submit a request to help.
We don’t have any deals with anyone local, but here is a list, and a link to the local Vacaville Chamber of Commerce:
|Ranchotel||707 448-2435||(Within riding distance of Lagoon Valley Park)|
|Alamo Inn||707 451-2424||(Closest in Vacaville)|
|Best Western Heritage Inn||707 448-8453|
|Courtyard by Marriott||888 451-8700|
|Motel 6||707 447-5550|
|E-Z-8||707 426-6161||(Closest to the west in Fairfield)|
Pietro’s #1 is our local recommendation. They cater the after-ride meal, and the owners Joe & Kathy Murdaca are two of our favorite all-time people. It’s a guaranteed fill-up of fantastic and classic southern Italian fare. Located at 407 Cernon St. In Vacaville, off Merchant St.
The Quackcyclists & The Knoxville Fall Classic Double Century reserve the right
to refuse entry to anyone, to remove riders from the course for reasons of their
own safety, for the safety of other riders, for obvious & flagrant violation of
the course rules or the California Vehicle code, or for the general well-being
of the rider, the ride, other riders, or the Quackcyclists.
PO Box 2488
San Ramon, CA 94583
Link to Preliminary Route Sheet (We don't expect it to change, but forces outside our control have caused it in the past...)
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