Ride Event: Fall Five Race at Ride Studio Cafe

October 4, 2012

in Rides

We’re working on another big ride project at Ride Studio Cafe.  Here’s the rundown:

Ride Studio Cafe Presents:  The Fall Five

Join the Ride Studio Cafe for the funnest ride series of the fall.

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Update  |  October 24, 2012  |   RideWithGPS.com is ready for the Fall Five series.  Patria worked with Zack Ham to get this set up.  This is the first event like the Fall Five that RWGPS is doing.  In fact, the Fall Five is unlike any event I’ve seen.

Update  |  October 24, 2012  |   Did the last of the route scouting this evening, I believe.  Awesome routes for all five of the unique courses.  The criterium was the most difficult to scout.  It’s impressively difficult to find closed loops of about 0.5 miles.  Patria and I ended up finding a few great ones in Lexington proper.

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Five Rides, Eight Days, One Big Party, Countless Prizes

For the most accurate and up-to-date information and results, check the Ride Studio Cafe Fall Five page.

Happening from Friday, October 26 through Friday, November 2.

What is The Fall Five?

This is a five-stage solo road cycling challenge that is open to all riders with gumption.  It’s a fun way to extend the road season, and each stage is a short intense effort that’ll keep you warm as the leaves fall.  The Fall Five is similar to the Studio’s ToTU event from last season that we put together with the extensive help of our friend Zac Daab from Cascade Bicycle Studio.

When is The Fall Five?

  • Ride Stages:  The first stage starts on Friday, November 26.  The final stage takes place on Friday, November 2.  Stages 2-4 occur between the Fridays.
  • PartyFriday, November 2 at 7:00 pm

Why Ride The Fall Five?

Why?  Because of the Five P’s!

  • Party!  The Fall Five After Party happens on Friday, November 2.  Join us to toast the winners of The Fall Five!  Or just to toast.  Special food, drinks, and prizes will be announced soon!
  • Prizes:  The top three men’s and women’s finishers win some cool prizes!  We’ve got some special categories, too.  Total value of the prizes will exceed $1,000!   Everyone’s a winner if you roll on all five stages.
  • Personal Challenge:  Test your fitness compared with others or just test your own mettle on five fun routes.
  • Phun:  As with every RSC events and ride, we want everyone to have fun. 
  • Promotions Times Five:  All participants can get a 10% discount on these five special offers – about $65 of valueRSC Club get their additional discount on top of the 10%!
    1. Stay on the Course:  Garmin 800 or 500
    2. Staying in the Light:  Light & Motion Urban 550 and Knog Blinder
    3. Staying Dry:  Race Blades or Crudz Fenders
    4. Stay Warm:  X? wool gloves
    5. Stay Awake:  Cafe Drink Card for five drinks at half off.
  • More details and specials to come!  Stay tuned.

How does The Fall Five Work?

We’ve racing five stages spread out over eight days.  For stages 2, 3, and 4 you have a few days from which to choose; do the race on the day you prefer.  This is one of the beauties of this solo race – race at your convenience, sometimes.  And, this makes it easier to participate in all five races.

Fall Five Stage Description Pages

Fall Five Stages

StageDateTypeRouteDistance
Stage 1Friday, October 26Prologue Time Trial:: RideWithGPS route posted soon.
:: An out-and-back quiet road with a misty lake in the early morning. The turnaround is a quiet lollypop loop.
:: A short hillcimb finish. A rolling start is aloud.
:: Two town-line sprints along the way.
2.0 Miles
Stage 2Choose a day:
Saturday, Sunday, or Monday,
October 27, 28, or 29
Point-to-Point:: RideWithGPS route posted soon.
:: The first point is the front door of Keyks Bakery in Chelmsford. The second point is the Minute Man statue in Lexington Center.
:: Three town-line sprints
~17 Miles
Stage 3Choose a day:
Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday,
October 28, 29, or 30
Mountain Stage:: 754 feet of climbing
:: King and Queen Of the Mountain awards
:: Mountain Goat awards
:: RideWithGPS route posted soon.
2.1 miles
Stage 4Choose a day:
Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday,
October 30, 31, or November 1
Circuit Race:: Four laps on a 3.3 mile course.
:: RideWithGPS route posted soon.
13.2 miles
Stage 5Friday, November 2Criterium:: RideWithGPS route posted soon.
:: The Cri-Two-ium. Will explain.
:: Primes will be awarded.
5.5 Miles
  • Join:  To participate,  send an email to connect@ridestudiocafe.com with the following:  Full name, Age, and Gender
  • Upload your daily results:  to your ridewithGPS.com account by 9:00pm eastern time.  If you don’t have an account, sign up here.
  • Start at Ride Studio Cafe:  Each route leaves from Ride Studio Cafe, and ends back at the Studio.
  • Race Rules:
    • Ride solo. No drafting or pacelines, meaning, no “Group Doping.”
    • Ride safely.  We know you do this anyway:  adhere to all rules of the road.
    • Agree to and sign the RSC riding waiver.  Unless you are already in the Club or have signed an RSC waiver before, in which case you’re already covered.
    • Ride on time.  Each stage within its assigned date range.  See the table above for details.
    • Ride at the time of your convenience.  Feel free to ride each stage when the time is tight for you, but we ask that you send the day’s GPS file to us by the end of the day.  Otherwise we can’t guarantee that your time will be tallied.
    • Don’t draft behind road vehicles.  No “Transportation Doping.”
    • Use a road bike without aero bars or disk wheels.  “Aero Doping” is not a part of The Fall Five.
  • Timing:  We’re tallying ride times based on what ridewithGPS.com terms “moving time;” see the FAQ below for an explanation.
  • Racer Discounts:  The 10% discount offer for five items is good through Sunday, November 4.  See the “Why” section above for details.

FAQ will be posted soon.

Photos:  Natalia Boltukhova of Pedal Power Photography.

Project notes in reverse order:

October 24  |   Did the last of the route scouting this evening, I believe.  Awesome routes for all five of the unique courses.  The criterium was the most difficult to scout.  It’s impressively difficult to find closed loops of about 0.5 miles.  Patria and I ended up finding a few great ones in Lexington proper.

Oct 24  |  RideWithGPS.com is ready for the Fall Five series.  Patria worked with Zack Ham to get this set up.  This is the first event like the Fall Five that RWGPS is doing.  In fact, the Fall Five is unlike any event I’ve seen.

Oct 23  |  Fall Five route scouting.  All the routes are completed as sketches.  This evening Patria and I finalized three of the five routes.  Only two more to go.  Jay R. helping with one of them – the killer ‘mountain stage.’

  • Stage 1:  Time Trial:  2.0 mile out and back.  Great course with a difficult hilltop finish.  Two town-line sprints up for grabs.
  • Stage 2:  Point-to-Point:  Starting at Keyks Bakery in Chelmsford.  Town-line sprint prizes included.
  • Stage 3:  Mountain Stage:  My favorite.  Don’t snicker, there are mountains in the Lexington area.
  • Stage 4:  Circuit Race:  This one will hurt.
  • Stage 5:  Criterium Race:  This one will hurt the most.  Six very short laps around two circles.  Primes included.

Oct 23  |  I finished the logo design.  Skunk help me – actually he did all the work – on the logo.  It was a speed project if ever I did one.

Oct 16  |  Graphic Design:  Working on Fall Five logo.  So trite.  Not a good idea to work on graphics when you’re tired late at night.

Oct 16  |  So we’re going to charge $20 for race entry fee for the Fall Five at Ride Studio Cafe.  I’m conflicted about this but it’ll be well worth it in the end.  We’ve got a prize list of about $2,000 and discount offerings that will probably tally well over $1,000.  We’re also paying Ride With GPS for their help – it’ll be well worth it.  And some really cool handmade trophies – not what you might be expecting if you were at last year’s ToTU or at a few other events the Studio has been involved with.  These are very different.

Oct 15  |  Fall Five going live tomorrow.

Oct 13  |  Working on the Fall Five Ride Studio Cafe project.  A bit.

October 12  |   I’ve been working on the next big ride project for Ride Studio Cafe – with the help of Patria and Lily, of course.  This project is called theFall Five.  I’m fairly certain that this is going to be the biggest project we’ve done at RSC.  It’s a version of the ToTU rides we did last year.  But bigger and funner.

Oct 8  |  ToTU planning begun.

October 4  |  TOTU is on y’all!  Get your bikes ready for another Ride Studio Cafe cycling crush.  Completely different from last year but in a good way.  Details to follow.  Patria and I are pulling this together.

August 22  |  Officially put ToTU on hold because there’s too much happening right now.  If we’re not going to do it right, we’re not going to do it.

August 3  |   Began work on the 2012 ToTU event.  Slated for end of August.  Lots to do and no time to do it.

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