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Instructions for Riders

This information and SAG phone contact list will be in your packet.

Before the ride

  • Packet pick-up is Friday June 6 from 5pm-7pm and Saturday June 7 from 4:30a-5a at the start point. You may have someone else pick it up for you. The ride will start at 5:30 am, get a good night sleep and eat lots of carbs.
  • Each rider is allowed to bring a SMALL bag for their after-ride or overnight essentials. Small meaning a backpack or small duffle bag.  This bag will be transported directly to the finish.
  • We will provide you with one gallon size zip-lock bag (in your packet) to keep in your group’s SAG vehicle. Anything you need during the ride (nutritional items, sunscreen, etc) will need to go in that bag.  Last year, it was found useful to brightly mark your zip-lock bag so it could be easily identified.

o   IMPORTANT: If you have medication that must be taken during the ride, KEEP IT ON YOUR PERSON. We don’t want you to miss a dose if you get separated from the SAG vehicle that’s carrying your bag.

  • When you arrive at the start on the morning of the ride, place your overnight bag in lead SAG vehicle and your zip-lock bag in the SAG vehicle for your speed group.
  • DD2tB is a mass start ride. However, please arrange yourself according to your expected speed. Meaning line up with the 20+ at the front (A), 18+ in the middle (B), 16+ at the back (C).
  • PLEASE, be sure to sign in morning of the ride and AFTER the ride (or call to let us know if someone picks you up).

 

During the ride

  • Use the first leg of the ride to form subgroups (around 10-20 people) within your speed group with riders of a similar speed. We recommend this for two reasons:
    1.  A peloton of 60 riders creates traffic problems and makes accidents more likely. Breaking into smaller groups will be safer.
    2. Riding 200 miles in a group of 2-3 people is very difficult. Staying with a group of 10 or more will increase your likelihood of success – even if they’re riding at 18mph instead of 19mph.
  • Please note the cut-off times:
    • 30 mile: 7:40 am
    • 60 mile: 9:40 am
    • 90 mile: 11:40 am
    • 120 mile: 1:45 pm
    • 150 mile: 4:00 pm
    • 180 mile: 6:15 pm
    • Hint: You could average as little as 15.3 mph moving time AND take 60 minutes worth of breaks (10 min at each of the 6 stops) and still make it to the last cut-off in time.
  • We highly suggest that you bring your cell phone on the ride so that you can contact SAG if you get off course, need to be picked up, or have an emergency.  Phone numbers will be provided in packet; TAKE THESE WITH YOU!!!!
  • This is VERY IMPORTANT if you want to keep up with your zip-lock bag during the ride and if you have questions about how this works please ask us.  One of the SAG vehicles for your speed group will carry your gallon Zip-lock bag from stop to stop.
    1.  In the morning, put your zip-lock bag in the correctly marked bin for your speed group.
    2.  When you get to a rest stop, your zip-lock bag will be laid out.  Use it as needed.
    3. After your done with your bag, place it back into the correct bin.  This step is essential to keep your bag with your group.  If you do not place your bag in the bin it will be picked up by the last SAG vehicle and you can get it at the end of the ride.
  • We will provide light snacks and hydration at rest stops. This will include PB&Js, fruit, Coke, water, and Gatorade.
  • Subway sandwiches will be provided at the first stop after the halfway point (110-115 miles).

 

Notes about SAG

  • SAG stands for “Support and Gear” – not taxi service. If you decide to quit, we will eventually get you to the finish. However, you might have to ride in the SAG vehicle for several hours.
  • Over the 200+ mile course, it is impossible for us to be everywhere all the time. If you decide you need a lift, it might take us some time to get to you. We suggest that, rather than waiting on the side of the road, you try to make it to the next rest stop and hitch a ride there.  TAKE the SAG phone numbers with you (Yes, we think this is important); or even better, program them in your phone.
  • Each SAG vehicle will have tubes/pumps to repair flats. However, SAG volunteers are not required to have bike maintenance and repair skills. If you don’t know how to change a flat, learn or be willing to take the teasing when you have to ask for help!
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2014 Double Down 2 The Beach Route Finalized

We have finalized the route for the 2014 Double Down 2 The Beach.  The start will be at Alamance Regional in Burlington, NC, and the the finish will be at Dram Tree Park, Wilmington, NC.  The turn by turn route can be downloaded and the queue sheet can be found here at Ride With GPS.  The route is being driven and marked this week and is subject to change based on feedback from the marking crew.  Any changes to the route will be posted here and updated on Ride With GPS.

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Registration Information

DD2TB-logoThe Double Down 2 the Beach is a scholarship fundraiser ride organized by the Burlington Velo Club. All proceeds will be used to fund $1000 college scholarships to students in the Burlington, NC area.

Rest stops ~ every 30 miles, providing food and hydration.

Cut-off times will be enforced, the times below are approximate. Final times and distances will be posted once the rest stops have been finalized.
• 30 mile: 7:40 am
• 60 mile: 9:40 am
• 90 mile: 11:40 am
• 120 mile: 1:45 pm
• 150 mile: 4:00 pm
• 180 mile: 6:15 pm

Guarantee 200-220 mile route

Mass start (We encourage you to form groups)

No refunds.

No registration transfers.

Starting point: Alamance Regional Medical Center, 1240 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington NC

End-Point:  Dram Tree Park, Wilmington, NC

Shuttle services from Wilmington are not provided.  You will be responsible for getting home.

for more inquiries, contact info@doubledown2thebeach.com.

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Alamance Regional Sponsors Starting Point for The Double Down

ARMC-logoBurlington Velo Club’s (BVC) Gold sponsor, Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has come through again.  Thanks to Bob Byrd and his connection to ARMC, we have been allowed to use the Grand Oaks (LifeStyle) Center as the departure point for the 2014 Double Down 2 the Beach.  Bob has played an intricate role in the development of the BVC as one of our originating members and he has maintained our partnership with ARMC since the very beginning.  If you see Bob on June 7th, be sure to give him a hardy thank you.

 

LabCorp-team

LabCorp donates $1000 to the Double Down 2 the Beach

MarkWe want to thank LabCorp and Mark Brecher, CMO at LabCorp, for giving a hefty $1000 donation to support the Double Down 2 the Beach ride.  This money will be used towards college scholarships awarded to students in Burlington, Alamance area of North Carolina.  Mark is a member of the Burlington Velo Club and has been a long time cyclist.  We certainly appreciate his involvement in making this year’s Double Down 2 the Beach successful.  Be sure to thank Mark when you see him during the ride on June 7th.

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2014 Event Date Announced

The 3rd annual Double Down 2 the Beach will be held on June 7th 2014. Riders should expect another, relatively flat, 200+ mile supported course to the east coast of north Carolina. The starting point will be in Burlington, North Carolina, while the destination point will remain in close proximity to Wilmington, North Carolina. Once again, the Burlington Velo Club is very excited to be putting on this fund raising event. Last year, three $1000 dollar scholarships were awarded to local high school graduates. We are hoping to raise more money this time, because we are able to support an increased number of riders. Registration will now be open to 200 riders on March 1st. Mark Your calendars. The event fills up relatively fast.

Information for Riders

Before the ride

  • Packet pick-up is June 7 from 3p-6:30p and June 8 from 4:30a-5a at Cycles de Oro. You may have someone else pick it up. If someone else picks up your packet, you must sign the waiver form when you check in for the ride on Saturday morning.
  • Though most of you have family or friends meeting you at the finish who can carry your overnight bag, each rider is allowed to bring a SMALL bag for their overnight essentials. Small meaning a backpack or small duffle bag. If you need us to carry your overnight bag, give it to Nathan Benton – driving the silver Honda Ridgeline. All overnight bags will be transported directly to the finish.
  • We will provide you with one gallon size zip-lock bag (in your packet) to keep in your group’s SAG vehicle. Anything you need during the ride (nutritional items, sunscreen, etc.) will need to go in that bag.
  • Because both the 16+ and 18+ mph groups have such large numbers, it could be hard to find your bag at first! Therefore, when you arrive at CDO Saturday morning, take your bag to your lead SAG vehicle. Each vehicle will have three totes labeled with a group of the alphabet (A-G, H-M, N-Z). Place your bag in the bin that coordinates with the first letter of your last name. At the first stop, it will be easier to find your bag. At the subsequent stops, you all will be spread out enough that this will not be necessary.
  • For all groups: At each stop, when you are done with your zip-lock bag, place it in the green tote. Remember: GREEN means GO! Bags in the green tote will be on the next SAG vehicle leaving for the next rest stop. If you skip this step, your bag will be left behind. If you go ahead of your speed group, you might beat your bag to the next stop.
    • Lead SAG volunteers/vehicles:
      • 16 mph group: Mary Roach, white Toyota Tundra
      • 18 mph group: Jennifer Fowler, beige Chevy crew-cab pickup
      • 20 mph group: Rejina Allen, blue Honda Ridgeline
  • IMPORTANT: If you have medication that must be taken during the ride, KEEP IT ON YOUR PERSON. We don’t want you to miss a dose if you get separated from the SAG vehicle that’s carrying your bag.
  • DD2B is a mass start ride. However, at the start, please arrange yourself according to your expected speed. Meaning line up with the 20+ at the front, 18+ in the middle, 16+ at the back.

 

During the ride

  • Last year we had leaders for each speed group. It didn’t work out as well as we hoped due to variation in speed within each group. Additionally, we have almost twice as many riders this year. Therefore, we decided to let you organize your own subgroups like you would at a club ride:
    • Use the first leg of the ride to form subgroups (around 10-20 people) with riders of a similar speed. We’re asking this of you for two reasons:
      •  A peloton of 60 riders (talking to you, 18 and 16 mph groups) creates traffic problems and makes accidents more likely. Breaking into smaller groups will be safer.
      • Riding 200 miles in a group of 2-3 people is very difficult. Staying with a group of 10 or more will increase your likelihood of success – even if they’re riding at 18mph and you want to go 19mph.
      • Please note the cut-off times:
        • 30 mile: 7:40 am
        • 60 mile: 9:40 am
        • 90 mile: 11:40 am
        • 120 mile: 1:45 pm
        • 150 mile: 4:00 pm
        • 180 mile: 6:15 pm
        • Hint: You could average as little as 15.3 mph while moving AND take 60 minutes worth of breaks (10 min at each of the 6 stops) and still make it to the last cut-off in time.
        • You should keep your cell phone with you on the ride so that you can contact SAG when you need them. SAG volunteer phone numbers will be included on the cue sheet.
        • We will provide food and hydration at rest stops. This will include PB&Js, fruit, fig newtons, water, and Gatorade.
        • Subway sandwiches will be provided at the first stop after the halfway point (110-115 miles). Notify us via an email to dd2beach@gmail.com by June 4th if you prefer a vegetarian sandwich.

 

After the Ride

  • Don’t forget to check in at the finish so we don’t institute a manhunt on your behalf!
  • TrySports has a great outdoor area beside their store. That is where the after-party is! We will have pizza, soda, and Natty Greene’s beer. The area will be roped off and you must stay in this area when consuming alcoholic beverages! Do NOT take beverages into the TrySports store. I repeat: NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OUTSIDE OF THE ROPED AREA OR INSIDE TRYSPORTS.

 

Notes about SAG

  • SAG stands for “Support and Gear” – not taxi service. If you decide to quit, we will eventually get you to the finish. However, you might have to ride in the SAG vehicle for several hours.
  • Over the 200+ mile course, it is impossible for us to be everywhere all the time. If you need a lift, it might take us some time to get to you. Rather than waiting on the side of the road, try to make it to the next rest stop and hitch a ride there.
  • If you decide to quit and a family member or friend picks you up, please notify one of the SAG volunteers so that we don’t come looking for you!
  • Each SAG vehicle will have tubes/pumps to repair flats. However, SAG volunteers are not required to have bike maintenance and repair skills. If you don’t know how to change a flat, learn or be willing to take the teasing when you have to ask for help!

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