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Union City Fondo Ride Bible (2021)

Final 2021 Ride Bible coming soon. We’ll post updates along with a printable version in August when all routes are finalized.

START TIMES:

Check back, this is subject to change.

MIXED GRAVEL OPTIONS

ToughSkin Open – 7:30 AM
Denim60 – 8:15 AM

ROAD OPTIONS

Polyester100 – 7:45 AM
Rayon60 – 8:30 AM
Velour30 – 9:00 AM

 

SAFETY & RIDE ETIQUETTE

  • ALL RIDERS WILL NEED AT LEAST A REAR FLASHING LIGHT AND A FRONT LIGHT PREFERRED  .
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.
  • ALL RIDERS MUST OBEY ALL STATE ROAD LAWS FOR CYCLING. THIS IS AN OPEN COURSE EVENT. If you need a refresher: https://www.bicyclegeorgia.com/galaw.html.
  • YOU ARE RIDING AT YOUR OWN RISK: You (the participant) understand that you are riding on public roads, that there are inherent dangers of riding your bicycle on them, that you are riding at your own risk, and that by participating you accept those risks. You are ultimately responsible for your own personal safety. We will have a waiver for you to sign at the morning check-in.
  • MINORS must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • BE COURTEOUS: For the occasional vehicle, please provide them with space to pass you safely. Let’s work together to keep the event fun for you and painless for them. 
  • BUSIER ROADS: The vast majority of roads selected are cycling friendly. There are a couple of roads and intersections that are a little busier than others. These locations are clearly marked on your maps. Please be aware of them. Ride single file on these few roads and be extra cautious crossing them. 
  • STOP SIGNS: YOU MUST OBEY THEM. This is an open road course, meant to be a fun and safe ride with friends through the back roads of Atlanta. You must stop at all stop signs. Failure to do so will result in the rider being removed from the event and that rider will not be allowed back to any Spin the District event. 
  • MUSIC & HEADPHONES: It is illegal to ride a bike with headphones, so please leave them at home. We also ask that you keep your portable speakers at home as well. (Or turn them down so that only you can hear them.) It is a hazard and distraction for you and others, and it’s not fair to make other riders listen to your music.
  • TIME SEGMENTS/TIME SEGMENT CHALLENGE: Several of the segments include stop signs. We chose these roads due to the limited vehicle traffic on them and the ability to maximize the segment lengths; however, this event is an open road event, meaning you have to stop and wait until it is clear for you to continue. Our time segments are a quasi-competition, and we assume you are going to try your best to win the belt—but don’t risk your life and others’ by being stupid. (See time segment rules below.)
  • OVERALL TIME/MEDALS: We will be keeping track of your overall time and awarding medals per category listed on the registration page for the top three finishers. Overall time will also play a small roll in the Time Segment Challenge. See note below. Regardless, if a rider is found to be disobeying any traffic laws, cutting the course, or taking unnecessary risks, their time will be removed from our records and any awards won will be returned. 

RIDER NOTES – ALL

  • START/END: Please use caution coming back into Union city and obey all traffic laws.
  • FAYETTEVILLE RD CAUTION: To and from the start/finish puts you on Fayetteville Rd. Please use a little caution on this road. ALSO, on your way back be on the lookout for GOODSON RD. It’s a weird left that a few riders have missed turn in the past. IF YOU GO UNDER INTERSTATE 85 YOU HAVE GONE TOO FAR. 
  • BE COURTEOUS: We can’t stress this enough. We want everyone to have a wonderful day, and that means everyone. Please be aware of any traffic that is around you and work with them. Ride single file if needed, help them know if there is traffic coming and give them a thank you wave if warranted. We all need to work together and we need to make sure that WE the cyclists are always taking the high road. 
  • DOG CAUTION: We have ridden all of these routes numerous times and have modified the course to try to avoid any aggressive animals that could be on the course. We’re not saying there won’t be dogs, but we believe we have bypassed the worst offenders. We have never had problems with any dogs on the current course. DOG CONTACT RECOMMENDATION: Yelling at an aggressive dog, swinging bike pumps, and squirting them should be your last resort, not your first. A dog’s instinct is to chase, but most are just curious and won’t get too close to you or even leave the yard if you ignore them; when you start yelling, they feel threatened and are more likely to get more aggressive. Hold your line, because you might be around other riders. Stay calm and keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t get in your way. Try talking to them like your own (or your friend’s) pets. 
  • SAG SUPPORT: We will have plenty of aid stops on all the routes. We will also have vehicles roaming the courses towards the end of the day. If you have a mechanical, please contact Michael Barman at 678-575-4684 to let him know where you are. Make sure your mechanical is not fixable by you or another rider first! This should be your last option. We cannot guarantee when we can get you, but we will do our best to make it in a timely manner. You may end up having to wait at a SAG stop until we can get you back to the finish. Remember we have six other courses going on at the same time. Each stop will be well supplied with drinks, bars, snacks, and basic tools to keep you going. 
  • OUTSIDE SUPPORT: No outside support will be allowed at the SAG stations. If you would like to follow your rider(s) to meet at other points along the route, please do so using main roads that intersect. DO NOT DRIVE ON THE COURSE! Anyone found following the course in a vehicle will be removed including the rider(s) being supported. Please, please, please avoid all the courses. 
  • GEAR & YOUR BIKE: Please have your bike serviced before the event. Make sure your tires are in good shape, your brakes are working correctly, and your bike is shifting right. BRING at least one extra tube (more if you’re doing one of the longer riders), CO2 cartridges or pump, tire levers and maybe a patch kit. 
  • CELL SERVICE: Be aware that cell service can become spotty for the shorter routes, and for the longer rides it may be limited in places. There’s not a lot we can do about it but make you aware.

CUE SHEETS/GPS COMPUTERS

  • ONLY THE FIRST 15-MILES OF THE START AND LAST 15-MILES OF THE FINISH OF ALL ROUTES WILL BE FULLY MARKED (This includes the full 30-mile ride) WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND USING A GPS DEVICE. We will provide downloadable TCX files via email a week prior. You will also be able to download the files from each route page on our website. Make sure your map says “FINAL 2021” on it.
  • If you don’t have a computer with GPS, then use your phone by downloading the “Ride with GPS” app. When you click on your map within your route page on the Spin the District website, it will automatically open the app. Click “Navigate” and then “Start”. Your phone will prompt you on which way to go.
  • OR… Go old school and print out your cue sheet for your route.
  • The course will be marked with 12×12 corrugated signs at select sections we feel are a little tricky. ALL RIDERS SHOULD STUDY THEIR ROUTES PRIOR TO RIDING so that you can become familiar with some of the road names, support stops and key intersections.
  • We WILL NOT BE PROVIDING printed cue sheets at the start. You can, however, print the cue sheet from the map on your routes web page. Click on the “View Full Version” within the map area. It will bring up a new page from ridewithgps.com. In the top left corner click on the “More” button, and scroll down to print cue sheet.

 

ROUTE NOTES

Each course, minus the 30-mile ride will cross over South Fulton Pkwy at Rico Rd. This intersection will have police directing traffic at this intersection. Each ride map includes any sections to ride with a little more caution, minus the following notes of interest.

POLYESTER 100:

The Polyester 100 will cross the river on South Fulton Pkwy. You will only be on this road for a brief time. Please ride single file. We will have caution signs out warning any traffic that there are riders ahead. You will also be on Route 5 briefly twice, once coming into Whitesburg and once at approximately mile 75. At mile 91 you will keep right on a roundabout with a quick left back onto Cedar Grove, watch for traffic behind you when you turn.

RAYON 60:

At mile 50 you will keep right on a roundabout with a quick left back onto Cedar Grove, watch for traffic behind you when you turn.

VELOUR30:

At mile 19 use caution crossing over route 154, which can be a little busier than most of the scenic roads.

TOUGHSKIN OPEN: (Gravel)

The Toughskin Open will cross the river on South Fulton Pkwy. You will only be on this road for a brief time. Please ride single file and use caution when you turn left. We will have caution signs out warning any traffic that there are riders ahead. You will also be on Route 5 briefly twice, coming into Whitesburg and once at approximately mile 89. DOGS. There are two dogs, one small and one medium, both are not mean, but they have figured out how to gang up on you to slow you down. Watch your front wheel the little one likes to get in front of it. We have not had any issues with these dogs being mean, please don’t be mean to them. Watch crossing over 154 soon after, this road has a little more traffic than the rest of the scenic ride.

DENIM60: (Gravel)

The Aid Station is about a half-mile off the actual route, but the GPS clearly takes you to Chatt. Hills City Hall where the aid station is. We will have signs. DOGS. There are two dogs, one small and one medium, both are not mean, but they have figured out how to gang up on you to slow you down. Watch your front wheel the little one likes to get in front of it. We have not had any issues with these dogs being mean, please don’t be mean to them. Watch crossing over 154 soon after, this road has a little more traffic than the rest of the scenic ride.

 

TIME SEGMENT CHALLENGE

POLYESTER 100 AND TOUGHSKIN OPEN

Back for 2021 is our Time Segment Challenge for the participants of the road Polyester 100 event and the gravel Toughskin Open versions. The winner of each Time Segment Challenge will be rewarded a custom, giant badass belt. (Think All-star wrestling big.) To win the Time Segment Challenge, you must have the fastest overall cumulative time of the segments provided for each event.

We will provide at the morning check-in a sensor chip to put on your front fork. (Don’t get too attached, we’ll need them back, or we’ll have to charge you for it!) Each segment will have a designated start and end sensor that will be clearly marked. To win is simple: go through them as fast—YET AS SAFELY—as you can. Back at home base we’ll be keeping track of everyone’s times and adding them all together. The fastest cumulative time of all the segments for your event will be the winner and awarded the belt for your event. Remember, this ride, while we want you to ride it how you want, we’re honestly doing this for fun and your safety is our top priority. Please read the Road Safety section of the Race Bible to keep yourself in our good graces. 

TIME SEGMENTS

TIME SEGMENTS GRAVEL (start and stop miles are approximate, we will have signage)

  • Top 15 overall time. (Top 10 for women) New for this you have to be in the top 15 overall (top 10 for women) to compete for the time segment challenge. People have places to be and we can’t have a potential winner waiting for you to eat all the bonbons and then take a nap on the course knowing that you just have to crush the segments. By making you be one of the top finishers we can better manage the challenge, but it doesn’t force you to do something stupid like run a stop sign because you’re afraid to lose too much time.
  • Segment 1: Starting at mile 5 and ending at mile 16
  • Segment 2: Starting at mile 22.5 and ending at mile 37
  • Segment 3: Starting at mile 45 and ending at mile 83

TIME SEGMENTS ROAD (start and stop miles are approximate, we will have signage)

  • Top 10 overall time. New for this you have to be in the top 10 overall to compete for the time segment challenge. People have places to be and we can’t have a potential winner waiting for you to eat all the bonbons and then take a nap on the course knowing that you just have to crush the segments. By making you be one of the top finishers we can better manage the challenge, but it doesn’t force you to do something stupid like run a stop sign because you’re afraid to lose too much time.
  • Segment 1: Starting at mile 5 and ending at mile 11
  • Segment 2: Starting at mile 46 and ending at mile 64

START LOCATION:

Union City City Hall
5047 Union Street, Union City, GA 30291

PARKING:

There is street parking, as well as parking behind City Hall, the Police Station, the County Jail and various other locations around downtown. Please DO NOT park in the Green Manor parking lot. They are open, and that lot is reserved for customers. Please do not block any driveways. 

RIDE START & NEUTRAL ZONE:

All rides are staggered based on ride length. (See event times on the registration page.) For the timed events (Polyester100, Toughskin Open), there will be a “Truths” neutral zone until you turn left onto Bohannon Rd from Broad Street. (The start of the first segment will be close by) Ride as a group until this point, 3.5-miles from the start. 

CHECK-IN AND STAGING:

Please arrive in Union City at least 45 minutes prior to your departure time so that we have time to get you checked in. Day of registration will close 30 minutes before each start time. Be at the designated staging area 15 minutes prior to your start time. 

GRAVEL & SINGLE TRACK SECTORS:

Gravel sectors rank from easy to challenging and may include gravel of various sizes, sand, mud, dirt, clay, sticks, branches, deep ruts and/or ravines, fallen trees, water crossings, and even boulders. Single track includes all of the above, just in a much tighter space. All gravel riders assume their own risk on gravel.