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Union City Fondo Ride Bible (2022)

Updated: 10/20, 5:01PM
All the routes are final!

DOWNLOAD ROUTE FILES FOR YOUR GPS DEVISE >>> CLICK HERE <<<
This will send you to a Dropbox folder with ALL of the final course routes. Please select the correct distance and type of file that your GPS devise needs.

Please review the rider etiquette, rider notes, and scroll down to read any important information that you need to know for the distance you are riding.

EARLY PACKET PICKUP

Friday, October 21
Location: Ethic Inc. – 1608 Cleveland Ave, East Point, GA 30337
Time: 3:00pm – 7:30pm – Beers from 5:30-7:30ish

DAY OF PACKET PICKUP

Please arrive at least 45-minutes before your start time. You will have a waiver to sign (2 waivers for the Toughskin), you will need to pick-up your number and timing chip. The timing chips must be returned at the end of the day. Do not forget. 

START TIMES:

MIXED GRAVEL OPTIONS

ToughSkin Open – 7:45
AM Denim60 – 8:15 AM

ROAD OPTIONS

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

START LOCATION:

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

SAFETY & RIDE ETIQUETTE

  • ALL RIDERS WILL NEED AT LEAST A REAR FLASHING LIGHT AND A FRONT FLASHING LIGHT IS PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED.
  • ALL RIDERS MUST SIGN A WAIVER WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR NUMBER. NO WAIVER, NO NUMBER. You must be present to sign the waiver to pick up your number. If you are a minor, you have to have a parent or legal guardian there to sign for you. Please do not ask a friend to pick up your number, because they will be turned away.
  • 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.
  • 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 routes. Please be aware of them. Ride single file on these few roads and be extra cautious crossing them. You are responsible for reviewing the route before you ride.
  • 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. 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 for each category listed when you registered. 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: On your way back you will turn right onto Fayetteville Rd, approximately 3.5 miles from the end. Be on the lookout for GOODSON RD, just over one mile from the turn. 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 non-repairable 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 LET YOUR SUPPORT 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 GPX AND TCX files via email prior. You will also be able to download the files from each route page on our website. Make sure your map says “FINAL 2022” 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.
  • ALL ROUTES CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE https://ridewithgps.com/collections/58237?privacy_code=viFCz8f8yaGavo2I REMEMBER ALL ROUTES WILL SAY FINAL. IF THEY DON’T, THEY’RE NOT FINAL

ROUTE NOTES

South Fulton PKWY and Rico Road This intersection will be the only intersection to have police directing traffic. Each ride map includes notes on any section that may need a little more caution – marked with a RED minus the following notes of interest.

POLYESTER 100:

The Polyester 100 will cross the river on South Fulton Pkwy out and back and mile 21 and mile 65. 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. There is a very brief section of road that is a mix of rough asphalt. The broken up asphalt is pretty hard packed, and is a curiosity to us as to why it is the way it is. It is only for a 1/2 mile and is very ridable and your reward is spectacular roads with very little traffic on the other side. At Mile 49 you will be on Hwy 27 into Whitesburg for 1.5 miles (The second aid stop will be in Whitesburg) You will then go through a roundabout heading north on Hwy 5 for approximately 1 additional mile. These two roads are a little busier than most, but the traffic is slower since you are going through a town. Please use caution. The rest of the route is pretty spectacular.

RAYON 60:

The Rayon 60 is the least complicated route. There could be a little bit of traffic on Hutchenson Ferry from mile 24 to 29. Watch for the left turn at mile 3.5 once you leave Downtown Fairburn

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, at mile 50 and mile 75 (where the second aid station will be). DOGS. The two dogs on Northcutt have been gone the last month we have been riding the route. Neither are dangerous if they come out, but they do like to make a nuisance of themselves. HOWEVER, There are now two dogs on Old Phillips Road at mile 104 that do come out quickly. They are big boys with a big bark, but they have never been overly aggressive. I am working with a council member to see if we can get them to stay indoors for the day. Just be cautious, don’t be overly aggressive with them and they should leave you alone. They don’t really follow, they run out, bark and run back.

DENIM60: (Gravel)

Your route is pretty straight forward. Watch for the left turn at mile 3.5 once you leave Downtown Fairburn. DOGS. The two dogs on Northcutt have been gone the last month we have been riding the route. Neither are dangerous if they come out, but they do like to make a nuisance of themselves. HOWEVER, There are now two dogs on Old Phillips Road at mile 104 that do come out quickly. They are big boys with a big bark, but they have never been overly aggressive. I am working with a council member to see if we can get them to stay indoors for the day. Just be cautious, don’t be overly aggressive with them and they should leave you alone. They don’t really follow, they run out, bark and run back.

TIME SEGMENT CHALLENGE

TOUGHSKIN OPEN

Back for 2022 is our Time Segment Challenge for the participants of the Toughskin Open event. 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 10 overall time. (Top 5 for women) New for this you have to be in the top 10 overall (top 5 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 only 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 52 and ending at mile 74 (22-miles 1,700′ of elevation, max gradient 10%)
  • Segment 2: Starting at mile 89 and ending at mile 106 (17-miles 1,200′ of elevation, max gradient 8%)
  • Segment 3: Overall finishing time. (top 10 for men, top 5 for women)

Make sure you cross the timing mats. If you do not, we will not get your times. The segments are much longer this year, and they do include some stop signs. Please do not run stop signs. You all will have to stop at the same signs, so there really won’t be any time loss or gain.

Neutral Zone for the Toughskin Open. We are extending the Neutral Zone UNTIL you get to the bottom of the rock quarry. Please all ride together until this point. DO NOT GO FLYING DOWN THE QUARRY!!! There are steep drop offs and you are a total A-Hole if you do, so don’t. Period. Once you get to the bottom and turn around and start to head back up, then it’s game on.

Picture Opportunity for the Toughskin Open. At the bottom the quarry, Martin Marietta will have a giant loader and haul truck there for a pretty cool picture opportunity. This could be the only time you get to ride your bike to the bottom of a quarry. Take a few seconds to take it all in.

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. 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 all events, minus the Velour 30, there will be a “Truths” neutral zone until you get to the designated start zone.

Polyester 100, Rayon 60, Denim 60 neutral zone ends once you cross over South Fulton Pkwy, just past mile 8. Please don’t get all crazy with each other until then.

Toughskin Open: See above in the time segment section.

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. You all have to sign a waiver. No signed waiver. no numbers. no ride.