14th Annual The Spin Cycle 4th of July Firecracker 100K and 50K Ride (Cary, NC)
I have gotten permission for skaters to participate in a local 50k/100k cycling ride in Cary, NC on July 4th... Information can be found here:
The cycling club was a bit hesitant to allow skating, as there had been an "incident" in the past. However, they were open to consider it again, and have agreed to let us participate and see how it goes. Note that our behavior at this event will directly affect our ability to attend other events put on by this bike shop and cycling club.
Also, there are a few rules that skaters must adhere to (these are to prevent a repeat of the "incident" from years past.)
- Skaters must obey all traffic laws, particularly staying on the correct side of the road. (Note - this is something they've specifically called out for the cyclists too -- apparently there is a tendency for them to cross the center line when moving up in the pack, etc...)
- Skaters must never touch a cyclist -- the "incident" involved a skater touching a cyclist when slowing down, I think.
- Skaters must not draft off cyclists. I agreed to this restriction so that we could participate, but told the organzier I would like to revisit it in the future once we establish that we are in fact safe skaters.
- Skaters must be able to stop effectively -- heel brakes are encouraged, but if you're willing to flat-spot a set of wheels to do a hard t-stop, so be it. Basically, we need to be able to stop to obey the various traffic laws and also be able to slow down and stop among the cyclists if necessary.
This should open up some more events for us to participate in, assuming it goes well. Except for the "no drafting" part, this isn't any different than the guidelines we use for the weekly skate in Apex. Registration is fairly inexpensive ($25), with half of that going to MS Society. There is also going to be a cheap buffet offered at the end, and 3 rest stops on the 100k route.
I plan on signing up... Hopefully we'll have a good group of skaters there to represent the Triangle, Triad, and.... ???