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Carolina Century 21, 31, 51, 64, 72, 82, 102-Mile Charity Bike Ride October 23, 2010 Roadskate Inline Skate

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2010.10.23 7:30 am
US/Eastern

Registration is now open at http://CarolinaCentury.com.
10 HOURS of SUPPORT for YOUR CENTURY
3rd Annual ROADSKATER.NET CAROLINA CENTURY
Including new METRIC century 64mile/103K
21♦31♦51♦64♦72♦82♦102-mile MS Bike Ride/Roadskate Saturday ♦ October 23, 2010 ♦ Greensboro NC
Roll up for a leisurely autumnal century with us...or crank it hard & get home early.
Please represent your sport with love!

Two Start Times: 730am Sunrise Start (preregistered only) ◦ 10 hr. support!
8am reg/9am Sleep-In Start by Dale Brown of Cycles de Oro ◦ 8.5 hr. support.
Start & finish at Gospel Baptist Church, 5945 N Church St, Greensboro NC.
Rest stops & aid by T2T heroes: Valerie Gardner, Elaine & Mike Clark, &c.
Bicycle Response Team road assistance ◦ Fire & Rescue Station rest stops.
Supersweet marked routes (Guilford, Forsyth, Rockingham) ◦ Turnsheets/Maps
Lunch by Margaret Bell ◦ Nexus: Marianne Janssen ◦ Hospitality: Mom & Dad
Donate $25 or more to roll with us ($35 or more day of) ◦ Proceeds to MS Society
Volunteer to earn MS donations for your next year's Tanglewood fundraising
Fast hills ◦ Smooth rollouts ◦ Countryside views ◦ Crisp skies ◦ Vibrant foliage
Info & Preregistration: http://carolinacentury.comrsn@carolinacentury.com

Easy link to this page: skate.carolinacentury.com

This is our way to thank you for being such great road companions, and to say let's not finish the reach for goals with the Tour to Tanglewood. Let's plan on another ride for MS the fourth Saturday of October every year...The Carolina Century. We have spent a lot of time roadskating with you cyclists, and we'd like to show you the roads we really love for their smoothness, scenery and design. The Roadskater.net team invites all cyclists, fast or slow, to come and enjoy our favorite smooth, hilly, gorgeous roads for the Carolina Century for MS.

The Roadskaters will join you (if you roll with us at 730am for the 102!), but this is to show you what we think is great. You've been so great to encourage us and welcome us at your cycling events, and we want to pay you back, raise some money for people who can't enjoy what we do, and get in 102 miles on our inline skates too.

  • Cyclists doing 102 or less and skaters doing 82 or less miles may also bring cash to register for the sleep-in start, with sleep-in registration from 8:00am-8:45am and rollout at 9:00am. If you can bring cash or prepay online, that helps with our JUST-IN TIME FOOD SHOPPING (we're making hot chili for 200 ahead of time, but we buy most other food and extra chili fixings AFTER registration so we reduce waste without cheating the late finishers of their full meal and other goodies. Cyclists needing more than 8.5 hours to do 102 should preregister online and arrive in time to start with the roadskaters at the sunrise start, 7:30am.

ALL REGISTRATION IS AT HTTP://CAROLINACENTURY.COM

 

 What's up with the Carolina Century?

We want to encourage slow cyclists who have long distance goals to come try a leisurely century but on a fun, challenging, beautiful, safe course. For the speedy cyclists, preregister and leave early with us, or sleep in and roll out at 9:00 am. Get it over with and still have a day, after a nice lunch, of course.

We have nested loops with an optional western loop to provide routes of 21, 31, 51, 64, 72, 82 and 102 miles. If you preregister and roll at the 7:30am sunrise start, we give you 10 hours of support. Even the sleepers can register at 8:00am and roll at 9:00 to get 8.5 hours of support, because we'll be spending all day celebrating our love of the road and holding off the cobwebs of winter! Last year it was a remarkably crisp, moderate, clear day, and on the 51 and 102 routes we could see all the way to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. The 102ers also got to see Hanging Rock and Sauratown Mountains from the roads near Walkertown.

So forgive our enthusiasm and come love our supersweet routes. We have the very finest and kindest folk to sacrifice a day for us all in the service of a great cause, helping those with Multiple Sclerosis. If you've done Tour to Tanglewood Training Rides or the venerable Tour de Triad, you'll know Val & Jim, Mike & Elaine, and Law for great rest stops and refreshing conviviality. Many of the Guilford, Forsyth & Rockingham County Fire & Rescue stations know we'll be coming by and some are hosting our rest stops, as this seems the very best place to rest, since we know they have plenty of water and medical care if anyone needs it. The couple at Cafe 65 are watching for you, too, up near the Bethany VFD, and the Sandy Cross Country Store folk are skater and cyclist friendly (just don't wear a hoodie in there as the sign says on the door).

Our route philosophy is to start away from Greensboro a bit further, just outside NC150 (which we stay off of), and head toward town early while we're fresh and traffic is low, to get in a couple of lake crossings and leave for a day of countryside views. This way, we don't come back into Greensboro late, when we're at our most tired and so are the drivers who are on their way to something busy and important. The populated sections of our routes are completed first, so as the day goes by, the views are better and the finish is still in green rolling hills.

We borrowed from parts of Mike Clark's Tour de Triad for our 102 route's western loop. We made changes to maximize bucolic splendor and smooth, fast runouts, but we owe lots to Mike's vision and planning, and will always remember the rolling rest stop he provided up at Belew's when we blew by the VFD there. The western loop (the dog's body, as we call it) is Scalesville, Summerfield, Walkertown, Belew's Creek, Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Scalesville. The new metric century adds the dog's neck and collar, a lasso from Scalesville around Pleasant Garden, Bunch and back, returning to Scalesville to complete the 51 route for 64 (you can bail there and take the 21 and 31 if you feel puny...but don't...you'll love that dog's ears route of the 51).

On the 31, 51, 82 and 102, we also borrow from the old GVC Red, White & Blue July 4 show'n'go route. We had a great day when we missed a turn and had some joyous moments up toward Baker's Crossroads (51 and 102). I knew I had to go back up there and look around, because it was non-stop glory that day. Later investigations made me realize how sweet the roads are up there, with some extra long glides and matching climbs, from Baker's Crossroads to Sandy Cross to Speedwell (51 and 102). These loops are nested so you leave and rejoin and share stops with other routes on your route. It's the dog's snout (21), the dog's face (31) or the whole dog's head and ears (51), if you must know (check the map sometime); the 102 adds the dog's body and the 64 just uses a lasso that forms his neck and collar. Stupid? Of course! It's Greensboro, Scalesville, Gold Hill, Bethany, Woolen Store, Midway, and back to the Gospel Baptist Church for the 51.

Check for photos from previous years on http://roadskater.net/index.htm or shortcut http://rsn1.net.

More articles on Carolina Century available with this search...look for photos and maps (2D & 3D) too...
http://roadskater.net/search/node/%22carolina+century%22 http://roadskater.net/roadskaternet-carolina-century-roadskate-and-bike-ride-charity-welcomes-inline-skaters-and-cyclists-november-8-2008  

Cyclists & roadskaters, we want you to come and try a century! We provide several routes, but we wanted to offer a bike or skate century for those who never thought they could finish in time. If you start at the early rollout with skaters and average 10mph, we'll be there to support you (if you start later on any non-century route, we'll support 10mph for you, too.). If you think you're going to ride but can't preregister please write me so we can plan for your presence (take out the spaces and funkiness that follow): carolinacentury atthingy roadskater.net.

Routes are...

  • 21 miles (1 rest stop at 12; stores at 1, 7, 9, 10, rolling support).
  • 31 miles (2 rest stops at 12, 20; stores at 1, 7, 9, 10, 21, rolling support).
  • 51 miles (2 rest stops at 12, 27; stores at 1, 7, 9, 10, 28, 37, rolling support).
  • 72 miles (4+ rest stops at 12, 21, 56, 63; stores at 1, 7, 9, 10, 18, 30, 35, 38, 53, rolling support).
  • 82 miles (5+ rest stops at 12, 21, 56, 63, 71, stores at 1, 7, 9, 10, 18, 30, 35, 38, 53, 72, rolling support).
  • 102 miles (5+ rest stops at 12, 21, 56, 63 and 78, stores at 1, 7, 9, 10, 18, 30, 35, 38, 53, 79, 89, rolling support).

72 and 82 mile routes use the 102 route to mile 63 at Scalesville FD, then follow the 21 and 31 mile routes home, respectively. All routes will be marked.

  • Supersweet map and turnsheet included.
  • The course is designed with preference for smooth, rural, fast, scenic, safe roads, downhills with runouts, and challenging uphills (for the Piedmont).

GREAT HELP RETURNS

  • Dale Brown from Cycles de Oro will be supporting registration and the Sleep-In start with help from cyclists and skaters.
  • Valerie and Jim Gardner, Tour to Tanglewood volunteers extraordinaire, will be managing rest stops and more.
  • Elaine and Mike Clark of Tour to Tanglewood and Tour de Triad fame, will be helping with registration and rest stops and rolling support.
  • Jim and Betty Lambert will be providing rest stop and finish line support as needed.
  • Elizabeth Bailey has donated many hours assisting while I was driving hundreds of miles of roadways during route development.
  • The Roadskater.net team helped by skating and cycling several route versions, including the sub-50-mile route as "Hannah and Her Skaters" the first day of the 2008 Tour to Tanglewood, when the Day 1 ride had been canceled due to tropical storm/hurricane Hannah. Jared Ingersoll, Jamie Birt and Elizabeth provided rolling support for that development skride. This year three of us skated and one biked the 51-mile route and it looks even better after some resurfacing and sealing.

LOCATION

The Start/Finish parking area is graciously provided by:
Gospel Baptist Church (http://gospelbc.org),
5949 N Church St,
Greensboro, NC 27455

LatLon: 36.225364,-79.790987 or +36° 13' 31.31", -79° 47' 27.55"

  • Park at the NORTH side (away from the intersection of Church Street and Hwy 150) as far back toward the house as possible to the right side of the church as you enter the lot.
  • Please be considerate of the family living next to the lot by keeping noise to a minimum. Thanks.
  • Please thank anyone you see from the church for witnessing through action by allowing us to use their parking lot and any other facilities they offer.

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME, EARN DONATIONS FOR NEXT YEAR'S TOUR TO TANGLEWOOD

If you can volunteer we can make the skride even better! Please email me so we can use your skills and time to greatest effect (take out the spaces and funkiness that follow): carolinacentury atthingy roadskater.net.

 

NOTES FOR CYCLISTS

  • Helmets required
  • Event numbers with emergency contact info on the reverse required (numbers supplied).
  • Waivers required.
  • Please check in at the finish.
  • The course will be open for 10 hours. Even if held open longer, at sunset the course must close and participants must be off the roads.
  • Cyclists are encouraged to attend the skateylove sermon (Friday evening, see below) so you can meet us and hear about the course.
  • The optional weigh-in for the Power Challenge will be available at the start line (see below).
  • There are many fast hills with clear views and plenty of roll, and there is one very fast hill that deserves respect on the 72/82/102 only, at Freeman Rd. There's plenty of run-out but the entrance to the hill contains a bend so you can't see the runout from the top (after you turn left onto Freeman Rd. from Piney Grove/Kernersville Rd. at the Goodwill Baptist Church cemetery, the road drops down and left). This is no big deal if you're awake and aware so that's why we're pointing it out...be awake and aware. Also, watch for holes or patches at the base of this fast runout. We'll review the course before the Carolina Century.
  • There is one moderate downhill to a T at a stop sign (Gold Hill Rd. to R on Bethany Rd.) on the 51 and 102-mile routes. It is not that difficult to control your speed if paying attention, but it is VERY important to stop here. Don't try to save your brakes or wheels. Before the intersection there's an old gray-wood house with dual brick chimneys on the left side of the road, then there's a Stop Ahead sign, and my markings in the road to go "SLOW". There is a church parking lot on the far side of the T-intersection, but don't go there. STOP.

 

NOTES FOR SKATERS

Skaters doing the century must preregister and attend the Friday night route survey and safety talk. Cyclists are welcome, and in fact, we'd love to see you there. The site may change, but last year it was at 7PM at a place where you can eat healthily...or not...
Golden Corral Restaurant
2419 LAWNDALE DRIVE
(336) 545-5808
LatLon: 36.100998,-79.820325 or +36° 6' 3.59", -79° 49' 13.17"

Plans still open. We may have this at Cycles de Oro and may have a preregistration table there too.

Skaters doing 51 miles or less and all cyclists may bring cash (please) to the start line registration from 8:00AM-8:45am for rollout at 9:00am.

  • Roadskating experience required. Hills in the 102 and 51 include 40-45 mph sections; while there are fewer rollouts on the shorter routes, some hills in the shorter routes will be 30-40 mph. Not trying to skare you, but to let you know. These are great fun runouts or they wouldn't be on the course.
  • Helmets required
  • Hand or Wrist protection or both required.
  • Skaters are strongly encouraged to wear a brake or wheels you are happy to burn for safety.
  • Event numbers with emergency contact info on the reverse required (numbers supplied).
  • Waivers required.
  • Please check in at the finish.
  • The course will be open for 10 hours. Even if held open longer, at sunset the course must close and participants must be off the roads.
  • There are many fast hills with clear views and plenty of roll, and there is one very fast hill that deserves respect on the 72/82/102 only, at Freeman Rd. There's plenty of run-out but the entrance to the hill contains a bend so you can't see the runout from the top (after you turn left onto Freeman Rd. from Piney Grove/Kernersville Rd. at the Goodwill Baptist Church cemetery, the road drops down and left). This is no big deal if you're awake and aware so that's why we're pointing it out...be awake and aware. Also, watch for holes or patches at the base of this fast runout. We'll review the course before the Carolina Century.
  • There is one moderate downhill to a T at a stop sign (Gold Hill Rd. to R on Bethany Rd.) on the 51 and 102-mile routes. It is not that difficult to control your speed if paying attention, but it is VERY important to stop here. Don't try to save your brakes or wheels. Before the intersection there's an old gray-wood house with dual brick chimneys on the left side of the road, then there's a Stop Ahead sign, and my markings in the road to go "SLOW". There is a church parking lot on the far side of the T-intersection, but don't go there. STOP.

AIRPORT & HOTELS

  • If you're flying from out of town, save yourself a lot of trouble and fly in to GSO airport. It will end up being about the same price with hours less on the roads. You'll need access to a car, but they're cheap at the GSO airport, and taxis are not in much use in Greensboro.
  • NC-68 and I-40 (the older I-40, north of the new one) are good places to grab a reasonably-priced hotel. There very few hotels near our start/finish area (which is the point, when you think about it). Check maps.google.com for directions because it takes longer than most of us think to get to Gospel Baptist Church, which is one nice thing about finishing there. It's a supersweet location. 

    ROADSKATER.NET & ROADCYCLIST.NET POWER CHALLENGE

  • We didn't have a lot of participation in the Power Challenge last year, but we'll make a vague try at it again. We'll need a weigh-in volunteer and a photographer who understands we'll use the time code for records to make it happen, but it's no big deal if we don't get all that. The real deal is beautiful course, beautiful people, beautiful day of life.
  • The Roadskater.net & Roadcyclist.net Power Challenges are separate categories for cyclists and skaters, favoring those who get the most speed per pound. This is simply pound-miles per hour (pounds times miles divided by hours including stops).
  • Skaters may shoulder skates at weigh in.
  • Cyclists may shoulder bikes for weigh in.
  • Water bottles, packs, cameras, batteries, televisions, satellite phones and such, which you may indeed carry, unfortunately don't get to count for the power challenge.
  • For bikes, packs for tools and such affixed to your bike which you actually carry, and bottle cages and such count, but things that hold water for drinking don't count even if you are going to carry them.
  • This is for fun because the Carolina Century is in no way a race, not even with a wink and a grin, so we'll try not to get too serious about it, OK? Safety is number one, and we are representing our sports, so let's do it right.

After the routes are closed and we've packed up, we may have a post skate and ride dinner where it is warm and dry. Leave us contact info if you want a call about dinner. Optional of course! Last year, we simply enjoyed a simple but awesome meal at the church when the 3 skater sweeps (the last of 5 skaters to do the 102) came in.

 

MORE STUFF IT IS OK TO IGNORE

REST ROOMS

  • We are not certain of rest room availability on site, so please remember to use the rest room before arriving and visit and patronize the fine skater and cyclist friendly folk at the Citgo on the corner of NC-150 and Church Street. I will see if we can get access to rest rooms but if we do, no rolling or cycling shoe walking inside, please.
  • We are saving our costs for charity, so please look for portas, stores and fire stations on the route for restrooms. The 102 passes fire & rescue stations at least 9 times, for example. Put your tax dollars to work by asking for help nicely.

 

AWARDS

  • We may have "awards" (maybe just a hug and some skateylove) and for those who like, we'll keep a database of participants' miles, age, finish time, and, optionally, weight. One idea is to make silly age groups so everyone places first. For twins this could be a very small age group.
  • We will likely use digital camera EXIF data timing if anything, not anything fancy, so make sure you have your own timing with you if you need it, and that any possible official timer gets your finish line photo as soon as possible at the end if you care about such things.
  • This is not a race, but you may enjoy knowing your weighted pace relative to others'!
  • Prizes, physical awards, medals, goodies, swag, and such, IF ANY will be mailed or otherwise delivered after we know who participated and who finished, so we don't waste resources on stuff you don't really want anyway. We don't have specific plans but reserve the right to be better than you expected. If I personally run into wealth, we'll have retroactively awarded medals or mugs for century finishers if we can find them by then.
  • Mainly, let's burn some calories and donate some bucks for MS research, treatment & advocacy.

DISCLAIMER

  • You're old enough to know everything is subject to change, and you are taking a risk, and it's up to your judgement and skill, not ours, right?

WHY?

  • We are representing our sport with love so please spread joy and not division.
  • Others can't do what we do and this is one way we can help them get through their days.
  • Proceeds will go to the local chapter of the MS Society through the team members of Roadskater.net or through the Carolina Century volunteers who ride next year's Tour to Tanglewood. Volunteers earn donations in proportion to their hours donated relative to the total volunteer hours. Other donated funds are specified for skaterships and cycleships to encourage early sign-ups, first-timers, low-income participants, or long distance travelers (we have team members coming from GA, NY, NJ & MI at least, this year) to match their fundraising or otherwise encourage them to get to the next level in their efforts to help those with MS.
  • We miss you and want to see you on the roads again.

Location
Gospel Baptist Church
5949 N Church St Greensboro, NC, 27455
United States
36° 13' 31.3104" N, 79° 47' 27.5532" W

Photos from last year...on the Roadskater.net classic site, RSN1.NET for short...also see RSN1.NET for photos from develpmental and recon rides...
http://roadskater.net/carolina-century-2008-photos-102-mile-bike-ride-inline-skate-roadskate-greensboro-nc  Here's last year's event page...

 

Here are some reports from 2008...
http://roadskater.net/carolina-century-inline-skate-bike-ride-2008-report-102-leaf-catching-miles
http://roadskater.net/mark-sibert-rolls-first-among-inline-skaters-roadskaternet-carolina-century-raises-1025-charity

ROUTES AND SUPPORT

Location

Carolina Century Start Gospel Baptist Church
5945 North Church Street
Greensboro, North Carolina 27455-8258
United States
36° 13' 26.7024" N, 79° 47' 23.1864" W

Comments

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Well then cash it shall be - so here's the challenge:

If it's alright with you, (and I think that it is), I'll do cash for the day-of reg.fee of $35 (me thinks I read $35 on page 4, paragraph 7, subsection 9, bullet point 25, footnote 6, asterisk 4b).

Roadskater, you have organized an amazing charitable MS event.  Words cannot truly describe the super sweet scenic routes, enthusiastic volunteers, support, etc.  It's a thing to behold.  2009 CC was truly memorable, so here's a challenge:  For every mile over 35 I'd like donate $1/mile over mile 35, creating extra motivation to put in a strong effort for MS.  If registration feels like a 51 mile day then the donation will be $51; once on the road if 64 or 71 or 87 or 102 is attempted then extra funds are due at the finish (whether self propelled or by SAG).  My hope is other participants will feel the same way and accept this $1/mile challenge.  Some probably will, and I truly think others will when they roll into the finish and realize what a tremendous event they were just a part of.....and others still, after they get a bowl of that amazing chili and a grill cheese sammich, and reflect on the day.

$1/per kinda goes back to old school when kids would ask for a buck per mile on a walkathon of some sort.  A coworker,s son had a school fundraiser shooting freethrows for 5 minutes.  The donation options were a set dollar amount or an amount per made freethrow.  Everyone donated 5 bucks but what fun is that? A buck a minute?  Really??? So I wrote in .50/made shot, giving the kid some motivation to focus and try his best.  Well his mother failed to tell me he was freakin' Kobe Jr, and I paid dearly the next week........but whatever.........the kid had a great time and did his best to take my money.....I mean raise money for his school. 

So spread the word across the land,

The buck per mile challenge is at hand.

God Bless, and let's do our best to help those with MS at the 2010 CC.

Coming from Atlanta

Blake, Clarence and I will be driving up from Atlanta.  95% sure at this point.  Taking the day off on Friday, so I won't be as rushed as last year.  Found someone to watch the kids, so neither they nor Ileana will be there this year.

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We Missed Your Family But Are Glad You Made It

Thanks to you and Clarence for representing Atlanta and APRR and A2A at Carolina Century. Well done both of you. Clarence skated his age with us and you rolled up with Skatey-Mark to an international tie in the 102-Mile Skater category. Nice! After considering deducting miles for each extra mile rolled off the course, I'll let it drop and say excellent! I'll do some data munging later maybe. I'm going to see if I can get some .tcx from some of the fast pack cyclists too.

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