Pre-ride report, expected weather and Durham College details
That's about it ... our team is looking forward to hosting you for the 2017 Granite Anvil !
Do you have a SPOT device ? Please let us know !
During the ride, at Controls, we will be updating an online spreadsheet showing rider progress. There are some Controls with little or no cell service so some updates might be delayed.
We also have a means of showing your position on the route if you have a SPOT device or are able to turn on your smartphone and click a "check in" button occasionally. The SPOT will track along the route; updates come from their server. The "check in" will only update when you initiate. Whether or not you choose to use either of these methods, the spreadsheet will be maintained. We will provide more details on tracking closer to the ride start date.
We will assign two riders per Durham College suite (separate bedrooms, shared kitchen and bathroom) for the start and end of the ride. You will maintain possession of the suite during the ride so that luggage etc. may be left. We'll do our best to accommodate sharing requests that we have already received and will publish those before the ride.
During the ride, volunteers will do their best to pair up those who are riding together and/or intend to depart together, however, all rooms are on a shared basis. There are no single rooms. One motel has more limited two-bedroom rooms and we will be using cots in some rooms. It's far better than either sleeping on a mat on a gym floor or sharing the bed ... please be understanding if you're the one who must sleep on a cot !
Food during the ride
We are still tinkering with the food menu for the overnights and welcome your feedback ... but no promises. Note that we're using restaurant facilities for dinner on the 2nd night and for breakfast on the 4th day. The 2nd night facility is a couple of hundred meters from the motel; the breakfast is a few blocks away -- it was well received during the 2013 edition so we are offering that again.
From a menu standpoint, our plan is to offer soup and make-your-own sandwiches the first night, the restaurant buffet with chicken & ribs on the second night and lasagna the third night. Each night will have vegetarian options so no one should go hungry. Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions !
On the road we will have a variety of foods to offer at some of the intermediate controls such as bars, fruit, gatorade and water. In 2013 we hit most controls; how that works out this time will depend on the weather, the spread of riders and how our support cars are keeping up.
Reflective Gear and Lighting
1) we do require a reflective vest, not a sash.
2) while we do not check for spare lights, they are always a good idea. Ontario allows blinking rear lights but if you are riding with others a steady light is better.
Dinner before the ride starts
Our contact at Durham College has provided the following:
There are a number of dining establishments nearby but the closest are (walking distance):
St. Louis Bar & Grill (10% discount if you show your room key card on food)
Bang Bang Burrito (10% discount if you show your room key card on food)
Kips Flamin Burgers
A little further away (driving distance; Simcoe Street and Taunton Road) are:
Taco Bell KFC