Use the tabs for the Cue Sheets for the 40, 60 and 100 mile routes for GTD2017. There are no route changes for 2017. In 2016, there were two minor changes in the 60 and 100 mile routes after they come together, before Rest Stop #4 in Greenfield. These changes are at mile 30.3 and mile 36.5 of the 60 mile route and at mile 77.2 and mile 82.9 of the 100 mile route. There are not any changes in the 40 mile route.
At registration, we will give you a cue sheet for your route, printed on water resistant paper. It will also have all the phone numbers you may need if you have a problem: Phone numbers for all the Rest stops, our sag drivers and Ryan Squires, our Command Center person. You should carry THAT cue sheet with you. We have new, improved maps this year, created by Jeff Nugent. You’ll receive one at registration.
Under the Cue Sheet tab for each route, you will also see a link to that route plotted on MapMyRide that was updated for 2016. There are no changes for 2017. You should be able to access that link. You may need to join MayMyRide (free) and “friend” John Bentley, the creator of the maps.These links can be uploaded to your phone or Garmin.
All three routes follow the same route from the Graduate Center to the 1st Rest Stop in Turners Falls. All routes cross 2 sets of RR tracks on the way to Turners Falls, and the 40 mile route will have 1 RR crossing on Route 142 on the way back to the Graduate Center.
PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL ON ALL OF THESE RAILROAD CROSSINGS. NONE OF THEM ARE PERPENDICULAR TO THE ROAD. THEY MAY BE SLIPPERY IF THE ROAD IS WET. WE SUGGEST DEFINITELY SLOWING DOWN OR DISMOUNTING AT THESE CROSSINGS. THEY WILL ALL BE WELL MARKED.
All the routes will be well marked with pink arrows on the pavement, just before a turn and at a turn. There will also be signs posted at major turns or where the routes separate, and before Rest Stops.
The 100 mile route goes through Look Park and Rest Stop #3, used by the 100 mile route only, is now in Look Park. It will be clearly marked with signs in the park and the changes are on the cue sheet at mile 59.1. All other Rest Stops are the same as last year.
Remember, this is a Ride and not a Race! It’s a good idea to ride with a friend who rides at your pace and if this is your first GTD, try to ride with someone who has done the ride before and knows the route. We can help you find a partner if you need one.