Weekly Gear Up Ride with GPS Rides will start on Wednesday, April 25th. An all-new format, Ride with GPS (RWGPS), will be used. Marked routes with Dan Henry’s will no longer be necessary. Maps may also be downloaded to your mobile phone device or Garmin GPS units. Gear Up Ride with GPS weekly route maps will have audible and visual turn-by-turn directions that can be stored on your phone, and thereby be available "offline" in areas with no cell service, or you may print cue sheets in PDF format.
A pre ride meeting is schedule for Monday, April 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at Gear Up to discuss the Ride with GPS app and answer any questions you may have. If you have questions and would like to familiarize yourself with the use of RWGPS on your own, log into the RWGPS website and visit the “Help” tab. You will find a host of step-by-step instructions as well as You Tube instructions on a variety of features.
The first three rides for 2018 will begin from our back parking lot in order to ensure our new format gets off to a good start. All rides will leave promptly at 6:15 p.m. (unless otherwise noted.)
Rider Classification: Riders should be able to ride at a pace for one of the following groups. Moderate Group: 12 – 18 mph at a distance of 20 to 30 miles or Advanced Group: 18 -20+ at a distance of 25 to 40 miles.
Important Rules for Gear Up RWGPS Rides:
- Helmet required.
- No earphones allowed.
- All participants must have a signed release waiver on file. Parent must sign for minors. Persons for which Gear Up does not have a signed Consent and Liability Release are not considered part of the group ride.
- Follow Indiana Vehicular Law - a bike is a vehicle.
- Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns.
- Always ride on the right no more than two abreast.
- Lights (suggested)
- Arrive ten to 15 minutes early and Be Prepared To Leave On Time! The starting times are actual departure times.
- Each rider assumes responsibility for their own navigation, on-road issues, mechanical readiness of their bike and risk on all rides.
- Always notify the ride leader when leaving the group.
- These rides are not necessarily “no-drop” rides and they do tend to get strung out. We will try to help you if we know you are having an issue, but you should be prepared to be by yourself.
- Ride safely.
Remember this new RWGPS format will allow us to build in more routes with a variety of starting points on any given weekly ride, allowing the ride group to have a different meeting point, other than our back parking lot. Second, it will allow us to more effectively communicate route changes; road conditions, cancellations due to weather, etc. so remember to check for messages in your RWGPS folder on a regular basis. Your independent message folder can be found once you login into your RWGPS web page. In the upper right hand corner of that page you will see a RWGPS logo and a dropdown ^, in that drop down you will find your message folder. Rides and special events will be posted there for you.
Gear Up will post “Routes and Ride” locations 3 weeks in advance so that you will know which map to download to your GPS device prior to the ride.
April 25th, Wednesday - Ride #100 Plainfield – Joppa – Plainfield
May 2nd, Wednesday - Ride #100 Plainfield – Joppa - Plainfield
May 9th, Wednesday – Ride #100 Plainfield – Joppa – Plainfield
May 16th, Wednesday - Ride #104 Danville Middle School – McCloud Park
May 23rd, Wednesday – Ride #105 Southeast Hendricks Co. and Morgan Co.
April 25th, Wednesday – Ride #201 Plainfield – Coatsville - Plainfield
May 2nd, Wednesday – Ride #201 Plainfield – Coatsville - Plainfield
May 9th, Wednesday – Ride #201 Plainfield – Coatsville - Plainfield
We encourage riders in the Advanced group to let us know if you would like other routes added.
We will also keep the ride calendar posted on our website under the Blog tab, and the weekly ride posted on our Facebook page. For those that don’t have access to their GPS device or forget it, paper maps and route turn-by-turns can be printed out prior to the ride. The ride leader will try to have a few copies available.
If you have not yet requested access to the Gear Up RWGPS Club Account you may do so by following the link below.
Click on the orange icon “Apply to join”, just under the image of cyclists on the right side of the screen. You will be asked to create a new RWGPS account through Gear Up at no cost. If you already have an account simply apply using your existing RWGPS login name and password. Upon receiving your application for approval, we will email you a Consent and Liability Release to be signed and returned. Once we receive the signed Release document, you will receive e-mail confirmation and will then be able to access the Gear Up RWGPS Club account features.
Thank you for riding with Gear Up.