~|~ no map ~|~ not a chance
you thought there would be a route map here?
THAT'S NOT HOW THIS WORKS ~ That's not how any of this works
IT STARTs AND ENDs IN RALEIGH, NC
OPEN GOOGLE maps to START MAKING GUESSES or ~ don't ~ it's JUSt a waste of time
ONE LOCATION AT A TIME LATS & LONGS ~|~ THERE WILL BE NO MAP HANDed out
THE ROUTE WILL REVEAL ITSELF AS the race PROGRESSES via SCANNED qr codeS that PLACE the next dot on the map SHOWING where to go. you THEN guess the best ~ legal~ way to get there
(A) reveals (B), (b) reveals (c), (c) reveals (d) and so on until you quit, run out of time, or finish
location sharing will ALLOW us to see you and allow RIDERS
You wont find it on strava ~|~ you wont find it on mapmyride ~|~ YOU simply WONT FIND IT
Drinking is not a requirement of THESE RACES ~|~ BREW STOPS ARE NOT NECESSARILY FOR DRINKINg
STOPS might be where huMAN TASKS take place ~|~ they ARE an INTRICATE part of the route
manduro route information
We use paper maps, online maps, and app maps along with a combination of riding, running, and driving with GPS to factor a route that - when taken from point to point, connecting the location dots through the most direct path, without access warnings or crossing private boundaries along the course – creates a race route which has a total distance of between 220 and 250 miles. The 30 miles difference is based on a factor that some points can be reached from a number of different route choices made by a rider. However, some places will only have one viable ingress and egress that does not cross any posted or understood boundaries.
In a case where it is posted or an understood restriction, riders should not cross. Find another way. Sometimes, the access is from a different direction than the cyclist will be heading via the last point. Access is not always on the shortest track using roads, trails, or bushwhacking. Yet, there is always a way. This is in no way to be tricky or to cause riders to spend more time calculating their next route. It is a given outcome when planning a route that maneuvers riders in and out of densely populated zones, rural areas, and what we love most, out-in-the-boonies. We strive for the later as much as possible. You should be able to ride your bike to within about 30 yards of most Box/QR Code/Brew/Beverage location on the manduro course.
With all this information, it is really about making good decisions on the fly with limited tools and a clock ticking that will make/break the success/failure of someone racing manduro.
On the high end, a well-executed direct ride of 250 miles for 36 hours roughs out to averaging 7 miles an hour, without sleep. Box Stops. The 30 sec to 2 minute huMAN tasks. Temptations. Hardware. Body wear. Mechanical longevity. Unexpected circumstances. None of these are factored in when considering the 7 mile an hour average. You must overcome them all and put together the perfect race. The race record is just under 24 hours.
An analogy taken form a recent article about the cross-country car race, The Cannonball Run. As riders makes their way along this route, the accumulation of their time and speed forms a rising and falling curve called a running average. We’ll call it a “riding average.” For every second spent below the 7 mile an hour target, a rider will need to compensate by advancing a second going faster than that average. This is why a rider does not want to stop. Every second spent at 0 mph is a moment they can never recover. Banking time is essential. Keeping track of your riding average is the most important time concern for a rider wishing to complete manduro. It’s RIDEiculous.
Unfortunately for riders, no matter how carefully they keep to a set cadence on certain terrain, they will not know when it might change up causing a slowdown. Or when they will have to stop to scan a QR Code to find the next location. Or stop to bag the contents of a one of the 13 boxes (unlocking, opening, closing and re-locking them after, of course). Or a brewery location stop with its huMAN task (most 30 seconds to 2 minutes) and the temptations of beverages, a cool environment, bathrooms, and maybe even food. Or…weather. Not to mention if they must take time to recharge batteries. Keeping the phone working is as challenging as keeping the body and bicycle moving forward in manduro. It is essential.
Go. Scan. Keep going for more. Stop when you are done. If that home, food, or a brewery sounds more appealing than the pain and suffering, all the rider needs to do is point their steed toward that location and forget the course. Or phone a friend for extraction. All of this will add up to an adventure of bicycle riding unlike any other despite arider’s ambition, skill, training, and other preparation.
The adventure awaits at manduro.
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