GT 2020 Newsletter #3


  • Golden Triangle

     

     May 22, 23, 24, 2020

    Welcome to our third newsletter of the GT2020 event.  As you will notice we are running this year's ride on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday following the long weekend.  Registration is  open!  We have decided to limit the number of participants this year and will not offer an early bird pricing.  The number will be limited because of the size of the hall in Radium and the need for certainty in planning.  

    Many of you will have heard about the pending widening and straightening of the section of Highway One east of Golden.  The project is in planning stages but it is a major project that will cause extreme traffic measures for the GT in 2021 to 2024.  Fortunately for us though construction will not start next spring allowing us to run the GT on its traditional route.  Members of the GT Planning Committee are meeting with engineers and planning staff to discuss options for 2021 and onward.

     

     What is the Golden Triangle?

            The Golden Triangle is a three-day bicycle tour in mountainous terrain. It follows a clockwise route consisting of three approximately equal distance days. The Golden Triangle is not an endurance contest nor a race. It is purely a recreational and social event.  It is intended that all participants in the Golden Triangle will ride safely and cooperatively. 

    The Triangle is one of many annual ‘Classic’ bicycle tours organized by the Elbow Valley Cycle Club.  

    Pace

    On Friday morning late registration pick up and sign-in will open at 8:00 AM and close at 9:00 AM. Ride the tour at your own pace. Slower riders should keep in mind how far they have to go before nightfall each day. Faster riders should note when food stops open. The GT is not a race.  Click on the link below to see day by day mileage, elevation, lunch and snack stops.

                Day 1: 106 km   989m               Day 2: 103 km   778m               Day 3: 111 km   1556m

     https://ridewithgps.com/events/78859-evcc-golden-triangle-2019

          If you have trouble with this link, contact Don Hollingshead at connect@elbowvalleycc.org 

    SPECIAL ADDITION;  click on the link below for downloadable maps with turn by turn directions for each day.

    This link will give you directions on how to download the Ride With GPS app onto your phone and then download the GT 2019 map with turn by turn directions as well as letting you know when you're getting close to the food stops and the halls in Radium and Golden.  

    https://ridewithgps.com/auto_approve/Event/78859/CRltx9nqnArBZm5Y

    Who can ride?

    This tour, as in any EVCC Classic tour, is only open to members. In order to ride the Golden Triangle you must either have or apply for a 2020 membership which can be purchased after November 1, 2019. (Note, if you apply for a membership, please wait till the next day to register for the GT for your membership to be processed)  Anyone younger than 18 years of age on or before May 22, 2020 will have to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Only one rider under 18 years of age per parent or legal guardian will be allowed.  The fee includes all food, transportation of your luggage and camping sites at Golden and Radium.  It does not include EVCC membership. 

    Early Registration Pick-Up 

    For those of you who would like to pick up your registration package before ride day, there will be a pre-ride registration night where you can pick up your registration information and luggage tags.  On ride day you just drop off your bags and go! Pick up is at the Nifty Fifties Club (where the Club holds socials) at 3512, 5th Ave NW, Calgary on Wednesday May 20, 2020.

    Same Day Registration Pick Up

    Ride day (May 22th) Golden Triangle registration starts at 8:00 AM from the Castle Mountain Junction Gravel Pit located 26 km west of Banff near the junction of Hwy 1A and Hwy 93.  Registration closes at 9:00 AM SHARP.  The baggage trucks will be available for loading at the start of registration.  Riders return to the gravel pit after completing the 320 km tour. 

    Getting There and Parking

    Parking is limited at Castle Junction where the tour starts. It is a working area for Parks Canada but we park, with permission, according to space available.   DO NOT park in the Castle Mountain Bungalows or Service Station areas as your vehicle might not be there when you return. You MUST obtain a PARKS CANADA VISITORS PERMIT for your car.   Please note – there is NO CAMPING in the gravel pit.  Please try to car pool to fill any spare room in your vehicle.  People needing a ride or willing to offer a ride are asked to email [gt AT elbowvalleycc DOT org] and put CAR POOLING in the heading.  We will try to match up some folks.  Or, if you know others who are participating, try to work together to reduce the number of cars brought to the trail head.   All vehicles will be given a GT Parking window ticket as a part of your registration.

    Be In Shape - Set Up Your Training Plan now!

    All potential participants are reminded that they should not attempt to ride the Golden Triangle unless they are certain that they are capable of riding the full 320 km. To enjoy the ride fully, the Golden Triangle should not be your first long ride of the season.  Remember, you will be climbing several major mountain passes so be in good physical shape. Join the GT Training rides or any of the EVCC day trips in the weeks before the GT with at least one 100 km+ ride completed before the Golden Triangle.

    GT Support Vehicles

    For riders with serious problems, there will be limited support vehicle service. This will only be for those who need medical help or who have non- repairable bicycle trouble.  Get your bike in good working order and don’t spoil your ride with a bike breakdown. Several bike shops offer early spring tune-up specials.  

    Personal Support Vehicles

         We discourage riders from having a personal support vehicle as it causes congestion in the lunch/snack stops and along the road. But if you insist on having a friend or family member coming in a personal support vehicle, you MUST register that vehicle with the GT coordinator by sending an E-mail to [gt AT elbowvalleycc DOT org] If your support people expect to eat the meals please order meals for them through the GT Events page on the website.  There is an additional charge for snacks and lunches which will be charged upon support vehicle registration. 


    Baggage

    The Golden Triangle volunteers and cyclists will be handling about 300 pieces of baggage 6 times, so please help them with loading and follow the baggage restrictions as follows:

  • ·       Day packs, backpacks without frames, panniers, or other soft baggage.
  • ·       Weight limit is 35 lbs or 16 kg/bag;
  • ·       Your sleeping bag and tent must be inside;
  • ·       Please no breakables, as your baggage may be handled roughly;
  • ·       All baggage must be tagged with your own name tags in such a way that it cannot come off;
  •      For 2020 there will be a link to which you are taken to tell us the accommodation choices you have made, be it camping or hotels.  We will provide a list of motels to which we will deliver in Radium and Golden.  If you choose to stay elsewhere, we will deliver your bags to the camping area for pick-up.  Should your accommodation plans change, you can revisit your page and make changes up May 01. 
  • ·       Bags over35 lbs will be refused.
  • ·       A second bag for hotel delivery will be allowed for a fee of $20 (paid when loading bags at registration) and the limit on both bags is 35 lbs/bag.
  • ·       Two bags will be allowed for camping participants but the weight still has to comply with the 35 lbs/bag. Remember that fellow cyclists help to load your camping bags.
  • ·       If you camp in Radium and hotel in Golden, you will not be charged for the extra bag.
  • ·       Items which riders wish to have with them enroute must be carried on their bicycles. All baggage on the luggage truck will be unavailable until the day’s destination is reached.
  • ·       Exact locations for drop off of luggage will be given in the registration package.
  • ·       The Golden Triangle Tour Committee, Volunteers, and the EVCC cannot be responsible for any unidentified baggage.
  • ·       Be kind to the volunteers (and other cyclists) handling the luggage by abiding by the weight limits.

KEEP IT LIGHT AND TIGHT!

Repairs

Although a bike mechanic will accompany the ride, each rider is expected to have basic tools and be capable of making simple repairs. Carry tools, spare tubes, a patch kit, and a pump. It is stressed that this tour is for the PREPARED cyclist. Stock parts carried by mechanic are very generic and are provided at competitive prices.

First Aid

First aid kits will be available in most support vehicles. Emergency medical assistance can be summoned via radio from any support vehicle. Please note that the volunteer first aiders cannot dispense medication (eg. Aspirin). Please bring your own medication.

Clothing 

Make sure you bring clothing for all weather conditions. Especially required are wind jacket, fleece top, tights, full finger gloves and rain gear. Feet and hands are especially vulnerable. If you don’t have rain booties, bring plastic bags and elastics. You may experience snow one day and require sun block the next. Remember you will be cycling the Rockies with an unpredictable mountain climate so bring clothing for snow, rain, and sunshine. 

Swim Suits 

If you plan to visit the Radium Hot Springs on your way down to Radium on Saturday be sure to carry your swim suit with you on your bike. Access to baggage will only be available at the baseball diamond after 1:00 pm. Some people carry a swim suit with them on day one and then stop for a break at the pool. It’s about 2 km downhill from the pool to Radium. 

No showers are available at the camping area in Radium. 

There will be shuttles to the Hot Springs from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. compliments of the volunteers. 

Overnight Accommodations 

Camping is included in the price of registration. Anyone wishing to stay at motels or hotels will be responsible for making their own arrangements. For out-of-towners with sleeping bags, the Banff Castle Mountain or Lake Louise Hostels are recommended as the base before and after the Golden Triangle. For reservations contact: The Banff International Hostel, (403) 237-8282. 

Food 

Friday breakfast before the tour is not provided. There are food stops every 30-40 km. If you are out of shape or get a late start, you may arrive after the food stops have closed. If you ride ahead of the pack, you may get to food stops before they are open (food stop schedule provided in registration material). In order to reduce the volume of trash that we create, we encourage you to bring your own cup, plate and utensils for snacks and lunches. We are working towards Zero Waste by recycling or composting and minimizing plastic and other waste. 

We accommodate vegetarians in our group meal plan. If you have critical needs/allergies email the coordinator and discuss GT@elbowvalleycc.org Bring one or two water bottles to quench your thirst between stops. Water will be available at the food stops to refill your bottles. 

Breakfasts and Dinners 

Dinner Friday and Breakfast Saturday will be at the new Radium Hall, next to the camping area/ball diamond. Dinner Saturday and Breakfast Sunday will be served at the Mount 7 Rec Plex at 1310 9th St South in Golden.  There will be a bar, serving beer and wine, in both Radium and Golden. 

Safety 

Approved helmets are mandatory and brightly colored clothing is highly recommended to increase visibility. When traffic is approaching, please show courtesy by keeping to the right. Drafting (riding in a close single file) is not recommended. Most Golden Triangle accidents in the past have been caused by inattentive drafting. Safety is of prime concern on this tour – know your limits. 

Questions 

Please direct your questions to the following E-mail address with the nature of your question or information in the subject line (e.g. Accommodation Change) or General questions or refunds: gt AT elbowvalleycc DOT org


 

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