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TdS Dinner Friday April 30th in Waynesboro, VA
1412 West Broad Street
Walking distance from hotel
Waynesboro , VA 22980-2438
FAQ for TdS:
What is the Tour De Skyline?
Mind you, that's Le Tour de Skyline. Some respect please. Le Tour de Skyline (TdS) is two-day ride from Front Royal to Waynesboro (day one) and back (day two) along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Said another way, TdS is two days, 220-miles, 20,000 feet of climbing, and too much fun. Even though TdS has a nice three-letter acronym, it's much more casual than you would think. Roads are not closed, there are no aid stations, and there are certainly no t-shirts.
When is le Tour de Skyline?
TdS started as a Friday-Saturday excursion before Mother's Day, but it has since wandered about the calendar, usually between early May and early June. Why Friday? If you are not willing to skip work on Friday in order to put rashes on your bum and pain in your legs then you don't really want to do this ride. Also, when the ride is properly scheduled it keeps us out of trouble with mom. Oh, you mean this year? Sorry. In 2010, TdS will be Friday April 30th and Saturday, May 1st
What is SAG?
SAG means different things to different people. For le Tour de Skyline SAG is solely there to transport clean clothes from Front Royal to Waynesboro and dirty clothes from Waynesboro to Front Royal. Unless you really annoy the organizers and/or are very fast, you will be able to access your SAG bag at the 51-mile marker (at the Big Meadows service area).
Will there be a massage?
Ahhh, the secret is out. Yes, we will have at least one massage therapist in the SAG vehicle. Massages will be available at the tune of $15 for 15 minutes, but only to those people who make it to Waynesboro.
You must be nice to the massage therapist because he will be carrying your laundry back to Front Royal (you hope).
Is there a cue sheet?
No. There are no turns. Well, there is one turn, sorta two, to get to the hotel, but we'll tell you about that only if we're in a good mood on Friday morning. If people stop asking us these silly questions we may actually find time to print out a profile chart from our nifty Topo 6.0 software (which, btw, claims the ride is closer to 15,000 feet of climbing each way, but we're not yet convinced.)
What happens if a bear hits me or I otherwise wreck?
First, the chances of running into a bear, literally, are less than you may think. They are fast buggers. Still, it could happen. A wreck, however, that is much more likely. Everyone handles wrecks differently and we're sure that however you personally handle wrecks on your own will work just fine for le Tour de Skyline. If you're lucky, a kindly person will drive by; if you're really lucky it may be someone driving your laundry around.
I've heard Skyline Drive is hilly, but is it *really* hilly?
TdS is hilly--there is very little flat--but it is not steep. You are either climbing or descending for 98% of the distance. The hills themselves are mostly between two and three miles in length. Except, of course, for the initial climb, which is more like six miles, just to get things started properly.
What about food?
We've said it once and we'll say it again: Most people can finish this ride if they feed themselves during the ride (and get enough saddle time in order to condition their bum).
There are stores at MP 24, 51, and 80, each with a fair selection of sugary treats. MP 51, Big Meadows has a restaurant and a larger selection of sugary treats. There is water and restrooms at MP 4 and 32. Cannot guarantee they’ll be open (NPS discretion).
You can only count on getting to your travel bags (SAG) at MP 51, where there is already a cornucopia of food. But it is handy to swap clothes, etc.
What's the deal, I thought this was supposed to be fun?
Since you've managed to read to the end of this drivel, we'll let you in on a little secret. While you may wreck, hit a bear, be cold with a sore butt, ride by yourself for 7 hours only to miss out on the last massage spot, chances are better than 5 in 100 that your Tour de Skyline adventure will be better than that. How much better? That depends solely on you.
You may find it easy to access SAG to swap gear, find a helpful mechanic to fix your busted spoke, hook up with a small group of people riding your pace, get a nice massage and really enjoy yourself. You may even make it all the way back to Front Royal on the second day, but don't count your chickens until they hatch.
Our point is this: while these things may happen, you MUST NOT count on them happening. You MUST approach this ride as if it was a self-supported journey with valet parking for your laundry. We only guarantee that we'll bring one moderately sized bag from Front Royal to Waynesboro and back. You will have a room to sleep in, and perhaps even a cot or, if we've done our homework, a bed.
In addition to that we'll guarantee that you'll be tired and probably enjoy a good milkshake on Saturday.
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