Play it as it Lies
You may have heard, we have gravel. It’s okay, all the big Grand Fondos do. It’s a feature and adds a little adventure. It’s shown on the Google Maps of both Gran Fondos. Here’s Saturday’s map. Location is on North Osage Drive and 43rd St North, from 36th St North to 25th West Ave. Following is an excerpt from a separate post directed at the Ace and Deuce riders.
Cyclists and golfers have something in common (besides being gone from home five-hours at a time). We have to live with what Mother Nature doles out and we must play the course as it lies.
For cyclists that can mean heat, cold, wind or wet all in one ride. It can also mean surprises thrown at us by road construction. Saint Francis Tulsa Tough is not immune to any of these, in this instance, road construction. Here’s the deal.
In the closing miles of Saturday’s Gran 109 and Mondo 127, and in the early miles of all Sunday Gran Fondo routes, there is about 1 1/4 miles of hard-packed gravel roadway which has not yet been paved. We’ve closely watched the progress and it will not be paved by the time of the 2013 Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Gran Fondo rides.
We know it is rideable because the locals do it all the time. However, just to make sure, we sent our Executive Director out there and he did it. In fact he rode back and forth over it several times at various speeds and he confirmed our belief that it can ridden without incident.
That said, safety is always important to us. We’ll have SAG drivers and mechanics in the area who can be dispatched to lend a hand. If it looks a little dicey to you, there’s no shame in getting off and walking a few yards when you get to that bridge.
But finally, if riding 1 1/4 miles over hard packed dirt and gravel, with the increased possibility of a flat or that you’ll have to do some extra bike clean up when you get home is more than you can bear, there is a detour option that keeps you on paved roads. We’ll put down some road paint to show you the way to the option. Just know that it will add about 4 miles to your trip.
Keep calm. Ride on. Play it as it lies.