Presenting… The Fall Five

Join the Ride Studio Cafe for the funnest ride series of the fall:

Five Rides, Eight Days, One Big Party, Countless Prizes

Happening from Friday, October 26 through Friday, November 2.

What is The Fall Five?

This is a five-stage solo road cycling challenge that is open to all riders with gumption.  It’s a fun way to extend the road season, and each stage is a short, intense effort that’ll keep you warm as the leaves fall.  The Fall Five is similar to the Studio’s ToTU – Tour of the Unattended – event from last season.

When is The Fall Five?

  • Ride Stages:  The first stage starts on Friday, October 26.  The final stage takes place on Friday, November 2.  Stages 2-4 occur between the Fridays.
  • PartyFriday, November 2 at 7 pm

Why Ride The Fall Five?

Why?  Because of the Five P’s!

  • Party!  The Fall Five After Party happens on Friday, November 2.  Join us to toast the winners of The Fall Five!  Or just to toast.  Special food, drinks, and prizes will be announced soon!
  • Prizes:  The top three men’s and women’s finishers win some cool prizes!  We’ve got some special categories, too.  Total value of the prizes will exceed $1,000!   Everyone’s a winner if you roll on all five stages.
  • Personal Challenge:  Test your fitness compared with others or just test your own mettle on five fun routes.
  • Phun:  As with every RSC event and ride, we want everyone to have fun. 

  • Promotions Times Five:  All participants can get a 10% discount on these five special offers – about $65 of valueRSC Club get their additional discount on top of the 10% and a few additional perks!
    1. Stay on the Course:  Garmin 800 or 500
    2. Staying in the Light:  Light & Motion Urban 550 and Knog Blinder
    3. Staying Dry:  Race Blades or Crudz Fenders
    4. Stay Warm:  DeFeet wool gloves
    5. Stay Awake:  Cafe Drink Card for five drinks at half off.
  • More details and specials to come!  Stay tuned.

How does The Fall Five Work?

We’re racing five stages spread out over eight days.  For stages 2, 3, and 4 you have a few days from which to choose; do the race on the day you prefer.  This is one of the beauties of this solo race – race at your convenience. And, this makes it easier to participate in all five stages.

Stage Date Type Route Distance
Stage 1  Friday, October 26 Prologue Time Trial TBD ~2 miles
Stage 2 Choose a day:Saturday, Sunday or Monday, October 27, 28, or 29 Point-To-Point Cake Race TBD ~20 miles
Stage 3  Choose a day:Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday,  October 28, 29, or 30 Mountain Stage TBD ~15 miles
Stage 4  Choose a day:Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday,October 30, 31, or November 1 Circuit Race TBD ~13 miles
Stage 5  Friday, November 2 Criterium TBD ~4 miles
  • Join:  To participate,  register online at http://ridewithgps.com/events/Fall-Five-Solo-Stage-Race
  • Cost: $20.
  • Upload your daily results to your ridewithGPS.com account by 9:00pm eastern time.  If you don’t have an account, sign up here. Specific instructions will be sent out to all participants prior to the start of the race.
  • Start at Ride Studio Cafe:  Each route leaves from Ride Studio Cafe, and ends back at the Studio.
  • Race Rules:
    • Ride solo. No drafting or pacelines, meaning, no “Group Doping.”
    • Ride safely.  We know you do this anyway:  adhere to all rules of the road.
    • Agree to and sign the RSC riding waiver.  Unless you are already in the Club or have signed an RSC waiver before, in which case you’re already covered.
    • Ride on timeRide each stage within its assigned date range.  See the table above for details.
    • Ride at the time of your convenience.  Feel free to ride each stage when the time is right for you, but we ask that you upload the day’s GPS file by the end of the day.  Otherwise we can’t guarantee that your time will be tallied.
    • Don’t draft behind road vehicles.  No “Transportation Doping.”
    • Use a road bike without aero bars or disk wheels.  “Aero Doping” is not a part of The Fall Five.
  • Timing:  We’re tallying ride times based on what ridewithGPS.com terms “moving time;” see the FAQ below for an explanation.
  • Racer Discounts:  The 10% discount offer for five items is good through Sunday, November 4.  See the “Why” section above for details.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The questions here have been developed from questions we’re receiving at the Studio.

  • Do I have to have a Garmin GPS unit?

A: No, but you do need to have some GPS device that will record your location while you race the course. Most SmartPhones have this capability.

You will need to upload the file to RideWithGPS.com so that you will be placed on the Leader Board. Each route has a Cue Sheet associated with it, familiarize yourself with the turns and roads for each stage so it’s not imperative that you have a device that shows you the route.

iPhone users: Cyclemeter is the recommended app to use.  For Android, MyTracks works well.  On either program, there is an email TCX/GPX feature. If you email a GPX/TCX file to upload@rwgps.com it will log that activity to your account. Note: you need to send the email from the same email address that you have registered with your ridewithgps account for this to work.

  • Will you be posting routes in advance?

Yes, we have begun posting the routes. Feel free to take a look at them and familiarize yourself with the roads. The cue sheets will be edited by the night before the start of each stage and printed versions of the cue sheets are available at the Studio the day(s) that particular stage is to be completed.