11:00am at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, OH
Please Note: As with Club races, Equinox entry is $8. Also, as per usual for the past decade, there will be Panara bagels, coffee and other snacks at The Fort upon completion.
This year's course is a repeat of last year's slog to McClure. Not that there are many options for variation for this ride, but riders are admonished to pay attention to road markings. All intersections with stop signs are marked, but those intersections without stop signs, and where no turn is necessitated, are not marked. Most of the course was marked on Tuesday, March 19th, and the remainder of the route will be done tomorrow morning, March, 22nd. The roads are blatantly displaying the climatological and meteorlogical impacts of the overbearing winter. All riders need to be particularly attentive to the turns, as many of the corners are strewn with an unforgiving smattering of pea-sized gravel. That is to say, DO NOT enter the turns as if you're riding a crit!
The course traces back on the exact same route on which in unceremoniously and sheepishly wanders out. Equinox covers the uninspiring byways of northwest Ohio's farmland in March, so the scenery is that of barren fields, and the only tactile perceptions are those of the possible wicked gales and stabbing temperatures. As of today, Thursday, Sunday's weather prognostication is for conditions that come once every fifty years on this particular day. It seems the forecast sides far more with a winsome Ms. Mild than a dolorous Mr. Miserable. The suggestion is that Sunday will blossom with a high temperature of 54 degrees, and the wind will be a mere breeze at 5 - 10 mph from the southwest, which means a tailwind will grace riders for the return ride to The Fort. As is always the case for this event, conditions can change, so come prepared for suffering and torture.