BOB WILLIAMS MEMORIAL

Sponsored by the Lorain Wheelmen

An Ohio Bike Calendar Supporting Ride

October 30, 2016

The forty-second (42) annual Red Flannel Metric Century (61 mi.) and half metric (32 mi.) will depart The Oberlin Community Service Center, Oberlin, OH at 9:00 AM, eastern daylight time on Sunday, October 30, 2016.

START-FINISH ... The start-finish and registration is at the Oberlin Community Service Center, just off  S. Main Street., Oberlin OH. If you are driving via the Ohio Turnpike (Exit 140) or I-90/2, exit at route 58.  Take route 58 south to Oberlin. Continue south on Rte 58 (Main ST)  past the square a few blocks.  Look for the Bike Path.  Parking is limited at registration, but there is ample parking in the Ace hardware across the street and City lots off S. Main Street.  They're behind City Hall and the GTE building.  Look for signs.  We should have the help of the Oberlin Police for parking.  A MAP of the Oberlin area is available in PDF format.  If you have a Garmin GPS, click here and get a POI file with ALL the Wheelmen invitational starting points.

REGISTRATION ... Advanced registration ($20.00) will be accepted until Oct. 23, 2016. Late registration (after October 23rd and the day of the ride) will be $25.00. Registration fee includes map,  and two snack stops (100 km).   Snacks will be served at the finishThere will be NO patches!  Please make checks payable to the LORAIN WHEELMEN The easiest way to register is to use the Web 'Fill-in & Print' registration form even if you don't plan to pre-register.  Just fill it in, print it, and bring it to the registration desk on the day of the ride.  It saves time and frustration.  One note, if you plan to bring it with on registration day, just put a "0" in the box to the left of 'Pre-registration' and a "1" in the box to the left of 'Late Registration'.  Registration is limited to 500 riders. That is the maximum number we can feed, since most of our food is made by our members.  Riders who arrive at registration after the limit has been reached are welcome to ride and be served by our sag vehicles. We cannot assure unregistered riders of food.  If we have food, we'll feed you.  In 2011 we had 502 riders & 2012 saw 382 riders with 42° and no sun ALL day!  2013 saw the same number of riders, more or less , as 2012.  2014 & 2015 saw just a bit over 300 riders!  Register early to avoid problems.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS ... are available at the Oberlin Inn, downtown Oberlin. For reservations, call (440) 775-1111.  Other options in Amherst (8 miles north of Oberlin) are: 5 Corners B & B www.5cornersbnb.com, (440) 984-3084, the Days Inn and Motel 6, on SR 58 at SR 2). Call (440) 985-1428 or (440) 988-3266 respectively for reservations.  If you plan to arrive on Saturday, check out the Oberlin Conservatory calendar ... there just may be a free concert in Finney Chapel.

ROUTE ... This year, we’ve decided stay with the proven route.  It will take us through Mill Hollow (its open & back in business), the first snack stop, and west mostle along Mason & Darrow Roads, entering Milan via River Road straight into the food stop in Edison Park.  From there, we’ll head east through Berlin Heights, then south on Florence-Wakeman Road to Garfield Road and home.  Don’t worry; we’ll have one more hill on the return route for the metric riders.  There’ll be snacks at the finish.  The short route will go north to Amherst then west along N. Ridge Road & decend Mill Hollow to the food stop.  From there they'll make there way up the west side of Mill Hollow and on to Swift Hollow, Birmingham and back to Oberlin.  We won't be hindered by the road work at Mill Hollow this year!

SAG WAGON ... Riders with physical injuries or unrepairable mechanical breakdowns will be given first priority for sag wagon service. If necessary, other riders will be picked up as time and circumstances permit. The last sweep will begin about 4 PM. All riders should be off the road by 5 PM.

WEATHER ... during the history of the Red Flannel, riders have seen a variety of weather ranging from a bone chilling blizzard, to temps of 70° plus, to pounding rain. The last few years  have been great weather.  Before that, we had a string of really bad years!  We're on a roll (weatherwise) now so let's hope for a return engagement of the  last 5 years weather.  2005 saw a terrible thunder storm at 7 AM.  After an hour, it kinda cleared and the (big) winds came!  I counted only 40 riders that braved the headwinds to Milan.  In all, over 300 riders rode last year and were treated to sunny & chilly weather.  It was a great turnoutfir the weather.


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