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2017 GONG Ride Update - Cue Sheets

posted Jul 5, 2017, 11:22 AM by Scott Redd

Cue sheets and downloadable GPS files have been posted to the web site at http://www.gongride.com/cue-sheet. Check it out.

Save the date: Saturday, July 8, 2017

posted Nov 17, 2016, 9:06 AM by Scott Redd

The 2107 GONG Ride will happen Saturday, July 8. Rollout is at 8:59 p.m., sharp!

Pre-ride Party

posted Jul 14, 2016, 6:45 AM by Scott Redd

The GONG Ride is this Saturday, July 16! Come to the GONG Ride as early as 3pm to set up your tents and hang out. Bring some food for yourself, and some to share, if you'd like. We roll at 8:54pm.

Remember the change in venue: 11221 Fair View Rd, Springfield, NE. We will NOT be meeting at Walnut Creek Recreation Area.

New Location for GONG Ride in 2016

posted Jul 2, 2016, 4:21 PM by Scott Redd

Our friend Dave has invited us to start and finish the GONG Ride at his acreage at 11221 Fair View Rd (sometimes called Fairview Rd), Springfield, NE.

We will NOT be starting at Walnut Creek Recreation Area.

Dave has also invited us to bring tents for camping, along with any food and drink that you want to bring. Come early and set up your tent. When you finish the GONG Ride, hang out at the bonfire and then crash in your tent and save the drive home for later.

Be sure to thank Dave for his generous offer!

Save the Date: July 16, 2016

posted Jan 19, 2016, 2:34 PM by Scott Redd   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 2:34 PM ]

The 2016 GONG Ride will happen on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8:54 p.m.

Save the Date: August 1, 2015

posted Jan 1, 2015, 1:08 PM by Scott Redd

The 2015 GONG Ride will happen Saturday, August 1, 2015.

Email Update: July 11, 2014

posted Jul 11, 2014, 3:47 PM by Scott Redd

An email with important information about the ride has just been sent.  If you didn't get the email, or would like to register, please send a note to info@gongride.com.

GONG Ride 2014

posted Jul 3, 2014, 4:07 PM by Scott Redd

Yup.  We're riding.  Saturday, July 12, 2014.  Show up to Walnut Creek Recreation Area, Papillion, NE, starting at 7pm.  We'll roll at 8:57.

GONG Ride is in Two Days! IMPORTANT INFO. PLEASE READ.

posted Jul 18, 2013, 1:24 PM by Scott Redd

Disclaimer:  Please be reminded that the GONG Ride is strictly a ride at your own risk event.  There is no support.  No one is responsible for your safety, or the safety of your belongings.   You are responsible for you and your stuff.


Contact Info:  Even though this is a self supported ride, we'd like to ask your cooperation in keeping track of everyone.  In addition to your signature on a waiver, we'd like to get your cellphone number.  Please take a moment to respond to info@gongride.com with your name and 10-digit mobile number.  If we can get this info in advance, it will save time on Saturday.


Finish or Did Not Finish: Since we don't have checkpoints or a finish line to check off folks as they progress through the course, we're going to ask for your help.  When you are done with the ride, or have dropped out, please send a text message to 402-595-8025 and let us know your status, along with your name.  If we don't hear from you by late Sunday morning, we'll start calling.


Waiver:  Everyone will be required to sign a waiver.  No waiver = no prize tickets.

Water:  There is a water fountain at the Walnut Creek Recreation area.  There is a spigot, too, but we're not sure if it will be locked.

Food:  Bring picnic food to Walnut Creek Recreation Area if you want.

Restrooms:  There are primitive latrines at the Walnut Creek Recreation area.  You might want to take care of that business before arriving.  There may not be opportunities to stop at civilized restroom facilities along the route.  You can go off route to the various "Optional Support" locations on the cue sheets.  Do what you have to do while on route, but please be discreet.


Trash:  There are no trash facilities at Walnut Creek Recreation Area.  Pack-in/Pack-out.  Please don't toss trash into the latrines.


Parking:  Make sure you park in the right place, or you may have difficulty accessing your car.  Unload your car near the picnic area if you want, but leave your car at the Papillion / La Vista South High School on 108th St, south of HWY 370.  You can ride your bike from the school parking lot by accessing a connector trail near the tennis courts.  Follow the trail, and take the first left turn that you can.  Then follow the lake around clockwise until you come to the picnic area.  See this link for more information and maps: http://www.gongride.com/parking


Dust and Bugs: It's dry out there, so cars and even other bikes will kick up a lot of dust.  There are various gnats and flies around the river and creek valleys at dusk.  We recommend wearing some sort of eyewear to help keep your eyeballs comfortable and safe.  Clear safety glasses from a hardware store are a cheap and effective solution.


Frogs:  The little critters are hopping all over the roads near the river and creek valleys.  Don't kill yourself trying to avoid them, but try not to squish them as best you can.


Course Markings:  We will be marking most turns with a special two-inch reflector mounted on a wooden stake.  The reflector, which looks like a miniature red and white gong, will placed off to the side of intersections where a turn is required.  For example, if a right turn is required, the marker will be to the right side of the road, just before the road you want to turn on.  If a left turn is required, the marker will be to the left side of the road just before the road you want to turn on.  There will be some special arrow markers at selected turns.  The markers won't be visible unless your light hits them, so if you're unsure about a turn, be sure to scan upcoming intersections with your lights.  We'll demonstrate the markers during the rider's meeting.


Buddies:  It would be great to keep the group together, but it's natural to split into two or more groups based on a pace.  We recommend that you find at least one other person riding at your pace and keep them in sight at all times.


Social Media: We encourage you to take photos or post your experiences using Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Please use hashtag #RideTheGong


Bridges:  Mind the gaps on the wooden bridges.  Some are big enough to grab a narrow tire.  Watch out for the slippery metal grates on the trail bridges, as well as the high lip that you'll have to hop up.  Yield to cars (and horses) at bridges.


Zombies:  To our knowledge, there have been no recently reported zombie sightings or incidents in the area.  However, be aware, and please be prepared to take appropriate evasive or defensive actions.


Prizes: There are various ways to get prize tickets.  Please help us remember how many prize tickets you should get.  At 7:45pm - 8:00pm, we'll draw tickets out of a hat.  If you have the matching number, you'll come up and pick one prize from any of the numerous items our generous sponsors have donated.  Don't automatically pick the highest value prize just because it looks expensive.  Consider picking something you actually want or need.  If that happens to be a high dollar prize, then that's fine.  Pick the item and walk away guilt free.  Once you've won a prize, you will be ineligible to win more prizes.  However, if everyone wins a prize, we'll begin again and start drawing.  We'll keep going until all the prizes are gone.  Please be prepared to carry your prize with you, or stow it in your car before we leave.


Extra Prize Tickets:  Before the drawing, you'll have an opportunity to buy extra tickets for $1 each.  This will increase your chances to win, and the money gathered will go to help pay for GONG Ride expenses.


Special Prize:  There is one special prize that is both priceless and worthless, but comes with great responsibility.  After all prizes are given away, we'll have a separate drawing for the special prize.


The 2013 GONG Ride is Saturday, July 20, 2013.  Meet at the picnic shelter at Walnut Creek Recreation Area near 96th St and Gold Coast Rd in Papillion, NE.  Park at Papillion / LaVista South High School on 108th St.  Gather starting at 7pm.  Rider's meeting at 8:30pm.  We roll at 8:52pm.


Keep up with the latest news:

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  • Twitter: http://twitter.com/RideTheGong


GONG Ride Update - 7/13 - THINGS

posted Jul 15, 2013, 9:22 PM by Scott Redd

The GONG Ride is on Saturday, July 20, 2013!  Gather beginning at 7pm at Walnut Creek Recreation Area in Papillion, Nebraska.  We'll start drawing for prizes at 8pm and have a rider's meeting at 8:30.  We plan to roll off at 8:52pm.

There may be a ride-to-the-ride.  There might also be a ride-to-somewhere-for-breakfast when we're done.  Reply back via email or on Facebook or Twitter if you are interested in getting some more miles. 

Please consider the following things:

THINGS TO BRING

Lights.  Really important, folks!  Be sure your lights are able to handle a 5+ hour ride.  Bring an extra light and/or batteries.  Please also have a rear flasher so that other riders, and motorists can see you from behind.  Also consider that you may need light to read your cue sheets and bike computer.  A cheap, low powered helmet or head-strap light might work.

Jacket or sleeved shirt.  It might dip into the mid 60s.  It might even rain!

Cash.  If you make it to the Good Times bar in Louisville at mile 35.9, and want some refreshments, you'll need cash, as they don't take debit or credit cards.

Cellphone.  Bring one and have someone you can call if you need help.  Make sure it's charged.  Your phone will probably work just about anywhere on the course.

Water and food.  Bring enough to last for a few hours.  There may not be opportunities to get a resupply.  There might be, but we don't know for sure.

Your legs.  There's anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 feet of climbing, depending on which course you choose.  There's no shame in walking the tough hills.

A camera.  We'd love to see pictures from your experience.

Your sense of humor.  This isn't a race.  We have a gong, and gongs are funny, but we don't joke around with safety.  Don't ride faster than your abilities or the beam of your light.  How serious can this be when we start things off by banging a giant gong?  Yes, YOU get to bang the gong.

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Dogs.  They sometimes run loose out in the country.  Keep your eyes, and your ears open.  Most just want the chase, but you never know when they are aggressive.  If cornered, get off your bike and stand with your bike between you and the dog.

Pedestrians.  We will start the ride with a very gentle roll out from the Walnut Creek Recreation Area.  Please ride single file and keep your speed under 10 MPH while on the multi-use trail.  This also goes for the Lied Platte River Bridge (if there's anyone else on it).

Dust.  Sometimes a passing vehicle will kick up a cloud of dust.  Close one eye, gear down, slow down, or even stop and wait for it to settle.  

Stay right.  Especially when cresting hills.

Drunks and reckless drivers.  We'll be riding in places and at a time that people aren't expecting to see cyclists.  Visible lighting and clothing are a must!

Bumpy ride.  Watch for changing road conditions.  The gravel is smooth in some places, sandy and loose in others, and chunky rocks in other areas.  Be especially careful of sand and gravel on top of blacktop roads at intersections.  The 3/4 mile stretch of rutted dirt road MMR (Minimum Maintenance Road) at 50 mile course mile 23.1 is overgrown and tricky, especially at night.  No one will think less of you if you get off and walk.

Bollards.  You know, those posts in the middle of the trails to keep cars out at bridges, trailheads, and street crossings.  We've tried to make sure most are marked with reflective tape, but watch out for them, especially when riding around cyclists who might be blocking your view.

Parking.  Be sure to check out the Parking page to make sure you don't get towed or locked in.  http://www.gongride.com/parking

Don't bang too hard.  We'll give a brief lesson on banging a gong.

Sights!  It'll be dark, but there's plenty to see. 

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

Be a guest.  The folks that you'll likely encounter live and work on these country roads.  And they'll think you're insane.  Behave as a visitor.  Smile and wave.  No one-fingered salutes, please.

The law.  Ride and behave correctly, or at least don't let anyone see you doing otherwise.

No littering.  This is pretty serious.  Whatever you carry in can easily go out with you.  Litterers will be shamed and shunned.

Limits.  Know yours.  If you can't finish the ride, then know when to turn back or call for help.  If gravel isn't your thing, you could ride back on paved roads instead.  We'd much rather you excuse yourself from the ride and come back next year than push it too hard and it up injured, or worse.

Sponsors and volunteers.  These folks have chipped in time, products, and money to help make this a thing.  Thank them so they might want to do it again.

How much fun you're having.  While other people are getting ready for bed, you'll be banging a gong.  While they are sleeping, you'll be biking out in the country doing something we hope you'll want to repeat next year.

GONGS.  Aren't they a riot!?!

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