Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cue sheets 101

The following is a primer for anyone who hasn't used our cue sheets before.

Our route instructions are listed in a 4 column format. Each instruction will include an instruction number, a mileage, a 'tulip' diagram and information. The mileage will count up from the start or any place where you are instructed to reset your mileage, such as a checkpoint.













The tulip diagram is a graphical representation of the feature for the instruction. Normally this is an intersection of two or more roads, or a feature of a road. The tulip has two features. The dot and the arrow. No matter how the tulip is shown, you will travel through the intersection from the dot to the arrow. Normally the tulips are drawn so you are traveling from the bottom of the tulip, but this doesn't have to be the case. Note: all mileages are rounded to the nearest tenth of a mile. Example:


Instruction 1 is at mile 27.2. The diagram indicates caution is required at that location and the info describes why.

Instruction 2 is at mile 27.3 and it indicates that you are to take a right at a 4 way intersection and end up on Water street.

Instruction 3 shows a more complicated intersection where 3 roads meet. Here you would take the 90 degree right onto 355th street.

Instruction 4 indicates you should continue straight past an intersection with 200th street. When a name is in square brackets, it indicates the crossing street or road.

Instruction 5 shows one of the "King of the Mountain" locations. We will score the first several riders to this location for that competition. For the following riders, this location doesn't mean much, other than the top of a hill.

Instruction 6 shows that the primary road curves left, but you will take the secondary road to the right. In this case, the secondary road is 380th street.

Instruction 7 shows a turn onto a Minimum Maintenance road. The dashed line indicates the road is a less prominent road than a regular road.

Instruction 8 shows a checkpoint. At each checkpoint, make sure the person working that location has your number before you leave. You may also need to get a new set of cue notes at that location.

In summary, the text is normally there to provide or clarify the instruction, but the primary thing you should focus on is the tulip. Always travel from dot to arrow, no matter how the tulip is oriented on the page.

7 comments:

Charly Tri said...

I just wanted to thank you guys for forwarding this year's course to me so I could check it out and preride before hand. My scouting trips are really going to come in handy on some of those sections!

Anonymous said...

First KOM mile 37? I thought they we're all in first 25mi?

Is there a SS category this year?

Sounds like Charly is doing on bike support crew this year.

Charly Tri said...

What you see is an example, not the course.

Watch out for some of those sections because they really are mixing it up this year! I am not going to beat around the bush, my intimate knowledge of the course is going to alter much of my gear and race tactics.

SPH Larry said...

Fortunately for everyone else, Charly get's a special "previous champ" set of notes that has a few extra miles in it.

Anonymous said...

The topo is really inverted and sideways.

I think single speeders ate cheaters.

Anonymous said...

Newbie question:
Any suggestions for securing the tulip sheet to your bike?

SPH Larry said...

Securing notes:
There are several holders you can purchase, or you can go cheap and duct tape a sandwich size ziplock bag to your top tube or stem so the zip is on the side.
I have seen some use a clothes pin secured to their bike and then slip a stiff piece of cardboard in the ziplock back to keep it flat and clip it in.
Our cue sheets are a letter sized sheet that you will likely fold in 1/4s. So, for most legs you will have to flip or change the notes 3 times.