|Posted: 01 July 2014 at 9:49am | IP Logged
Brian, I'm looking forward to attending your presentation. Although I
don't consider myself an experienced rally rider, having completed only
I have enjoyed working through the time, speed and distance aspects of
riding on the rally clock. I gain a lot by seeing how other LD riders
solve the problems you bring up in your questions. So, here's how I
approach those issues.
1. What stumps you most about routing a rally?
the "winning" route. I don't consider myself a serious rally
competitor. So, I go for the route with the highest points given my
on-the-clock ride pace (moving and overall average mph).
2. Do you consider yourself computer literate?
I practice using the tools to help solve the routing problems. Seeing how
others use the available tools is a big help. Putting my solutions up
for peer review helps me refine the applications to solving routing and
other rally planning problems. It's fun for me!
3. Do you know how to estimate YOUR normal rally day.
How many miles covered, what time do you spend bonus
collecting, what time do you spend at fuel stops?
Yes. I have been tracking my Mvg and Ovg ride pace categories on all IBA challenge rides and rallies in which I have participated. I use the metrics of the ride pace to determine time available and the number of bonus locations given the rally leg hours. (Leg
hrs - moving time - pit stop time(refuel,refresh,replan,repair) - rest time = bonus stop time, bonus
stop time / average time per stop = number of bonus stops). This step can be accomplished well in advance of rally packet distribution. (Tool: Leg Profile) Details of my approach can be found here: lRide Planning math.
4. What was your biggest rally failure?
under performed during leg 1 of the 2013 IBR putting me in 66th place.
Even though I could have ridden to more locations, I took it easy. On
legs 2 snd 3 I rode the best route for my consistent ride pace and made
up some ground.
5 You've just been handed a 45 page rally pack. Did you
break into a cold sweat, or did you giggle all the way
back to your hotel room?
I'm excited, but focused on the well drilled step by step procedures. I allocate 2 hours to route on the clock.
A. Determine total time & number of stops achievable for location bonuses based a consistent on-clock ride pace. (Leg
hrs - moving time - pit stop time - rest time = bonus stop time, bonus
stop time / average time per stop = number of bonus stops). This step can be accomplished well in advance of rally packet distribution. (Tool: Leg Profile)I am hoping to get a lot out of your
presentation in Denver. I want to get much better at planning and
re-planning while on the clock.
Determine the target bonus points for the leg based on a percentage
goal above minimum points announced by the rally/route master. Knowable
only at the rider meeting. If there is no minimum announced then select
a route with the highest points for my ride pace. (Tool: Leg Profile) .
Process and enhance the bonus listing from text file to BaseCamp by
converting the AAA waypoint name into AAA 9999 A L# (Waypoint name,
Points, Availability, Leg number) format and designate distinctive
waypoint shapes for Very High, High, Medium, Low based on point value.
(Tools: ezType-ezBake, G7toWin)
D. Select a route within the
ride pace constraints that meets or exceeds target goal for location
bonus points. I use several methods to select the best mix of boni stops vs value per stop. (Tool: BaseCamp, Rally Leg Plan Tool / Leg Profile)
Time out each route segment, plug in the rest times in the appropriate
segments, verify timed bonus windows, and make adjustments as
necessary. Standard pit stop and standard bonus stop times are calculated for each leg segment automatically by the RLPT
worksheet. Then load route from BaseCamp into the primary and secondary
units. Print out the leg plan and leg profile. (Tool: Rally Leg Plan Tool / Leg Profile, BaseCamp)
G. Ride the plan....making adjustments as necessary along the way.
course, there are some details involved in these steps. Like others I
use various tools to help smooth the process. YMMD! (Your Methods May
Thanks for taking your time to put on the presentation. It's a big help and very interesting.
Edited by hardtxrider on 09 July 2014 at 7:50am
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