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Posted: 30 June 2014 at 12:18pm | IP Logged Quote twigg2324

Lisa wrote:


Brian's awesome seminar will help you maximize your
points. Then George Barker's DIY Practice Rally seminar
will allow you the opportunity to run as many unique
routing exercises as your schedule allows. These two
seminars tie in so well together and gives rally riders -
wannabe, rookie or veteran - a terrific way to hone your
skills.


And the BaseCamp Seminars by Maura :)
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Posted: 01 July 2014 at 9:49am | IP Logged Quote hardtxrider

Brian, I'm looking forward to attending your presentation.  Although I don't consider myself an experienced rally rider, having completed only 5 "rallies", 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? 

Seeing 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? 

Yes, 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?

I 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)

B.  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) .

C.  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)

F.  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 GPS 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.

Of course, there are some details involved in these steps. Like others I use various tools to help smooth the process.  YMMD! (Your Methods May Differ)  

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.

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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Posted: 26 August 2014 at 7:15pm | IP Logged Quote Brian R

As I promised in Denver. I have put up the PDF version
of my Rally Routing Presentation on my Google Drive. It
is there for anyone with the link.

Presentation

I also added the base full lessons that I derived the
presentation from. Routing 101, 201, and 401. I put
these also in the folder for your use. They provide much
more detailed instruction that the Powerpoint
Presentation slides.

Additionally, I added a folder with the checklists that I generated and used over the years. You can utilize these as a good starting point for your own checklists. How I do and approach things might not suite you, but you can use these and perfect them for your processes.

Checklists

Hope this helps you to get better at your craft/hobby.

Brian R.




Edited by Brian R on 27 August 2014 at 9:47pm


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Posted: 27 August 2014 at 8:30am | IP Logged Quote KWorden

Brian,

I'm getting a 404 "not found" error on both links.

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Posted: 27 August 2014 at 9:51pm | IP Logged Quote Brian R

Hope that fixed it Kurt. Had a heck of a time putting those hyperlinks yesterday and finally just gave up.

Then today it dawned on me it might be the browser I was using and I changed browser today and while the script still did not work correctly, I managed to get the links in.

I set up those links for anyone who "has the links" as opposed to completely open to the public.

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Posted: 27 August 2014 at 10:59pm | IP Logged Quote KWorden

Yup that worked. Thank you


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Posted: 28 August 2014 at 7:06pm | IP Logged Quote eeksnake

Thanks a bunch for your presentation and going through
the trouble of making it available for all. Much
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Posted: 29 August 2014 at 6:33am | IP Logged Quote FazerPhil

Brian
Thanks for taking the time to get your presentation together and then
putting it on here

I've found it very useful even though I've completed several rallies

I note you made no mention of "increasing" bonuses though you did
mention just about everything else. Get a receipt from a specified place
and get the points of the time on the receipt.

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Posted: 30 August 2014 at 9:53am | IP Logged Quote travel_man

Brian,

Thank you for taking the time to put all of this information together. It will help many of us.


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Posted: 03 September 2014 at 7:38am | IP Logged Quote !DucatiRED

Hi Brian,

Thank you for your excellent presentation as well as
providing the material for study purposes.

Kindest regards,

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