A group of recumbent trikes and one (NOTE ADDED 2/27/18) or more support buses leave from Nashville, Tennessee and ride to Natchez, Mississippi in 24 hours. Riders take equal turns riding, resting, eating, driving, and support along the way. All riders ride the last 6 miles into Natchez together.
Transport: The RideSouth bus and trailer will depart from the RS shop in Jackson, Mississippi on Friday morning, November 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM. The bus and trailer will transport 12 people and 12 small wheeled recumbent trikes. Luggage space will be taken up with water, Powerade, food, spare tires, tubes and other support items. Carry-on items must be limited to a small lap bag. Passengers will take turns driving to familiarize themselves with the bus/trailer arrangement so please bring your driver’s license. It is a minimum 7 hour drive up the Trace, plus stops. We hope to arrive at Loveless Cafe by 4:00 PM to eat, gas up and prepare to launch at 6:00 PM. Hopefully, we can secure at least one other transport vehicle and trailer before the ride. If you have access, please let us know. Of course, if you have your own transport to Nashville and from Natchez, we will see you in Nashville. NEWS: We have an additional small trailer configured for 4 trikes to be rapidly loaded and unloaded. Now we need a pull vehicle!
Lodging: No lodging is included. We will take a consensus to determine if the bus remains in Natchez for the night, or returns to the RS shop. We will check on local hotels and publish an agenda for Saturday night at a future date. In the case of inclement weather, the ride may be delayed 24 hours.
Gear: We ask that your trike be a low, fast, non-folding trike with maximum rear wheel size of 20” and a front wheel size of 16″ to fit wheel trays on the trailer (NOTE ADDED 2/27/18). We suggest a tire pressure of 70 psi for the GS Scorcher tires, a little more for thinner tires. Other than a small multi-tool, you do not need repair kits on the bike. We will have spare Scorchers for 349 and 406 sizes, and tubes. If you have a flat, need rest, food, toilet or repair, the bus will collect you and your trike and transport ahead of the pack for regrouping. Riders not eating, sleeping, or repairing will drive and help to navigate the bus.
Lights: We will provide every bike with charged Cygo Dash and Hot Shot front and rear lights. We will have chargers operating in the bus and on the trailer with spare lights in the bus. Every bike must have working lights to continue, even in the daytime. All bikes must have a mirror on the left side of the bike.
Clothing: The weather may require layers, but the outer layer must be high-vis ANSI lime color (neon yellow-green). RideSouth will provide long sleeve jerseys printed with NOB Extreme graphics (TBA). We will collect your sizes with registration and present Jerseys at the last training ride. All riders must have helmets, preferably bright yellow in color for safety.
Training rides: At least EIGHT (NOTE ADDED 2/27/18) training rides will be scheduled during the next 8 months. (NOTE ADDED 2/27/18). At least one of these rides will be at night. All riders are asked to participate in at least FOUR (NOTE ADDED 2/27/18) of these rides. We will give plenty of notice to registrants and all of the rides will be on the Natchez Trace.
Cost: We will use your registration fee to provide transport, fuel, nourishment for the ride, communications equipment, jerseys and lights. If you need lodging in Nashville or Natchez, that is up to you. If you have a suitable bus, or flat bed trailer to offer, we will not charge the $100 fee. Also, if you want to contribute to the ride, we will not turn down any assistance. We do, however, ask that any personal support vehicles keep at least 3 miles away from dedicated ride support buses and not follow, or lead riders on the Trace for safety reasons. Also, since there are limited spaces for trailers at pull offs, we do not need other cars taking up the spaces.
SOME STATISTICS FOR THE 2018 NOBX:
- 16 legs for 444 miles = 28 miles/leg average. Cue cards will be provided for all riders.
- 28 miles @ 19 mph = 1.46 hours/leg = 90 minutes/leg
- 90 min/leg ride time then 90 minutes/leg rest time approximately
- All riders ride leg 16 – 5.1 miles into Natchez.
- Riders enter and leave pack as needed or ride average of 8 legs. Your miles may vary.
- 8 legs = 220 miles in 24 hour time span, resting an average of 12 hours total
- When in pack, each rider pulls no more than 1 mile at a time
- Leader moves to back of pack at every mile marker
- Riders stopping for any reason are picked up by bus
- Riders in bus are transported at least 2 miles ahead of pack when ready to ride
- Riders dropped off launch and warm up until pack reaches them
- New riders let pack pass on RIGHT and enter pack at rear
- Riders not actively sleeping or eating will help load, unload, drive and navigate the bus
- Rotation schedule will be posted and used as a guide
- Bus moves ahead to next scheduled stop after pack passes and riders dropping loaded
- Second bus (if available) drives sweep and picks up/ drops off riders as necessary
- Bus refuels, re-supplies, re-charges as necessary between drops/pick-ups
- All riders will be provided radios for safety and communication
- All riders will be provided with identical ANSI lime jerseys and lights
- All bikes will have same wheel sizing and height for loading. unloading and drafting
- No fairings, no tail boxes, bags or racks should be on bikes for standardization
- NO FLAGS ON BIKES (NOTE ADDED 2/27/18)
- No tools, pumps, tubes should be on bike. All will be carried in bus/busses
- Extra lights, chargers, water, food, bars and clothing to be carried in bus
- Food provided at Visitor’s Center in Natchez before driving back to the shop
- Cost per rider $100 includes food and supplies on Trace, lights, radios, jerseys, insurance, permits, transportation and food in Natchez.
- Meal at Loveless Cafe and any lodging is not provided
- First training ride will be from Holly Hill towards Natchez on a Saturday morning
- Date for TR#1 is March 3
- Bus leaves shop at 8:00 AM and returns sometime in afternoon or evening depending on mileage
- Minimum # riders is 6. Maximum # riders 16 unless more busses become available
- No firearms allowed on our rides ((NOTE ADDED 2/27/18)
Here is a rough animation showing trikes riding, switching at mile markers, dropping off, loading, transporting ahead, merging with pack and riding again.