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SAG - Support And Gear
The Cyclepaths, at least for our training rides, have almost always had SAG support. It is one of our "features" to help new riders feel comfortable being out on the road for many miles, sometimes many hours.
Our SAG volunteers make the effort for the TEAM and provide a great peace of mind for everyone in attendance. It involves two major components: providing cool water at our designated rest stop for the day AND being able to pick up someone anywhere on our routes and return them to the starting location (Flowers Plantation). It requires being at the Grocery Bag early to prep the water coolers, taking attendance (usually) at our starting location, obtaining new rider info (name/eMail), setting up at the rest stop, providing support (e.g. tire pump), retrieving riders in trouble (pickup and return to Flowers), being the consistent smiling face at the rest stop that everyone expects to see (SAG is usually a great cheerleader), and returning the coolers to the Grocery Bag. It may seem like a lot but once you've done it there's that feeling of accomplishment and pride that YOU were there when a lot of others depended on YOU. I look forward to SAGing every year.
This year has been a bit of an exception due to no fault of our own with COVID-19 concerns. We've made the effort to ensure our SAG volunteers are comfortable with the possibilities of having others around in a way that could be more risky than normal (i.e. if you have concerns that the risk is too great for your health, don't SAG). For those that do SAG, please know that everyone is grateful for your effort and we'll do our part to minimize our collective health risks.
If you are able and willing to SAG for us this year, you can sign-up online here:
Just drop your name on the chart and we'll be in contact with you.
Thanks again to the many that have SAG'd over the years!
Leaders don't coast!
A quick reminder on pulling a paceline ... you always pedal. Yes, that includes a downhill. You don't need to put a lot of pressure on the pedals on the downhill, but you do need to ensure more than just "spinning."
If you quit pedaling, surely all the others behind you will be breaking which is counterproductive for the paceline. It's just one of those rules: when you pull, you pedal.
Just do it.