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EPIC MVC + Butterfield Canyon

7:30 AM Saturday
Meet Up Spot Jordan Narrows Park Trailhead (just off Redwood Road), parking lot by bathrooms
Tempo / Killer Climbs

Saturday, June 9, 2018

7:30 a.m. meet-up, roll @ 8 a.m.

Jordan Narrows Park Trailhead (just off Redwood Road)
Parking lot by bathrooms
1195 W 16525 S, Bluffdale, UT
Exact location:

Ride with GPS:
See note at bottom for link to route-loading instructions
Turn-by-turn files for dedicated cycling devices (Garmin, Wahoo, etc.) are a Premium feature on Ride w/ GPS, and are not available on Strava or the free version of Ride with GPS. It means that 50 meters before the turn, the turn info will pop up on your device, giving you instructions, and ensuring you’re on the planned route with the group.

- Drive or ride to launch location
7:30 am – Meet at parking lot and gear up
8 am – Roll out
- Controlled “warm-up” group pace on Redwood/MVC and through Herriman to the Butterfield Canyon segment (~Mile 13), quick re-groups as needed (save matches for Butterfield)
- Individual attacks on Butterfield Canyon (6.5 miles, 2,160 ft)
- Regroup @ top (or if not summiting rejoin main group as it’s descending)
- Re-group at Holiday Gas (~Mile 30)
- Pace-lining group-work return via MVC
- Individual attack up Redwood Road to re-entry @ Jordan Narrows Park
~11 am – Return

~ Mile 30 – Holiday Gas
5649 W 13100 S, Herriman, UT 84096

Route @ MyWindSock:

Blake Atkinson 435-640-8716 text/cell
Mike Montrose 408-805-9287 text/cell



IS THE EPIC KIT STILL AVAILABLE?— The team is launching a third production run due to demand. The buying window opened late May and we'll close the store to orders once we have the minimum 10 jerseys and 10 bibs (UPDATE June 6th: 8 of the 10 kits have been ordered)--or shortly thereafter--and then send the order to production in order to get the kits produced and back to everyone as soon as possible. More info and link to order here:

WHAT RIDES ARE COMING UP?— EPIC maintains a season calendar, including planned group rides and targeted events for the season, here:

ROUTE LOADING DIRECTIONS—The more people who have the route loaded on their device (i.e. Garmin, Wahoo, phone/app, etc.) and who can follow along, the better. It avoids confusion if there are temporary separations, and thus also ensures you’re not unexpectedly trying to rejoin the group or get back on the route using less-safe roads. Plus, when you’re following a course on your device, one of the metrics you can typically choose to have on your screen is “Distance Remaining.” This is great for group rides and events, both motivating to see the number go down and helpful in allocating effort/intensity through the planned route.
Here are instructions to load a turn-by-turn .tcx file to Garmin – start at Step 3 as you already have the file
- KEY POINT—a step that we all seem to botch at least once is dropping the file into the “NewFiles” folder NOT the “Courses” folder (repeat “NewFiles…NewFiles…”)
- Reason: the file has to be “processed in” by the Garmin from that NewFiles folder first by powering the device down, then powering it up again. As part of the boot-up process it looks for any new files sitting in “NewFiles.” If there are any there, it assigns them to the right folder (Courses, Segments, etc.) So think of “NewFiles” as Garmin’s inbox. And it gets very angry if you dare attempt to put the file one of its precious folders yourself, without its permission.

LAUNCH LOCATIONS—With a growing group spread from Weber to South Utah County, we are moving launch locations around to mix it up and/or to best-accommodate the ride goals. It’s fairly easy for most to ride or transport bike(s) to various locations, and we have lots of team members with racks if anyone needs a ride or bike transport.

EPIC GROUP RIDES—We structure Saturday group-ride plans with the intent that every healthy rider can start or join every group ride, schedule permitting. These weekly group adventures are meant to be challenging, but also a great time and social. The routes are planned to be fun, challenging and to escalate the efforts through the season. Much consideration has also been given to route safety, water stops, etc. These Saturday morning rides are great way to build cycling strength, group skills and endurance. Especially if paired with some good intensity/interval work during the weekdays, either outside or on a trainer, and of course strategic rest. The Saturday full plan is often a longer route that starts out together to maximize team-building, but that also has escalating stages of pacing, one-or-more planned turnaround points, or other options/suggestions to accommodate varying levels of riders and schedules (i.e. one large group starts, three groups finish). If you feel you’ve stretched and just can’t keep pace with the planned group you’ve chosen, don’t stress. It’s not an embarrassment; it’s a “queso” badge of honor! Congrats, you’re out of your comfort zone. Just let ride leaders know, turn around and ride home with any riders that are in the same boat, or by yourself. You’ve done solo rides before, no big deal. Add some miles and terrain on the way home if you want, include a longer pit stop to regroup if needed, and just ride your pace. Worst case, if you’re just crispy and done, call for a ride or an Uber. Keep training, stay consistent, and continue to start every group ride possible with the team. Keep coming out to start the rides each Saturday—don’t be intimidated—and your fitness, skills and speed gains will soon surprise you. If you have the opposite problem, and don’t think the group will be challenging enough, that is easy—take the role of sweep, give riders a pull to get back on, take more time at the front, give riders the “hand of hope” up climbs, take a side trip or climb that will really make it hard to get back to the group. Bottom line: EPIC rides every Saturday. There WILL be a ride or targeted event. You are welcome and wanted at our rides. You can make the game plan work to your specific training needs and level. You will progress.

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