EQUINOX RELIABILITY TRIAL
- Sunday, 20 March 2022
- Ride Start: 11:00am
- Register Online: Maumee Valley Wheelmen - Equinox Reliability Trial
- Location: Fort Meigs, 29100 W River Rd., Perrysburg, OH
- $8/rider 18 and up who is a current (paid through Dec 31, 2022) Maumee Valley Wheelman MVW Membership
- $15/rider 18 and up who is not a current MVW member
- Riders 17 and under do not have to pay the $8 or $15 fee, though they may have to pay for a 1-day license if they do not have a 2023 USAC racing license.
- 1-day licenses are $10 for beginners/Cat5 and $25 for all others, please purchase ONLINE before the event
- Distance: 53.7 miles
The recent weather conditions seem to suggest spring has officially arrived. With this seasonal change comes the Club's annual Equinox Reliability Trial. This is an event that dates back further than any records I currently have. My first participation was in 1978. Unfortunately, I long ago surrendered to the landfill any memorabilia I had from that early event. In past decades Equinox was a timed event, and the finishing time of each rider was recorded and then listed in the Dirty Derailleur Newsletter. The oldest Equinox results I have are from 1989, and at that time the Club actually generated some revenue from the event.
Click here to see the first page of those Equinox results (it's worth admiring the handwritten treasurer's report that was added to the newsletter!). Click here to see the second page listing the results of each participant.
This year's course is a repeat of the 2017 slog to McClure. Not that there are many options for variation for this ride, but riders are admonished to pay attention to road markings. All intersections with turns marked. Where no turn is necessary there are no markings (therefore go straight). The roads are blatantly displaying the climatological and meteorological impacts of the overbearing winter. All riders need to be particularly attentive to the turns, as many of the corners are strewn with an unforgiving smattering of pea-sized gravel. That is to say, DO NOT enter the turns as if you're riding a crit! There are 2 stop lights, several stop signs and several railroad crossings on the route. Riders are responsible for complying with all rules of the road during this ride. No matter what group you ride in, please share the road with and be courteous to all other riders and vehicles.
The course traces back on the exact same route on which in unceremoniously and sheepishly wanders out. The route travels through or near the thriving metropolis' of Perrysburg, Haskins, Tontogany and McLure Ohio. Riders will get to experience several hills (really more like overpasses or creek valleys), single and lane-and-1/2 roads and pavement varying from new asphalt to worn-in (out?) chip and seal. As is always the case for this event, you should come prepared for suffering and torture.
Please renew your Club membership and USAC license prior to Sunday. Remember, Club memberships are only renewed via the web, not the antiquated paper method of times-be-gone.
Lastly, the USAC requires completion of a paper copy of their Event Release Form. You may find a partially pre-filled form here. Please print the form, complete it, and then bring it with you on Sunday. Completion of this form is required, and I have to keep these forms on file for the year. If you have questions regarding Equinox, text, call or e-mail !
A typical marking for this year's Equinox, this one indicating a left turn approaching. There will be 3 of these about 100m from the corner, 2 of them at about 50m from the corner and 1 at the corner.