An annual, truly epic single day 200 mile bicycle ride from the Triad to the North Carolina Coast 

1 Day  ♦  2 Wheels  ♦  200 Miles             

Double Down 2 the Beach 2017 sponsored by LabCorp - 5/20/2017

   

The Burlington Velo Club is proud to present our 6th annual Double Down 2 the Beach event... an epic 200+ mile, single day bicycle ride from the heart of the NC Triad to the East Coast.  We're very excited to announce that our primary title sponsor, LabCorp, has returned to partner with us again in 2017. 

In 2011 the Burlington Velo Club established a scholarship whereby we release scholarship funds annually to local high school seniors going to college. The Double Down 2 the Beach (DD2tB) event was established with the sole purpose of funding the scholarship initiative and we are proud to continue this great tradition of assisting local students realize their goal of higher education.   


Administrative Details

Registration

  • Registration opens on 18 February 2017.
  • Early registration is $85 per person.
  • Registration increases to $100 per person on 15 April 2017.
  • Registration closes on Saturday, 13 May 2017 at midnight (24:00) 

Before the ride

  • Packet pick-up is Friday 19 May from 5pm-7pm and Saturday 20 May from 4:00am-4:30am at the start. You may have someone else pick it up for you. The ride will start at 5:00 am, so get a good night's sleep and eat lots of carbs.
  • Each rider is allowed to bring a SMALL bag for their after-ride or overnight essentials. Small meaning a backpack or small duffle bag.  This bag will be transported directly to the finish.
  • We will provide you with one 2-gallon size zip-lock bag (double the size of previous years) to keep in your group’s SAG vehicle. Anything you need during the ride (nutritional items, sunscreen, etc) will need to go in that bag.  It will be beneficial to clearly mark your zip-lock bag so it could be easily identified among many others.

o   IMPORTANT: If you have medication that must be taken during the ride, KEEP IT ON YOU. We don’t want you to miss a dose if you get separated from the SAG vehicle that’s carrying your bag.

  • When you arrive at the start on the morning of the ride, place your overnight bag in the lead SAG vehicle and your zip-lock bag in the SAG vehicle for your speed group (A, B or C).
  • DD2tB will be a roll-out start based on speed group, so lease arrange yourself according to your expected speed (A, B, C or D)
  • Please be sure to sign in the morning of the ride AND after the ride (or call to let us know if someone picks you up).

 

During the ride

  • Please note the cut-off times assuming a start time of 5:00am:
    • 30 mile: 7:10 am
    • 60 mile: 9:10 am
    • 90 mile: 11:10 am
    • 120 mile: 1:15 pm
    • 150 mile: 3:50 pm
    • 180 mile: 6:05 pm
    • Hint: You could average as little as 16 mph moving time AND take 60 minutes worth of breaks (10 min at each of the 6 stops) and still make it to the last cut-off in time.
  • We highly suggest that you bring your cell phone on the ride so that you can contact SAG if you get off course, need to be picked up, or have an emergency.  Phone numbers will be provided in your packet - so take these with you.
  • One of the SAG vehicles for your speed group will carry your 2 gallon zip-lock bag from stop to stop.
  1. In the morning, put your zip-lock bag in the correctly marked bin for your speed group (A, B, C or D).
  2. When you get to a rest stop, your zip-lock bag will be laid out on the ground for you to use as needed.
  3. After you're done with your bag, place it back into the correct bin.  This step is essential to keep your bag with your group.  If you do not place your bag in the bin it will be picked up by the last SAG vehicle and you can get it at the end of the ride.
  • We will provide light snacks and hydration at rest stops. 
  • Subway sandwiches will be provided near the halfway point.

Notes about SAG

  • If you decide that you cannot continue, a SAG vehicle will pick you up.  We will eventually get you to the finish, however, you might have to ride in the SAG vehicle for several hours.

  • Over the 200+ mile course, it is impossible for us to be everywhere all the time. If you decide you need a lift, it might take us some time to get to you. We suggest that, rather than waiting on the side of the road, you try to make it to the next rest stop and hitch a ride there.  Take the SAG phone numbers with you, or program them in your phone.

  • Each SAG vehicle will have tubes/pumps to repair flats. However, SAG volunteers are not required to have bike maintenance and repair skills. If you don’t know how to change a flat, learn or be willing to take the teasing when you have to ask for help!

For additional tips and advice, please connect with our event veterans on our Facebook page. You will find many helpful folks on this page who have successfully completed this event.  Feel free to ask questions... this is a very active group. Keep a lookout for announcements regarding group training rides in March, April and May as we all prepare for another epic adventure of cycling a double century to the beach in one day.