(THE high score throw in darts. No, it's NOT the bullseye)
A dart is a RUSA team event modelled after the Fleche.
3-5 riders, stay together for the distance.
Traditional team events were point to point rides but the logistics of starting in one place and finishing elsewhere are difficult enough that a big loop is allowed (but not a pure out and back).
There are controls just like any other event and cue sheets to be followed. After that it gets a bit more complicated.
The biggest rule is that it is designed to take 13.5 hours. This is based on the old Audax system of riding where groups stayed together with a lead rider insuring the pace to be just enough to finish within the allotted time.
Partly to insure that this goal is accomplished, the final 25 km has to ridden in the final 2 hours. So, there has to be a control at least that far from the finish so a team can document where they were with 2 hours to go.
If you've ridden a Fleche, you may recall the rule that no stop can be longer than 2 hours. That is an ACP rule exclusive to the Fleche, and not used on RUSA team events. So, relax at the controls
While the Fleche is traditionally held Easter weekend, the Dart need not be, but we are doing so because it happens to fit our schedule this year.
For a finish to "count" at least 3 members must finish. As well, all members must finish together. So, wait for a team member dealing with a mechanical in that last stretch.
More than one team can use the same route, but they need to start at least an hour apart.
Routes only need to be approved by the organizing RBA.
The plan is for the finish to be in Windsor, VA at the Dairy Queen where many of our permanents start. The initial route is a loop which also starts there and goes through Waverly, Surry, and Smithfield
It is looking like we may have 2 teams for our event and there is still room to join those or to create a different route if you are interested.
Contact me for more info.