Important Route Information Details
- All turns are marked with 5 road arrows painted on the road at each turn. 3 arrows are before the turn and indicate the direction you need to go. They are placed at approximately 100, 50, and 25 yards before the turn. Then there are 2 arrows after the turn to guide you through the turn. Not all straight through intersections will be marked due to distances between turns but usually there is at least 1 set of markings on each long straight section. If you do not see arrows indicating a turn, don’t worry. You have not gone far enough yet. Every turn is marked. There are no markers on the gravel route.
- At four of the critical turns we also use roadside lawn-type directional signs on stands with route mileage info on them indicating direction. They are orange with a black MGST arrow.
- Other roadside signs will be placed at key areas.
- Routes are color coded as follows; 39 mile is yellow, 62 mile is magenta and the 100 mile century is orange.
- All routes share the same roads for the first 7 miles and their last 7 miles. The turns on these common roads will have road arrows painted YELLOW and topped with the word “ALL”.
- Make sure you have the correct routes loaded on your GPS and/or the correct map with cue sheets. The 62 mile and especially the100 mile routes require a higher level of navigation skills and should not be attempted by those who are new to road riding. Also make sure your phone is charged and has access to some kind of mapping should you miss a turn. As mentioned by Ashley earlier, MGST has no SAG this year and you need to have someone on call to come get you should you get lost or breakdown.
- 39 Mile Route Tips: After leaving Willow Metro Park there are only 4 turns on this route. A right at Sumpter, and then 3 left turns. At Sumpter Rd. turn right , then left at Willis Rd., Carpenter Rd., and at Willow Rd., then you ride straight back to Willow Metro Park.
- 62 and 100 Mile Routes: Milan is a bit tricky so keep a close eye for turns. There are a lot of distractions to look at in the small towns you go through and it easy to miss turns.
- Please be safe, be alert and obey traffic laws. Stop at red lights and stop signs. Help out other riders. Try to ride in groups when possible, find a pace you can maintain. Group you are with is too fast; don’t worry, drop off and another one is coming along. Drinks lots of fluids, sip, sip and eat, nibble, nibble.
Before you leave, check with Al Petri Bikes to make sure your Air, Brakes and Chain are good to go.
Frequently Asked Questions
ARE THESE ROADS PAVED? OR GRAVEL? OR PARK PATHS?
- The full century, metric century, and short routes are primarily on paved public roads.
- The family route is purely on paved park paths.
- The gravel route is primarily on dirt/gravel roads. A small portion is on paved public roads.
WHERE ARE THE FOOD STOPS?
There are no food stops this year in order to ensure social distancing. We will not be offering our traditional pancake breakfast under the pavilion at the Willow Pool. Instead, we will be providing all riders with "Feed Bags" containing enough food to fuel your ride from our partner, XN Supplements. Additionally, there will be water stops along the Full Century and Metric Century routes with individual bottles of Absopure water.
DO I HAVE TO PRINT MY OWN MAPS OR WILL YOU HAVE SOME AT THE RIDE?
If you want a map, you will have to print one yourself from the links above. We will not be handing out maps at the event this year.
WHAT DO I DO WITH THE GPX / TCX FILES?
If you have a GPS based device for your bike, like a Garmin Edge, Wahoo ELEMNT, or similar device, you can download these files and install them on your device. Once on your device, depending on your specific device, you may be able to view the route and get turn-by-turn directions.
The details of how to install them will depend on your device. The best advice we can give is to consult the owner's manual for your specific device. However, here are some help documents provided by Ride With GPS that may help you:
Export Routes to a Garmin Device
Using Routes on Wahoo ELEMNT
Export File Formats (GPX vs TCX)
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A GARMIN? CAN I FOLLOW THE ROUTES ON MY PHONE?
Yes, you can! Download the Ride With GPS app for Android or iPhone. Once you have it installed, just click on one of the links above labeled "Route on Ride With GPS". It should open in the app on your phone. Note that you do have to be at least a "Basic" subscriber to Ride With GPS to get turn-by-turn navigation on your phone. You can get further instructions on Ride With GPS's website.