• 2020 Mad Dog Series

    Bob Grable

    This year’s Mad Dog Series will be similar to 2019.  Details include -

    • ·         21 century rides starting in March and running through October.
    • ·         If a rider completes 10 century rides, they earn a jersey.  This year, the rider will need to fund 50% of the jersey cost when the jerseys are ordered in the fall. (Must be an LBC member to receive discount)
    • ·         A male and female winner will be awarded at year end based on who completes the most TMD centuries.  A drawing will determine the winner if 2 or more folks tie for the most rides.
    • ·         The sign-up sheets will determine who completed the ride.
    • ·         We will not schedule back-up ride dates on the LBC schedule.  It will be the ride captain’s call to cancel the ride.
    • ·         The Derby City Fondo and Horsey Hundred century rides will serve as bonus stages and count towards the ride requirement of 10 to earn a jersey.
    • ·         Anyone is welcome to ride.  We simply suggest the rider be century fit meaning they should be capable of riding 100 miles at a reasonable pace (min. 13-15mph).  If you haven’t ridden 60 to 75 miles on your own, I would not suggest trying to do a Mad Dog century.
    • ·         There is no vehicle support for these centuries.  If you or someone with you cannot repair your bike, you will need to have a backup plan to get back to the starting point or home.  Our ride captains typically ride in the rear of all participants and promote a safe ride but they are not responsible for getting you back to your car or home.
    • ·         Our rides are typically in rural areas throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  The scenery is beautiful with low traffic roads chosen to ensure rider safety.  We expect riders to obey traffic laws and exhibit good judgement to the cars and people they encounter on these rides.
    • ·         The rides typically have 3 store stops every 25 miles with the second stop intended for lunch.
    • ·         The ride captain will provide cue sheets for the course.  Most of the rides have gps files that can be uploaded before the ride.
    • ·         These rides typically attract 20 to 30 riders.  We encourage riders to ride in a pack that fit the pace they prefer to ride.  You will find packs that span various pace levels.

What is TMD?  
TMD stands for Tour de Mad Dog.  The TMD Challenge consists of 21 stages,  (95 to 120 miles each) spread out over the course of the touring year, from March through October - ending by the last day of the club touring season. 

Modeled after the famed Tour de France, the Tour de Mad Dog is a Challenge, not a race. Your actual time on the courses will not even matter!  Riders must complete at least 10 stages of the tour to be considered an official TMD Challenge finisher.

The intent and spirit of the TMD Challenge is to foster group riding and Mad Dog camaraderie. 

All serious cyclists know what group riding is about. The TMD Challenge is designed to encourage groups of all abilities to work together to attain a common goal: finishing the stage! With that in mind, all riders should work together with his/her group to gain maximum advantage and maximum reward. 

This unique challenge series is very popular segment of the Louisville Bicycle Club with many of the stages attracting 30 - 40 riders. TMD Century rides are structured along known routes, with published GPS files available and turn-by-turn cue sheets. There are planned store stops, lunch stops and many stages include unique themes or visit notable landmarks and areas.

Interested? There is more information in the rules section. Or contact the TMD Director at: maddog@louisvillebicycleclub.org



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