Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion
Monday, May 20, 2019
 

The Assaults for 2019 are on Monday, May 20.

The Assaults communications are provided by SPARC.

The club needs your participation for this event. Not only does it provide support for over 1,000 bicycle riders, it also gives SPARC an opportunity to practice its radio skills in a live scenario. This year we have approximately 9 rest stops (2 operators at each), Net Control (2 or 3 radio operators), Mountain Top (2 radio operators, 1 radio operator for bike truck manifest, and 1 radio operator baggage handler), 1 radio operator end sweep, 1 radio operator motorcycle, 1 radio operator lead vehicle/SAG, at least 10 radio operator SAG vehicles (preferably self-contained), and at least 2 radio operators at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. This adds up to roughly 40 volunteers with Ham Licenses.

This fun event only requires a day or less of your time and most everyone in the club can spare that. By signing up now it gives us a chance to fill up the slots and have reserves for last minute cancellations. If a medical issue, death, or work conflict arises, by all means, that takes precedence and you are excused. I CAN’T EXPRESS HOW IMPORTANT THIS EVENT IS TO THE CLUB AND THE FREEWHEELERS OF SPARTANBURG.

A DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITIONS FOLLOWS:

REST STOPS - The RS operator's job is to let Net Control know when the cyclists arrive at their location as well as any issues that need to be addressed by Net Control or the THE ASSAULTS Directors. This includes any accidents, riders needing to be picked up, supplies needed, or anything else. The RS operator should have phone numbers for the medical personnel in their area. That will be provided to you later. On some occasions, a rest stop operator may be asked to ferry leftover supplies up the course.

SAG Vehicles - These ideally need to be self-contained, radio-equipped and driven by the radio operator. However, we will try to find any interested operator a vehicle to RIDE with. A SAG or Support Vehicle is used to provide support on the road or pick up riders who decide to quit for whatever reason. The radio operator calls Net Control when he or she picks up a rider and relays the rider number and name. If that rider needs their bag delivered from the Mountain Top, that info is given as well. SAG vehicles relay riders up the course from rest stop to rest stop.

SWEEPS - A sweep is a vehicle that stays behind the last rider and reports to Net Control. This is done for the safety of the participants and to give the Assaults Directors an insight of time for the event.

LEAD SAG - This vehicle stays in front of the lead riders and relays info to the necessary parties.

MOTOCYCLES - This job is to infiltrate the riders and help if needed.

AUDITORIUM - This person keeps in touch with Net Control on the arrival of trucks and buses.

RADIO BACKUP - Monitors the frequency and helps out if needed in case of radio failure or whatever may happen.

Any radio operator that uses his or her vehicle for a SAG or is called upon to make a delivery for the ride falls under the operations of the Freewheelers of Spartanburg and those individuals will be told the location of the gas station to fill up at Marion. The SAG drivers names will be on a list at the station. Corrections or additions will be made as needed that day.

All other event positions are NOT covered by the fuel agreement of the Freewheelers.

This is a brief description of what is needed to make this event a success. We do a great job and The Assaults Directors reflect this feeling as well. Give this event serious consideration and the good thing is it’s a FUN DAY.

Thanks in advance. If interested, contact Mike Bonner at photo209@bellsouth.net

 
 

2019 Positions Needed

RS 1 - Larry Abelkop NN4SS and Susan
   
RS 2 - Dave Herschberger KN8Y
  Dave Collins KG4NHF
   
RS 3 - Del Kraus W5NAP
  2 -
   
RS 4 - Paul Leary W4PML
  Ginny Reid W4YAL
  Danny Roberts KN4BEM
  J. D. Norris KF4RVH
   
MARION - Robert Cockman WD6ELK - NET CONTROL
  Brian Dodge KM4JWP
  Rick Hughes K4BYT
  Robert Webster WR8RW
  Mark Barnes W2MJB
   
RS 6 - Mike Henley KK4CUT
  Chuck McCoy N6WOX
  Brent Mills KK4BGR
   
RS 7 - Brandon Bailey KI4MRX
  2 -
   
RS 8 - Jim Fagan KI4MJK and Janie
  Randall Phillips N4JRP
   
RS 9 - Jim Young WA4DAW
  Bobby Scott KM4TLA
   
RS 10 - Doc Davis NN4II
  Beth Davis KM4HZU
   
MOUNTAIN TOP - Bret Phillips N9LPT
  Jim Hindman WR4P
   
MOTO 1 - Duane Ridenour K2HME
   
MOTO 2 -  
   
SAG 1 - Les MacBay W4LSO
   
SAG 2 - Pokey Burnett KK4UCE
  Kimberli Burnett KK4UKP
   
SAG 3 - Bo Moss KE4HZG
   
SAG 4 -  
   
SAG 5 -  
   
SAG 6 -  
   
SUPPLY HAULER - Tom Walton KZ4M (Based at RS 4)
   
SWEEP 1 - Gary Foster K8HID
   
SWEEP 2 - Wayne Davis K4SPA
  Lisa Davis N4BOO
   
AUDITORIUM - Art Patterson KE4EAN
  Karen Marmet KF4BLF
   
UTILITY VEHICLE - Mike Bonner K4BON (Big Bird)
   

Reminder - All SAGS need to be able to carry bikes and riders. If you would like to SAG or fill a slot, contact Mike Bonner at photo209@bellsouth.net

 
 

2018 Positions & Personnel

RS 1 - Larry Abelkop NN4SS and Susan
   
RS 2 - Dave Herschberger KN8Y
   
RS 3 - Del Kraus W5NAP
   
RS 4 - Paul Leary W4PML
  Ginny Reid W4YAL
   
MARION - Robert Cockman WD6ELK - NET CONTROL
  Brian Dodge KM4JWP
  Rick Hughes K4BYT
   
RS 6 - Britt Mills KK4BGR
  Mike Henley KK4CUT
  Chuck McCoy N6WOX
   
RS 7 - Brandon Bailey KI4MRX
   
RS 8 - Jim Fagan KI4MJK and Janie
  Randall Phillips N4JRP
   
RS 9 - Skip Scott KM4TLA
  Jim Young WA4DAW
   
RS 10 - Chris Ebert KN4IPV
   
MOUNTAIN TOP - Bret Phillips N9LPT
  Keith Lewis K4XP and Judy
  Doc Davis NN4II - MANIFEST KEEPER
  Beth Davis KM4HZU - BAG HANDLER
   
MOTO 1 - George Neale K4GDN
   
MOTO 2 - Duane Ridenour K2HME
   
SAG 1 - Les MacBay W4LSO
   
SAG 2 - Pokey Burnett KK4UCE
  Kimberli Burnett KK4UKP
   
SAG 3 - Bo Moss KE4HZG
   
SWEEP 1 - Gary Foster K8HID
   
SWEEP 2 - Wayne Davis K4SPA
  Lisa Davis N4BOO
   
AUDITORIUM - Fritz Nitsch W4NTO
  Art Patterson KE4EAN
  Karen Marmet KF4BLF
   
BIG BIRD - Mike Bonner K4BON

 
 

2019 Radio Support Rest Stop Arrival Schedule

ALL RADIO OPERATORS ARE ASKED TO TURN ON THEIR UNITS BY 6:45 A.M.

THESE REQUESTS ARE SO NET CONTROL AND THE ASSAULTS DIRECTORS KNOW EVERYONE IS UP AND READY AND IS ON LOCATION OR ENROUTE. THIS ALSO HELPS IN IDENTIFYING WHICH STOPS HAVE VOLUNTEERS ON SITE AND WHEN THEY ARRIVE. ON-SITE REPORTING TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

REST STOP 1 - 6:45 A.M.
   
REST STOP 2 - 7:30 A.M.
   
REST STOP 3 - 8:00 A.M.
   
REST STOP 4 - 8:45 A.M.
   
NET CONTROL - ON AIR AT 6:30 A.M.
   
REST STOP 6 - 9:30 A.M.
   
REST STOP 7 - 9:45 A.M.
   
REST STOP 8 - 10:15 A.M.
   
REST STOP 9 - 10:45 A.M.
   
REST STOP 10 - 11:00 A.M.
   
MOUNTAIN TOP - 8:00 A.M.
   
MOUNTAIN TOP TRUCK AND BAGS PERSONNEL - BE THERE BY 10:30 A.M.
 
LEAD VEHICLE - 6:00 A.M.
   
MOTO - 6:00 A.M.
   
SAGS - 6:45 A.M. FROM START TO FINISH
   
1st SWEEP/SAG - 7:00 A.M. FROM START TO FINISH
   
2nd SWEEP/SAG - 9:00 A.M. FROM MARION TO RS 3 THEN ON TILL FINISH
   
AUDITORIUM - BE THERE BY NOON OR 1 P.M.
   

Les (lead) WILL DROP RIDERS AT MARION AND RUN SAG REVERSE as he chooses or as directed by net control.

Bo and Pokey can start up the route and go reverse and then rotate up the course to finish as per their discretion or as directed by net control.

Sweep vehicle’s main job is to stay behind and report the last riders and pickup as needed.


THANKS FOR YOUR HELP IN THIS EVENT.

 
 

GPS Coordinates

 
 

New Direction Cue Sheet

 
 

Old Direction Cue Sheet (for comparison)

 
 

SPARC Comm. Assignments - Main Freq. is Mt. Mitchell Repeater - 145.190

 

Emergency Phone Numbers

AREA

Phone Number

NOTES

Spartanburg Co. 911 Use up to SC / NC  Line
Spartanburg Co. 864-596-2222 Use up to SC / NC Line
Polk Co. EOC 828-894-3001 Cell Phone use OK
Rutherford Co. Sheriff 828-287-6247 North Carolina
Rutherford Co. Comm Center 828-287-6050 North Carolina
McDowell Co. 828-659-2241 828-659-2197 North Carolina

 
 

 
 

   

GPS Mileage

Notes:

 
0.0 Spartanburg Auditorium - Rolling Start
0.5 HWY 9    Veer Right
1.1 HWY 9 Intersection   Straight
1.9 Traffic Light Stay Straight 
2.3 Traffic Light Stay Straight 
2.4 HWY 9   Straight
3.7 Parris Bridge Road  Veer Right 4 Lanes to 2 Lanes
4.9 Traffic Light…. Stay Straight.  
7.3 Traffic Light….Stay Straight   
9.5 Traffic Light….Stay Straight   
14.9 Stop Sign. -  cross over Hwy 11  
18.0 NC State Line  
19.6 Polk County Line, Paris Bridge Rd. becomes Old Chesnee Hwy
22.2 WATER STOP 1 on right  
24.5 RIGHT TURN onto Hwy 9 at Stop Sign .
24.7 RIGHT TURN onto Coxe Rd. 
25.2 School Grounds CAUTION!
28.5 Narrow Bridge 
29.7 Highway 14 Pea Ridge Blind Intersection, go STRAIGHT
31.9  74 bypass Crossover   Straight 
35.8 bNC-108…..Hard Right -  Watch for BLIND STOP SIGN.
36.3 Big Level Road - Hard Left CAUTION MEDIAN.  
36.8 Downhill section…Motos, pull ahead and COFFEE BREAK AHEAD
38.7 End Climb 1.  Caution Turn Ahead,  COFFEE BREAK AT TOP.
40.1 Rock Springs Road  Hard Right at Tee.
42.4 WATER STOP # 2
43.0  Downhill section…Motos, pull ahead and clear from bikes
43.6  Hair Pin Corner -  CAUTION 5 To 10 Mph
44.3 US 64-74.   Hard Left  On Bridge
46.5 Bills Creek Road.  Hard Right  Over Hill.
47.5 Water Stop # 3
48.3 End 12.1% Grade.  Steep Descent.
51.9 DOWNHILL section…Motos, pull ahead and clear from bikes
55.2 Cove Road  Hard Left at Top of Hill -STOP SIGN.
60.8 Old Fort/Sugar Hill  Hard Left at Gas Station, 
62.1 Sugar Hill  Long Climb (Coffee Break AT 60.4)
64.6 Zion Hill Road  Hard Right, at bottom of hill (Tee) .
64.6 WATER STOP # 4.
66.7 End Climb
67.0 Nix Creek Road  Hard Left, blind curve.  
68.4  Downhill section…Motos, pull ahead and clear from bikes
70.6  Nix Creek Road angles to the LEFT.  RR Tracks on  descent.  MAX SPEED 35 
71.7 Old #10  Hard Left No Warning- 
71.9 Old #10  Hard Left 100 Yards-  
72.4 Old Greenlee Road Veer Left  4 Way Stop-.Motos move downhill
74.4 Resistoflex Rd.-Bridge  Hard Right.
74.6 CampGround Activity Go on By-Water Stop # 5
 
  The Assault on Marion Ends HERE.
   
75.0 CAUTION AT CROSS OVER.  POLICE SHOULD BE HERE.
Zig Zag Left on US-70 Then quick  Right on NC 80 (Lake Tahoma Rd.)
84.9 33.6% after campgrounds starts the climbing, Water # 6 
86.7 Entrance to Parkway  Left To Enter Park, Water # 7
89.5 CAUTION Descent Bicycles 40+ Mph, Water # 8  
96.8 CAUTION Long Descent  Bicycles 55+ Mph
100.0 Crest of Climb Short Down To    Water # 9 
100.3 Entrance to Mitchell Veer Right To Top Water # 10
102.8 First Climb to Gate   Steep Climb 33.2%
102.9 2nd Gate   Flat to 3rd gate
103.0 3rd Gate   Top is just ahead
105.1 Finish
 

 

 

This page updated 5/6/2019
 

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