The 2016 Cedar Hill Head for the Hills Bike Rally crossed the finished line as another winner! The approximate count of cyclists participating in the rally was 1200 but a final count is still pending. Age groups were widely varied from children to senior citizens and anywhere in between. Just as varied were the styles of bikes – even a few tandems and recumbents were seen. Net Control logged in approximately 170 entries to support 11 SAG operators (I just learned that SAG stands for Support and Gear), 11 Ham operators stationed at each of the 5 rest stops, 1 Shadow operator, 1 APRS monitor, and 2 folks monitoring weather conditions for the rally.
The SAG operators kept Net Control busy with just over 51% of the transmissions followed by rest stop operators at 24%. Approximately 19 cyclists were transported by SAG operators back to the starting base – due to bike damage or rider exhaustion – no serious injuries were incurred. Net Control initiated approximately 8% of the communications and the remaining stats were filled by bike repair volunteers, weather updates, and Shadow transmissions. Many thanks go to all the volunteers that helped to make this day a great success and special thanks to Jerry Keltner, KB6OJE, for all his efforts in coordinating all the logistical assignments and for those setting up our antenna and equipment before the sunrise – Rick Ellis (KJ5UY), Jerry Keltner (KB6OJE), and Justin Lentz (KF5IVJ).