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Author Topic: 2020 Three Flags Classic
lmichael
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Posts: 356
Post Re: 2020 Three Flags Classic
on: April 12, 2019, 18:35

Casper, the Three Flags Classic ride is ALWAYS over the long weekend of Labor Day weekend, every year.

If you look at any calendar year, and see the THURSDAY before Labor Day weekend, that will always be the day that the Registration Desk will be open at the Start hotel, meaning...that is the day you need to Check-In at the Start hotel...with the Three Flags Classic desk.

You can always show up at the Start hotel a day or more early, if you wish to, as many of us like to visit olde friends for an extra day, before doing the ride.

Then, looking back at that same calendar, for the year 2020, the ride will officially END, or FINISH, on the TUESDAY immediately following Labor Day. Since Labor Day is officially on a Monday, then for 2020...the official FINISH of the Three Flags Classic will be the next day, on that TUESDAY. And the FINISH Banquet will be on Wednesday evening, and riders will leave...to ride home....or points beyond, on Thursday morning.

In the years 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024, on all those years, the ride will officially FINISH on Monday, which is Labor Day. The Finish Banquet will be on Tuesday evening, and riders will leave to ride home, or points beyond, on Wednesday morning.

What is the difference? (you ask)

Every 5th year, such as 2015, 2020, 2025, etc.....we have an extra day of riding, extra miles on the Route, and the Finish is one day later, which means the Finish Banquet is one day later.

Make sense ?

tgary
Newbie
Posts: 7
Post Re: 2020 Three Flags Classic
on: April 13, 2019, 06:20

Also......It is Labor Day as observed in the USA. It is the first Monday After the First Sunday every September.

mt_harleyr-
ider
Newbie
Posts: 23
Post Re: 2020 Three Flags Classic
on: April 27, 2019, 09:05

My vote is we ride North to South next year.

Banff to Ensenada
Edmonton to Ensenada
Calgary to Ensenada
Kamloops to Ensenada
Kelowna to Ensenada

Wherever we disembark from in the cold dreary North finishing in Ensenada would be awesome.

Tim (Cannonball) Wanamaker

hcharlie
Newbie
Posts: 2
Post Re: 2020 Three Flags Classic
on: May 8, 2019, 19:30

Las Cruces to Prince George. It's a fiver. Let's ride a day into Canada.

skiape50
Beginner
Posts: 44
Post Re: 2020 Three Flags Classic
on: July 8, 2019, 20:58

Miles this is Steve hope you are doing well physically. I am back to 3FC after a year off and a right shoulder replacement. I see your typing fingers are in good shape. I would suggest a start in Mexicali, always liked the easy border crossing, suggest Penticton as end with a passage through Bear Tooth Pass along the route.

Now a question on this years start. Are we dropping a Poker Chip like in 2017? Thanks see you in San Luis

nanaimorid-
es
Newbie
Posts: 1
Post Re: 2020 Three Flags Classic
on: July 22, 2019, 11:40

I also like the idea of starting the 45th in Canada. Pick any larger city in B.C.to start from. Day one can be a big loop through B.C. before heading south / east to cross the border, incorporating, as one member posted earlier, the Beartooth and then continuing down to finish in Mexico as we did a few years ago in Puerto Penasco. Just suggesting that only as I suspect the committee would obviously need a place large enough to house everyone for the finishing banquet.

PaulALax
Beginner
Posts: 42
Post Re: 2020 Three Flags Classic
on: July 29, 2019, 04:57

Miles and I have been friends for many years. We both share an enthusiasm for the 3 Flags and are dedicated to see that it continues. We disagree on one thing: The Route. 2019 will be my 23rd 3 Flags. I have ridden alone many years and some years with others. I have NEVER deviated from the route laid out for the event. I helped lay out this year's route, riding most of the way twice. I think it's a good route. There are a lot of ways to get from San Luis to the checkpoints and on to Vernon, BC. And Miles is right, as long as you get to the checkpoints within the allotted time you will get a buckle. Everyone gets the same buckle whether you ride the route or just plot the easiest, fastest way from checkpoint to checkpoint. In my opinion, if everyone gets the same buckle, everyone should take the same ride.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion and just because they may differ doesn't mean that one of them is wrong.
I have too much respect and affection for Miles to say he's wrong; we just have different opinions; and mine is right.
(I was laughing when I wrote the last paragraph.)

BMWBOB
Newbie
Posts: 4
Post Re: 2020 Three Flags Classic
on: August 2, 2019, 11:26

If you need a topic for discussion over beers consider the following South to North:
D1 - Cuidad Juarez, 54 to Duran NM, 3&85 to Santa Fe, 285 to Taos, W64 to Bloomfield, 550 to Durango. 622 miles
D2 - Durango to South Fork CO, 149 & W50 to Ponchca Springs, N24 to Vail, 24/I-70 to Wolcott, N131 to 163 into Steamboat Springs 465 miles
D3 - W40 to Vernal UT,N191 then 89 to Jackson, WY, N89/287 to West Thumb in Yellowstone, E14/20 to Cody. 506 miles
D4 - Rte 120/296/212 thru Red Lodge and on to Billings, MT, Rtes 3, 12, 89 to Great Falls 383 miles
D5 - Rte 89 to 2 thru Glacier to Cardston, AB and finish in Lethridge, AB 316 miles
Total 2, 292 miles..or so
I don't expect this to pass muster but it's a great Three Flags kind of ride for those that like to wander the longitudinal lines.

jabkam
Advanced
Posts: 65
Post Re: 2020 Three Flags Classic
on: August 4, 2019, 18:23

In tacking onto hcharlie above, if you leave Prince George, head over to Valemont, Jasper and down the icefields parkway to lake louise and across 93 to radium hot springs. 1st checkpoint in Cranbrook then south into the USA. Only 545 miles to Cranbrook but with the tourist traffic will be a long enough day, or further. Some of the most spectacular scenery up here IMHO.

Big_Tom
Newbie
Posts: 5
Post Re: 2020 Three Flags Classic
on: August 6, 2019, 18:03

South to North for this rider. North to south would put me too close to home at the finish and keep me from heading East through Canada for some sightseeing. Yeah I know I could sightsee first but I wouldn't.

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