Dot Watchers are those who watch the dots. The dots are the racer represented by a dot on a map. Each racer carries a GPS tracker which broadcasts a signal creating the dot. MAProgress has many ways to view the race. Know that you can do such things as rewind and adjust the speed of the playback. The race can also be viewed with a live weather overlay. Explore the options by dragging a cursor over the different icons on the live race page. There are two colors of dots to watch. Orange is Solo. Black is Not Solo. Black dots can work together.
NSBR Dot Watchers are self-supported endurance cyycling's best Dot Watchers! Why? Because NSBR Dot Watchers respect the race and the racers by NOT offering support or handouts. They cheer, advocate our efforts, and support all road cyclists by giving them attention and space. They read the entire NSBR website. Whether by phone or in person, they know that racers can not accept support such as intelligence, sustenance, supplies, or shelter. Dot watchers can not give racers information such as other racers position/ speed/ past activity, resupply hours of operation or weather conditions/ forecasts. This is a serious self-supported race...racers must fuel, maintain, navigate, shelter, and move themselves. Any support should only be given in an emergency situation declared by the racer.
NSBR Dot Watchers are the racers greatest ally. Your cheer begets safety for the racers and spreads the word to friends, strangers, and businesses that looking out for all road cyclists is happening and cool. Know that dot watching in private has been known to lead to dot watching in public. This is to be celebrated! There are many places to park in parking lots and cheer racers along trails. But if you find yourself outside on a road please wear a high visibility reflective top for safety.
Message, call or show up with motivation, encouragement and cheers. Chalk up the route, wave a sign, ring that bell because cheers from friends and strangers alike brighten and inspire any racers mood in a BIG BIG way. In a sport where the athletes expect no award...the reward is hearing cheers and inspiring others. Thank you for inspiring the racers! We love your cheers! Sorry that we must keep moving.