S= straight X= cross L= left R= right BL= bear left BR= bear right QR= quick right QL= quick leftOnce you know the symbols and which way to go, the next step is to pay attention to the street signs so you know which street to turn on. Lastly, you will need the computer for this part. The computer will tell you how far you have you to ride before you make a turn or go straight or bear left. Let’s look at the cue sheet again to see how it works. You would start at Deer Park, River Street & Madison St. Stay (S) straight on Madison and go 0.1 miles. Turn left at Main Street/ US 95 and travel for 2.4 miles. You should have now traveled a total of 2.5 miles which is what the last column is telling you. Turn left again on North Creek RD and travel on it for 0.9 miles. Then tun right on North Creek Rd and travel on it for 4.3 miles. Is it making sense now? With just a little practice you can now read a cue sheet. You may want to invest in a handlebar cue sheet holder where you can place this in front so you can refer to it. Or get a bicycle clip to attach your cue sheet to. Now you are fully empowered to go on a ride, read the cue sheet’s directions and not get lost. Happy biking!
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