San An 100K Update #1


1.  The final cue sheet is here.

2.  We will start from the city park.  This is NOT the baseball field.

3.  We will finish at the LOCAL Public House and Provisions. This place is awesome and they’re excited to see us. See me there, check in, get your awesome finisher’s pin, and then grab some grub and beverages and hang out a bit.

4.  The preride was Tuesday night, in the heavy rain, in the dark, on a fixed-gear bike. Good PBP training. The route checked out well. Nothing to report other than gorgeous roads and lots of wildlife (hawks, armadillo, raccoons).

5.  For veterans of this ride, there is one major change: the control at the Citgo on Trilby Road has been changed to an Info control at the intersection of the Trail and Trilby Road.

6.  Check the list of signed up riders on the Events page. Don’t see your name? Let me know! Not coming? Please let me know that, too.

7.  Lots of new names there, which is great. Riders new to randonneuring, please make sure you review this. The biggie there is, of course, that this ride is totally unsupported.  There is no SAG.  You need to have a plan for getting yourself and your bike back to the start/finish if you cannot complete the route for any reason. I will never leave anyone out there, but you may be waiting for a long time before I can come pick you up.  Let me know if you have any questions.

8.  See you at check-in Saturday!

Feeding Hungry Randonneurs: Paul’s Turkey Stew Recipe

This stew is a perennial favorite among hardy, hungry randonneurs. It’s also good off-the-bike, too. This version serves a mere six people (six normal people; not six people in the midst of an ultra-distance bike ride).


1T canola or vegetable oil (or bacon fat!)
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1c chopped white onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3c turkey stock
1 can diced green chilies, drained
2c milk
1/4c almond flour (for GF; regular, all-purpose flour works, too)
1t salt
1t chili powder
1/2t ground cumin
2c cooked, shredded turkey
1 can corn
3T chopped fresh cilantro
1c grated Jack cheese


  1. Sauté vegetables and garlic in oil. Dump into large stock or stewpot. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add chilies.
  2. Combine milk, flour, salt, chili powder and cumin in a large bowl. Mix well, then add mixture into soup and return to a boil while stirring to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom of your pot. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Add turkey, corn, cilantro and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and soup is hot.


  1. It’s stew and you’re not in a chemistry lab, so precise measurement of ingredients isn’t required. Any other hardy vegetables can be added, too, along with rice.
  2. Chicken stock or broth and chicken can be substituted for turkey products. When I make this for you guys, you get real turkey (oven baked, by me) but I don’t squander gallons of precious turkey stock on a bunch of stinky, tired bike riders. Every version you’ve eaten is made with store-bought chicken broth. You do, however, get cilantro picked from my herb garden.
  3. Cooking for randonneurs? Double the salt.
  4. This recipe is easy to scale up. I multiply the ingredients by roughly 10 when cooking for you guys on a 400K or 600K. By “roughly,” I mean it’s 3 whole large onions, two pounds of carrots, a bunch of celery, 12 pounds of turkey, a bulb of garlic, etc. That’ll feed between 30 and 40 randonneurs.
  5. Including the time to cook and de-bone the turkey, it takes about 4 hours to make this recipe in the scaled-up version.
  6. It’s better with fresh-ground Tellicherry pepper. Add pepper to taste, when served.

600K, Update #2

1.  The preride was this weekend. The route checked out well, but as advertised, it’s pretty tough. It’s quite hilly (more than 9000′ of climbing, measured by GPS) and it’s long. It’s also extremely exposed, so if the sun shines, the humidity is high, and the wind blows (we had all three this past weekend), then it’s really quite a challenge. But we survived, and so will you. Stay hydrated, ride well within your limits, keep moving, and you’ll be fine.

2.  The final cue sheet is on the events page and it’s also here. Let me know if you have questions, etc.

3.  The hours of several stores are noted on Day 2, for those considering riding through. The Lake Lindsey Deli will be closed, so you’ll treat that as an info control if you’re there before 0900 Sunday and you’ll want to ensure that you obtain supplies on the route when you have the opportunity to do so. Plan accordingly.

4.  There is a gravel road on Day 2. It was rideable on a fixed-gear bike running 23mm tires and 48×16 gearing without dismounting, so y’all should be fine, but plan accordingly.

5.  For those unfamiliar with it, the route passes through the Ocala National Forest (miles 95-111, and again from miles 142-159) on Day 1. This is very remote. There are no services and no cell coverage. Plan accordingly.

6.  Coming but don’t see your name on the list? Please let me know. Similarly, if you registered but can’t make it, please let me know that, too, so that I can plan accordingly.


600K Update #1

All y’all:

1.  The start/finish hotel is the Motel 6 on US 98 in Lakeland. I am holding a block of 12 rooms (the most they’d give us, so sharing is strongly encouraged). If you want one of those rooms, call 800/544-4866 by April 17, 2015, to book your individual room(s).  Mention Central Florida Randonneurs (Group Code M067700053). Rates are $69.99, $75.99, $78.99, or $81.99 per room per night plus tax, depending on whether you have 1, 2, 3, or 4 people to the room.

2.  For those looking for an accommodations upgrade, there are a ton of other hotels in the area that you may find more comfortable (you will still, obviously, need to get your card stamped at Motel 6 the control at the start, finish, and 400K point), although you will find them all to be significantly more expensive.

3.  The route is Lakeland-Seville-Lakeland-Lake Lindsey-Lakeland.  You’ll return to the start/finish at approximately the 400K point. We’ll have dinner for you at the 400K mark, and some breakfast stuff, too, on Sunday morning. The route is quite hilly, but it’s not sadistic. It’ll be good PBP prep for you.

4. I’ll post the cue sheet when the preride is complete (which is where the cue sheet gets checked and amended as necessary…). Expect the cue sheet by no later than Wednesday, April 22.

400K Update #2

1. The final cue sheet is on the events page and is also available here.

2.  Note the change to the lunch location. We are NOT at Ferndale preserve, but at a very, very nice new park about a mile and a half farther down the road. It’s about here. You can’t miss it. Follow the cue sheet.

3. Speaking of the cue sheet, for those unfamiliar with this historic route, it goes around in a lot of circles. It’s a grand tour of Lake County. This route is all about climbing; not going places. Its circuitous nature means that if you screw up programing your GPS, you’re going to be very sorry (and off route and disqualified). Each of the last two years, someone has gotten lost on this route due to (mis)programming their GPS. I can’t recommend enough how important it is that you have and follow the cue sheet. If you have questions about the cue sheet, or about how to read it, please ask me.

4.  Two issues on the preride.  ONE — the construction at 561/455 was on-going. Follow the signage and you cannot go wrong.  TWO — there is construction at CR 466A as you approach US 301 in Wildwood (mile 55-ish). You may follow the signed detour, or you may elect to continue on the route indicated on the cue sheet. If you do the latter, you will ride 1/2 mile of packed sand; the intersection with US 301 was quite sandy, but I rode it without dismounting on a fixed-gear running 23mm tires. YMMV.

5.  I’ll have lunch for you at the Green Mountain Scenic Overlook (mile 114.9). Dinner at the finish.

6.  The rider list is current as of 9:20pm Wednesday. Not coming? PLEASE let me know. See you Friday/Saturday.

300K Results / 400K Update #1

1. Results of the Tavares-San Antonio 300K are here. Congrats to our 35 finishers. While y’all were riding on a near-perfect day, I snuck out and did some Sugarloafing on the Moots fixed-gear. Judith and I then reconnoitered a tiki bar in downtown Tavares. What a great day to be on the bike!

2. The 400K (March 7) is coming up quick. Registration is here. The registered riders list is current as of 2/22 at 8pm. If you don’t see your name there and should, please email me. If you’re not coming, please let me know that, too. Get your hotel reservations squared away, too. The cue sheet will be published after the workers’ ride.

300K Update #2

1. Thanks to Dougin M., who caught an error on the cue sheet (three lines were deleted from the route in the return trip). The correct version is up everywhere, and it’s here, too. The cue sheet is current and FINAL as of 2/17 at 7pm.

2. 36 registered riders and counting. Let me know if you’re not coming, if you don’t see your name on the list, or if you have any questions. Not registered? You’ve got through tomorrow evening.


300K Update #1


1. The final cue sheet is now posted to the events page. It’s also here.

2. Three of us did the preride. Total blast. Fun route. For those who did the 200K, it’s that route plus another 50K out-and-back to San Antonio. It is not flat, but it’s not unreasonable, either.

3.  The only thing of note is the construction on CR 561 at CR 455. I did NOT change the cue sheet to reflect the detour, since the detour we saw on Saturday may not be what you see on 2/21. Follow the signs, whatever they are, to remain south-bound on CR 561. They’re putting in a round-about there, which — when it’s done — will be totally awesome. For now, it’s a construction zone. Other than that, Green Pond Road is still rough (but was ridden on a fixed-gear with 23mm tires, so it can’t be all that bad for the rest of y’all) and, depending on the time of day you’re there, you may have some traffic on Clinton and Prospect Roads. There’s a Denny’s at the turn-around which makes a fine lunch spot. And, on the return trip, keep in mind that the location of the sign with the hole punch is NOT the same as the location of the info control. This is clear on the cue sheet, but it still managed to confuse a few folks on the 200K. Questions? Just ask.

4. The list of registered riders is current as of 2/12 at 7:30pm 2/14 at 7pm 2/17 at 7am. Please check it. Coming and don’t see your name? Please register or let me know. This is a good time to pay, too, if you’ve not already tended to that. Similarly, if you registered but are not attending, please let me know.

See you on the 21st!

Upcoming Events


The 200/300 on MLK Jr. weekend was a great success. For those of you who did it, thank you for being part of such a fun-filled community event. If you missed it, or if you’re already jazzed for the next ride, here’s what’s coming up:

300K    February 21
400K    March 7
600K    April 25
flèche   April 3 (Easter weekend)
1200K  Sunshine 1200 — May 14-17
4th Annual San An 100K — June 6

Reminder that for the remaining brevets (other than the 100K), lights and reflective gear are required. Also a reminder that for these rides, the cue sheet is your Bible. There were a few folks on the 200/300 who were confused or led astray by what their GPS was telling them. Especially for something like the locations of controls, take a look at your cue sheet and save yourself stress and anxiety. As always, holler at me with any questions, etc.  See you on the road, -Paul