2015 Brevet Schedule

While awaiting the posting of the 1000K results (still waiting on the postcards to arrive…), ponder next year’s brevet schedule, which was approved today by RUSA:

100K    November 22, 2014 (this year!)
200K    January 17
300K    January 18
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

The 200/300 in January is on MLK Jr weekend and presents a good opportunity, especially for our out-of-state randonneurs seeking some Florida sunshine, to knock off 2 of the 4 ACP brevets necessary to qualify for PBP early in the year. We’ll also have the first of a 2-part presentation on qualifying, preparing for, and riding PBP on Friday night at the start/finish hotel (the second part occurring on the Friday evening prior to the 600K). Whether PBP is in your future, or just intriguing, you’ll want to check this out. Tips, strategies, advice, and answers to your questions. Plus….  Food.

The Sunshine 1200K is the first 1200 held in Florida since 2006 (which had only 7 finishers). It’s a unique point-to-point route from Key West to Fort Myers Beach and should provide an excellent experience, either as a PBP tune-up or alternative. You can get on the interested rider list here.

We’ll also host a flèche in 2015, which will end at my home on Tampa Bay. Celebratory Easter Brunch at 0700. The kids show up for a humongous egg hunt, complete with a Le Mans start, at ~1030.

Finally, we’ll have the return of the San An 100 in June, which will start and end at the new Local Public House. Can’t wait for that.

Looking forward to closing this year out with an excellent populaire and to an awesome season in 2015. Questions? Holler at me.


1000K Update #3

1. Weather.  Looking good. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

2. Save time tomorrow. Check in/bike inspection in the lobby, 6pm to 7pm today. Also 0400 to 0445 Saturday morning.

3. UF Football. You’re riding into the epicenter of Gator Nation on Saturday; the game is at 7:30pm. Most of you will be through Gainesville well before then, but home games are an all-day affair in The Swamp. Exercise more than the usual caution — there will be pedestrians, vehicles and even bikes all over the place.  Chomp. Chomp.

4. Social Media. I’m on Twitter — OctopusCycling — and will update the progress of the ride there. Not on FB or any of the photo sites.

5. We have 35 Riders for the 1000K from 15(!) states. Floridians are outnumbered on this ride.

6. See you in Lake County this evening; tomorrow!

1000K Update #2

1.  The hotel block or rooms has sold out and the host hotel has (had, as of this AM) only 2 smoking (!?!?) rooms remaining. If that’s slim pickings, I can recommend (1) sharing a room — contact me and I will try to facilitate — or (2) the Best Western, which is half a mile away and is on the route, so using it involves no bonus miles at all.  If you haven’t yet made a reservation at the hotel and intend to, do that TODAY as I will release the remainder of the block of rooms tomorrow. Looking for a roommate?  Let me know.

2.  If you’re not a RUSA member and intend on becoming one to obtain “credit” for the ride — including prequalification for PBP — remember to join RUSA prior to the ride start. Please let me know if you have questions about this.

3.  Registration and Bike inspection.  I’ll be at the hotel from 6pm-7pm on Friday, in the lobby, to get the 1000K and 400K riders squared away with bike/reflective gear/light inspection and issuance of brevet cards. Save time on Saturday and check in Friday evening! Riders for the 2 independent 300Ks, … you folks can check in in the morning, before your ride(s).

4.  Not registered? You have until Wednesday evening. If you’re coming but have not sent in payment, bring it with you; no problem there. Not coming? Please let me know.

1000K Update #1

1. The cue sheet is finalized and is posted on the Events page. It’s also here. (And the 300K Eustis-San An riders can find their cue sheet here.) Please let me know if you have questions, comments, etc.

2. I know many RBAs provide Garmin/RWGPS/etc. In the spirit of self-sufficiency that defines randonneuring, I do not. Of course you are welcome to make your own, share it, etc., but remember that the cue sheet is the official route.

3. Four riders set out on the preride to check the route, unsupported. Three of us completed it in 67:06. (One DNF at 700km; saddle sores.)

4. Here are some big-picture take-aways from that preride….

–The roads are generally good, but a few are notably rough (Green Pond, CR 445 (inbound), SR 2082). I indicated the worst offenders on the cue sheet, but, obviously, exercise great caution especially if pacelining on any road with less than perfect pavement. (I rode a carbon Giant TCR Comp 1 with 23mm tires (Conti 4000s); that was appropriate for this ride, despite a few miles of rough roads.)

–Expect traffic in Gainesville — it’s a game day (LSU; time is TBD). There’s an excellent Jamaican restaurant next to the bike shop in Gainesville, but they run on Island Time; if you’re in a hurry, there are abundant other, quicker options in the area for lunch. Special thanks to Jim Wilson, the Gainesville RBA who greeted us at the control, and to the awesome guys at Swift Cycle who are pumped that we’re using their shop as the turn-around control.

–There was also some traffic for us on a few of the roads west of Lakeland (Day 2), but it was all manageable. Still, be careful, especially where there is no or minimal shoulder.

–There are some seriously remote areas on this ride on Days 1 and 3, going through the National Forest. You will not have cell service for extended periods of time.

–Day 3 travels along the beach on A1A for 12 miles. There is less than no road shoulder — the dunes encroach on the road! We had no problems with traffic even on a nice Sunday afternoon (you guys will be there on Monday), but obviously exercise caution here.

–Weather is always a factor. We were wet the whole ride, but it was fortunately warm. Definitely bring your sun screen.

–All of the controls will be open when you are there. I have indicated a few other stores on the cue sheet that you may find useful.

–There’s an info control on Day 3, so bring a pen. There’s also a postcard control; I’ll give that to you at registration, but you’ll need that pen again….

–only one loose dog in 633 miles (Altoona Rd; Day 3)? A total miracle. Watch for dogs. Also watch for deer, opossum, armadillos, and raccoons. Hitting any of that stuff is bad news.

–for my non-locals, be wary of the side of the roads when changing flats, resting, peeing, or whatever. Our ants bite. Badly. When I was 10, those bastards sent me to the hospital. There are goatheads that will flat Gatorskins. Snakes? Did I mention snakes?

5. Several folks have asked about bike shops in the area. Sun Center Cycles is about a mile from the hotel and seems pretty solid.

6. Haven’t registered yet? Jump on that!

7. Dithering on the hotel reservations? Jump on that, too!


Updates: 1000K, 2015 Brevet Season, and 100K Populaire

1. Check out the updates on the 1000K on the Events page. (And also on the pages for the 300Ks and the 400K.)

2.  We have the start/finish hotel situation squared away. Sorry about that SNAFU. Also, check the registered riders list and let me know if your name is missing (and shouldn’t be). I’ve had a few folks have issues with the on-line registration form. Haven’t pulled the trigger yet? Still plenty of time to register; get on it!

3.  Dates for the 2015 brevets will be released once they are official and approved by RUSA/the ACP. Thanks for your patience.

4.  While you’re gearing up for next year’s brevets, we’ll have one final offering for 2014: another 100K populaire. Check back here for date and details soon.

Results of the 3rd Annual San An 100K

Congratulations to all of our finishers, who are listed below, alphabetically. Y’all became the only recipients of the *new!* 100K populaire pin in the State of Florida. And Luke’s gets to travel back to England with him. The park was a nice venue, but I am looking forward to the opening of the Public House in a month so we can take the party there on next year’s ride.

Next up is the 1000K (or its constituent parts, three separate rides of 400/300/300 that are being offered concurrent with the 1000). Enjoy your summer, and hope to see you all there!

RUSA # Last Name First Name Time
8100 BARTOLIN Matthew 04:46
8345 BRANDON Bill 04:16
BRODSKY Linda 06:07
9345 CALDERIN Jose 04:40
7306 DAVIDSON Judie 05:40
DINELL Kim 06:07
DUCHARME Linda 06:22
7253 DUKE Lynn 04:14
FULLER Bruce 04:42
HURLEY Brian 04:46
JOYSMITH Luke 04:12
KOKEN Melinda 06:22
LEGGETT Valerie 04:42
QUINN Dave 05:40
QUINN Maureen 05:40
2955 ROZELLE Paul 04:45
9310 SCHRECK Daniel 04:39

San An Update #2

Last night’s preride was awesome. Lots of deer, armadillo, rabbits, and a red hawk. Low humidity, lots of stars, and a setting crescent moon backlighting the Spanish moss hanging from live oak trees. We’ll have to do this route as a night ride sometime.

1.  The final cue sheet is here. Those who have done this route in the past will find it fundamentally unchanged, other than the start/finish location.

2. New pavement on Curley Rd and Snow Memorial Hwy. Woo hoo!

3. Watch for sand on Jessamine Rd. Lots of it.

4. The controls will be unstaffed. Remember that proper verification at a control is the time, clerk’s initials, and a receipt or store stamp on your brevet card. If you collect receipts, turn them in with your card at the finish.

5. See you Saturday!



San An 100K Update #1


1. Looking forward to Saturday’s ride. Not registered? Get on it!  Questions?  Email or call.

2.  The start/finish location will be in City Park, which is at the corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and Main St. For those who have done the ride in the past, this is on block East of the San An Market. Sadly, the Markey is closed. Also, sadly, the Local Public House, its replacement, is not yet open, although the progress on finishing it up seems to be coming along nicely. Note that this is NOT the ball fields further up Curley Road, for those used to riding out of that location. That park opens at 0800, and they seem to be serious about it, so since our group is small, we’ll start “downtown.”

3. Parking.  Ample on-street parking in the vicinity of the Park. Do the businesses on Pennsylvania Ave a solid and park farther to the East, please.  Also, DO NOT park in the formerly gravel lot by the old San An Market. They are in the midst paving that and your car may be towed.

4. Cue Sheet.  Coming tomorrow (Thursday) morning. My post-work preride last night was a bust owing to an irreparable taillight failure (copper switching mechanism broke; at least this happened in the parking lot, and not mid-ride). So, I am headed out again tonight to check the route by bicycle.

5. Check-in.  I’ll be at the park at 0700.  The ride starts at 0800, SHARP.  Get there early. Look for my white truck; you can’t miss me.

6. Support/SAG.  None. Randonneuring is self-supported, and this ride is in keeping with that ethos. Please review the rules and let me know if you have questions.


Qualifying & Registering for Paris-Brest-Paris 2015: Three Simple Steps

For those new to it, the PBP process can seem overwhelming. Here it is, in a nutshell:

(1) You must qualify to ride PBP. Qualification means riding a complete ACP-sanctioned brevet series (called a Super Randonneur series) between October 31, 2014, and July 14, 2015. So, to qualify for PBP in 2015, you’ve got to ride a 200, 300, 400 and 600 in 2015. (No qualifying ACP brevets are scheduled in the Northern Hemisphere prior to January 1, 2015.) Nothing you do (or don’t do) in 2014 affects qualification for 2015. More information on qualifying for PBP can be found here.

(2) You may want to preregister for PBP, to ensure that you can attend. There will be a rider cap for PBP. Riders will be permitted to preregister for PBP based on the longest ACP brevet or RM (1200km or longer) ride completed from November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014 — i.e., this year (2014) for those riding in the Northern Hemisphere — up until the cap is reached. The preregistration process is just a way of establishing the priority or order of riders in signing up for the event. In the past, the cap has never been reached, and everyone who qualified for PBP and wanted to attend has been offered a place. Preregistration does not open until next year — 2015 — but it’s the longest ride that you do this year, in 2014, that matters for where your place in line is. The only thing that matters for preregistration is the longest ride. So, if you complete an ACP 1000K, but you don’t complete any other rides this year, you would still be in the highest priority for preregistration. Even if preregistered, you must still qualify to attend PBP. You can read more about the preregistration process here.

(3) You must register for PBP. Registration for PBP occurs later in 2015, after you complete at least 3 of your 4 qualifying brevets (see #1, above). Registration opens on June 6, 2015, and closes July 14, 2015. If you are preregistered, you must convert your preregistration to a registration by no later than June 24, 2015, or it will be cancelled. After June 24, anyone qualified may register (assuming that space remains) first-come, first-served, until July 14 or the cap is reached. More information about the registration process is located here.

For all of these steps – preregistration, qualification, and registration – permanents and other RUSA-only sanctioned randonnées and brevets do not count.

Results of the Eustis-Seville Loop 600K

19 riders started and 16 made it ’round in what felt like the first day of summer. Congrats to you all, and especially to those who completed their first ACP SR series, which is quite an impressive accomplishment. Although it was his second SR series, Ched deserves special commendation: it was his second series this year and he completed both series on a 29’er. I have only two words for that: Bad. Ass.

I believe the purpose of a brevet series — in addition to, hopefully, being fun in its own right — is to qualify and prepare our riders to be successful on 1200K events. Those of you who completed this series should consider yourselves prepared. I make the rides tough and challenging so that you can meet the challenges — especially the challenges of hillier terrain — you’ll find elsewhere with confidence. Good luck to those of you riding 1200s this year (and let me know how it goes).

Next up is the San An 100K on June 7, and a new 1000K route on October 11.  I hope to see you on both, and please spread the word about the rides. See you on the road! -Paul

RUSA # Last Name First Name Time
9217 ALICEA Ricardo 37:47
6388 BADGER Charles 38:53
8100 BARTOLIN Matthew 38:53
1009 BOL Tim 36:20
8296 BOMBKA Michael 36:57
185 GRABIAK Larry 36:20
7479 HURLEY Brian 38:53
7495 KEHLER Mike 36:57
4670 LONGLEY Judith 38:19
9105 MANNING Scott 36:43
8261 MIRO SR Ricardo 37:47
2955 ROZELLE Paul 38:11
9310 SCHRECK Daniel 38:19
41 SOLANICK Jim 33:02
4226 THOMPSON David 33:02
8441 WELLS Ched 38:19