600K Update #2

1. The 600K preride was a success. David, Judith, and I all made it around in good order, despite always seeming like we were into the wind.

2. The cue sheet is posted to the Events page for the ride and is also here. There is some risk in revising a cue sheet the day after finishing a 600K (and then working all day), and I trust you’ll alert me to any issues or questions as you review it.

3.  Note the traffic circle at CR 561/455 is complete. I am using R and L to denote the turns you’ll make there. The signage is excellent, and what you should do will be obvious if you look at the signs and the cue sheet. If the cue sheet says nothing then, as always, continue straight on.

4.  The construction at Miller Rd/CR 466A has moved to the East. Just be careful here. There is NO rideable shoulder.

5.  The outbound Paisley control has been changed to a postcard control. My kids like them. And it helps out our slower riders (and those who want/need more rest) who might be pressed to make that control because it is so close to the overnight. The store opens at 0700 and is of course available to you, but the control will be mailing your postcard. Bring a pen.  Inbound, the control is the Mini Mart.

6.  Food: heavy snacks and drinks at Green Mountain; dinner at the overnight.

7.  A reminder that the rider check-in will be Saturday morning prior to the ride. No check-in Friday night.

600K Update #1

All–

1.  The 600K is being preridden on Sunday and Monday, so look for the cue sheet on Tuesday night. The route is #555 on Day 1 and the dog-leg to Seville on Day 2. Veterans will recall this route from 2014. Day 1 is tough; Day 2 is a bit easier.

2.  Remember that registration is only open through Wednesday evening. Right now, we have 16 riders (only 13 for the event; three preriders). If you’re coming, get registered here. If you cannot make it, please let me know so I can have an accurate head-count.

3.  Two changes for the 600K from past years that are important to your planning. 

4.  First, in light of the turn-out, there will be no rider check-in and night-gear sign-off on Friday evening. Please check in and get your bike/reflective stuff approved on Saturday morning in the hotel lobby. 

5.  Second, for the same reason, do NOT plan on a full lunch at the park on Saturday during the day (used to be Ferndale; now Green Mountain Scenic Overlook).  I will be there to support you and I’ll have drinks (water; soda; Gatorade) and snacks (bars; chips; similar things). Plan your ride accordingly! Departing Center Hill (not a control) without being full-up on supplies would be a tremendous mistake on this ride, likely one that many would not recover from especially if it is hot and sunny. After you see me at Green Mountain Scenic Overlook, the next available stop is at the West Orange Trailhead (about 10 miles) and there is a Subway/Kangaroo in Oakland another 5 miles down the road. Plan accordingly! 

6.  There WILL BE dinner, snacks, beverages for you at the overnight control.

7.  Results!  RUSA’s results submission tool has been down since February 19 (the day before our 300K). I was part of a small test group for debugging the new tool, so the good news for you is that your 300K and 400K results are now posted. The tool does not yet accept fleche results, so stand by for those. Thanks for your patience.

400K Update #3

All–

(1)  In light of the small crowd for the 400K, there will be no check-in for the ride on Friday night. Riders can check-in (brevet card, bike inspection, etc.) on Saturday morning prior to the ride in the hotel lobby. The ride starts at 5am; you can check-in starting at 4:15am. There are only 11 of you (there were three preriders), so it won’t take long. I’ll still be heading to Tavares on Friday night, but I’m not going to take off work and leave here at 2pm to check in just a few people. I’ll head over after work, and see you in the morning.

(2)  Contact me ASAP if you think you’re registered for this ride but you don’t see your name on the registered riders list.

(3)  We’ll have dinner for you after the ride. Homemade Ziti. Good stuff. See you Saturday morning.

-Paul

400K Update #2

1.  The cue sheet for the 400K is posted here and on the Events page. The route is solid; very scenic. It’s quite a bit easier, too, than the 300K. It is, however, exceptionally remote. The slower riders will need to be especially attentive to the closing of the store along the route on the in-bound leg. That store in Fort McCoy may be closed when you pass through there; plan well!

2.  As of this writing, we have a tiny crowd for this ride, which is fine. I’ll all about quality over quantity. But if you’re thinking you’ll just show up on the ride without registering….  please don’t do that. A few extra people when we have 50 people is no big deal. A few people who I did not plan for when I only have 10 people is a big deal. If you’re coming, please register. If you’re registered and not coming, please let me know that, too. Registration remains open through Wednesday evening.

300K results; 400K Update #1

All y’all–

(1) The 300K this weekend was awesome. We had 31 start and 30 finished and the DNF was a “planned” one, so it doesn’t even mar the perfection of this wonderful ride. Congratulations to all!

(2) As you know, I’m a stickler for getting results submitted immediately after an event and you may notice that that hasn’t happened yet. RUSA is revamping their webpage and while that’s underway, the ability to submit results is suspended for all RBAs. Rest assured that as soon as RUSA lets me, I’ll put the results in. Here are a few things to chew on in the meantime: Three of the 30 riders were on fixed-gear bikes, one guy went around in 10:18 and still claimed that he needed to get back into shape, and we had riders from Ohio, New Jersey, Alabama, Georgia, and probably some other places I can’t think of right now. Good stuff.

(3) After we packed up the 300K, Judith, Dave Thompson, and I went out and rode the 400K route to Gainesville at 5am(!) on Sunday. Seriously. You thought Saturday’s weather was amazing? You should have ridden Sunday. Even better. The route was fantastic, too. There’s some amazing roads out there. Really cool, rural stuff. I’ll post the cue sheet later this week.

(4) If you’re not registered, get on that soon!

(5) Some of you may have heard the terrible news from North Carolina — four randonneurs were riding on Saturday and were struck by a driver who was apparently trying to pass into oncoming traffic. I am told that two of them remain in the hospital. I have ridden with two of these people and know the other two. These are experienced riders who are squared away. Other than not riding bikes, I don’t know what else they could have done to have not been victimized by the driver’s recklessness. There are a lot of knuckleheads in the world and sadly, most of them drive cars. We can all be victims at anytime; all it takes is one idiot to do something stupid or have a moment of inattentiveness. The point of all this is, of course, to be careful, aware, and safe out there. Everyone’s comfort level with road surfaces, traffic counts, and riding conditions is different. Don’t exceed your own comfort zone, whatever it may be. The only thing that matters on these rides is going home safely at the end of the day.

(6) Enough of that somber stuff. Get off the internet and go ride a bike, and see you on the 5th.

-Paul

Tavares-Keystone Heights 300K Update #1

All-

1.  The preride of Saturday’s 300K took place yesterday. It’s a solid route. The final cue sheet is here and on the Events page. Let me know if you see anything hinkey on it.

2.  Probably the biggest thing of note is that FR 11 / NE 231st Ave has not improved with age. Remember those big holes? They’re bigger. Be especially careful inbound, as it may be dark for some of you and if it’s wet those suckers may be difficult to see.  Pacelining on this road isn’t recommended. All that said, I love this road. So scenic.

3.  There are a couple of other rough roads, but nothing really exceptional. I ran 23s and would do so again. YMMV.

4.  There was a SNAFU on the Events page that went uncaught by anyone until yesterday — there’s check-in Friday night and Saturday morning for the ride (not Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Oops.) The information that appears there now is correct.

5. Coming but don’t see your name on the list? Let me know. Registration closes Wednesday. Please get on it, if you’re coming. Similarly, if you’re not showing, please let me know that. Having an accurate head-count helps makes the brevet experience enjoyable for everyone.

6.  There is a postcard control. Bring a pen.  Why all the postcard controls you ask? My kids, ages 5 and 7, absolutely love addressing them, doing the stamps, and then getting 30 cards in the mail. So postcards it is in Keystone Heights.

Paris-Brest-Paris Audax: 2-6 July 2016

If you missed PBP or can’t wait to do it again, there is another PBP. This one will be held in 2016, over Independence Day weekend. This “other” PBP is the Audax version, in which riders start, ride, and finish together under the direction of a route captain who sets a common pace (22.5km/hr).  The stops and their duration are preordained (and meals, overnight accommodations at the controls, and a drop bag are included in the entry fee). 

Although many years ago there was a small group in New York that briefly organized audax rides and a few Americans have done PBP-Audax in the past, this common-pace style of randonneuring is largely unknown here in the United States.  Our rides are allure-libre — free-paced — events where riders can ride any pace and stop wherever and for however long they want so long as they respect the times that the controls are open and complete the event within the overall time limit.

You can find more information on PBP-Audax here (in French; use a web-based translator). The English-language registration form is here.

I just sent in my registration for PBP-Audax, which is the 16th running of that event. It’s held only every five years, so if you miss this one, your next chance will be in 2021 (the next PBP-Randonneur is in 2019). If you’re going (or thinking about it), contact me if you’re interested in coordinating travels and connecting beforehand.

There are, of course, no “easy” 1200s and this one presents a number of special challenges; I recommend due-diligence prior to plunking down your euros. The language and logistics are more significant than with PBP-randonneur and the common-pace style of riding is not for everyone. One would think that riding with a group is easier –drafting!  woo hoo! — but for those who are not used to it, it’s a lot of work to ride someone else’s — not your own — pace for even a short while, let alone for four days and 750 miles. Among the many attractions of the event is that the route is different than PBP-randonneur. The ride starts and ends in Montlhéry (south of Paris), and your 450km point is Saint-Brieuc, not Loudèac.
 
Perhaps I’ll see you in Montlhéry on this new adventure!
 
Paul Rozelle #2955
RBA, Central Florida Randonneurs
PBP ’07, ’11, & ’15

Results of the Tavares-Flagler Beach 300K

Twelve of the 14 who braved the winds (and rain, downed tress, and fallen power lines) completed the 300K on Sunday. Congrats to all who faced the challenge.

RUSA# Name Time
472 BACHO, Paul 17:55
8312 BENNETT, Ed 14:58
560 BERNASKY, Ed 11:48
805 GERBLICH, Adi 17:55
2510 HIMSTEDT, Glenn 14:42
1245 KOEGEL, Jim 17:17
8963 KUSTERS, Marion 14:58
9105 MANNING, Scott 14:58
9861 SCHENKEL, Mark 14:58
9624 STURCHIO, Glenn 14:58
4226 THOMPSON, David 16:48
8023 WATKINS, Cindy 17:55

Results of the Tavares-Polk City 200K

You could not ask for better weather. Sunny, dry, not humid, and the wind really wasn’t a factor. The get-together after the ride was the real highlight, with people sticking around to renew old friendships and make new connections. Forty-six of 48 completed the ride. Congratulations to all!

RUSA # Last Name First Name Time
9217 ALICEA Ricardo 08:54
5927 ANDERSON Rorie 09:40
472 BACHO Paul 09:56
6388 BADGER Charles 09:40
9463 BARTH Roger 08:48
8100 BARTOLIN Matt 09:42
10127 BEACH Miles 08:49
3695 BECKE Alan 09:40
9369 BENNETT Dan 08:32
8312 BENNETT Ed 08:32
560 BERNASKY Ed 06:39
1009 BOL Tim 10:05
8296 BOMBKA Mike 08:39
14 BUZZEE David 09:52
1399 ERWIN Bill 08:20
2421 FUOCO Art 09:31
8397 GRAMLING Don 09:31
9931 GRYDER Susan 09:31
10410 HINCKLEY Bruce 08:20
9011 HOFFMAN Joe 09:25
10443 JENSEN B S 08:32
10674 JEPSON Andrea 08:39
7495 KEHLER Mike 06:32
1245 KOEGEL Jim 09:40
8963 KUSTERS Marion 08:32
4670 LONGLEY Judith 10:05
9105 MANNING Scott 08:49
1074 MARROCCO John 08:32
10857 MCDUFFIE Mark 08:39
8261 MIRO Ricardo 08:59
MITCHELL Travis 09:37
9870 NAGY Coleen 08:39
8303 PADILLA Tony 08:39
6751 PETTIS Mike 08:37
8367 POOLER Bob 10:33
6985 RODEGHIER Rick 09:21
2955 ROZELLE Paul 10:05
9861 SCHENKEL Mark 08:37
10685 SCHLONEGER Stephen 08:32
5867 SHERRICK Keith 06:37
10101 SMITH John 08:49
9461 STEPHENS Jefe 10:33
10316 SUKO Aaron 09:37
4226 THOMPSON David 09:29
10692 WATERS David 08:32
WOLF Tom 09:45

200K/300K Weekend — Update #3

1. Rider check-in for the 200K this evening in the lobby of the hotel at 6pm until 7pm (and Saturday in the lobby from 0600-0645). If you’re riding both the 200 and the 300, you’ll check in for the 200K only on Fri/Sat. We’ll handle check-in for the 300K following your completion of the 200K on Saturday (or on Sunday morning from 0500-0545 in the hotel lobby).

2. This weather should blow out of here mid-day Friday, making for a very nice ride on Saturday. Sunday looks cooler and possibly wet at times, so please plan clothing accordingly.

3. Following the 200K, we’ll have food and beverages at the hotel; room/details announced at check-in/ride start. Same thing following the 300K.

4. Please remember that these rides are unsupported. Randonneuring is self-sufficient cycling and there is NO SAG on the route. Ensure that you are equipped to handle mechanicals and that you pace yourself, dress, eat, and hydrate appropriately. I will not leave anyone out on the course, but if your planning involves no more than “call the organizer when I’m bonked/wet/cold/having no fun,” then realize that you might be waiting many hours for a pick-up.

5. Although there is no lighting/reflective gear inspection for the 200K, if it will take you more than about 10 hours to complete this ride you should bring these things with you because you will be riding in the dark. Being disqualified for finishing in the dark or low-light conditions without proper lighting and reflective gear should be the least of your concerns. Being killed or maimed by a driver who did not see you would top that list. Please be safe.

-Paul