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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
What a weekend! Results from the 200K on Saturday are here, and for the 300K, they’re here. We had 72 riders start the 200K, and 71 of you finished. Congrats! The 300K saw 40 of 43 riders complete the route officially.
Despite some occasionally annoying winds and a chilly start on Saturday morning, you couldn’t ask for better weather both days. Thank you to the very many of you who came from distant lands — even Canada! — to ride with us this weekend. We’re glad to give you a rest from the snow, cold, and dreary days of winter. A very special thank you, though, goes to Judith Longley, who was a huge help on both days with getting you folks checked in and fed after the rides. Bravo!
I’m really excited about the interest in PBP this year. I’m looking forward to it, and I know a good many of you are, too. Like I said on Friday night, my goal this year is to help as many of you who want to to go and to be successful on the ride. Holler at me if there’s anything I can do to answer questions or help you along the way.
Our next event is the 300K, which will be familiar to many of you. It’s the 200K route, plus an additional 50K to San Antonio (and 50K back). It’s the full 2nd day of the 1000K last year, for those of you who experienced that. Registration is available here. Looking forward to seeing you there! -Paul
1. Rider check-in at 6pm. Hotel conference roof. SW corner of hotel. Look for my white truck with the RBA sticker.
2. PBP presentation/Q&A at 7pm at the hotel conference room. DINNER is included. Stop on by.
3. There are info and postcard controls on these rides. Remember to pack a pen/pencil!
4. See y’all there. Call the cell with questions. 614/565-3483.
1. The FINAL cue sheets for the rides this upcoming weekend are now posted. Quick link to the 200K cue sheet here, and the 300K cue sheet here. They’re also on the events page for each ride.
2. The lists of registered riders are current as of
1/11 at 3pm 1/12 at 8pm EST 1/14 at 11pm. If your name should be there and isn’t, let me know. If you cannot make it, please let me know that, too. If you have registered but not yet paid, please tend to that as well. Registration is open through Wednesday at 5pm.
3. I pre-rode the 200K yesterday with Tim and Judith. Be prepared for some climbing. Construction is scheduled to begin this week at the intersection of CR 561 & CR 455 so be careful there. There’s now water and bathrooms available at both ends of the Van Fleet Trail. And Green Pond Road desperately needs a re-pave, but it’s rideable on an aluminum-frame fixed-gear with 23mm tires. (You may find different equipment more suitable.) Note that the control in Lakeland is on the far side of US 98. They have the usual gas station fare in addition to some pre-made sandwiches.
4. Brian and Kenneth pre-rode the 300K, also yesterday. “Lakes, the ocean and rural farms cover everything a randonneur could want in Florida. . . .” CR 445 is a bit rough (but way better than Green Pond). This is quite an easy route, but if the wind blows (like it did yesterday), it is extremely exposed so you’ll get no respite from it. There are also long stretches with NO shade, so remember the sunscreen.
5. Interested in PBP? Come by the conference room at the hotel on Friday at 7pm for an info and Q&A session. (Back of the hotel, on the west side. Look for the RUSA sign.)Dinner included. I haven’t decided on what yet, but there’ll be vegan/vegetarian and GF options. No charge. Everyone is invited.