Date: 11 September 2021
Start Time: 0700 (sunrise = 0713)
Finish time: 2030 (sunset = 1939)
Start/Finish Location: 1300 Friendly Way S, St. Petersburg, FL (the RBA’s house). This is a residential neighborhood; there is parking for about 10 vehicles on my property or park one side of the street only (or face getting towed). There is also ample parking at Bay Vista Park, 7000 4th St. S, St. Petersburg, FL, less than one mile away. Do NOT park in the boat ramp area or in the spaces for trailers or you will be towed.
Cost: $20. PayPal — prozelle at gmail dot com — or cash/check at the ride start
Cue Sheet: Here
Where’s the GPS file?: There is no organizer-provided GPS file. I’m a curmudgeon: navigation is a fundamental part of randonneuring and one’s ability to complete a brevet is largely dependent on your knowing where you are, where you’re going, and how to get there. You’re best served by creating your own GPS file from the cue sheet. If you borrow another’s work, I recommend “chair riding” the route with a map to become familiar with it. I have never had a rider using a cue sheet DNF for navigational reasons. I have had many GPS-only riders fail to complete brevets because they got off-route or lost.
Registered Riders (7, as of 9/10/21): Bartolin, Brandon, The Rozelles (2), Samuels, Schreck, Wittekind
Description of ride: This is the Pinellas Beaches 200K: It’s a loop down to Fort DeSoto and then Pass-a-Grille and up to Clearwater along the barrier islands, the Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs, and then back on the trail to St. Pete and the finish. Riders will travel along the Gulf of Mexico, experiencing several outstanding vistas. While there is no on-ride support, there are ample places to stop and resupply/recharge along the route, which is urban in character.
Pre- and post-ride: I’ll have (good) coffee at the start and beverages/snacky things for you at the finish.
Amazing swag/medal opportunity — Anniversary medal!: This is a special ride, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ACP. Finishers will be eligible to purchase the 100th Anniversary medal from the RUSA Store. It’s triangular and has a big chicken on it (photo here). Completing this ride is your only opportunity to earn it: it’s one-and-done. Coincidentally, the ride also falls on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. We’ll have a brief moment of silence in remembrance before beginning the ride.
Covid-19 guidelines and precautions: Riders are required to (1) follow all state and local ordinances in effect at the time (as of now, none, but who knows what those will be in 6 weeks); (2) comply with the orders or requests concerning masks or social distancing of any business they enter while on the ride (private property = follow the business owners’ rules); and (3) respect all other riders on the ride (make sure you’re on the same page with anyone else you’re riding with and don’t ride together if you’re not).
A few words on randonneuring: Although timed, these events are not races and no one will be recognized based on finishing time or finishing order. Given the urban nature of this route, and the bike path in particular, racing or aggressive riding is strongly discouraged. There is no SAG or support; you must be self-reliant and self-sufficient, and that includes should you become stranded on the route due to a mechanical or other difficulty. Riders should ensure that they are familiar with the rules for these events, which can be found here, and can find some additional advice on “What to expect” here. Membership in RUSA is required to participate. Helmets are required!
Questions? Contact me.
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