(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.