200 / 300 Weekend Update #1


(1) The prerides of the 200 and 300 for this upcoming weekend were successful. The final cue sheets are published to the events pages for each ride. I’ll also have copies at the start/rider check-in. There were changes to both routes. The 200K saw only a minor change, as the construction at Lakeshore and Hooks in Clermont is completed and we don’t have to go through the neighborhood there. The 300K route has changed from the prior version both out of and into Tavares because of construction on Lakeview east of SR 19. Outbound, we’ll use SR 19 to Orange. In-bound we’ll do essentially the same thing, although Bates is more pleasant than Orange at the hour most will return so note the slightly different routing there.

(2) There is a potential change to the 300K route, which is that there is construction on John Anderson that may require a detour back to A1A north before returning to the route on High Bridge Rd. Follow the detour if it is in effect and be careful.

(3) Please check the registered riders lists to make sure your name is on it. If it should be and it’s not, please let me know. Similarly, if you can’t make it, please let me know that, too. There’s still time to get signed up, so hope to see you there!

(4) There will be dinner following both rides (and beverages, of course!), but you should plan on no volunteer support of any kind during the ride itself. Stores in addition to the controls where sustenance can be had are indicated on the cue sheet. If you DNF, please have a plan for your return to Tavares that does not rely on ride volunteers. No one will be left in the countryside, but it may be many, many hours before someone is able to fetch you.

See you in Tavares,

Jerseys and Other News


(1)  We now have Central Florida Randonneurs jerseys! Design, info, and ordering information here. Sixty bucks plus shipping. For Cracker Swamp veterans, these are the same manufacturer, material, and sizing. Tell your friends and order as many as you like. We’ll keep the order open through December 15; they’ll ship directly to you and you should have them in time for the February brevets. Big thanks and shout out to David Thompson for both the design and logistics. These would not have happened without him stepping up and volunteering to do the leg work so, next time you see him, please give him a big thanks!

(2) 2018 Brevet details will be posted in the coming week. And we’re still shooting for a final brevet in 2018, a 100K over here in Pinellas County.

(3) Don’t forget to renew your RUSA Membership for 2018 and, while you’re at it, to vote in the Board election. Less than 20% of RUSA members bother to vote, so you’ve got some real influence here.

(4) Enjoy the good weather and see you on the road,

Audax Update

I hope everyone is as excited about this ride as we are! Here are some last-minute reminders:

1.  Read (or re-read) the blurb on the Events page on what audax is all about. It’s a group ride that’s going to go 14mph, with two, 20-minute stops before mile 75, a sit-down served lunch at mile 75, and then one, 20-minute stop in the last 55 miles. It’ll take 11:40 to complete this ride. While the pace may sound pedestrian to some, staying with the group and managing one’s time off the bike do add some challenge. Make sure your mind is in the right place for the ride. Audax is social and group-oriented. Come with that mindset, and you’ll have a great time.

2. Our ride will be led by the route captains: Ed BENNETT, Marion KUSTERS, Dan SCHRECK, and Dave THOMPSON who will lead different stages of the ride. They’ll set the pace and keep us on schedule. Don’t pass them.

3.  If you have a mechanical or disconnect from the group, call it out; let us know you’ve got trouble. The peloton will not stop, but we’ll peel off riders who are able to help you out and then get you back to the group. If your ride isn’t salvageable, have in mind how you’re going return to the start/finish. There is no SAG on this ride.

4.  There are 22 of us, which will make for a good sized group going down the road. We’ll ride 2-up when we can, and single-file when we must. Don’t ride more than 2-up; it’s illegal.

5.  For those who are still learning the ropes of group riding (heck, a refresher for all of us): be smooth, consistent, and predictable. Look up the road; don’t stare at the wheel in front of you. More words on group riding for randonneurs here.

6.  We’ll have volunteers at the 3 stops to help fill bottles and they’ll have light, grab-and-go snacky things. Plan ahead if you need more than that. Also plan you pee breaks. Like dad said, go when we’re stopped, ’cause we’re not stopping once we’re on the road.

7.  The stops really are 20 minutes. Not 19; not 21. Plan accordingly. We’ll get one warning with 5 minutes to departure — a horn will sound. After that, the next thing you’ll see is the route captains clipping in and riding. This is unlike any ride you’ve done before, where stops bleed into an eternity as people realize they need to hit the head, forgot something, need to adjust clothing, etc. Manage your time. No faffing off. We ain’t gonna wait.

8.  There are some other things and traditions, but we’ll handle those on the road.

9.  See you at the start. Get there early, with enough time to sign in, do some paperwork, and get your stuff read.  0700 is 0700 SHARP!  See ya then.



200Ks Update (RUSA on Saturday; Audax on Sunday)

  1.  We’ve got a weekend of 200Ks coming up. If you’re not registered yet for them, get on it. It’s a good opportunity for those new(er) to the sport to give the longer distance a try or to practice back-to-back long rides. The audax ride is a totally new format and is an opportunity for some end-of-the-season camaraderie and fellowship. Both rides start at 7am sharp! Register for the RUSA brevet here; and the audax ride here.
  2. If you’re planning on staying at the Inn on the Green (or anywhere in Tavares), make your reservations ASAP. There’s a fishing tournament that’s unexpectedly coming to town and rooms are selling out fast!
  3. For those doing the audax ride, watch this space for some additional details on Thursday.

600K Update #1; Audax ride


(1) If you’ve not seen it yet, the cue sheet was posted Wednesday night on the Events page and it’s also here.

(2)  The route is the first 600K of the Cracker Swamp, with two big changes and a minor one. First, we don’t go out to the wildlife refuge because the Haul Over Canal bridge remains closed. We stay on US 1, and remember that south-bound, that’s under construction in places, and rough in others, so be careful. Second, the ride turns around in Salt Springs (to make things an even 600K). The control will be a postcard control but there are plenty of stores there for you to obtain supplies. The minor change is that we’re using the Starbucks in Satellite Beach as a control (Cracker Swampers will recall that we used the park and staffed the control).

(3)  Say a weather prayer. It’s going to be very hot, very humid, and very sunny. This’ll make for a tough ride. It also makes for good fire weather, as those of you who live in the area know. Part of SR 46 was closed on Tuesday. I’m monitoring the weather and fires; we may need to make some last minute adjustments, but the ride will remain on.  I can’t stress enough, though, how important it is going to be to slow down and stay hydrated as you get into the afternoon. This isn’t just a message about finishing the ride, it’s about being safe out there.  Please, take it super easy. You can crank the pace up again after the sun goes down.

(4)  Dinner (ziti) at the overnight. Y’all are on your own during the day, though you will likely spy me out there at times.

(5)  Register for the Audax ride yet?  Get on that; it’s gonna be epic. Our lunchtime eats have been upgraded to the Smyrna Yacht Club.


400K Update #1; Other News

1.  By now, many of you have probably heard the terrible news about Mitsuaki “Micky” Inagaki, the President of Audax Japan, who was killed last week while riding a 1200K in New Zealand when he and another rider (Chris Wilby, from England) were hit by a vehicle. Micky had done both Florida 1200s, the Sunshine in 2015 and the Cracker Swamp last year, and was well known to many of us for his audacious, enthusiastic riding style, his great companionship, and his huge smile. He’ll be sorely missed. Please keep a good thought and prayer for his family and riding companions.

2. The final cue sheet for the 400K this weekend is posted here and on the Events page. Let me know if you have questions.

3. The route has one minor change from the draft cue sheet. We’re using Empire Church to Mascotte Empire, rather than Carter Jones. Otherwise, the routing is the same.

4. Things discovered on the preride: (1) Poinsettia Ave is being repaved and is a mess, so be careful; (2) there is still some construction on CR 466A into Wildwood, but it is better than in years’ past; and (3) WTF is up with the loose dogs? Be careful.

5.  If you’re coming, please register by Thursday afternoon. If you said you’re coming and can’t, please let me know that, too.

6.  Keen on something different? Want to ride a 200K as a group ride? Consider the audax ride.

Mosquito Lagoon 300K Update #1


(1) The cue sheet has been posted to the Events page. (It is also here.) Note that the Haul Over Bridge is closed, so we will remain on US 1.  The shortens the route slightly. It also means that you do NOT want to use a prior cue sheet or GPS file for this route. You’ll be sorry if you do.

(2) The preriders (Ivy, Longley, Thompson, and Rozelle) were all successful. It’s a nice route. The most notable thing is that US1 is under construction in places, mostly south of Oak Hill. It’s a bit of mess, so be careful. All of the hazards were totally obvious to us (loose rocks, sharp drop-offs, cones, jersey barrier), but conditions may have changed between the preride and the event on Saturday. And those hazards may not be obvious at all if you are following others closely or pacelining. Please use common sense.

(3) The route is otherwise good to go. You’ll see me at the Park in Mosquito Lagoon with heavy snacks/light lunch, and again at the finish with snacks and beverages. There may be other surprises, depending.

(4) The rider list is up to date as of 3pm on Wednesday. Please let me know ASAP if you’re coming (or not) so we have an accurate head count. Payment is fine on Friday/Saturday; I just need to know how many to expect.


200/300 Update #2


1.  Read the post below this one, if you’ve not done so already

2.  The 300K cue sheet is finalized and is posted here and on the Events page for the ride.

3.  Two big notes about this 300K.  First, some of you have seen it before. Or, you think you have.  It’s changed twice.  We’re riding the loop on the beach to travel south along the beach.  We did this last year, but bridgework forced us back to A1A.  And the year before that, we rode the loop in the opposite direction. The point of this is, use the cue sheet. Do NOT use an old GPS file or some crap you find on the internet, or you’ll be sorry.  Second, there’s a loose dog on the route — what’s with the doggies this weekend? — at mile 50 on CR3, just south of where it runs into US17. It’s a Sheppard and it’ll give you chase if it’s there.  It’s never been there before, and hopefully it’s gone or properly brought to heel by Sunday, but — like on Saturday — be on the lookout for loose dogs and be careful.

4.  Check in and bike inspection for the 300K will be on Saturday afternoon if there’s downtime or on Sunday prior to the start; there’s only two dozen of you.

5.  Chili and beer on Saturday at the finish; pizza and beer on Sunday. Y’all are on your own for eats during the event both days.  Live off the phat of the land.

200K / 300K Update #1


(1) The 200K route was prridden yesterday (Monday, Jan. 9). The cue sheet is posted to the Events page and can also be found here.

(2) For my Cracker Swamp 1200K veterans, you’ll recognize this route. It’s the last 200K of that event, known as the “Swamp Rat.”  It’s been modified in one respect: the route uses CR 219 after the Wildwood control rather than CR 213/238. It is otherwise the same.

(3) Here are some important notes about the 200K: The start and finish may have some traffic; it’s an urban area and, especially coming back through Leesburg, depending on the pace you’re riding, you may have some traffic on US27. Just be careful. There may be loose dogs on the route. We had a pit bull give chase at the intersection of CR 219 and CR 44A. There were also loose dogs at one point on the 1200K, in that same general area though in a different place. Again, please be careful. CR 219 — which is what the route is routed on — is under construction. It was passable on Monday. You may either ride CR 219 or follow the detour signs as indicated; your choice. If you use CR 219, obviously, be careful.

(4) Ocala is an “open control.”  That means you can use any business at the intersection as the control.  There is every gas station and chain restraunt imaginable there. That said, if you don’t stop at Mary’s Cuban Kitchen, you’re doing it wrong.

(5)  The 300K route is Tavares-Flagler Beach, which has been run twice before. It’s being preridden later this week, and the cue sheet will be posted immediately following the preride after corrections are made.

(6)  Please check the registrant’s list. If you think you’re coming and don’t see your name there, please let me know. Similarly, if you registered but cannot make it, please let me know that, too.

(7)  You’ll get fed well following both events, and there will be beverages.