Archive for March, 2007

March Newsletter

Friday, March 9th, 2007

The winter Brevet of the Month series concluded on Feb. 24 with the second annual Ride Around Massanutten Mountain, or RAMM. Starting from Matt’s and Liz’s house in Strasburg, Va., a group of 24 riders braved sub-freezing winter temperatures. At the front of the field, veteran randonneur and cycling writer Ed Pavelka reigned again. Last year he finished nearly two hours ahead of the second rider; this year he finished 46 minutes ahead of a group of four riders. He is certainly the “King Around The Mountain!” Tom Reeder was the final official finisher. He completed the ride in 13:06, well within the time limit. James Romer was unable to complete the course within the time limit, but in true randonneur style declined an offer for a lift to the finish and returned to the start in about 15 hours. Way to go Jim!

Most everyone stuck around at the house afterwards for Liz’s homemade chili and lots of randonneur camaraderie, not to mention the warmth of the wood burning stove. My thanks go to Liz for all the good eats. Also, I want to extend a big thank you to Crista Borras and Chuck Wood, and Steve Ashurst and Lynn Ho, for their help in making this another successful event.

Thanks are also due to Paul Donaldson and Susan Auburn for designing and coordinating the Tappahannock 200K on February 3rd in Ashland, Va. We had a great month, despite cold temperatures. A total of 39 riders completed 53 brevets in February. Congratulations to all!

With the winter series behind us, it’s time for the ACP qualifier brevets.

First, everyone needs to familiarize themselves with the Rules for Riders. They are available at the RUSA web site and at the brevet starts. It is critical that every rider follow these rules. In particular, it is the riders’ responsibility to have their Brevet Cards stamped or initialed, with the time noted, at every control. Don’t depend on the clerk to know this.

Secondly, think about pre-registering. The entry form is on the DCR site. You must have your pre-registration postmarked at least five days prior to the event. There is a $5 discount on individual brevets for pre-registrants, and we are offering package deals on a full series of four qualifiers and on the entire ACP brevet lineup of nine brevets.

I have received numerous requests to pre-ride the brevets because of conflicts with other activities. This is not allowed. The only exception to this rule is the “volunteers ride” for those who are volunteering during the event and therefore unable to ride that day. The volunteer rides must be scheduled with me and occur within eight days of the event. Again, they are open only to volunteers on the day of the scheduled brevet.

The ACP qualifier series starts with the Lost River 200K on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, in Middletown, Va. We will return to West Virginia for the first time since September on this out-and-back course. The route includes spurs to Wardensville and Edinburg, which enable the riders to see each other coming and going three times. As you return to Middletown, keep in mind that the Irish Isle pub will be very lively with St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

The second ACP brevet this month is the Urbana 200K on Saturday, March 31 from Urbana, Md. This route features lots of rollers, a few big climbs, and plenty of historical flavor.

For those of you looking for hotel accommodations, I have arranged group rates with the Super 8 in Middletown, start to the Lost River 200K, Lost River 300K, and the 600K. We also have a group rate at the Days Inn in Raphine, Va. where we will have the overnight bag drop on the 600K.

The Super 8 in Middletown will extend to us the same 10% discount that they give to AAA/AARP. The Days Inn in Raphine has offered us a rate of $59 which is great reduction in their normal rate of $89.95.

Here are their phone numbers. You must call to get these rates, and mention you are with the DC Randonneurs.

Days Inn 540-377-2604
Super 8 540-868-1800

We have a terrific ACP series this year and I want to thank all the volunteers in advance for their help.

Matt Settle
RBA, DC Randonneurs