The qualifying series is going smoothly with 86 riders earning 112 200K brevets and 90 riders earning 124 300K brevets.
As always seems the case, the “Old Rag” 200K featured a bit of rain. The Warrenton 300K the following week had much better weather, as conditions were close to ideal. On both brevets from Warrenton, all riders finished well within the time limits and many recorded personal best times for these distances.
The Middletown 300K was next on the schedule and despite the difficulty of the course, there were no DNF’s. And for Andrea Hogarth, who did 30 solo bonus miles this was her first brevet ever! Congratulations Andrea. The Frederick 300K completed the 300K qualifying with very scenic and spring like conditions. Several randonneurs earned their first 300K medals including at least one rider on their first ever brevet. We also suffered our first DNF since the Urbana 200K.
Still to come are the longer qualifiers where fatigue and the mental challenges of randonneuring begin to take precedence over fitness. Many of the newer randonneurs will experience extensive night riding for the first time. Also, they will have the experience of extreme mental lows that can occur when you are dead tired and still have 40-50 miles to go before you are done. These are two of the myriad of challenges that randonneurs must overcome. Overcoming difficulties and persevering to the end is what being a randonneur is really all about. I hope everyone is successful in their efforts.
I would like to thank Bill Clayton, Roger Hillas, and Jeff Magnuson for coordinating events this past month and also to the other members who volunteered or offered to. Volunteers are always needed to perform many tasks. Many volunteer opportunities are available for the Lebanon Church 400K and the Middletown 600K. Please contact me if you are able to help on either of these brevets for check-in, finish line control, intermediate controls, or bag drop on the 600K. To the riders who are using the bag drop, please keep the size of your bag reasonable i.e. no larger than a typical sport bag about 24″x12″ round/square.
The club has reserved the cottage at the Bears Den Youth Hostel for the weekend of June 29,30 and July 1. This post ACP qualifying weekend is FREE FOR ALL DC Randonneurs and their families. There will be 200K brevets offered for members looking for training and the R-12 award. Members are also encouraged to do some cross training by hiking on the AT or watching the sunset. This is meant to be social weekend with the sharing of our PBP dreams and memories. Once again volunteers are needed to help with making this event a success. Please contact me if you think you might be attending or can help so that we have an idea of how many people we will be accommodating and how much food to buy. To check out the Bears Den go to: www.bearsdencenter.org.