Archive for August, 2007

August Newsletter

Friday, August 10th, 2007

The second running of Gappity Gap was held on August 4th. Seven randonneurs returned from the first year’s total of 17 finishers. They were joined by 17 riders attempting to complete Gappity Gap for the first time. Randy Mouri was the first one back to Sperryville in a time of 9:05. Roger Hillas and Keith Krombel were the only other riders able to finish in under 10 hrs. This was similar to the inaugural run in which John Nusbaum, Jeff Magnuson, and Keith were the only finishers under 10 hrs. Gappity Gap is an extreme challenge and anyone completing the course should feel good they were able to finish and be proud of that soreness I’m sure you had on Sunday. George Winkert should feel especially good for completing the course that he had came up short on last year and at the same time became the latest DC Randonneur to achieve R-12.

The inaugural Appalachian Double Cross 1000K will take place on Columbus Day weekend Oct 6-9. This will be a true epic event. Think Gappity Gap over and over again and again. The Fall Foliage should be spectacular and the downhills exciting. If you can’t make it to France this is a challenging way to top off the year. More Details coming soon.

The September Brevet of the Month will be the Slanesville 200K on the 8th leaving from Lebanon Church Community Center @6:30 a.m. Floor space for sleeping will be available at the community center on Friday night. The Brevet fee is $5. Registration begins at 5:30 A.M.

There will be a General Meeting beginning @ 8:00 p.m. We will review the year. Outline plans for the coming year. Choose volunteers to assist the RBA in implementing the brevets and promoting randonneuring in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Hope to see some of you at the PBP send off get together at Dave Bernings.

PBP is upon us, and many DC Randonneurs will be going to France for the premier amateur cycling event in the world. Everyone should be physically prepared for the terrain. The true challenge of PBP is not as physical as it is mental. Try to arrive at the starting line not only rested, but also confident that you are prepared for the challenge you are about to undertake. Bring your desire, determination, and perseverance to get you through the inevitable low moments you will experience. If you find yourself considering quitting…quit considering it. If you find yourself thinking you must quit, consider again. You probably have some options that will keep you going. Becoming a PBP ancien will be worth the struggle and hardship that you must endure to achieve this cherished title. Crossing the finish line at PBP for the first time is a moment you will always remember and can’t adequately be described in words. Bonne chance, Bonne route to all the PBP hopefuls.

Matt Settle, RBA