Archive for October, 2007

October Newsletter

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

The DC Randonneurs continue to impress! Two weeks after PBP, 13 riders that participated in PBP 07′ were back on their bikes riding a 200K Brevet. When most riders were either recuperating from PBP or sulking about what went wrong, the DC Randonneurs are out riding and enjoying the challenge and camraderie of the Brevet of the Month. Mark Brewer, one of the newer DC Randonneurs, came out and completed his first brevet and had a great time doing it. I’m hoping some of the other new members follow Mark’s lead and do their first Brevet before the year is over. Several other members with schedule conflicts completed permanents in September to keep their R-12 asperations on target.

The inaugural Appalachian Double Cross 1000K started from Paris, Va and went to Athens, OH and back. There were 3 starters for this epic ride: Bill Arceiri, Ray Skinner, and myself. Unfortunately Bill hit a big rock on the shoulder of US33 the first night and it damaged his rim to the point it wouldn’t hold the bead of the tire. Ray and I struggled through the hills, wind, heat and fog to the end. Ray finished around 1 a.m. on Tuesday and I finished about 6 1/2 hrs later with 20 minutes to spare. I’ll write a short ride report soon.

The next event is the Woodbine 200K beginning @ 7:00a.m. 0n October 20th. Registration begins@ 6:00 a.m. The brevet fee is $10. Bill Beck has once again volunteered to be the event coordinator for this route that he designed. This out and back route passes through Gettysburg on its way to the turn around in Dillsburg.

The November Brevet of the Month is The Tappahanock 200K which begins from Ashland, Va. Hope to see some of our southern members who don’t get to the monthly brevets on a regular basis. It is also a very good choice for a first brevet as it is the flattest of all the courses that we offer. This is a Paul Donaldson designed route that crosses a lot of the little streams and rivers that flow into the Rappahanock River. Paul has also agreed to be the event coordinator for this brevet.

On Friday October 19th at 7:30 in the Glen Echo Town Hall we will have a GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING to elect new officers and to preview plans for the Shenandoah 1200K and the rest of the 2008 schedule. Please try to attend as we need 15% of the membership to achieve quorum. This is also another chance to provide input and help shape the final plans. Light refreshments will be served.

Matt Settle,

Woodbine 200K - Oct 20th

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Fellow DC Randonneurs,

As Matt’s newsletter will mention, the Oct 20 brevet-of-the-month will start in Woodbine, MD, and travel through the piedmont of central Maryland and Pennsylvania, including sections rich in Civil War history. Leaving the Park-and-Ride in Woodbine, the route heads north through scenic farmland to Taneytown, MD, which was ALMOST the site of a civil war battle. General George Meade was in the process of deploying his Union troops along a line through Taneytown when he received word that a major battle was instead forming 12 miles further north in Gettysburg. Following the same path to Gettysburg taken by Meade’s army on July 1, 1863, the route enters the battlefield near Little Round Top and proceeds north on Cemetery Ridge, passing the so-called High Water Mark of the Confederacy where Pickett’s Charge briefly penetrated the Union line. The route then follows mostly flat roads to Dillsburg, where riders can eat sandwiches and homemade cake or pie at the Coffee Express, or get a sub or pizza next door at Seradella’s restaurant. The return follows almost the same route, but includes some steeper hills on a very scenic section of Buffalo Road, before ending at the Pizza Hut next to the start. This route has rolling hills and a few steep hills toward the end, but no major climbs with a total elevation gain of around 7,200 ft.

Last weekend, the leaves were starting to change in the northern part of the route, so it should be a very pretty ride.

Registration opens at 6:00 a.m at the park-and-ride ( The brevet fee is $10.

The start is 23 minutes before sunrise, so bring lights and reflective gear.


Shenandoah 1200K and General Meeting

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007



I’m pleased to announce that the RUSA board of directors has approved a modified version of the Shenandoah 1200K proposal. Starting from Leesburg the first Shenandoah 1200K will take place June 5-8 2008. It will take the efforts of many of us to insure that this is the high quality event that everyone can be proud to be a part of. There is a lot of work to be done over the next few weeks and months and many volunteers are needed. Steve Matney and Chris Mento have agreed to be co-directors of this event. Please contact either of them or me to help us fill-in the blanks. Anyone with graphic design or advertising skills would be especially helpful. How about some ideas for the logo?

We will have a general meeting of the DC Randonneurs at the Glen Echo Town Hall on Friday, Oct. 19th @ 7:30 p.m. We will detail the progress to date and hopefully fill in more of the details with member input at that time. In addition, 2008 officer elections will be held. The by-laws require a 15% quorum, so please plan to attend. To quote one of my favorite writers “It is such an exciting time to be a DC Randonneur.” Thank you for the help that I know you will deliver. DC Randonneurs have always exceed expectations.