Archive for November, 2007

Polar Express 200K - Dec 1st - Middletown, VA

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

The December Brevet of the Month will take place on the 1st of the month, beginning @ 7:00 a.m. from the Super 8 in Middletown, Va. This is an out and back route to Harrisonburg, Va that Bill Beck dubbed the Polar Express because of the weather at the first event on St Patrick’s Day. The out part of the route will be a preview of some of the roads that we will be using on the Shenandoah 1200K. The road to Harrisonburg is very scenic and wind could definitely play a factor in the difficulty of this brevet.

November Newsletter

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Despite once again a good turnout, the second attempt to achieve a quorum did not produce 15% of the membership. The executive committee met and unanimously felt that because of the changed nature of the membership requirements i.e. ( all riders must be members therefore members include folks living great distances away.) that the quorum requirements would be waived and that they would be revised to be more easily achievable in the future. The new officers are as follows: Bill Beck replacing Lynn Kristianson as treasurer. Steve Ashurst is the new secretary replacing Ed Felker. Bill Clayton and Paul Donaldson join Chris Mento and Nick Bull on the ex committee replacing Jeff Magnuson and Gordon Meuse. I would like to thank the departing officers for their time and service. Special thanks to Gordon and Lynn for all the time and effort that they have spent over many years promoting Randonneuring in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

At the Woodbine 200K on Oct. 20th we were reminded that randonneuring can be dangerous as two of us crashed from common hazards. Carl Wakefield slid out on debris at a corner and went down. Bill Beck happened along and Carl went to the hospital and received stitches for his cuts. I was tackled by a playful St Bernard and we both went down hard. I think I landed on the puppy which helped minimize my injuries. I got up sore with some road rash and bruising. After checking that the puppy, the bike, and myself were in fairly decent condition I was able to continue. Please try to be aware of these and the other hazards of the road especially as we head into the winter riding season with the additional concerns of wet leaves, icy spots and more pot holes. Thanks to Bill Beck for a great job coordinating and being patient as I limped around the course more than an hour and a half behind anyone else. 22of 23 starters finished. Bill Arcieri, Jeff Magnuson, Chris Mento, and Mark Vinnette all completed their R-12 requirements by finishing. Congratulations to all.

We gathered at the “Center of the Universe” Ashland, Va for the November Brevet of the Month. Despite the cold and damp temperatures, 30 riders from 6 states showed up for the Tappahanock 200K. Jane Brown became our newest randonneur completing her first brevet. Three other experienced brevet riders also completed their first DC Randonneur Brevet. The course being somewhat flatter then usual produced some fast times. I hope that the riders took time to notice the very colorful fall scenery. Thanks to Paul Donaldson for coordinating the event and to Susan Auburn for getting up at o’dark thirty to do registration and then spending the afternoon and half the evening checking in riders. All 30 riders finished within the time limits and Tom Reeder completed his second consecutive R-12. Way to go Tom.

The December Brevet of the Month will take place on the 1st of the month, beginning @ 7:00 a.m. from the Super 8 in Middletown, Va. This is an out and back route to Harrisonburg, Va that Bill Beck dubbed the Polar Express because of the weather at the first event on St Patrick’s Day. The out part of the route will be a preview of some of the roads that we will be using on the Shenandoah 1200K. The road to Harrisonburg is very scenic and wind could definitely play a factor in the difficulty of this brevet.

Speaking of the Shenandoah 1200K, we are in need of a logo. The design should reflect the scenery and rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley. If you think you or someone you know can create the logo that best defines the Shenandoah 1200K, please submit it for consideration. There is a cash prize (TBD) for the chosen design, not to mention the pride and recognition that comes with it. So if you or someone you know has a creative mind this is a good opportunity to show the randonneuring world some of your creativity. [Editors note: Submission information will be posted on the dcrand website in the near future.]

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone,

Matt Settle, RBA

Tappahannock 200K - Nov 10th - Ashland, VA

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Starting from the historic town of Ashland, Virginia (The Center of the Universe) at 7:00 AM, the ride heads east toward river country. Leaving Ashland, the first few miles pass through signs of modern times: gas stations, truck stops and fast food joints. When the route turns at the antique store Two Frogs on a Bike the surroundings seem to go back to the time of quiet roads and rural atmosphere. The rolling terrain levels out as the route approaches the Rappahannock River and the town of Tappahannock. After the control and lunch at Java Jack, the route leaves Tappahannock and the rolling hills continue with an occasional short, steep climb. Ten miles before the final control there is a five mile stretch of easily traveled, unpaved road that meanders around the congestion of modern Ashland to the finish.

Registration opens at 6:00 a.m and the brevet fee is $10.