Archive for April, 2008

Announcement: DC Randonneurs’ Board and other positions

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Dear DC Randonneur,Now that Bill Beck has become RBA, he will relinquish his position as Treasurer. And when Nick Bull became President, he vacated his seat as an At-Large member of the Board.

We are pleased to announce that the Board of DC Randonneurs has voted to approve George Winkert as Treasurer and Mary Gersema as At-Large member of the Board. In addition, Jeff Magnuson has agreed to serve as the New Member representative, and Maile Neel has agreed to work with Steve Ashurst to assist in providing website content.

Thank you to George, Mary, Jeff, and Maile for their service to their fellow randonneurs.

We all hope to see you on the road sometime. How about May 31st in Urbana, MD (see website for details)?

The Board of DC Randonneurs

RUSA 200km brevet - July 19- Warrenton, VA

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

The ride starts at the Black Wolf Coffee Shop next to the Howard Johnson Motel in Warrenton, Virginia. Checkin starts at 6am and the brevet starts at 7am. From there we head generally southwest passing through rolling horse farm country with the Blue Ridge Mountains as our backdrop. We parallel the Blue Ridge as far south as Madison where we begin our return to Warrenton after a stop at the friendly, well-stocked Yoder’s Country Market. The route is fairly gentle as we wind our way to Syria in the shadow of Grave’s Mountain. A moderate climb followed by a 3-mile descent puts us up and over the Old Rag Grinder. A series of steep and unrelenting rollers–lovingly known as The Three Kings and The Meanies–will consume us for the next hour or so prompting many to re-fuel at the Laurel Mills store with the sweet, spring water that flows nearby. Country roads bordered by stone fences carry us through Ben Venue and into Flint Hill. A final climb over Piney Mountain br ings us back to the HoJos in Warrenton. Estimated total elevation gain : 8,000 feet.

RUSA 200km brevet - May 31 - Urbana MD

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Note: Park at the Urbana Park’n'Ride.

The brevet begins at the Urbana Waffle House (8906 Fingerboard Rd, Frederick, MD 21704). Checkin starts at 6am and the brevet starts at 7am. Get there early and have a hearty breakfast to carry you through the day! The ride heads north through rolling hills in eastern Frederick County arriving at the Union Bridge 7-11. Turning roughly west, the ride is a little flatter, but that’s just so you can catch your breath before the SCENIC climb from Thurmont (altitude 500′) winding up MD77 through Catoctin Mountain State Park, topping out at about 1700′. A 3-mile descent ends at Smithsburg followed by some big rollers and finally a very gradual uphill into State Line, PA where riders can re-fuel with a quick convenience store stop or a leisurely sit down lunch. From here the terrain is flat to moderately rolling as the route heads south to Williamsport, through farmland and then along the lovely Conococheague Creek. After a little side trip to the control at the KOA (watch for gravel, cars, and children), there is more mildly rolling farmland into the Antietam National Battlefield and Sharpsburg, where riders can take a brief break at the Battleview Market control, before returning to the hills. These come in rapid succession with the next 20 miles containing many rollers as well as a 600′ climb over South Mountain at Gapland, big rollers and a 500′climb up Catoctin Ridge via Mountville Road. After a gradual descent, and ultimately a short climb away from the Monacacy River on Fingerboard Road, you’ve only got about 5 miles to ride, and you’ve ridden five miles before, haven’t you? Estimated elevation gain: 8,200 feet.