Archive for July, 2008

Logo Contest Redux

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The good news: Results of the DC Randonneurs Logo Competition are in–

Logo B, (big “DC”): 23 votes.

Logo A, (bike over capitol): 11 votes.

Logo C, (swoopy road), 9 votes

A big thanks to everybody who took the time to vote!

The bad news: Logo B looks too much like the logo for WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist’s Association at

A couple of our members noticed the similarity. We asked the WABA staff for their thoughts and they think ours is too similar to theirs. We’d like to stay good neighbors with our fellow bicycling groups so we’ve concluded that, unfortunately we can’t use Logo B (or Logo A, which is even more similar).

BUMMER! But we won’t let this keep us down for long. We have an incredibly talented club and know we can create a logo that is unique and appealing. Go DC Randonneurs! A big thanks to everybody who took the time to vote!

Next step: Start a new logo competition

We’ll follow roughly the same process as last time: Ask for logo contributions; Board whittles down to a reasonable number of choices; members vote on final logo.

Deadline: Please submit logo contributions by September 1

Since many people may have vacation plans in August, we are setting a deadline of midnight at the end of Labor Day, September 1. Guidelines for the logo and entry are the same as before, though obviously you might want to avoid logos that look like anyone else’s.

Details at:

Ride safe and have fun,

Mary Gersema

On behalf of the Board of the DC Randonneurs

Cue sheet and GPS route files for July 19 Warrenton 200K brevet

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

The cue sheet for the Warrenton 200K brevet on July 19, 2008 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20080719 Warrenton 200K Brevet. The GPX route file is posted in a zip file at GPS file - 20080719 Warrenton 200K Brevet.

Ed Felker, our ride organizer, Mary Gersema, and Maile Neel (applause!!!) have pre-ridden the route, and the cue sheet and GPS file reflect that pre-ride.  However, it is always possible that late-breaking road news will occur and the final cue sheet will differ; and possibly the late-breaking news will come too late for GPS updates.  So …

Always get a copy of the final cue sheet. That final cue sheet contains the official route, so in case there is a conflict with the GPS file, you should resolve the conflict in favor of the cue sheet.  Use the GPS as a handy-dandy adjunct.  Keep your wits about you, as the GPS cannot notify you of road hazards — it is up to you to ride safely.

This GPS file has only one climbing waypoint, since there is only one “significant” climb of more than 400 feet, on the way to (and continuing after) the Syria Mercantile control.  The cue says “CC5.7,4.6to9.8″ which means you will generally be climbing over the next 5.7 miles for a net altitude gain of about 460 feet to an altitude of about 980 feet”.  But the climb looks quite gradual for the first 4 miles and only gets steeper coming out of the control.  That’s not to say that there aren’t any other steep climbs.  For example, Piney “Pukin” Mountain Road is noticeably steep. 

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes.

RUSA Anniversary 200km Brevet - Aug 16- Poolesville, MD

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

This ride, which will start at 7:00 from Whalen Commons Park in Poolesville, MD, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of RUSA, and all finishers will be eligible to order a special medal (RUSA Tenth Anniversary Medal). It will also salute the father of our brevet series, Dave Berning. Returning to the days of yesteryear, when ALL of Dave’s brevet routes went over Marlu Ridge, many of the roads taken on this brevet were included on Dave’s original brevets. The route is more or less a figure 8, with a gently rolling out and back section between Shepherdstown and Hedgesville, WV. Dave always described his brevets as traveling over “mixed terrain.” Let’s just say that this one includes “scenic” climbs over Marlu Ridge and Reno Monument, a lovely stretch through the Antietam battlefield, a gentle jaunt over to Hedgesville from Shepherdstown, a few truly mellow miles paralleling the C&O Canal, and some gnarly, choppy gut busters on Harpers Ferry Rd followed by a flat stretch along Sandy Hook Road with nice views of Harpers Ferry. The first 15 miles of the ride (before Marlu) and the last several miles on Peach Tree and Cattail Roads are a delightful breeze. Estimated elevation gain is between 10,000 and 11,000 feet.

All finishers will be eligible to order the special medal directly from the RUSA online store after the ride at a cost of $6. Or you can preorder a medal to receive at the finish by adding $6 to your preregistration payment, including a note that you want the medal, and ensuring that the payment is received by August 1. Please note that the medals can only be given to finishers and cannot be returned, so if you preorder a medal and then can’t ride or don’t finish, you will be out the $6 unless we can sell the medal to someone else.

Call for Member Vote-DC Randonneurs Logo

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008


The flowers bloomed, the randonneurs are still riding, we’re readying for our upcoming DCR brevet in Warrenton on July 19 (see you there!), AND the DC Randonneurs logo is getting a facelift! 

Thanks to all who submitted entries to the logo contest. We received some great entries and, after some serious rumination, the board has narrowed our logo down to three potential designs.  Now, it’s up to the membership to decide.

How do I vote?

The logo finalists are available for viewing at:

Final logo designs for member vote.

Members of DC Randonneurs can vote by sending an email to and indicating Design A, B, or C. Please sign your email with your real name so that we can verify your membership. New members who sign up during the voting period are eligible to vote.

Members have one week to cast their vote!  Don’t delay, cast your vote today!  Voting closes on Thursday, July 17.

After the votes have been counted, the new logo will be announced to the club!  Thanks, and happy voting!

(NOTE:  All logos appear to cost around the same amount to reproduce for use on patches, t-shirts, coffee cups, etc.)

Ride safe and have fun,

Mary Gersema

On behalf of the Board of the DC Randonneurs