Archive for December, 2008

DC Randonneurs seeks new webmaster

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Dear DC Randonneur,

Do you speak web?

Steve Ashurst has done a great job on the DCR website over the last couple of years, but he has asked us to help find a new webmaster.  Steve is a new father, and if I recall correctly from my own experience, being a new father is a rather time-consuming occupation!

Steve says that some understanding of PHP, Perl, CSS, and of course HTML will be helpful, though most of the scripts are at a “beginner” level, so if the person can handle reading the code, they can make any necessary adjustments,  write new code, or remove unnecessary code in the future.

Duties of the webmaster:

  • Maintain data for ride registrations
  • Maintain membership data as members join or renew
  • Maintain event data, used for listing DCR brevets, the fleche, and other types of randonneuring events.
  • Maintain blog  (as needed) — to give access to proper board members
  • Maintain wiki (as needed) — to give access to proper board members for editing rights
  • Maintain domain registration and website hosting contracts
  • Modify site (as needed) to keep consistent with latest software supported by hosting company, wiki, blog, php and perl versions.

Please apply  using this form.

Please contact Steve with any questions ( and/or contact me ( to let me know if you are interested.


Nick Bull
President, DC Randonneurs

DC Randonneurs Woolistic jersey order

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Hello DC Randonneurs and friends,

I (Michael Scholten) would like to officially accept orders for a Woolistic DC Randonneurs jersey.

The details:

-Woolistic jerseys are 100% merino wool, machine washable, and feature chain stitch embroidery. They are very durable and very nice looking.

-The jerseys are available in either short sleeve or long sleeve. Short sleeve jerseys will cost $79/ea, and long sleeve jerseys will cost $87/ea. If you want me to ship them to you, add $7. This is a flat fee. If you live in the area we can arrange a way to get the jersey to yo u.

-A representative design can be found at

The general design concept has been decided on by me and the DC Randonneurs Board. Based on your feedback, we decided not to try to design a “forever” “official DCR jersey” that would always stay the same, but instead a “2008 official DCR jersey,” that we all think will look great, but might be redesigned next year. Of course, members could also decide they like this design so much that they just keep ordering it again and again. The jerseys do not have logos on them, because most people preferred not to have logos — but we expect to have logo patches available in the future.

Some of the specifics of the jersey design need to be hashed out with Woolistic (e.g. we’re limited to colors that are in stock), so details may vary slightly.

-Sizing can be found at There are women’s sizes, as shown in the postscript below. The men’s jersey sizing is consistent with the chart. (i.e. the cut is slim so you might have to order a size larger than what you normally wear)

-The jersey order is not limited to members of DC Randonneurs.

If you are interested, please send Michael Scholten (mschol17 at hotmail) an email stating how many jerseys you want, LS or SS, and what size. Then, send a check to:

Michael Scholten
13907 Mills Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20904

I can accept Paypal if you want, but you’ll have to pay a little extra to offset the fees. I will not cash your checks until the order is placed. If you don’t send me a check or if your check bounces, my service fee is ownership of your bicycle… so let’s make this work.

If we move fast we will hopefully receive the jerseys at the end of February. Once the design is finalized with Woolistic, I will provide a couple days warning (and numerous announcements) before closing the order process.

Order early, order often.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Michael Scholten

P.S. Women’s Sizing: I heard back from Woolistic about the sizing for women’s jerseys. There is n’t a ton of information, but hopefully this is enough to figure out what size you need.

XS = 30 bust
S = 32
M = 34
L = 36
XL = 38


Annual Meeting and DC Randonneurs logo!

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Dear DC Randonneur,

Please plan to attend the annual meeting at Glen Echo Town Hall on Saturday, January 24 at 3:30 pm. This is the same location we’ve used several times; directions will be provided, later. We shifted to an earlier time in response to complaints that we were ruining Saturday night.

There will be a bike ride before the meeting. With eight hours of daylight before the meeting, fast riders can knock off a century, and slower riders have a good excuse for shortcuts.

Besides the business meeting, this is also a social event, and we plan to have food and beverages available (maybe some classic randonneuring items such as pizza, energy bars, gatorade … your contributions are welcome; more later …)

Proposed agenda for the annual meeting:

  1. President’s report on 2008
  2. Treasurer report on 2008
  3. Brevet schedule for 2009
  4. Volunteer coordinator report on 2008 and recruitment of volunteers for 2009 ride schedule
  5. Approve budget for 2009.
  6. Member discussion and vote on proposed bylaw amendments.
  7. Website report.
  8. Elect Board members.
  9. Recognition of members
  10. Adjourn

We plan to circulate the ‘08 financials, ‘09 budget, and any proposed bylaw amendments at least a week prior to the meeting. The Board has not yet discussed the nomination process for Board members, but we know that members have expressed a desire for a more-open process than in the past.

If you have issues that you would like to discuss that are not covered in the scope of this agenda, please email me.

Next … Mary Gersema would like to announce the results of the logo contest. But before she does, please all join me in thanking Mary for running this contest … Twice!. Here’s Mary’s note:

“Finally, the seasons have turned, and we have a winner of the logo contest. It’s ‘Option A’, the logo with a cyclist superimposed on a big red star under an arc of blue stars: posted to the website.

Many thanks to all of the artists who submitted logos. Because there were so many good choices, it was tough to choose only one.

The winning design was submitted by Dave Choat, who works with Bill Beck at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Adelphi, MD. Dave is a graphic artist at ARL, where he creates a wide range of artwork, usually involving more armored vehicles than bicycles. But he is also interested and experienced in designing logos and generously agreed to submit a few designs to both the first and second rounds of our logo contest. In fact, one of his designs was the winner in the first round. Dave is also a recently-converted cyclist, and we hope to convince him to join us on an upcoming DCR ride. Thanks to Dave for his winning design, and to all of the contributors for the excellent batch of entries.”

Keep those spokes spinning, and we all look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting.

Nick Bull,
On behalf of the Board of the DC Randonneurs

Cue sheet and GPS Files for Dec 13 Woodbine 200K brevet

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

The cue sheet for the Woodbine Wallop 200K brevet starting in Woodbine, MD on December 13, 2008 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20081213 Woodbine 200K Brevet. GPS files are posted at GPS Files - 20081213 Woodbine 200K Brevet.

Based on weather forecasts as of Thursday, Dec. 11, we may proceed with this route, or we may need to change the route, or even postpone until Sunday. If we change the route, cue sheets will be available at the start. Notice of any postponement will be sent to the dcrand listserve and (hopefully) posted as a newsflash at sometime (possibly late) on Friday. We’ll just have to do the best that we can with this one.

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.

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