Archive for January, 2011

Populaire Cancelled: Meeting Goes on as Scheduled.

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Populaire is cancelled, but the meeting will go on as scheduled at 4 pm at the Glen Echo Town Hall.  Please park at the Glen Echo Park parking lot, which has been cleared.

Please show your randonneuring spirit and come to the meeting, even though we can’t have the fun of a ride beforehand.  The business part of the meeting will be as brief as we can make it so that the emphasis will be on celebrating our members’ achievements in the last year, honoring volunteers, and giving a preview of the coming year’s rides, particularly Paris-Brest-Paris.

George Moore has reported back to me from a checkout drive of the first portion of the Populaire course.  The roads just sound too unsafe to continue with what is just supposed to be a “fun ride”, not Deathmatch 2011.  In particular, he reports that there are numerous spots where the shoulders are unuseable owing to snow & or mud (which will be frozen mud, tomorrow morning)–this is on roads that potentially have a fair amount of traffic.  Usually these roads are not a problem because of the wide shoulders, but if you’re forced into the traffic lanes by a pile of snow, it could be unpleasant.  Numerous spots with large puddles that will be sheets of ice tomorrow.  And numerous trees down in and partially-across roads, some at places with bad sight lines, and some where cyclists will be forced into the oncoming traffic lanes.  Also, utility trucks are out, presumably to fix downed electric lines.  And at the time he reported, he had mainly been on the more “major” roads in the first fifteen miles and only on the small roads for about five miles.  After that, there are numerous steep descents into shady, twisty turns that were somewhat icy last year, and will only be worse this year.  Thanks, George, for scouting the route.  George promises to entertain you all by posting some photos.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow,

Nick Bull
President, DC Randonneurs

Populaire. Annual meeting. Directions. Agenda. PBP discussion. Swap meet.

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Populaire: starts at 9 am from the Glen Echo Park parking lot.  For details: Click Here.  Please email me if you’re riding the populaire so that I have some sense of how many cards/cue-sheets to make and how much food to buy.  The populaire is free and DCR membership is not required.

Annual meeting: starts at 4 pm at the Glen Echo Town Hall.  But you’ll need to park in the Glen Echo Park parking lot, a mere three blocks from the Town Hall.  There’s a map on the web page referenced above.

Why park “so far away”? There is limited parking in the neighborhood, and we don’t want to tick off the residents and possibly lose the privilege of using the Town Hall.  Our use of the Town Hall is courtesy of Andrea and Steve Matney, who are Glen Echo residents.  It’s a very nice place to meet, convenient to get to, and provides a good ride start and finish.  We hope we’ll be able to continue to meet there, so please show courtesy to the Glen Echo residents.

And another thing … no bike shoes or greasy bike parts (let alone bikes) in the Town Hall.  The floor is specially-finished wood and we do not want to mar it, for reasons just stated.

Directions to the Glen Echo parking lot.

From Maryland, take DC Beltway south toward American Legion Bridge, Exit 39, MD190 (River Rd) east toward Washington.  Continue 2.2 miles to a right onto MD614 (Goldsboro Rd).  At MacArthur Boulevard, make a right then a quick left into parking lot for Glen Echo Park and Clara Barton House.

From Virginia, at Maryland end of American Legion Bridge, take exit 41 onto Clara Barton Parkway east toward DC.  In 1.5 miles, bear right on ramp leading to Cabin John overpass.  Turn left onto overpass to MacArthur Boulevard.  Turn right and continue 0.7 mile to lot for Clara Barton House and Glen Echo Park on right.

From downtown DC, go west on Massachusetts Ave.  At Westmoreland Circle, continue on Mass. Ave into Maryland.  Turn left onto Goldsboro Rd at the T, then in ½ mi. turn right onto MacArthur Blvd, then quick left into parking lot for Clara Barton House and Glen Echo Park.

Directions from Parking Lot to Town Hall

The meeting itself is in the Glen Echo Town Hall at 6106 Harvard Ave.  From the parking lot, walk up to MacArthur and turn left (northwest) and walk three blocks up to Harvard Ave.  Turn left again.  It’s the big white building on the right.

Agenda:

We’ll have an “official business” part of the meeting, followed by the “social” part of the meeting.  We’ll try to speed through the more-potentially-boring parts of the official business (while still leaving plenty of time for questions/concerns/etc) so that the more fun parts (upcoming brevet season, awards to volunteers, member recognition, PBP) can get more time.

4:00 pm, Glen Echo Town Hall

“Official Business” part of DCR Annual Meeting (an hour, more or less)

1. President’s report
2. RBA report
3. Volunteer coordinator report–awards to volunteers
4. Treasurer report
5. Approve budget for 2011.
6. Elect Board members.
7. Recognition of members–Super Rookies; cycling achievements.
8. PBP Presentation.
9. Adjourn.

“Social” part of DCR annual meeting:

* PBP Question — informal, but once the formal part of the PBP presentation is over, hang around and ask questions of PBP anciens.
* Swap meet — no greasy bike parts allowed!
* Pizza (and anything else people might want to bring).

Look forward to seeing you there!

Nick Bull
President, DC Randonneurs

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for January 29 106K RUSA Populaire

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The cue sheet for the Glen Echo 106km populaire, starting at the Glen Echo Park at 9:00AM on January 29, 2011 is now posted at 2011_dcr_glen_echo_106k_populaire rev2.doc

Registration opens in the parking lot at 8:00am. Be sure to park at the indicated location in Glen Echo Park and NOT along the residential streets next to the Town Hall.  Directions to the parking lot:

From Maryland, take DC Beltway south toward American Legion Bridge, Exit 39, MD190 (River Rd) east toward Washington.  Continue 2.2 miles to a right onto MD614 (Goldsboro Rd).  At MacArthur Boulevard, make a right then a quick left into parking lot for Glen Echo Park and Clara Barton House.

From Virginia, at Maryland end of American Legion Bridge, take exit 41 onto Clara Barton Parkway east toward DC.  In 1.5 miles, bear right on ramp leading to Cabin John overpass.  Turn left onto overpass to MacArthur Boulevard.  Turn right and continue 0.7 mile to lot for Clara Barton House and Glen Echo Park on right.

From downtown DC, go west on Massachusetts Ave.  At Westmoreland Circle, continue on Mass. Ave into Maryland.  Turn left onto Goldsboro Rd at the T, then in ½ mi. turn right onto MacArthur Blvd, then quick left into parking lot for Clara Barton House and Glen Echo Park.

The link to the GPS files is posted below. But please read this information before downloading them. 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.

We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to the settings below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:

Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
Calculation Method: Best Route
Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes. The GPS files are posted at GPS Files - 20110129 Glen Echo Populaire.