Photo Links - PA Dutch ACP 200km
Here are links to the photos taken during the pre-rides and actual event
Wednesday Navigational Check Pre-Ride (M Neel / R Carpenter):
Saturday's Conditions Check Pre-Ride & Sunday's Event Pictures
The following was posted in the Road Bike Rider 1/7/10 newsletter:
The First Br-r-r-r-r-r-evet
As this is written, the central and eastern U.S. have been shivering in record cold temperatures for a week. But despite frigid conditions, the Pennsylvania Dutch 200K brevet (124 miles) opened the local randonneuring season last Sunday just a short distance from RBR headquarters.
How cold was it? The temperature at the dawn start was 14 degrees (-10C). It didn't get close to the unfreezing mark all day.
How windy was it? The northwest gale routinely clocked 20-30 mph (32-48 kph), with gusts approaching 50 mph (80 kph).
How crazy are randonneurs? Eight brave roadies showed up. RBR's Ed Pavelka was one of a dozen others who intended to, but he came up with an iron-clad excuse: too chicken.
The arctic conditions forced 4 riders to abandon at various points. Three others finished the distance in 13 hours, just inside the time limit. Ninety minutes later (5 hours after sunset), a final stalwart rolled in. Andrew Mead, Leonard Zawodniak and Tom Rosenbauer deserve a little ink for their incredible perseverance. And so does Glenn Ammons, the guy who did not give up despite knowing he'd be disqualified on time.