Sunday, September 17, 2017

PA Randonneurs Wool Jerseys Now Available to Order

The wait is finally over.  PA Randonneurs is working with Woolistic to produce a limited run of the PA Randonneurs wool cycling jersey.  These will be the same as previously produced and available in regular weight Merino wool long and short sleeve as well as the Superlight Merino wool in short sleeve.

Alex from Woolistic says he has enough of our orange superlight soft Merlino wool material to make approximately 25 jerseys. Get your order in now
so we can get our order in en masse and have them as soon as possible. All Rando riders are welcome to order, but as there is a limited supply
of material. PA Rando club members will get first dibs, then first orders

Regular weight short sleeve jerseys and long sleeve jerseys are available as well and will be a separate order depending on interest and ability to commit to the minimum order of 25 pieces. We will need 50% down to order these because Woolistic will need to order our custom orange color yarn and will take some time to make. Patience Please!

Fine wool jerseys are like a custom frame, much hand work is involved.
Also highly recommended are the Woolistic black cycling shorts! Order them yourself directly at: .  They are super comfortable in summer and winter for long rides and they wear very well!

PA Randonneur member George Retseck is coordinating the effort.  He has  one sample jersey in hand in size small. Contact him if you would like to make arrangements to see it or try it on.  There are many of these jerseys out in the wild, so you may have already seen them and perhaps even arranged a private fitting with a friend.

The order form is available at: We are now accepting payments through PayPal.  Just click the "Submit Order" button and you will see the option.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ride Summary: A Victory to Remember

At the Start
photo by G. Metzler
We couldn't have asked for a better day for a brevet.  Almost chilly conditions at the start soon became ideal cycling weather with generally gentle winds that aligned to be quite favorable for the final 50 miles.  All twenty-one riders who clipped in at the start finished for another 100% finish rate.

Preliminary results have been posted at:
Results will be submitted to RUSA in a few days and will become final pending ACP certification.

One might have suspected there was a special equipment requirement for this brevet.  A total of SIX riders completed the route on fixed-gear bike.  Inducted into The Order of the Iron Knee are CJ Arayata, James Haddad, Guy Harris,  Greg Keenan, Jeff Lippincott, and Rudi Mayr.  While the second half of the route is generally fixie friendly, these riders had to persevere through the constant up and down of the first 50 miles to get there.

Congratulations to freshly minted randonneur Richard Ramage who completed his first brevet with a smile on his face.  He was heard asking about the next brevet, so I expect that we'll see more of him.

Finally, with the completion of an ACP 200k, first finisher Sean Connelly also joined the ranks of PA Super Randonneurs for 2017.  He blazed around this route in less than 8 hours, setting a mark that will surely stand for quite a while or until he rides this course again.

Finally, thanks to volunteers George Metzler and Jeff Lippincott.  George continues to dream with me to come up with exciting new things to do with brevets and makes all the arrangements with our host, Victory Brewing.  Jeff solo rode the course on his fixie earlier when an emergent work matter prevented me from joining him.  He then came all the way from Princeton to help not only with rider check-in at the start, but hung out all day and checked in every finisher.  These events would not happen without volunteers like this.

Tim Creyts commented:

Thanks to those who organized and helped with yesterday's "Victory to remember 200k."  Conditions were excellent for a route that ran near and slightly overlapped February's Freeze Fest.  

I always feel like those "Amish plains" in Lebanon and Lancaster Counties have some wind, and yesterday was no exception, luckily temperatures were good for most of the day.  The early start was at 47F and rose to 81F.  Perfect!  The variety of livestock was really amazing, from the teams of mules and workhorses to the young boys riding in that 2 person cart with their pony leading.  It was really great.  It's so much different and mentally uplifting when everything is green and people are out and about on a good summer day.

Sean Connelly & Tim Creyts at the finish.
photo by G. Metzler

Next up we return to our rando clubhouse in Quakertown in October for the fall classic 200/150.  Stay tuned to the website and message board for details.

Andrew Mead
Eastern PA RBA