Sunday, October 20, 2013

PA150/200k Ride Report

Photos compliments of Dave Linkchost

Preliminary results have been posted at:
Please let me know of any corrections or other issues.  Results will be submitted shortly, and become final, pending RUSA/ACP certification.

The string of near ideal weather conditions continued for the October 150/200k classic.  With the colorful fall foilage peaking, it was a great day to be out on the bike.  All 22 participants finished for another 100% finish, with 5 opting for the 150k course.  Of note Norman Smeal completed his PA R-12 series, and joined the Eastern PA Honor Roll.  Norman has also completed his PA-5000 this year, with his Endless Mountains 1240k finish.  Well done, Norman!  Also of note, Tom Matragrano completed his first PA event, and I believe, is only his second brevet.  Hailing from Long Island, Tom M. told me he was looking to try a hillier brevet than the first one he completed on Long Island -- I trust he wasn't disappointed!  Indeed, this fall classic is one of the hillier courses, mile for mile, and Paul Scearce managed to get around it on a fixed gear -- although a couple of the steeper climbs required the 24 inch gear.

Special thanks to volunteer Dave Linchorst, who manned the secret controle on Fox Gap and swept the course to the finish.  Dave is a member of the Berks County cycle club, and this was his first experience with randonneuring.   And special thanks also to 150k participants Bill Slabonik and Keith Spangler who volunteered and helped out at the hostel finish with the BBQ and cleanup.  It's volunteers like these, who really make it all possible to run these events.

Norman Smeal writes: "...Thank you once again for giving us the chance to get together for a bike ride.
Beautiful course filled with river crossings and a few hills.  Weather was a bit chilly in the morning, but warmed up nicely.  All followed up with some good grilling at the end. ..."

Bill Olsen writes: "...As promised, it was a fantastic day for a fantastic ride with a fantastic group!  The hamburgers and chicken at the end WAS the icing on the cake.  Thanks again.  It was nice to see familiar climbs out of Easton, Fox Gap and Staats, but for some reason I forgot several including Geigel Hill.  I'll remember that one for quite some time. ..."

The next event is the Stillwater 200k on November 2nd.  Event details have been posted at:
... as usual, drop me a note by the Thursday before the event to join the roster.

-Tom Rosenbauer
Eastern PA RBA

1 comment:

  1. ...Tom, thanks for another great event. I enjoyed riding the 150k with Keith S., finishing early enough to serve Bill Olsen his grilled chicken...It is always a pleasure to take part in your well planned and well run events...