|The newly-built Princeton Wawa, replete with the train station's *heated* waiting lobby, was an overnight oasis. Photo compliments of CJ A.|
Preliminary results have been posted at:
...Results will be submitted this week, and then become final pending ACP/RUSA certification.
All 8 teams made it safely to the Quakertown finish for a 100% team finish rate -- congratulations to all the captains and their teams for another excellent result. The Eastern PA Fleche is now in it's 8th year, and after some pretty rough years with stormy weather, we now have a 4-year streak of good weather going. However, as teams headed northwest will attest to, there were some pretty stiff winds to deal with. And overnight temperatures dipped below freezing as teams headed toward their 22-hr controle.
|3 Rivers of Guiness|
|Cumberland County Cruisers|
|Escargots Volants and Les Vieux Clebards|
CJ A. writes: "...I thoroughly enjoyed myself on my first flèche. Great weather, great teammates (on both squads!), a great and semi-familiar route... what more could I ask for? ... Paul, Jon, and Katie provided the comedy, Captain Chris kept us in line, and Janice kept me going with her own silent resolve. The newly-built Princeton Wawa, replete with the train station's *heated* waiting lobby, was an overnight oasis.... a thing randonneurs dream about (or dream in!). I can now see why the Flèche is a fan favorite. Definitely on my calendar for next year. ..."
Once again, the Escargots get my vote for the best documented ride with CJ's photo album posted here:
|Now You've Gone Too Far|
|Team Captain Bill O. leading the way (photo compliments of Bob T.)|
Sinister Nuts captain Bill O. has finished all 8 editions of the PA Fleche - quite a remarkable feat indeed! Guy H. is another 7-time finisher, and but for a certain volcano that erupted in Iceland one year leaving Guy stranded in the UK, he would most likely have 8 finishes as well.
|Sins of the Fleche|
Thanks to all the team captains for all their hard work in coordinating their teams and planning. And special thanks to volunteers Jane and Joe B. for preparing the soup and chili, and all their help at the hostel finish. With so many teams this year, I couldn't have managed it without them.
The spring calendar continues on April 18th with the Water Gap 300/200k, Event details have been posted at: http://www.parando.org/PA300K_B.html
As usual, use the electronic registration on the website by Thursday if you want to join the roster.
Eastern PA RBA