Sunday, June 16, 2019

Ride Summary: A Victory to Remember

Preliminary results have been posted on the website.  Please review the results and let me know if they align with your memory.  15 of 15 starters finished in the allotted time for another 100% finish rate.  Among them were three freshly minted randonneurs who complete their first-ever brevets.  Congratulations to all finishers.  The results will be submitted to RUSA later in the week and will become official once certified by the ACP.

The weather was ideal for a bike ride.  Clear skies in the morning helped to knock off the overnight chill and afforded excellent viewing from atop White Oak Road.  Some clouds developed as the day progressed which helped to keep the temperatures comfortable. 

We congratulate Bob Hallinger, Will Mahler, and Jeff Pyle for finishing their first brevet and becoming official randonneurs.  Bob is no stranger to the sport; he earned a P-12 award in 2018.  This was the first exposure for Will and Jeff.  Both are strong cyclists.  Their equipment of choice was gravel bikes, Jeff even shod with 50mm tires.  These surely came in handy in around Cornwall where some last minute roadwork removed the pavement leaving a couple gravel pits about 100 yards long. 

First finisher Tim Creyts sped around the route in typical fashion, even beating finish line volunteers CJ Arayata and Nick Manta to the brewery by about 10 minutes.  Many thanks to CJ and Nick for stepping up to help which allowed me to ride.  Their finish procedure was top notch.

Next up is the Hawks Nest brevet starting at the Park & Ride lot in Delaware Water Gap on July 13.  Bill Fischer will be organizing.  Current plans are to unveil a new twist on an old favorite route.  I'm still waiting for RUSA approval of the route.

Andrew Mead
event organizer
Eastern PA RBA

Saturday, June 8, 2019

PA R12 Series Continues: A Victory to Remember

The R12 events resume with A Victory to Remember 200k brevet on June 15.  A course checkout was completed on June 8 and the cue sheet has been updated with a few tweaks.  The route is in very good shape with a surprising number of the roads having been repaved within the past year. 

One segment of the route has signs indicating it will be closed for repaving June 13 - 25.  Knowing that paving schedules often change, I am leaving the route alone for now.  In the event that you reach the construction location next Saturday and the road is really closed, then you'll need to take the following detour.  It adds only a few tenths and is downhill almost exclusively.

The decision point occurs at mile 14.9.  You will be on White Oak Road at this point.  If the road is closed, then:

14.9  R onto Stively Rd
15.6  L onto Winter Hill Rd
16.7  TL onto Old Rd
17.0  X PA-222/Beaver Valley Pike onto Main St in New Providence

You can view the detour here:

Registration is open and will remain so until midnight on Thursday June 13. 

Hope to see you there!

Andrew Mead
Eastern PA RBA