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

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