DCR 300K, and a sad passing of Selle An-Atomica maker Tom Milton

MG and I did not ride the stunningly beautiful, super-hilly D.C. Randonneurs “Mother of all 300Ks” brevet Saturday, but wished we could have been there. It was run in reverse this year, and would have been fun to see the West Virginia hills and hollows from the other direction. Below is RBA Bill Beck’s report about the 17 riders, all successful finishers, who braved hills and showers to get home within the time limit.

First, however, we want to note the passing of Selle An-Atomica founder and maker Tom Milton. Tom saw a need for leather saddles with cut-outs and made his own. Brooks finally took note and brought back their own version from decades ago, the Imperial. We’ve seen a fair number of Selle An-Atomica saddles on DCR bikes and it appeared to have a good following.

Tom died of an apparent heart attack during the Devil Mountain Double 200-mile event Saturday. Read a fellow rider’s account here. Our condolences to Tom’s family and friends.

Here is Bill’s report from the 300K. Well done to all the riders. We’ll be out there with you at the next 300K on May 8.

17 billy goats showed up in Middletown, VA for the Contrary Mother of All 300Ks on Saturday. This epic ride was designed and organized by Lynn Kristianson, and featured lots of scenic river views, spring blossoms, and of course lots of hills. Temperatures were in the low 50s at the start with a 60% likelihood of showers forecast throughout the day. But it turned out that we only had a couple of hours of light showers in the morning and then another shower after dark. Much of the day was actually sunny.

There were only a few residual apple blossoms left, but the dogwoods, redbuds, lilacs, and bluebells were in full bloom. As for those hills — the first third of the route was not so rugged, but a long grade up to the Slanesville Store at mile 80 set the stage for a series of long, steep hills on Grassy Lick Rd. Plenty of other hills lead to two big climbs over Mill Gap and Wolf Gap, followed by the familar 18 miles of rollers along Back Rd. By the end, my altimeter measured 13,700 feet of climbing. But all 17 of the starters finished in the time limit.

Thanks to Lynn for designing and organizing this very memorable ride. Thanks also to Fred Robbins who was there at 4 a.m. to help with morning registration and still there at midnight to help check in the final rider. And finally to Maile Neel and Al Pless who were a welcome sight at the Siler control with lots of goodies to eat.

Preliminary results are now posted at the DCR site (except for Tim Laseter, whose results will be added shortly). A GPS track of the route is at Garmin Connect. And my photos are at Flickr.

Next up is the Frederick 300 on May 8 – a somewhat kinder and gentler 300K.

Bill

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