I’m back home in Arlington after the D.C. Randonneurs 200K RUSA brevet today. The event went off without a hitch! All of the 44 riders shrugged off hot temperatures in the mid-90s to finish in good shape, including at least three brevet rookies. With MG, Maile and me riding the pre-ride last weekend, the final total will be 47 finishers and no DNF’s.
The mood at our final control in the Howard Johnson’s was supportive and relaxed, with big rounds of applause for our newcomers. In particular we were treated to the joy of Eisuke and pal Yuuki making it around the course with time to spare after falling behind with a cut tire early in the ride.
Maile and MG were their enthusiastic selves, making the riders feel appreciated. Maile took more photos of the riders out on the course, and has uploaded new photos to the Flickr set she posted earlier.
I found it extremely gratifying to organize this ride. Maile, MG and RBA Bill Beck helped immensely, as did daughter DF (formerly known as Super D, who just turned 10 last week), who accompanied me and MG today and endured hours of grown-ups chattering away about their ride and bikes. She helped with pre-ride grocery shopping, setup and another late-day run to the convenience store. Thanks honey!
And you riders, you patiently worked with a newby organizer trying to keep everything on track during that hectic half-hour before the ride start.
One important lesson learned: have lots of $5 bills handy in the morning. We had 19 same-day registrations this morning and nearly all of them handed me a $20 for the $15 fee. In the end everyone got correct change, we think! Oh, and we were reminded how much randonneurs love post-ride pizza and Coke. But you already knew that, right?
Thanks to everyone for a great day. We hope to get the opportunity to volunteer again soon.