Update: I forgot to include David Goodwin of Falls Church on the D.C.R. member lineup at the PA 1000K. Good luck to David as well!
Tomorrow eight D.C. Randonneurs will clip in for Tom Rosenbauer’s PA Randonneurs 1000K in Quakertown, Pa. MG and I send out a hearty “Bonne Route!” to them and all the starters.
The DCR Roll Call, according to the entry list at Tom’s informative home page:
Greg Conderacci (Shenandoah 1200K finisher)
Mary Crawley (we claim her, OK?)
Andrea Matney (fresh off the S1200K AND RAGBRAI)
Kelly Smith (another S1200 finisher)
Four of them will be on two bikes: Crista and Chuck on their Santana tandem and Mary and Kelly on Kelly’s Cannondale tandem. They’ll be the ones going really, really fast on the downhills! Altogether, DCR’s will make up nearly half of the 18-rider field.
MG and I considered this ride but could not fit it into our vacation schedules. We wish we could be there, but on the other hand it’s going to be very hilly, from what we hear, and we’ve settled into our post-brevet portion of the summer. Translation — we’re glad to watch the progress via Tom’s home page, where he will post updates of rider progress.
MG is set to ride the DCR RUSA 10th Anniversary ride on Aug. 16, but I’m headed into my August break with Daughter DF, which includes a trip to my mom’s house in Illinois the week of the RUSA ride. I’ll miss the fun but I also like taking a break from long distance riding in August so that I have renewed enthusiasm for the fall cycling season. Can you believe Labor Day is just around the corner?
I’ll go ahead and reveal one event I’m hoping to ride, and it’s an actual race. Well, sort of. It’s the Iron Cross VI, a 62-mile cyclocross race in October in Pine Grove State Park, near Big Flat Ridge and Shippensburg, Pa. That it’s near Big Flat in the the Michaux State Forest should give you an idea of the terrain. More to come on this. Tomorrow I pick up a cross bike from College Park Bicycles, and I have to race the thing at least once, right?