D.C. Randonneurs Civil War 200K: Beautiful Day, Beautiful Ride

The D.C. Randonneurs Civil War 200K from Frederick, Md. attracted 33 riders Saturday, including a few long-distance travelers. They were rewarded with spotless sunny skies, light winds and moderate temperatures during this loop tour of the historic Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields.

MG and I did not ride, in deference to the lingering fatigue and knee issues left over from our 1000K ride a few weeks ago. We were wistful about seeing the riders off. But, we figure it takes about a month to fully recover from a big randonnee and were relieved not to be worrying about an injury.

Instead, we volunteered at the start, and then drove around the course taking photos of the riders. Encouragement is always welcome at rest stops and along the road, and we figured it would be as fun to offer rather than receive.

It was nice to see our our out-of-town friends Barb and Ron Anderson from Princeton, N.J., meet some new riders and hang out with our DCR buddies. Gettysburg was hopping with tourists and battle re-enactors, including a World War II event.

See my photos at my Flickr page, and see MG’s at her Flickr page. We continue our practice of riding one bike but maintaining two blogs (The Daily Randonneur and Chasing Mailboxes) and two Flickr photostreams!

Here is RBA Bill Beck’s recap:

33 riders showed up in Frederick, MD for the second running of the Civil War Tour 200K ACP brevet. They were treated to nearly perfect weather – clear blue skies with temperatures rising from the 50s into the 70s. All but one rider finished within the time limit. The route travels through four Civil War battlefileds: South Mountain, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Monacacy, and includes the sites of the most American casualties in any single day (Antietam) and the site of the largest battle in the Western Hemisphere (Gettysburg). Some riders commented how it is awe inspiring to ride through these places. After the ride, we gathered in a Pizza Hut to exchange stories and replace some of the calories expended crossing Catoctin and South Mountains twice each during the day.

Thanks to Chuck Wood and Crista Borras for driving out to register riders at the start and also staffing the control on the Antietam National Battlefield. Thanks also to Ed Felker and Mary Gersema who handled the late arriving riders at the start and drove around to meet riders at controls and take pictures.

Special congratulations to Erik Paulson, Chris Readinger, and Thai Pham, who all completed their first brevets! They did a great job on a challenging course.

Preliminary results are now posted at http://www.dcrand.org/dcr/results.php?page=display-results&year=2010. My photos are posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wabeck/sets/72157624866298567/. Other photo sets have been posted by Ed (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8193389@N06/sets/72157624988029316/), Mary (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gersema/sets/72157624988389950/), and Maile (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcn7/sets/72157624988140168/).

Our next ride is the Cacapon 200K on October 16. This is a beautiful ride designed by Lynn Kristianson that occurs at a very pretty time of the year.

Bill

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2 thoughts on “D.C. Randonneurs Civil War 200K: Beautiful Day, Beautiful Ride

  1. Good seeing you all at Sharpsburg! Hope the recovery goes quickly from the EM1000…it’s such a tough ride! Saturday was a great day to be outside riding or not…

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