DC Randonneurs Flatbread 200K: Largest DCR turnout ever?

UPDATE: See discussion about the ride, with a link to Clint P.’s Garmin track at the Severna Park Peloton’s Google Groups thread.

This weekend’s DCR Flatbread 200K had the biggest turnout for a D.C. brevet in anyone’s memory — a total of 73 riders clipped in, including 12 who attempted their first brevet. All completed the ride, including two pre-riders, a very impressive result.

MG and I attended her sister’s fabulous wedding this weekend and could not ride, and boy did we miss a glorious fall day. Temperatures were in the 60s with light winds. Of course they also enjoyed the superb organization by Chip Adams and his volunteers, and a big turnout by his fellow Severna Park Peloton compadres. This ride is our only really flat course of the year, and to say the least, it is tandem and paceline friendly.

Bill Beck's Flatbread 200K photos. Click to see the full set at Flickr.

Here is Bill’s summary of the ride, with links to photos and his Garmin track.

73 riders started the Eastern Shore Flatbread 200K RUSA brevet yesterday, which is at least close to a new record for DC Randonneurs! That included at least eight tandems that I can recall. The weather was beautiful with sunny skies and temperatures rising from the mid-30s to the mid-60s. A mild wind made the route a little more challenging than the flat terrain would suggest, but every one of the starters earned an official finish. Riders also consumed what I think is a record amount of pizza at the finish in the Good Guys Sports Bar!

Special thanks to Chip Adams for designing and organizing this gorgeous ride. It was a big job with so many riders. Thanks also to Chris Burkhardt and Chris Lane for registering riders at the start. Chris L also did the checkout ride with Chip, helped to lift every single bike over one of the concrete barriers at the information control bridge (including all of those tandems), and checked in riders at the finish.

Congratulations to Theresa Funari for completing her R-12 award on the ride! There were also 9 riders who became official randonneurs by completing their first brevet. So congrats and welcome to Alec Burney, Hamilton Easter, Lawrence Fitzpatrick, Robert Little, Thomas Moore, Bryan Nelson, James Pou, Dave Sweeney, and Michael Wali. Robert Little said that he thought he had missed the time limit but it turned out that he had more than an hour to spare!

Preliminary results are posted at http://www.dcrand.org/dcr/results.php?page=display-results&year=2010, except for riders who joined DC Randonneurs at the start. (Those results will be added later.) My photos are posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wabeck/sets/72157625382516024/. A GPS track of the route is at http://connect.garmin.com/activity/56668019.

Next up is the Woodbine-Dillsburg 200K on December 11. Let’s see if we can continue the tradition of mild weather on this winter ride.



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