Snow flew in northern Maryland Friday but that did not stop 31 entrants from attempting the D.C. Randonnuers Woodbine 200K RUSA brevet on Saturday. All but three completed the course in time, despite temperatures that barely got out of the 30s and some snowy pavement. Late finishers got a cold drizzle to boot.
RBA Bill Beck drove the course with his camera and took excellent photos. See them by clicking the Flickr image below. I’ve also included Bill’s writeup. Congratulations to all who rode.
31 riders started the Woodbine 200K RUSA brevet on Saturday. An unexpected snow squall had passed through on Friday which left behind a thin, but slippery layer of snow. By the time of the ride start, the travel lanes of roads had been treated and were just wet. But the road shoulders were still covered with snow and ice that sometimes extended out into the lanes.
The Woodbine Park & Ride lot which served as the start was also still covered. Temperature was 25F at the start, and rose to the low 40s during the day. Most riders finished in dry conditions, but later riders had the pleasure of riding in a cold rain. In the end, 28 riders cmpleted the route in time for an official finish. Congratulations to all.
The first riders to reach the Gettysburg Military Park discovered that the roads along Cemetery Ridge had not been treated, so were covered by a layer of packed snow and ice. All of those riders made it through safely, but later riders were diverted to stay on PA134 to avoid the snow on the battlefiled roads.
Congratulations to Dan Oldale for completing his first R-12 award and Chip Adams for completing his third! Also to Maile Neel and Rick Carpenter who both finished their RUSA 5000km awards. And finally to Bryan Jones and Marshall Hoyler who completed their first brevets. All were earned on a challenging ride!
Preliminary results are posted at http://www.dcrand.org/dcr/results.php?page=display-results&year=2010, except for riders who joined DC Randonneurs or renewed their memberships at the start. (Those results will be added later.)
My photos are posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wabeck/sets/72157625457709405/. Rick Carpenter posted his at
The DC Randonneurs general meeting will be held on January 29 at the Glen Echo town hall. The next brevet is the Tappahannock 200K, starting in Ashland, VA on Feb 19.