Far-afield D.C. Randonneurs keep the pedals spinning in Korea

Update from Russ Morris: the Korea Randonneurs 1000K Seoul-Busan-Seoul randonnee is coming this October:

Thanks for the great Korea Randonneurs article. By the way Lothar is feverishly preparing for a 1000K in October that will be called the Seoul-Busan-Seoul. The ride will cover nearly the whole peninsula. October is the most beautiful month in Korea with the leaves changing and cool dry air. It should be great fun. If anyone has ever been interested in the mystrious nation of Korea, this is an exellent opprtunity to see most of from a bicycle. All randonneurs know the best way to see anywhere is on a bicycle.

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While we watch former (and future?) D.C. Randonneurs member Jon Gardner complete his 600K PBP qualifier this weekend in England, I’m reminded of our alums who are not just riding but have helped bring randonneuring to another nation.

Russ Morris was assigned by the U.S. Army to Korea in 2009, and has joined with another DCR rider and frequent visitor there, Lothar Hennighausen, to organize a full Super Randonneur series this year. It was the first SR series in that nation and seven riders earned their SR medal, five of them for the first time. Great job Russ and Lothar!

Russ was recently featured on MG’s own Chasing Mailboxes blog in her “Bikes to Like” series on randonndeur bikes and their owners. See her post about Russ and his Rivendell custom bike here.

Russ documented the series at Flickr this year under his handle, RUSTYCOOL7. The routes look spectacular, with many ocean views as you might expect in a peninsula nation, but also plenty of wooded and hilly kilometers. And, we get to see what goes for brevet food, and if it lives in the ocean, it goes on the plate.

It’s fun to see folks you know taking the love to other parts of the world. One of these days we’ll get there, Russ.

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3 thoughts on “Far-afield D.C. Randonneurs keep the pedals spinning in Korea

  1. Thanks for the great Korea Randonneurs article. By the way Lothar is feverishly preparing for a 1000K in October that will be called the Seoul-Busan-Seoul. The ride will cover nearly the whole peninsula. October is the most beautiful month in Korea with the leaves changing and cool dry air. It should be great fun. If anyone has ever been interested in the mystrious nation of Korea, this is an exellent opprtunity to see most of from a bicycle. All randonneurs know the best way to see anywhere is on a bicycle.

  2. I rode with Lothar on a brevet last December, and he instantly became one of my favorite people to ride with.

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