D.C. Randonneurs Shenandoah 600K: RBA Bill Beck’s Report

Our esteemed RBA and expert photographer Bill Beck has posted his report of the D.C. Randonneurs Shenandoah 600K this last weekend, copied below. The quick view: 40 starters, 32 finishers.

Bill was roaming the course taking photos on Saturday. Here he is at Goshen Pass.

I’ve also finished posting my photos. See them via the link below.

Many thanks again to Bill, who organized, and his volunteers, also noted below. You all did a fine job helping enjoy a great course though the wonderful Shenandoah Valley.

I’ll have a story of my own in the next couple days.

Well, that was an adventure. 40 riders started the Shenandoah (Middletown) 600K ACP brevet on Saturday morning with unusually cool temperatures that reached down into the 40s in the low-lying areas. They set off on a scenic 375-mile tour of the Shenandoah Valley that included LOTS of rolling hills, a few bigger climbs, and almost neverending views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Mechanical problems, illness, and the increasing heat took their toll, but 32 riders (80%) arrived back in Middletown with an official finish. That was actually a higher completion rate than last year when 73% finished. Thanks to Lynn Kristianson for designing perhaps the most beautiful of all DCR routes. And congratulations to all that completed their qualification for PBP or other Grand Randonees!

This year, two teams of dedicated volunteers treated riders to hot food all night and into the morning at both the overnight control in Raphine and at the Churchville Volunteer Fire Department. Many thanks to Rosemary and Tom Lepore, and Mike Wali at Raphine, and to Bill Dennen and Fred Robbins at Churchville. I heard nothing but positive comments about the tasty food at both places!

Thanks also to Chip Adams, John Mazur, and Cindy Piotrowski who registered riders on Friday, and to Mike Wali, Bob Sheldon and Ken Zabielski who handled registration at 3AM on Saturday morning. And thanks to Charlie and Katrin Thomas who helped at the finish and rescued a stranded rider.

Finally, I would also like to thank Ethel Simmons and Raymond Grogg at the Churchville VFD who allowed us to use their excellent kitchen and dining facilities all night long.

Preliminary results are posted at http://www.dcrand.org/dcr/results.php?page=display-results&year=2011. Here are the pictures that I know about:

Mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wabeck/sets/72157626898325092/ (including a few by George Moore)
Ed Felker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8193389@N06/sets/72157626895117208/with/5802824480/
Mary Gersema: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gersema/sets/72157626770605209/
Maile Neel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcn7/sets/72157626898477968/with/5803897275/
Mike Wali: http://www.flickr.com/photos/randomikew/sets/72157626770078323/

As we finish the spring season of long brevets, thanks again to the small army of volunteers that made them possible! We are finalizing the schedule for the second half of the year, with rides planned for each month from August through December. That schedule should be posted within the next couple of weeks.

Bill

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One thought on “D.C. Randonneurs Shenandoah 600K: RBA Bill Beck’s Report

  1. Really was nice of Charlie to come rescue me. Funny thing, it turns out that Katrin grew up in the same town in Switzerland where I spent a year as a high school exchange student back in 1973/74. Fun talking with them.

    I enjoyed riding at times or cross paths at controls with Nick, George Winkert, Ty, and Dave Sweeney. Really did hurt not being able to finish, but at some point, I just ran out of saliva and couldn’t swallow food anymore.

    Thanks, too, to Mike Wali for offering treats and good cheer at a couple of the controls.

    –Dave Judkins

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