Randonneurmas Day Seven: Good Times

The end of the year is a sentimental time. Why not extend that feeling to the randonneurs and their family and friends at this special season?

We’re big fans of our friends over by Annapolis who ride as the Severna Park Peloton (SPP), a largely self-directed club that is run  without much formality. The primary rule seems to be that everybody get in a great ride and have a good time.

SPP meets for daily morning rides with longer stuff on the weekends, including brevets run by the D.C. Randonneurs and twice-annual weekend rides to the Atlantic shore and back. They also stage the annual D.C. Randonneurs fall Flatbread 200K brevet on the Eastern Shore, which usually has the largest attendance of all DCR events.

That's a good looking turkey. Go Clint!

That’s a good looking turkey. Go Clint!

Clint Provenza, one of the main guys behind this inclusive group, holds an annual holiday party with his gracious wife Sherri at their house in Millersville, Md. As you’d expect, the gathering is overflowing with food and good cheer.

A huge spread. Thanks Clint and Sherri.

A huge spread. Thanks Clint and Sherri.

Clint awards the annual Rider of the Year prize to the rider who has put in a lot of miles with the club and who has also given of their time and energy to support it. This year the award went to our pal Mike Binnix — congratulations Mike!

Mike and Clint. Way to go Mike!

Mike and Clint. Way to go Mike!

Whether a houseparty or something more modest, why not organize some time with cycling friends to honor their achievements and the good times you’ve all shared together?

The best part of the cycling lifestyle.

The best part of the cycling lifestyle.

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