Ohio Randonneurs 2017 Brevet Series – Northeast Ohio
The 2017 brevet series will be starting in Stow, Ohio in the northeast corner of the state. We started the 2016 series in Findlay, Ohio and crossed into Michigan and Indiana. This year’s routes will take us into Pennsylvania. On the 400, we will give those of you seeking multi-state awards the opportunity to get two states on one ride.
Paul Bacho and his “crew” have put together the 2017 routes, which promise more climbing. Cindy Watkins and Susan & Lloyd Peterson have been busy scouting and pre-riding the routes, checking for possible control locations, and making sure we have decent roads. Cindy reports that not only are the routes challenging, they’re also pretty. There will be a couple of hotels at the start to choose from, and we will be getting in and out of the Stow area on bike paths to avoid the more congested roads. Kevin Madzia of Century Cycles in Peninsula, Ohio has shared some of his knowledge of the area and assures us that we will enjoy lower traffic, plenty of hills, and nice riding when we head east. He warns us that, since Blossom Music Center is nearby, we might be competing for hotel space. Registering early, and taking advantage of the price break for signing up for the whole series, might help alleviate the problem. There are plenty of hotels near the start but any other than the host hotel may require a little driving. David Miller, our routes and cue expert, is reviewing the routes with his Ohio Department of Transportation expertise. Dave works with RUSA to assure the routes meet their requirements and provide a safe experience for all our riders. It is great to be surrounded with such quality people who make my job much easier.
When we finalize the details, more information and the routes will be posted on our website.