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ACP Series/600K Summary

Stop if you have already heard this one.

An Engineer, an Artist, a Librarian, and a Teacher decided to stage the 2017 Ohio Randonneurs ACP series…………………..and with the help of several of you……………………………I can say: “We Did It”.

The Process

During my first year as RBA for Ohio Randonneurs, I decided that it would be fair to all members if we moved each series to the four corners of the state. To that end, I told Paul Bacho, a long time randonneur, that I needed some routes that started in Northeast Ohio. After covering Southwest, Central, Southeast, and Northwest Ohio, it was Northeast Ohio’s turn. I have to admit that I badgered Paul every year to get some routes together, and with Cindy Watkins and a host of others, this year he was able to do so. This past winter when the snow was flying deep in the Northeast, Cindy and I went out to preview the route that they had put together. Word got out and soon other randonneurs in the area chimed in on the route. Lynn Clark, as well as Kevin Madzia of Century Cycles, offered solutions to some of the problems we were having. After another trip to preview the route with another randonneur, Steve Gassman, we finally had something to turn over to the engineer.

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2017 Ohio 400K – Stories

I have been heard to say that, “The ride has to have a story to be a good ride.”. Based on that criteria, and the number of stories that I heard about the 400K, last week’s 400K must have been a great ride. As a former English and History teacher, I love stories. There are stories about sights, suffering, fatigue, as well as stories about success and gratitude.  There is great knowledge and experience to be found post ride sitting around together sharing stories.

Saturday stories started early in the ride. In order to convince riders to pedal on and complete a ride, I quote a good friend and former randonneur, who always told me to ask myself, “Can I make it to the next control”. I have often done so when the mental challenge of what we do kicks in. The reasoning follows along these lines. I can get refreshment, get off the bike, just sit down, and attempt to recover and refuel before going on. I tell my volunteers to always have a smile and encouragement when they man a whole control from open to close. It helps the riders to see a friendly face, and perhaps receive some minor or major SAG at the control. Plus, we know where you are.  Dave Miller and my wife Debi spent an awful lot of hours waiting for ALL the riders to come through. Of course, they end up with stories to share too. Continue Reading…

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