Alex Bachmann

Ohio Region Resumes Hosting Brevets

 Posted by on August 31, 2020
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Beginning September 26th, the Ohio region will resume hosting brevets with the following additional rules in accordance with CDC and Ohio government guidelines…

1) All participants will be required to engage in an at-home health check the same day prior to arriving at scheduled events. Any participant, rider, spectator, volunteer or otherwise, shall not be allowed to participate or make presence at any Ohio RUSA events if they are showing COVID-19 or related symptoms, especially including a temperature of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breathe, sore throat, aches, chills, or any other flu-like symptoms.

2) All participants diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 will be required to present professional medical proof of a negative test of symptoms before being allowed to participate in the future.

3) Social distancing (registration and check in) – All entry fees must be paid online through the Ohio Randonneurs website. No physical brevet cards, waivers, or cue sheets will be available at the start of events. Upon sign up, these documents will be emailed individually to registrants. Registrants are encouraged to sign waivers and upload them digitally, to upload and email brevet cards after an event digitally, and to print out any cue sheets needed personally. In the event a rider chooses to hand in physical copies, they will be held in a sterilized drop box for 7 days after the event before results are submitted.

4) The use of electronic proof of passage will be the preferred method of results tracking, hereby defined in our region as

  • A GPS timed and dated file which includes an overall time as well as a moving time
  • A timed and dated, recognizable photo of controls must be submitted for any unmanned control.
  • Manned control volunteers will keep track of arrival times through a check in sheet.

5) Social distancing at the ride – All participants are required to maintain 6 feet of distance from all persons, participating or otherwise, at all times while present at events. Drafting and group riding is only acceptable for groups who arrive together. Snack sharing, snot rockets, and roadside assistance is not allowed. Riders are encouraged to stagger their start times to avoid leaving in a large group.

6) PPE – All riders will be required to show and possess a facial mask and hand sanitizer throughout the event. Masks must be worn at all gatherings and inside any business one enters. These items will not be made available to riders at send off.

7) Manned controls – We will attempt to man as many controls as possible. Volunteers must wear gloves and face masks and use sanitizer prior to assisting riders. Volunteers may have limited supplies, so riders are encouraged to bring all items necessary to finish their own ride.

8) All CDC and Ohio government COVID-19 safety rules and regulations shall be treated as Ohio Randonneuring rules and regulations.


Randonneuring in January, In Ohio

 Posted by on January 30, 2020
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It’s not easy, to say the least. We held two events this month, in attempt to give our riders a chance to keep their streaks going. The events had polar opposite results.

January 5th’s 108k populaire was a great success. 10 registered, 8 attended and all finished. One early finisher was a new randonneur named Jeremie. He rolled in after doing many solo miles on his flat bar bike, using a trial version of RWGPS and cues from his phone. This just goes to show anyone can finish these rides with a bit of heart and some proper training.

Larry and Christine finished on the tandem. We felt the wind on the final stretch in. I fell back from their draft and never caught up again.

Some riders commented that it was nice to be able to ride with a group for a sanctioned event that they would normally have done solo. Others that didn’t ride commented that they couldn’t attend and had no way to continue their streak.

Overall, temperature and wind were mild, there was no precipitation and even a bit of sun poked out toward the end. Everyone rode at a similar pace and all finished with 30 minutes of each other. Continue reading »

Intro to your new RBA

 Posted by on December 29, 2019
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Greetings Randonneurs!

My name is Alex Bachmann, from Xenia Ohio. As of December 2019, I am your new Regional Brevet Administrator for the Ohio region of RUSA cycling.

I started participating in long distance cycling in 2013 and have worked my way up to single effort rides totaling over 1000k multiple times a year. I have an active monthly “century +” streak dating back to June of 2014, which has now become a 200k+ since October of last year. My ultimate goal is to complete the Trans American Bicycle Race in 2021, one year before my 30th birthday.

I started riding with the Ohio Randonneurs in 2016, when I stumbled upon the concept of rando cycling in a desperate internet search. I didn’t think there was anyone else in the world riding the way I do. I was elated to discover an organization of riders dedicated to the long and challenging side of endurance bicycling. Continue reading »

Dec 292019

You’ve got a new RBA and a new RUSA insurance policy. The permanents program has been indefinitely cancelled and you’re probably wondering what this is going to mean for the Ohio program.

My initial desire for the program was to keep as many of the positive and consistent elements the same for our long-term riders, whilst simultaneously growing the program and introducing more events and opportunities within Ohio. We had a meeting in early December where we discussed our best options and came up with the following changes to implement in 2020 in response to RUSA changes. Continue reading »