Alex Bachmann

Randonneuring in January, In Ohio

 Posted by on January 30, 2020
Jan 302020

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
Dec 292019

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 »