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.