David Buzzee

2019 Ohio Randonneur Flèche

 Posted by on May 6, 2019
May 062019

The 2019 Ohio Randonneur flèche took place May 4-5. Two teams rode, one each from Indiana and Detroit. The Indiana team, Sagamores of the Wabash, had six riders (one couple on a tandem); they rode 361 km and faced crosswinds and around 12 hours of rain. The Detroit team, Rando Punks 2019, counted only three raindrops. As happens in events like the flèche, the Detroit team also enjoyed a consistent tailwind. One rider abandoned at the first control after entering Ohio, leaving four riders to finish. One Detroit rider drove over from Cleveland to the start. He maintained the history of having at least token representation in the Ohio flèche by a rider from Ohio.

The 2020 event is tentatively planned for the first weekend in May, the 2nd and 3rd. Put it on your long-range calendar.

Ohio Randonneur Flèche

 Posted by on March 15, 2018
Mar 152018

Ohio Randonneurs did not submit the date for the 2018 Flèche by the deadline of October 1 2017. I recently learned of this. Since then I have worked with RUSA and ACP officials to get ACP approval for teams and riders who complete the flèche. The effort was successful. On the calendar the flèche may be listed as a RUSA Arrow but will be recorded with ACP as a sanctioned flèche when results are submitted. The 2018 OR flèche will meet the requirement for R-5000 and R-10000 recognition. So wait no longer; form your team, submit your registration ([ddownload id=”3427″ text=”download here”]) and send in your proposed route. I apologize for the uncertainty – and am pleased that the ride will now be official with ACP.

David Buzzee, Flèche coordinator for Ohio Randonneurs

2017 Gainesville 300

 Posted by on February 4, 2017
Feb 042017

Five AM, sky is probably overcast but at this hour who can tell? RBA Jim Wilson gives his pre-ride instructions, cautions and weak jokes about the weather being unFlorida-like, then sends us off. Predawn Gainesville is quiet and the streets strangely empty for what is normally a traffic-clogged agglomeration of too many cars and motor-scooters. Gainesville Florida is the home of the University of Florida with well over 50,000 students on the main campus. But at this time on Saturday morning the students, staff and faculty have left the streets to a band of 18 cyclists headed towards Georgia for a 195-mile ride. Many of the other riders are from South Carolina, Georgia or North Carolina. I’m the only one from a Northern state, having driven down to escape the weather in Columbus. In February, any rider would welcome the chance to ride all day in 75-degree sunshine. Cruel trick! Somehow the weather patterns reversed themselves. At the start of the ride the temp was 54 degrees; it dropped steadily during the ride to a low in the mid-forties. The sky was indeed overcast – the sun shone for no more than 5 minutes all day. At least the wind was reasonable, barely ten mph westerly. We headed west (of course!) and as the wind shifted to the north, so did the bike route. What was I doing here? Well, in for a dime, in for a dollar so I kept moving. Continue reading »