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 »

December 2019 RBA Update

 Posted by on December 6, 2019
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Alex Bachman

Ohio Randonneurs
Regional Brevet Administrator

Next Up: Planning Meeting and possible Ride
Saturday December 14 at
Cyclist Connection and Brew Dog, 5:00 pm
Canal Winchester, Ohio

Next Up: Randonneuring 101 Populaire

 Posted by on September 8, 2019
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Oct. 20 (rain date Oct. 27)

It’s time to recruit some of your cycling friends to “the dark side” of cycling, Ultra-distance Cycling. It’s the end of the season for most cyclists. Your friends have mastered a century, ridden Pelotonia, maybe even have heard of randonneuring. Some of you have gone to Paris-Brest-Paris and come back with amazing stories. Let’s let them in on a new experience. Ohio Randonneurs will be offering our introduction to randonneuring with our end of the season 100K Populaire complete with “controls”, brevet cards, cue sheets, and of course a few well-placed hills. We will follow all the fun with a post ride celebration where stories can be shared, food will be eaten, advice can be given, and questions will be answered. Cyclist Connection in Canal Winchester has once again offered to help host our 65 mile ride. We will ride from Canal Winchester to Granville and back. The ride will have a mass start at 9:00 since it is a timed event. Registration closes on the Thursday before the ride

August 2019 RBA Update

 Posted by on August 1, 2019
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Paris-Brest-Paris 2019 is fast approaching. Debi and I went to a pre-PBP party at Don and Phyllis Hamilton’s in 2003. At that party was a huge PBP poster, similar to the one pictured, spread out on the garage floor. We were told that the posters were in kiosks all around Paris, and found that fact to be true. PBP only comes around every four years, much like the Olympics. It is more rare than The Tour, and preceded The Tour de France in history. We were also told that bicycle multi-tools work wonders on kiosks.

To all randonneurs going to Paris………….Bonne Route!

David Roderick
Ohio Randonneurs
Regional Brevet Administrator

2019 600K

 Posted by on June 10, 2019
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The Ohio Randonneurs ACP Brevet series wrapped up with a 600K that offered a bit of everything. The first 200K was dry with a downhill that had some riders reporting 49.1 mph the last time they checked their computer, only to find later that their max speed was higher. Ron Selby shared that at the first control, manned by Christine Graham, that it was the first time he had seen a horse and buggy tethered near the gas pumps at a service station. The second 200K had unrelenting rain the full distance. There was no riding out of it. The third 200K was dry, but the last 100K had a headwind. For those riders who are counting, the brevet covered two states.

Several riders qualified for their first PBP. All necessary numbers for completing registration are available at the RUSA website. Paul Bacho was training for his ninth trip to PBP. I knew he was all set when he pulled out a familiar long slender sandwich wrapped in foil.  Paul knows how to manage his time and nutrition. I hope all the other riders have figured it out.

Randonneuring is about self-sufficiency but, make no mistake, riders only have success if they have a strong team. It was nice to see some of the riders “teams” at the ride. Larry and Christine Graham are a team. Tim Argo’s team was there. The Vajda team was there and some members of the team were excited to go to the hotel pool. James is not going to PBP but, his year was a training year where he got to push himself. He is well on his way towards a future PBP. I hope the hotel has a pool.

The Ohio Randonneurs team of Dave Miller, Ted Meisky, David Buzzee, the volunteers who manned controls this season and the hotel clerks and managers was there as well. Being the RBA is easy when you surround yourself with good people and let them do what they do best. My wife Debi was there with her date bars. She is not a volunteer (she got drafted) and the season hinges on her loving support and patience. Just as your team does, she lets me go outside and ride my bike. Riders did the pedaling, the teams did the rest.

I would like to thank Johnathan Karpick for creating and sharing team pins. The design is great and the pin doesn’t leave a hole in my shirt.

Spring Training is over, Summer Camp is done. It’s time to crank it up, let’s go out and do some hill repeats or interval training.


June 2019 RBA Update

 Posted by on May 28, 2019
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Based on the finishing percentage of the 400K, Dave Miller, the principal author of all Ohio Randonneurs routes, wishes to remind PBP riders that it can be cold and rainy in France. After battling the leftover winds from this weekend’s tornados, I would like to remind riders that there may be a drought and winds in France also.

Understand, your first 400K will be your fastest. The second will be a bit slower due to nutrition, and the lack of adrenaline that carried you through the first 400K. Your last 400k will usually be slower yet, due to inadequate nutrition on the second 400K. I would suggest that if it is daylight, you need to be pedaling. Dick Seebode, five time ancien of PBP, suggested I pedal on to Carhaix before sleeping if I had daylight. Most riders stop at the overcrowded Loudeac Control. Your choice.

On this month’s 600K, PBP riders are advised to ride it straight through, not stopping at the 400K mark where you have a hotel room. Jared Schwartzentruber took advantage of the washer and dryers at the hotel to combat the rain we had on the 400K. David Miller suggests that the riders who had fenders or Camelbacks in 2007 had a better chance of success.

Spring training is over, Memorial Day, to some, is the start of summer. Let’s do Summer Camp. It’s time to taper. This brevet has less climbing than the 400K, so I am told. Yes, we add distance. Nutrition is critical. Please make sure that any potential mechanicals are taken care of. It’s time to finesse your time management. Let’s do this, let’s crank it up.

May 2019 RBA Update

 Posted by on April 29, 2019
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The 300K was completed by all who started. As promised, the route covered some of the same ridges as the 200K, but from a different direction. David Miller put together a great update of one of his earlier routes. It was much safer getting in and out of Chillicothe and he even threw in a “secret control” that he manned on what riders reported was a downhill. A few riders struggled with nutrition and time management. It was a great day weather-wise but some riders lingered at the turnaround control too long, in my opinion. Of course, the fact that Dawn Mettler and Ben Slay manned the control and fed the riders whatever the asked for may have been a factor. Dawn and Ben deserve a big thanks for volunteering to man the control and take any surplus food to a fire station that especially enjoyed the surplus cookie gift. Riders need to understand that there will not be a Speedway on every other corner with roller dogs and greasy pizza at PBP. I had difficulty even locating a chilled soda in France.

Next Up: Team Flèche

David and Lucy Buzzee will be hosting the flèche again this year. They will open their home to two teams, one from Indiana and one from Michigan. Word has gotten out to the randonneuring community that the Ohio Flèche is one not to miss.

For riders who are not experienced at riding at night, the 24 hour team event is perhaps the best way to learn how to manage nutrition and safely make it through the night. We always try to place it as a natural step up from the 300K to prepare for the 400K, where riders, in most cases, have to finish in the dark and lights and reflective gear are required. The flèche is also required for the R5000 award.

Toshiyuki Nemoto’s 400K

This year’s 400K is based on routes that both David Buzzee and Bob Waddell have used in the past. The ride starts at The Quality Inn at Blue Ash, near Cincinnati, across the road from the original start at The Red Roof Inn. Last fall, when I told Toshi I was considering this 400K route, he went out to check to see if the original route was viable. It needed improvement for safety and traffic concerns. Toshi photographed every cued intersection and made necessary changes. He also suggested that we move the start. Hugh Walsh was out for a leisurely ride on the route last week and found that we may need to make a change or two due to construction. It’s nice when “locals” can help keep us current. Lynn Clark is helping improve the 600K route that starts in Macedonia this year, from the route that we used just a few years ago.

Dave Miller just submitted the improved route to RUSA for approval. We always try to get any up-dates to any of our routes posted on our website the Tuesday before the ride. Even with that diligence, there may be changes made the day before or even the day of the ride. Rider safety is our primary concern.

Spring Training continues, Let’s crank it up!