February 2016 Update

 Posted by on February 17, 2016
Feb 172016

The 2016 Ohio Randonneurs ACP Brevet Series.

Let’s get this season going! The 2016 ACP Brevet Series will start at Findlay, Ohio at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, 903 Interstate Drive, Findlay, Ohio 45840. I’ve spent two weekends in Findlay this past few weeks, and stayed at two different hotels, and checked out many others. I was looking for a mid-priced to budget hotel to serve as the host hotel for the series. There are several to choose from within walking distance or a five minute bike ride or drive from the Country Inn & Suites. You have lots of choices, and although I haven’t talked to Larry Graham directly, he may know of places to stack bikes and riders. More specific details pertaining to each brevet will be found elsewhere on this website.

The 200K this year will be heading north to Michigan via North Baltimore, Bowling Green, and Sylvania, Ohio. It may actually have more gain in elevation than the 300K which will be heading to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. There are very few hills or rollers to choose from, but I did notice several wind turbines. The 400K will give you a chance to “ride to Hell and back”. Yes, we will be heading for Hell, Michigan. It will be an extension of the 200K. I can’t wait for that pre-ride talk. The 600K will possibly be a big Horseshoe that covers Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana all on one brevet. That route is still undergoing some polishing. If any of you have ridden the Hancock Horizontal Hundred at Findlay, you may remember that the biggest hill was an overpass over I-75. We had hills last year, this year is flat. Next year we will be starting in Northeastern Ohio. Continue reading »

May 2015 Update

 Posted by on May 25, 2015
May 252015

A pretty dry day for the riders………….300K May 16, 2015

The 300K is in the books. We had twelve riders registered, two riders did not start, and two riders abandoned due to a serious mechanical issue. There was rain all around on Saturday, but for the most part, our riders were able to avoid it. Debi was in Austin, Texas buying me some socks and a water bottle from Mellow Johnnies bike shop. You know, the one that Lance is associated with, and has a shrine devoted to him in the basement. Debi got some really nice pictures for me, and still managed to put together a batch of date bars for the 300K before she left. Volunteering, with a little arm twisting, Ben Slay and Dawn Mettler manned the turnaround picnic in Logan, and by all reports, and what I personally witnessed, they did a great job. Thanks Ben and Dawn. Ben came up with the idea of donating all the extra food and such to the Logan Fire Department. They were very appreciative, I just wish I would have thought of it first. Further proof, that along with David Buzzee, David Miller, Ted Meisky and Ric Noland, that I am fortunate to surround myself with great people. Matt Taylor finished first at 6:30 pm, and Eve Hush, David Rudy, and John Sanchirico finished to beer and pizza at roughly 10:00 pm., well ahead of the 2:00 am cutoff. Continue reading »

April 2015 Update

 Posted by on May 1, 2015
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The rains stopped, the clouds parted, the sun shown down and made for a great day for the Ohio Randonneurs 200K brevet. No one complained about the tail wind the last 34 downhill miles of the course either. We had 23 riders start, and 22 finish, including a few newcomers to the “dark side” of cycling. Having to share the start with the COP Spot ride proved to be of little consequence since our riders were out on the road well before most of the Spot riders arrived, and finished well after most of the spot riders had finished. A big thanks goes out to Ric Noland and the Cyclist Connection crew for hosting our series this year. Rob did a great job on the grill. He kept the burgers and hot dogs coming hot off the grill for our post ride picnic. His wife gets a big thanks for getting a new grill and charcoal at the last minute, when it was discovered that the Cyclist Connection grill had broken down. Debi’s date bars and some liquid refreshment from the “cooler” showed our appreciation. I want to personally thank, as most of the riders did, the volunteers that manned the controls. On the 300K we’ll have more tubes available at the controls thanks to Cyclist Connection.

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February 2015 Update

 Posted by on February 22, 2015
Feb 222015

Ok, let’s get this season started. There are several of you who have been riding permanent brevets and populaires available here in Ohio in pursuit of your R12 and P12 awards. Good luck in reaching your goals. For the rest of the Ohio randonneurs, and riders new to randonneuring, go to our Facebook page or Google group for more information about these rides. If you’re out riding, you might as well get credit for it. All the rules and procedures for riding permanents can be found at RUSA.org. We have a list of Ohio permanents and populaires available on our website.

2015 is a Paris-Brest-Paris year. Ohio Randonneurs will offer a complete series of ACP sanctioned brevets in order to qualify riders for this prestigious event. If you check your history, without PBP there would be no Tour de France. TdF was started by a rival newspaper after PBP was created. PBP is not for everybody. It is a hard ride of 1200K. It’s the greatest ride in which I have participated. Without PBP there would be no permanents or populaires. It is an expensive undertaking. RUSA affords us several other long distance opportunities and awards that still garner a great deal of respect. Continue reading »

December 2014 Update

 Posted by on December 1, 2014
Dec 012014

Well the 2014 brevet season is winding down, except for those of working on your R-12 or P-12 qualifications by riding permanents. Good luck on your efforts, and be safe out there on the roads. I had a good time this year despite some setbacks and tragedies. Thank you for helping me through my first year as Ohio’s RBA. I learned a lot, and have much more to learn. I hope to constantly find ways to improve our brevets.

We have submitted our dates and rides for next year. They appear on the RUSA calendar. All the rides will be submitted as ACP rides. All of the routes are new routes, and must be submitted to RUSA for approval along with their cue sheets. I am trying to put the finishing touches on the routes. We’ve already had to redirect some of the routes that we had originally planned. They are a work in progress. Those of you that want the cues now will just have to wait until they have been approved. I can at least share with you that they will start at Cyclist Connection in Canal Winchester and head for the Hocking Hills. It is a Paris-Brest-Paris year, which is the original ride that randonneuring sprung from. That being the case, I will include more hills, and less bike path. The routes will still be “out and backs”. I know that not all of you are aiming for PBP, but I feel an obligation to try to prepare the riders that are, for what I consider the grandest amateur ride available. Our ACP brevets are offered to any RUSA members and riders both here in Ohio and from outside the state. We had a rider from Randonneurs Ontario this past season. For those of you hoping to secure your R5000 award, and others looking for a longer brevet for training or simply a challenge, we will be offering an ACP 1000K in July. It will be part of the Coast to Coast series weekend, and can be ridden as shorter 200 and 300K brevets or ridden straight through for 1000K. It will cover a route from Cleveland to Cincinnati and back. It will be a flatter offering than our spring series. Continue reading »

July 2014 Update

 Posted by on June 30, 2014
Jun 302014

Well, we wrapped up our 2014 Spring ACP brevet series. Congratulations to all the riders who participated in the brevet series. Some of you were new to randonneuring, while there were a number of well-seasoned veterans. We appreciated all the help and support that you gave each other. We got off to a bumpy start, but finished strong. Some riders could not complete the whole brevet, or the whole series, but that’s why we have the CCIC committee on our website. Please feel free to nominate future members to the committee. Every little bit helps. I hope that the riders who could not complete a particular brevet, or the series, will take away from the experience something that will help you have success at other brevets this year, and not discourage you from coming back next year.

I want to thank all my volunteers that helped this year. They made the series a success. I was told that I could handle the RBA position, if I surrounded myself with a knowledgeable, considerate support team. We still want to offer manned controls next year, so I hope that you will consider volunteering. I don’t want Dave Miller to have to get a tent to man some turn around control. If we can get more volunteers, then each volunteer’s time out on course can be reduced. There are also behind the scenes volunteers that made the season a success. Ted Meisky has enabled you to register, get the cues, see the results, and read this long winded message. Yea Ted! David Buzzee was responsible for laying out the routes and putting the cues together. No Buzzee, no route, no ride. Yea Buzzee! Those of you who remember when David Buzzee was the rba, can appreciate the fact that he took it easy on you this series per my request.

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April 2014 Update

 Posted by on April 14, 2014
Apr 142014

Two down and two to go to earn that Super Randonneur Award. It’s mid-series, and we’ve covered a lot of miles for the limited training season we had this year. The 300k went well last weekend with few minor incidents. Apparently there was an overly zealous volunteer at the lunch stop who kept blowing the whistle, and even told the kids on the playground to “stop rough housing in the pool”. When I collected the materials from that control, I found a note saying my ink stamp had broken. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Speaking of pools, apparently one rider, who will remain nameless, needed a cue to find the bathroom at the hotel post ride. I told him it was on the right, but he turned left and found himself in the pool in his spandex. He was off the course, so I claim no responsibility.

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February 2014 Update

 Posted by on February 8, 2014
Feb 082014

Randonneurs and anyone else we’ve corrupted, let’s get the season going. Ted Meisky, Ric Noland, David Buzzee, Tim Creamer and I have been busy trying to get everything up and running, approved, and laid out. Ted has done an excellent job with getting our website where it is. David Buzzee has been having fun laying out the routes and getting the cues together. The rest of us have been doing what we can when we can. Let’s hope we have a good season, and that the few changes we’ve made are worth the increase in the fees.

I’ve negotiated discounts at the two host motels we will be using this year. We will be starting the 200k and 300K at The Country Inn and Suites in Springfield, Ohio. Due to the lack of available rooms the weekend of the 400K, we had to move that start to Xenia, Ohio where the 600k will start and the overnight hotel for the 600K will be. Remember that this year’s routes are “out and backs”. More details on the rooms and discounts will follow.

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