Tuesday, August 9, 2016

ACP 200 km Brevet and 'AGM', Sat. Sept. 17th 2016

As is becoming a DRR tradition, the end-of-summer 200 km brevet will be immediately followed by the DRR 'AGM' potluck and party, this year at Paul's house.

The route of the brevet is currently a victim of procrastination by the RBA, but watch for an update soon. We promise it will be a nice one. The start time is likely to be a little earlier than usual, so as not to eat too far into the evening of the AGM.

If you're not inclined to ride a full 200 km brevet that day, there will be a 100 km group permanent populaire alternative. There may also be 100 km ride organized for the following day (Sunday) for those who can't get enough randonneuring goodness that weekend.

You don't have to ride at all to come to the AGM. All DRR members, affiliates, riders, volunteers, supporters, partners, family and friends, bystanders, newbs, rando-curious are invited. More details soon, but bring a potluck contribution or a beverage to share and you'll be most welcome.

Ride date: Saturday, 17th Sept. 2016

Sign in: 05:45
Start at: 06:00
Finish by: 19:30
(Earlier than conventional, to allow an earlier finish (even for slower folks (like me)) so everyone who wants can get to the 'AGM' in time.)

Sunrise: 06:38
Sunset: 19:03

Organizer: Norm Carr

Fee: Free for RUSA members.

Start/Finish location:
Starbucks, Columbia Point Dr., Richland, WA

Parking: Big parking lot right there.

Route
#1827 "Tour de Tri-Cities".


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Spring 600 Results

Ward Beebe
Cary Flannery
John Kramer
Audunn Ludviksson
John Pearch
Graham Ross

... all completed the DRR Spring 600 km ACP brevet. Well done to all. This ride turned out to be a little more challenging than it might have been due to uncooperative whether at times, particularly headwinds in places and some impressive rain in Oregon. Despite that, this new route seems to have been enjoyed by these pioneering riders. Thanks to all who provided interesting and useful feedback and reports.

Next on our calendar is an ACP 200 km brevet in September. In the meantime thanks to all for riding with DRR and have a fun summer, whatever your plans.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

DRR Spring 400 Results

AlsupWilliam
ArchibaldChris
BlakesleeDerek
BrightbillKevin
CarrNorm
ChastainAsta
ForbesThomas
KramerJohn
LudvikssonAudunn
OtcenasSusan
RossGraham

...all completed the Spring 400 km ACP brevet. There were no DNSs nor DNFs. Thanks to all for making the trip and riding with DRR and thanks to Paul for organizing. That was a fun and in places challenging day on bikes. We got lucky with the wind and weather... until Plymouth.

See you at the 600?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

DRR Spring 600km ACP Brevet - 5/21/16


*** Route Update 5/18/16 ***

Benton County has decided to chipseal County Well Rd (2nd loop) and possibly, by the ride date, parts of Weber Canyon Rd. New, loose, course chipseal has made these surfaces slow and unpleasant to ride, particularly on hard narrow tires. It's only 10-15 km but if you're undecided about tire choice, wider might be better for this one (generally true for most DRR routes, really).

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Ride date: Saturday-Sunday, 21st-22nd May 2016

Sign in: 05:30 Saturday
Start at: 06:00 Saturday
Finish by: 22:00 Sunday

Sunrise Sat: 05:16
Sunset Sat: 20:30

Organizer: Norm Carr

Fee: Free for RUSA members.

Start location: John Dam Plaza, Richland WA.
Finish location: Open control, downtown Richland.

Parking: Big parking lot just across Jadwin Ave., north of the Federal Building.

Accommodation

The start and finish will be in the same place as the Spring 400, in Richland.

If you need somewhere to stay, you'll want to book accommodation very soon. A quick survey of local hotels shows several already sold out that weekend, including the Red Lion and Shilo. Alternatives include the Days Inn and Hampton Inn nearby, and the Sleep Inn just over the bridge in Pasco. Further afield, Kennewick also has a selection. There's ample parking nearby if you need to drive to the start.

24 Hr Services in Richland
Denny's, 1301A George Washington Way
Exxon, 1401 George Washington Way
Shari's, 1745 George Washington Way
WinCo Foods, 101 Columbia Point Dr

Route
RUSA route #1943 "Double Cheeseburger 600"

This route is split into two parts, both starting and ending in Richland, and is intended to be ridden over two days, a first day of ~350 km and a second of ~250 km, but there's nothing to stop you riding through if that's your style.

Cue Sheet

Route Part I
Route Part II

Day one is an out and back with a loop that explores some familiar and unfamiliar quiet roads of NE OR. From Richland we'll make an early detour via Dallas Rd and Reata Rd followed by the famous climb over to Oregon up Clodfelter and long descent down Plymouth. After Hermiston it's the long empty trip up 207 to Lexington, then 74 to Heppner. If we're unlucky, this is where the headwinds will be worst. After Heppner, we'll stay on 74 through some hilly, lonely and in places spectacular scenery on a fun road for cycling with some interesting climbs and exciting descents, all the way to US395 and the gradual descent back down to Pendleton. From there it's back along the perennial favorite canyon road to Echo, back on 395 to Hermiston and the river, then the minor matter of DRR's favorite climb, likely in the dark, back up Plymouth to the view of the night-time lights of the Tri-Cities and the decent back down Clodfelter and to Richland.

Day two visits with the Yakima River a little while before another popular local climb up Weber Canyon. Then we'll take a trip through the wheat fields of the Horse Heaven Hills before the fast and fun descent down to Prosser. You'll have done most of the climbing by then, but there's still a trip out and back along either side of the Yakima valley and a hop back over from Benton City before you're done.

Notes
As usual with DRR brevets, this is an entirely unsupported event. Please be prepared for long stretches between services and without cell phone coverage on day one.

There will be riding in the dark. Lights and reflective gear that satisfy RUSA rules must be used.

There will be information controls - please have a pen.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

RUSA.org Now Accepting Results

The RUSA website is now once again accepting the input of brevet results. I have submitted results for both the DRR 200 and 300 spring brevets. If you rode either, your result should now be visible in your results page on the RUSA website.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring 300 ACP Brevet Results

Norm Carr
John Kramer
Susan Otcenas
Michael Russel
Paul Whitney
Michal Young

...all successfully completed the DRR Spring 300 km brevet in commendable time (4 minutes quicker than last year!) and with style, grace and class on a beautiful day in beautiful country in NE Oregon. There were no DNFs, so there. Well done to all and thanks for the entertaining and charming company that helped the kilometers (and miles) roll by.

Reith Road

Some say it's not possible to ride further than 300 km in one sitting (and occasional standing). Not so. Which will be demonstrated on April 30 when we hold the spring 400. See you there.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Spring 200 km Results

NormCarr
JohnKramer
KathyMullet
RonMullet
SusanOtcenas
MichaelRussell
Charlie White
KathyWhite
PaulWhitney

...all made completing the DRR Spring 200 km ACP brevet look easy. There were no DNFs and only one collapsed bridge.

It was a beautiful day in the Yakima valley with blue skies and very warm temperatures. Previous versions of this event have been cold, sometimes below freezing. This time we got temps over 60 F. Even the forecast strong winds we were dreading on SR22 out to Toppenish failed to arrive, with only a couple of windy sections early in the morning giving way to an afternoon of tailwind breezes. Lovely.

Our weather luck was balanced by flats misfortune with four (or was it five?) between us all. A small price to pay.

It was great to welcome lots of rando friends from out of town. Thanks for visiting and we're hoping you'll take home stories of how delicious the riding can be out this way and encourage more to follow your pioneering endeavors.

See you again on the 300 on March 19th.