Sunday, January 31, 2016

DRR Spring 200km ACP Brevet 2/27/2016

Yep. It's Flat Yak. Again. Would be a shame to break with tradition. All welcome to our season-opening brevet.

This is a low-level course through the Yakima River valley out to an open control lunch stop in Toppenish and back. It follows generally quiet roads through Eastern Washington farmland. Some pre-ride notes from a couple of years ago are still relevant.

Mt Adams from Toppenish.

There's still a possibility of wintery weather at the end of Feb, and there's a good chance it could be chilly or windy. Bring extra layers and a weatherproof shell. Like all our brevets, this is an unsupported ride but there are sufficient opportunities to find food and drink along the route.

There may be a rando season opening celebration potluck at Norm's house after the ride - stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, here's the admin:

Organizer: Norm Carr

Ride date: Saturday, 27th February, 2016

Sign in from: 06:30
Start at: 07:00
Finish by: 20:30

Free entry.

Start/Finish location:
Starbucks, corner of Gage Blvd. & Keene Rd., Richland, WA 99352
(NOT the Starbucks inside Albertson's!).
Lots of parking available in Albertson's adjacent parking lot.

Sunrise: 06:40
Sunset: 17:39

As an early season ride there's a significant possibility of riding in the dark so lights and reflective gear that satisfy RUSA rules must be brought and used.

There will be information controls - please have a pen.

Register to ride            Who's riding?

Route cue sheet



Map / GPS download


Sunday, December 27, 2015

2016 Season Preview

DRR is running a complete ACP brevet series in 2016, a bonus fall ACP 200 and likely plenty of perms in between. Here's what we know right now.


Spring 200 km, Saturday, February 27th
This will be the perennial favorite Flat Yak course.
Information from last time.

Spring 300 km, Saturday, March 19th
Last year we introduced an all-new course out of Hermiston for the spring 300 and it proved such a hit with those that rode it that we're using the same course again in 2016.
Information from last time.

Spring 400 km, Saturday April 30th
Organized by Paul, this is likely to be the popular 400 km course from 2015.
Information from last time.

Spring 600 km, Saturday, May 21st
This will probably be a challenging new course in NE Oregon. Work in progress. Watch this space.

Fall 200 km, Saturday, September 17th
To be decided, hopefully something new and interesting.


As ever, we'll be adding event and registration information to this site as soon as it is available. In the meantime, mark your diaries for some fun times (of all types).

These events can't happen without volunteers. Pre-event research and administration is just as valuable as support on the day(s). If you'd like to get involved with DRR as an organizer, volunteer, or however, please let us know using that form over there --->>

Thanks and a satisfying and fulfilling 2016 to all our randonneuring pals, wherever you ride or volunteer.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Local Permanents

Thought it was about time we had a list of RUSA permanents local to the DRR region around here. Work in progress. See here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall 200/100 km Results

Duane Blassl
Norm Carr
Doug Hiebert
Jeff Mendenhall
Susan Otcenas

all finished the DRR Fall 200 km ACP brevet. The following day

Norm Carr
Ian Hoffman
Jeff Mendenhall
Susan Otcenas
Paul Whitney

also did a bonus 100 km permanent, rounding off a delightful weekend of randonneurism.

Saturday evening was also the DRR 'AGM' potluck, where Norm was reelected unopposed as RBA, much useful discussion of next years program occurred ...and the rest is a blur.

Thanks to all for riding/potlucking.

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This completes the official DRR programme for 2015. Stay tuned for possible permanents during the winter, news of next year's happenings and anything else we can think of to fill space here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DRR ACP Brevet 2016 Calendar

If you like to plan a long way in advance, very tentative dates for DRR's 2016 brevets are now included in the calendar. All dates remain negotiable and can change. Please let us know if you have any opinions.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DRR Fall 200 km ACP Brevet 9/26/2015, Potluck and Bonus Sunday Group Permanent Populaire

Two rides. One weekend. Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September. Join DRR for our end-of-season randonneuring mini-fest, featuring two rides - 200 km on Saturday and 104 km group permanent on Sunday - and the DRR 'Annual General Meeting' potluck on Saturday evening. All very welcome for some or all of the weekend's fun. Both rides will start and finish in Richland, WA.

200 km ACP Brevet, Saturday

The route will be a circumnavigation of the Tri-Cities, starting and finishing in Richland, taking in vineyards, farms, sweeping views of the Columbia and Yakima river valleys, and a jaunt through the wheatfields of the Horse Heaven Hills.

Organizer: Norm Carr

Ride date: Saturday, 26th September, 2015

Sunrise: 07:01
Sunset: 18:15

Sign in from: 06:30
Start at: 07:00
Finish by: 20:30

Fee: $0

Start/Finish location:

This is an unsupported ride with long distances (more than 50 miles/80 kms) between services. Please prepare accordingly and carry sufficient clothes, tools, spares, food and drink for your needs.

There a possibility of riding in the dark. Lights and reflective gear that satisfy RUSA rules must be carried, regardless of whether you think you'll need them.

There will be information controls - please have a pen.

Register to ride


Who'll be there? (It can take a few minutes for your registration to show up here)

Route Cue Sheet Here

Map / GPS download





Potluck and 'DRR Annual General Meeting', Saturday Evening

Join us at Norm's house after the 200k until whenever, for a potluck, a beer or a G&T, and the DRR 'AGM'. All DRR members*, or DRR-curious, or just hungry randonneur-friendly potluckers welcome. If you bring your favorite food or beverage you're even more welcome. AGM agenda to be determined, but it's sure to be fun. And short. Probably.

* Are you a DRR member? Have you ever...
  • Ridden any DRR brevet?
  • Ridden any RUSA permanent that passes through the WA: Tri-Cities RUSA region (whatever that is)?
  • Organized, volunteered for or supported any DRR event?
...then yes, you're a DRR member. So there.

Register to potluck


Who'll be there? (It can take a few minutes for your registration to show up here)


104 km Group Permanent Populaire, Sunday

An easy sociable 104 km permanent after Saturday's hillyish 200. Possible slight detour for brunch in Benton City.

Organizer: Norm Carr

Ride date: Sunday, 27th September, 2015

Sign in from: 08:30
Start at: 09:00
Finish by: 15:56

Fee: $0

Start/Finish location:

Route cue sheet

Map / GPS download



Register to ride

Who'll be there? (It can take a few minutes for your registration to show up here)

Friday, August 7, 2015

DRR at PBP

Best of luck to all our rando friends who will be setting off on their Paris-Brest-Paris adventures next weekend. Special best wishes to Desert River Randonneur Gary S, who will be riding his eighth PBP. Bonne route, bonne chance et chapeau.