Sunday, April 28, 2013

DRR 400 - 2013 Results

We had 6 riders start and six riders finish. This years riders were: Asta Chastain, Doug Hiebert, Ken Bonner, Norm Carr, Ron Shaw and Susan Otcenas. Impressive rides by all on another windy day. Will link out to any pictures or other related postings from the riders as they occur.

Next up for DRR is the Summer 200k on May 18.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

DRR 300 - Results

Another great and blustery day for a bike ride. Six riders started and five riders finished. Congrats to all.

The riders for this year's 300k were:
Norm Carr, Doug Hiebert, Steve Kasper, Jeff Loomis, Vince Sikorski, and Gary Smith.

Thanks to Cathy Smith for helping with rider registration and with greeting the riders at rides end with cheeseburgers and a beverage. Thanks as well to Ian Hoffman for setting up a checkpoint/water-stop up in the Horse Heaven hills, and for bringing donuts to the ride start. And, thanks to Norm Carr for updating the route sheet and setting up the rider registration.

Next up: the DRR 400k.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

DRR Summer 200km - May 18 2013

We've replaced our 600km this year with an interesting 200km route. The proposed route starts/ends in Pendleton Oregon, and heads out and around Eastern Oregon. Stay tuned for additional details.

Some recommendations for the riders:
  • It's a good distance between water stops out there. It's a 3-4 water bottle ride, or 2 water bottles and a camelback or .... 
  • While traffic is light for much of the ride, a rear blinky or some sort of additional attention grabbing device is recommended to help draw attention to yourself from the occasional vehicle, even during daylight hours.

We may reversed the course to take in the same scenery while taking better advantage of the terrain. There are a few significant climbs - and the hairpins and the typical winds favor a counterclockwise version of this ride. So we are going counter clockwise.

Some details:
Ride Start/End location: The Safeway in Pendleton, OR. There is an Oxford Suite's hotel adjacent.

Please show up to the start on-time:  The ride start will not be staffed more than 20 minutes after 8:00am, so that the staffed-control in Echo can occur.

Sunset/Sunrise: 5:20am/8:28pm
Ride Start Time: (tentatively) 8:00am -- will give 12+ hours of daylight.
Ride registration cost: $5 or $15 - depending on whether we have a sweep vehicle and a staffed water stop in Echo.
Registration: Register here. See who else is registered here.
Route: See the map below or this link. Corresponding route sheet here.

While the bulk of the allotted time for this ride is during daylight, the opportunity for riding in dusk or dark is present. Accordingly, be sure and have:

  • A front and rear light attached to the bike
  • A reflective vest/sash
  • Reflective ankle bands

Desert River 400km - April 27 2013

The route will be the same as in previous years - the deceptively challenging out and back from Richland to Ellensburg. Stay tuned for an update.

The pre-drive of the course is tomorrow afternoon - any updates tomorrow evening.

Update: We moved (slightly) the start/end location. See below:

Ride: Desert River 400km
Organizer: Paul Whitney - post questions to this blog or email.
Ride Date: April 27, 2013
Start Time: 06:00am, Registration - 5:30-5:55. Sunrise/set 5:13/8:37
Start/End Location: Albertson's Parking lot; Leslie&Gage in Richland, WA. 690 Gage Boulevard.
Start/End Location: 226 Piper Street, Richland, WA 99352
Finish by: 9:00am, April 28, 2013
Registration: Pre-register here. To see who else is riding, check here.
Entry Fee: $15 (Insurance, route cards/sheets/snacks/pre-drive-gasoline).
Medals: Available directly from the RUSA online store.
Route Sheet: Updated 4-24-2013: Draft is here.
Maps: Updated 4/24/2013 for out and back are available on Ride with GPS.

Some night riding is almost inevitable for 400k's in the continental US. Accordingly, be sure and have:
  • A front and read light attached to the bike
  • A reflective vest/sash
  • Reflective ankle bands
The above, and other rules for Brevets are available on the RUSA web site.