Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DRR Spring 300Km ACP Brevet 4/5/2014

For this year's edition of the spring 300Km we're resurrecting the original DRR 300 loop route, #741, Richland - Waitsburg - Walla Walla - Pendleton - Richland. You can whet your appetite with Paul's route description and photos from previous years.

Organizer: Norm Carr

Ride date: Saturday 5th of April 2014

Sunrise: 06:29
Sunset: 19:31

Sign in from: 05:30
Start at: 06:00 (4/5/14)
Finish by: 02:00 (4/6/14)

Fee: $10 (cash only, at the ride start)

Start/Finish location:
Albertsons parking lot, Leslie and Gage, Richland, WA 99352

It will be dark at both the beginning and end of the ride. Lights and reflective gear must be used, as per RUSA rules.

There will be information controls - please bring a pen.

It can still be chilly in E WA this time of year, especially in the hours of darkness. It's reasonable to expect some wind and maybe a shower as well. It's therefore a good idea to carry an extra layer or two. The last dozen or so Kms of the route are a fast descent, most likely in the dark, and are very likely to be cold.

Although the roads on the route are all surfaced, the pavement is quite beaten up in places, especially through the canyon after Pendleton. There's also some sections of new chipseal that are still rough. If you're undecided about tire choice, a little wider won't hurt.

Like all DRR brevets, this is a minimally supported ride and there are a couple of long stretches (60-90 Kms) on this route without much in the way of services. Please be ready to carry sufficient food and drink for your needs.

The route has been slightly adjusted this time to avoid the traffic of downtown Walla Walla and to join WA-125 (can be busy, but a good shoulder) a little later. This means we won't reach obvious services without a detour until Milton-Freewater. Good idea to stock up on food and drink in Waitsburg.

There might be volunteers at some controls with snacks and water, but please don't depend on it.

Route cue sheet (final)

Map / GPS download

You can always register on the day for DRR rides, but it makes the organizer's life easier if people signup in advance.

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