Wish You Were There
Weather for the Tri-Cities 200 was "perfect". See for yourself with Paul's Flikr album.
Don't be Shy
If you blog, scribble, note or otherwise make a record of your experience on a brevet please share. A couple of not-seen-here-before reports include Narayan Krishnamoorthy's Birkie description. It includes a ultimate criteria for what constitutes a "wet ride". And Don Boothby's highly visual Cheeseburger, hold the Cheese Three Capes travelogue.
Don't be shy, share your reports with all of us.
Three Capes Squeeze
As organizer Cecil-Anne stated:
Thanks to everyone who braved a pessimistic weather forecast to come out for our Three Capes 300 - as it turned out, the weather cooperated and folks got only a little wet out at the coast - nothing like the Birkie Monsoon, that's for sure.
60 riders total started (including three pre-riders), 55 finished.
Our first riders finished in 10 hours and 48 minutes; our last riders (both rding fixed-gear bikes) completed the course in 19 hours and 52 minutes. Many riders set personal best times for the course (and for any 300, for some).
Quote of the day goes to Michael "Shrinking Violet" Wolfe, who proclaimed himself a "Sexy, Shoeless God of War," as he stormed into the final control. He later conceded that he was, in fact, wearing shoes.
She has a Flikr photoset up for perusal.
The days before and after featured pouring rains and stiff winds. The 2009 Three Capes took place in, while not ideal, conditions that were better than surrounding weather. Michael Johnson contributed the first ride report. For a view from the speedy crowd up front this bit from Steve Lamb details life in the fast pace line.
Rain, rain, rain. 2009 seems to have a brevet theme shaping up.
Three Capes organizer Cecil described the brevet: That WAS a tough ride, wasn't it? Who knew it was possible to get that wet and still have a good time! I sure hope the many people who told me that this was their first brevet ever did not get too discouraged :-) First photos of the wet event come from Michael Johnson. First ride report comes from Michael Johnson, followed quickly by the still froggy Cecil-Anne's multimedia, year to year photo includin', weather intensive tale. Baiki-Velomann Michael Man reported also. In the purley pictorial realm Leslie Larson has the eye on many things.
Three Capes Coming to the coast on April 11 this 300k will have more than 60 riders.
Michael Mann rode his first event and was baptized into randonneuring.
Organizer Bill describes the soggy, windy Snoozeville that had 30 finishers among 38 starters. It was nasty out there, see for yourself.
You'll be seeing warm and wonderfully clad ORR Riders in these fine jersies soon.
How does this work?
Another well run Snoozeville, Berkie and Three Capes coming soon, how does the ORR set up such wonderful events? It only happens because dozens of people volunteer and do what needs doing. Remember to thank them early and often.