I have no aspirations to ride a 400, 600, or 1200k--just not a fan of riding all night and the assoicated sleep dep. But the 200's and 300's are useful distances for me as training for transcontinental rides and honing my spiritual practices for dealing with what the day offers in terms of gifts and challenges.
This 200 offered both--challenges and gifts.
There was a huge turnout—about 55 riders—3 women (including me)and 4 recumbents. The first 30 miles were warm with few sprinkles, but by the time we got to the first control the temperature had dropped 20 degrees and we were in rather continuous rain from steady pour to mist for the rest of the day. Thomas said there were a number of DNF’s weather dependent. Mark’s and Jeff’s and my PAC Desert Camp friend, Rob, from the Twin Cities, came over for our 200. He is the RBA for the new Twin Cities Rando Club. I’m doing his 300 in a couple of weeks.
Rob had a strong day—came in about 10th over all averaging 18 mph. Paul was there—having arrived from
Mark had a Vision Quest ride out of
The Randonneuring spirit was alive and well. I was surprised how many non-Rando-type riders were there totally under dressed for the conditions—short pants, short fingered gloves, short sleeves, no rain gear, and only the little under the seat bag big enough to hold a tube and tire irons. Hmmm.