Congratulations to everyone who showed up to ride the first ride of the season for the Minnesota Randonneurs. We had 47 riders show up for the ride anticipating sunny weather, good company and an enjoyable ride. Well, we got 2 of the 3. I waited for the sun to come out and warm things up like promised, but I can’t complain. I felt a few drops throughout the day and the winds were kind (most of the time). It was nice leisurely ride with small climbs and descents. Andrew Woods sent me this link to containing his captured ride data. It also includes elevation data for the ride, showing that the route was fairly flat.
Everybody pretty much got on the road at the official ride start. I was riding near the back so I couldn’t see for myself, but based on the ride results, it looks like everybody pretty much formed into small groups, finishing about every half hour, starting around 12:00 – 12:30 pm. The stops were nicely spaced out and it looked like everybody was taking advantage of them to relax, chat and get warmed up. Additionally, it looked like there were plenty of additional places to stop at and get warmed up before heading on.
I thought it was a great start to the season. After a year off, it was great to be back in the saddle and seeing familiar faces as well as plenty of new ones. Don’t forget, the next ride is on April 21, 2012.
As Rob mentioned at the start of the ride, I am helping with collecting and presenting information on our website. If you have something you would like to contribute – your ride experiences, randonneuring advice, photos, etc – you can send them to me at email@example.com. You can find this link on the Contact Us page as well.
|ride results have been posted to the RUSA site, the TCBC mileage credit will take a few days.|
|Bruce R. Siegfried||4:51|
|Dan Vega||No card|
|Jim Miles||No card|
|Mike Twedy||No card|
|steve ferree||No card|
|Tyler Bahr||No card|
|William L Johnson||4:52|