A big thank you to all 47 people who participated in the Great Lakes Randonneurs Opener, Little Randos on to Sun Prairie! The weather could really not have been better and though the hoped for tailwind did not quite make it, almost everyone finished with a happy face. We had 5 new riders this year which is really awesome. All of them finished just fine and we hope to see all of them back for next year.
Due to the number of people that attended, Dawn P gratiously opted out of riding to help support riders in both Edgerton and Sun Prairie. We also all wish her well in healing up some achilles tendonitis. This marks the first time that GLR has staffed controls and from the standpoint of overall rider happiness and giving the RBA ample time to say hello to everyone at least once, I'm calling it a big success. We were also successful in gathering a large number of new pictures. Look for them to start appearing on our website.
If you would like to see our pictures, you can check them out HERE!
The results have been submitted to RUSA, but may take a little time to appear. Everyone who left a brevet card envelope last year and did NOT pick it up at the opener should find it in the mail sometime in the next week.
Next Ride Day is May 13, 7:00 AM!
The Lakes and Kettles 300k will make its debut going on roads we have virtually never traveled before. Those who are looking to add a state to an American Explorer can add Illinois or just be happy to see us finally head towards Chicago, if only briefly. The route is a true "rando" style route with a super-rustic bridge that you will have to walk over and just a wee bit of gravel to traverse (never fear, it's quite a smooth surface). Also on the docket is a trip through Kettle Moraine State Forest near Whitewater on a road Bicycling Magazine once rated as "the best ride in Wisconsin".
Ride starts at 7:00AM - be early due to registration and inspections.
NIGHT RIDING - Inspections starting at 6:30 PM on Friday night!
We will be more closely inspecting night riding gear this year. Night riding gear is MANDATORY for the 300k. Please check out the Night Riding Rules Page. You need to have reflective gear and lights as detailed here. We will have extra reflective vests if yours is old, but best to refresh your gear now. LIGHTS MUST BE AFFIXED TO THE BIKE!!!
Evansville Classic 200k is also running
Also running this day is our Evansville Classic 200k out to Brodhead and returning through Edgerton. Night riding gear is not required for this ride because the time limit is 4 minutes after sunset. We hope to see you there!
It's hard to believe that another year is upon us. The GLR Opener will again be held on Earth Day (April 22, 2017). This year we are returning to Sun Prairie and tackling the notorious 6-pack on Tower Road. Last year we had 81 people on our opener and 23 are already signed up to start another great year of riding.
Your GLR volunteers were out early this year to survey the route and make sure it is in tip top condition. The good news is that the construction around Edgerton is finished! The bad news is that the changes made include 3 traffic circles in a row on top of the I-90 exchange. Our typical route out of Carl's Shell is now VERY different so be aware. We have re-cued everything and the Club GPS has been updated.
It's early in the year for cycling and we are crossing our fingers on the weather - so far it looks really nice. The route itself is mainly farming with some nice views of forests and some excellent rollers between Edgerton and Sun Prairie. Most of this route is on less traveled roads and we hope you will have fun both riding and getting to know the other riders that are on the route with you.
START TIME IS 8:00 AM SHARP! This is a little later than normal to give it a chance to warm up.
Lakes and Kettles 300k - May 13!
This year the May 13 300k will be a brand new route! The Lakes and Kettles 300k is ready to go and was recently pre-ridden by a group of 3 volunteers. Big thanks to Charles Graebner and Adam Konrad for braving 30-40 degree temps to scope out the new route. We will be dipping a toe in Illinois for this ride before heading up through some mild kettles to Juneau and back. GLR has not had routes going north before so be prepared for a completely different ride. In the interests of changing things up, we are even returning from Whitewater to Delevan in a totally new route. With around half the climbing of the other 300k and the hills spread out, it's a great follow on to our opener. Mark your calendars for May 13!
There is a little something for everyone on this new route. While not as hill-intensive as the Barneveld Classic, riders still get to pedal up Alpine Hill (no Grateful Dead will be in sight). But that is early in the ride too and you will enjoy many miles of pedaling through some very nice countryside featuring lakes, wetlands and forests at the height of Spring. Even your RBA may not be able to resist riding this one.
Million Meters of Milk Update
Our new 1000k, the Million Meters of Milk was recently featured in American Randonneur Magazine. This has generated all kinds of interested and I am happy to report that 15 riders are already signed up and ready to go. People will be coming from as far away as Los Angeles and Virginia to see the awesome sights of Door County and Kettle Moraine. Due to the availability of space at our hosting hotel, we are going to have to limit this ride at some point so sign up soon! Everything is included in the price including 4 nights in the hotel and breakfast/dinner.