This last year seems like a blur of activity. New RBA, return of some rides from the past. A big thank you to Jim for spending one last year training up a replacement. He assures me that he will still be around to help us out and will be riding next year as well.
A big congratulations to everyone that participated this year. We had some great stories and some firsts too. My personal favorites included a family of 3 that made riding our 200k in July their big event for the year with Dad on his first 200k ever. Another was our Starlite 200k in August in which 2 of our riders had a very late start due to a mechanical but still hung in there, managed to make EVERY control and finished with minutes to spare.
For those that do not know it, planning for 2017 is currently in high gear! The dates for 2017 are due to the ACP in France in early October. Blocks have to be reserved and I am happy to announce that in 2017, GLR will hold its first 1000k in a brand new location - Fond du Lac. Everyone will have a chance to get ready with a full series before the big event on July 7.
Though there is still MUCH to do. I have at least gotten all the rides into our system and you are free to register whenever you would like. As ususal, it would be great if everyone became GLR members as well. At $5 a year, it's a deal and will give you access to premium features of RWGPS - like cuesheets and downloads of our club routes.
Other things to look forward to include a new 300k route in the works that piggy backs off of our Jefferson-Kettle Moraine 200k. This will be mainly rolling and a better introdutory 300k for those riders who enjoy our 200k rides, but aren't quite ready for a big hill festival (as much as we all love our routes to Barneveld and Sauk City). We will also give riders an opportunity to train all year and make the 600k their year long goal by holding 400/600k options in both August and September.
More than ever, we need our volunteers. With new routes and more rides than ever, your RBA needs everything from those willing to help with registriation to those willing to drive or pre-ride routes.
All of us on the board of GLR (yep, we have one), wish you the best for the fall and we hope to see you April 22 for our Opener and another year on the road.
GLR Members at our 200/300k Brevet in May