2013 GLR Super Randonneurs
Greetings Fellow Randonneurs,
The GLR completed our 18th series of brevets on the weekend of July 27th. This year we hosted over 100 riders, thanks to everyone for riding with us and congratulations to all first time and veteran randonneurs.
A special congratulations to Alan Becke, Micah Garb and Lech Kiedrowski for completing the entire GLR 200k/300k/400k/600k series, thus earning the well deserved title of Super Randonneur!
I look forward to your continued participation in our events,
Jim Kreps - Regional Brevet Administrator
posted: August 27
The hits just keep on coming. GLR member Dan Diehn completed the EM 1240, a circuit of Pennslyvania's various mountain ranges along with 26 other cyclists. You can read about his ride and other adventures at Dan's Rando Adventures.
posted: August 17
Congratulations to GLR member Bob Booth for completing the LEL 1400k! This year approximately 1000 riders participated, including 44 Americans. You can follow these links to read Bob's ride report and a related article in the Wisconsin State Journal.
posted: August 2
Our final brevets took place over an unusually cool weekend with steady northwest winds and temperatures that never got out of the 60's. Eight riders started the longer rides at 6:00 am with the second largest compliment of 200k/300k riders, 17 & 10 respectively, getting underway at 7:00 am.
Small groups of 200k riders started trickling in mid-afternoon and continued until early evening with the first 300k riders arriving not long afterwards. Determined 400k riders rode through some late night showers to finish early sunday morining, 600k riders followed that evening after completing the regular 200k loop.
posted: August 2
A warm sunny summer weekend welcomed 16 riders on the new 400k/600k routes to Baraboo with 12 riders starting the 200k and five on the 300k.
A group of four first-time 200k riders came in around 3:30 pm with the remainder continuing through the early evening, 300k riders started finishing not long afterwards. Our 400k riders started coming in after midnight and continued through the early morning. It was another day in the saddle for 600k riders who had to gear up early sunday morning and ride through the day on their final 200k.
posted: June 27
Once again we were faced with the threat of stormy weather however the strongest rain bypassed the area and riders were left with two periods of morning rain with hot and humid conditions and moderate winds. Eight riders started the 200k and five started the 300k.
Small groups of 200k riders started trickling in around 4:30pm and continued until early evening, 300k riders started finishing not long afterwards.
We're really really looking forward to a pleasant weather forecast for the rollout of our retro 400k & 600k routes on the 13th.
posted: June 5
The potentially severe weather bypassed the area and riders were left with seasonal temperatures, moderate winds, and a brief afternoon rain shower. Sixteen riders started the 200k and ten started the 300k.
200k riders started trickling in a little after 2pm and continued until early evening, accompanied by the first 300k finishers.
We're looking forward to an uneventful weather forecast for our next event.
posted: May 19
I just received ride summary data from last weekend's brevets. Weather was unseasonably chilly with occasional light rain and very strong northwest winds. Thirty eight riders started the 200k and eight started the 300k. A group of six riders along with our favorite mixed tandem finished the 200k in 8:40 with the remainder finishing in small groups throughout the day. A group of three brave and determined 300k riders finished in about 17.5 hours. All 300k starters finished however there were four DNF's on the 200k, most resulting from the challenging weather conditions.
Congratulations to all new and returning randonneurs! Hopefully the conditions will be more favorable at our next event.
posted: May 17
The Bike Chalet in New Glarus has closed and leaves us without shop support over the first half of the 300k and all of the 200k - the Earth Rider shop in Brodhead closed a few years ago.
The Pro Cycle Bike Shop, (608) 437-9905, may still be open along the 300k route at 504 E. Main Street in Mount Horeb, a few blocks west of the first roundabout.
Atkins Verona Bicycle Shoppe, (608) 845-6644, is open at 517 Half Mile Road on the west side of Verona - about three miles off of the 300k route.
posted: May 17
The Cyclos Montagnards is an orginization that promotes the original spirit of randonneuring, with an emphasis on performance. They offer several Challenges and Honors that provide experienced riders with goals that keep randonneuring interesting. These absolute goals can be achieved by any number of riders, thus encouraging teamwork among riders instead of competition between them.
To learn more about the Montagnards please visit them at Cyclos Montagnards.
posted: May 15
Our season has begun. Two members have written ride summaries for last weekend's 200k. You can read Scott's on Facebook at: Great Lakes Randonneuring Report, 200k brevet and Adam's on his blog at: Randobeering.