So at the end of Day One, we arrived at Jupiter just before 12:25AM and our rando sextet was really looking forward to getting some precious off the bike time. I’m no RAAM type, so a shower, fresh change of kit and couple hours’ of sleep is all I need to feel the magical powers of quick recovery. It’s pretty remarkable how one can adapt to such a deficit of rest — I normally need 7-8 hours a night to feel human — and after pedaling 265 miles, even more so. But there’s nothing like a goal — oh, that shiny, shiny RUSA Cup — that enables us to ramp up the levels of denial in order to withstand all of the challenges we face en route.
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1200 kilometers, or roughly 746 miles, is the distance of the most heralded event for randonneurs: Paris-Brest-Paris. If you’re able to finish a full series, you just might aspire to complete this historic ride someday. When I first began riding brevets back in 2013, I had no notion or desire, to be honest, of ever riding this far unless it was broken up over the course of several relaxing days (or even weeks) on a bike tour. But I’ve since learned that randonneurs are a wily, persuasive bunch, ready to induct any willing warm body into their mad little cadre of long-distance cyclists. And so gradually, after hearing many romantic stories from fellow riders about their experiences — Paris-Brest-Paris ended up on my bucket list, along with earning the prized RUSA Cup award.
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This was my first time riding the Santa Rosa Cycling Club’s Annual Wine Country Century! There’s a variety of routes to choose from, and Ann, Bonnie, Karen (with special piggy guest, “Pudu’s Progeny”, hitching a ride on her handlebars), Jambi, Pudu and I opted for the 200k. Since Jambi hails from Berlin and rides in the flatlands of northern Germany, the chilly, foggy climbs in the first 50-60 miles or so took its toll on his right knee (which includes Coleman Valley and some bumps between Guerneville and Graton. This section was new to me, so I really enjoyed the change of scenery from the usual roads I pedal on during brevets.)
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SPOILER ALERT: I’m now officially qualified for the 18th Edition of Paris-Brest-Paris! I’ll be packing my bags for France in August in the hopes of becoming an ancienne.
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I was in vintage bicycle heaven at the first annual L’Eroica California this past weekend in Paso Robles. Ever since I first heard of this event several years ago, I’ve been entranced by the romantic notion of paying homage to the past through this cycling celebration. It’s like the Renaissance Faire for bike nerds, with folks smartly dressed in outfits that match their pre-1987, period correct bicycles. Hopefully it’s a preview of what’s to come when I finally make the journey to its original predecessor in Italy!
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