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My First Brevet – A 200K Ride Report (214, but who’s counting ;-)(27 posts)

My First Brevet – A 200K Ride Report (214, but who’s counting ;-)Scot_Gore
May 4, 2003 8:58 AM
I rode my first brevet yesterday. A 200K in southern Minnesota. The ride began in Rochester Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic. The ride went out and around for 65 miles to the tiny little town of Wykoff, Minnesota and returned along the same route. The thing that defines most the topography in this region is (was) glaciers. While we're not utterly flat, we're certainly allot flatter than we would be if 1/2 mile thick slabs of snow had never crawled across the state. The area this ride took place was by-passed by the glaciers. They creep south, hit something hard and spit in two directions. Therefore, the area south of Rochester is a hilly and irregular as the rest of the state used to be. Makes for a pretty area to ride in.

Here's the route.
May 4, 2003 9:00 AM
Martin and Sharon organized the ride. This ride attracted about 40 Randos. Martin said it was the biggest turnout he'd ever had. It was a great day. Got up to about the mid 60's, very few clouds, and no rain. If you read my Ironman report last week, the wind repeated its performance. Strong steady wind out of the south at about 15MPH. The strong gusts took the day off, so not quite as bad as last week.
Southbound and downScot_Gore
May 4, 2003 9:02 AM
Here's some of the early going. Between the start and the first control, I saw fellow Randos the entire time. After the first control, the gaps developed. On many stretches I could look forward and back and not see another rider.
My friend the WindScot_Gore
May 4, 2003 9:04 AM
The gentle cooling breeze was a constant companion. Last weeks metric century was good prep for this Brevet, wind is just something to ride into..........
Crosswinds and open countryScot_Gore
May 4, 2003 9:06 AM
After the first control, the route goes East/West across open farm country. This was the worst part for me on both the out and back legs. Me and crosswinds are not getting along, I questioned my choice of aero rims and bladed spokes more than once while turning the cranks along this road.
The road goes ever onScot_Gore
May 4, 2003 9:08 AM
This is the Root River (and it's tributaries) valley. I'm headed down that road and up over the ridge in the far background.
Over the RidgeScot_Gore
May 4, 2003 9:14 AM
Here's the long, gentle climb into the little town of Filmore. Only 10 miles to the turnaround point.
Returning RandosScot_Gore
May 4, 2003 9:19 AM
Here's the first riders coming back at me on the return leg. I'm about 5 miles from the turnaround at this point.
Wykoff – Turnaround PointScot_Gore
May 4, 2003 9:21 AM
The Trusty SteedScot_Gore
May 4, 2003 9:23 AM
My camera broke on the return leg. Nothing serious, but the little door over the flash card won't lock in place. The camera's got a feature that shuts it off if the door is open. I couldn't take any shots unless a held the door shut with my hand. The result was I didn't take any pictures on the return leg until I got back to the start. No matter, same stuff, just backwards.

Here's the bike. My hats off to my faithful partner...No problems, No worries.
For KristinScot_Gore
May 4, 2003 9:24 AM
The support crew was awaiting their hero from his return from epic journeys. The rest of the family went to the Ice Show.
Hey who are those two handsome devils?Live Steam
May 4, 2003 6:46 PM
We have our own barrel full of monkeys here too. The dark gray on is even bigger now if you can imagine that. Almost 22lbs - his name - Junior :O)
Ooh, ooh, ooh: 3 cute kitties!Dale Brigham
May 5, 2003 2:39 PM

Dem's is some cute kitties! (Your's too, Scot!) All our differences pale when compared to a shared love for da' cats. In my book, you are A-OK!

Dale (proud caretaker of 3 felines)
Ooh, ooh, ooh: 3 cute kitties!Live Steam
May 5, 2003 3:39 PM
Thanks! They are cute and are eating us out of house and home. Especially Junior :O) My TCR weighs almost 6lbs less than him!

Differences? What differences? So you're and 8 and I'm a 28 :O) We both ride bikes and spoil our cats :O) They all have to get in bed with us at night. They're like three hot cannon balls :O) Almost 60lbs of cat!
Well said, LS! Bikes, cats, strong political viewpoints...Dale Brigham
May 6, 2003 8:58 AM
...What's not to like? Hope to have a ride (with spirited poli-talk) and a brew with you someday, brother!


P.S. Also share bed with cats. Not as much tonnage as your's, though. DB
Sounds like a plan. The "spirited poli-talk" ..Live Steam
May 6, 2003 10:02 AM
may spur a great workout :O) A coldie is always appreciated too!

Tonnage :O) Yeah I gues you can say that. My fiance always frets when they get launcehd off of the bed by the twitch of my foot from under the covers :O) Hey I don't sleep in the bed!
Brevet CardScot_Gore
May 4, 2003 9:28 AM
It was a great ride. I enjoyed it and I don't feel any different today than I do after a 40 or 50 mile romp around the neighborhood. Bike riding been very very good to me......
re: My First Brevet – A 200K Ride Report (214, but who’s countinHeron Todd
May 4, 2003 10:14 AM
Thanks for the report and pics! Reading about such a ride always sounds easier than it is. Congrats on the 200K!

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
Tullio's Big Dog Cyclery
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
Congradulations Scott Great Accomplishment!!!!!!!!!!!!!abicirider
May 4, 2003 3:41 PM
Way to go Scott bet you wife and kids are very proud of you. sure bets laying on a couch on a sat lol.
You and J with doing these Brevet, as got me thinking of experiencing one.
Keep up the great accomplishments and most importantly have fun in doing so.
Oh by the way I feel for you with the wind same situation here in North Carolina open fields that wind just howls thru everyday oh well makes for a harder training day.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
Marvelous. You must feel a little pumped!Live Steam
May 4, 2003 6:58 PM
I get email notifications from a local randonneuring club in NJ. We met them on the road and they put me on their mailing list for future connsiderations :O) I am always amazed on reading their reports on the randonnée. Rain, snow and heat do not keep them from completing their ride on time. Keep up the great work!
awesome! is there a 300k in your future, then? nmJS Haiku Shop
May 5, 2003 5:24 AM
future...yes, near future...noScot_Gore
May 5, 2003 7:27 AM
The 300K in the Rochester, MN series is 5/17. I'm leading a training ride for my MS150 team that day. Maybe next years series.

Thanks for the encouraging words and advice.
Would you have done the ride without all the nutcases hereMB1
May 5, 2003 8:55 AM
writing about their long rides?

BTW I see PBP in your future!
Easy Answer.......NOScot_Gore
May 5, 2003 10:03 AM
Without this community with all tales, stories, characters, and comradary, I would have stayed in my comfort zone of 40-80 mile rides and never thought to strech it.

Hanging around here, I think I'm ruined for life.

You and your wife's example, following along with J's brevet path, Doug's 508 madness, Lon, Dale, and many others who share their stories here has made all the difference.

great! send beer. nmJS Haiku Shop
May 5, 2003 10:10 AM
Congrats, Scot! Vous etes un randonneur! (nm)Dale Brigham
May 5, 2003 2:58 PM
re: My First Brevet – A 200K Ride Report (214, but who’s countinaliensporebomb
May 5, 2003 5:09 PM
Awesome, Scot!

I only managed to get out for 10 miles that day - my wife's
booth was at the Scottish Fair @ Macalester and I was enlisted
to assist for a while. I also had a friend who is moving and
we spent 3+ hours on his money put of a house getting it ready
for sale.

Sad thing is, it's rained every day since - your pics get me
all excited to ride - thanks for posting them!