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by Jim Kuehn

Take a dozen rough-and-ready randonneurs. Mix sweat, suntan lotion,bag balm, and calamine. Broil in 100 degree temperatures over asphalt. Add water to create steam. Set out for three days or 625 miles, whichever comes first. Agitate continuously with hills and mountain climbs. Pour off a little sleep and set aside. Garnish with Power Bars and serve. What do you get? We're not sure, but it isn't pretty.

Potomac Pedaler's first-ever 1000km randonneur brevet was held July Fourth weekend under brutally hot and dangerous conditions. Only one rider, Keith Krombel, completed the full course in 53 hours, 36 minutes, well within the time limit of 75 hours. A Race Across America (RAAM) hopeful, Krombel was determined to persevere through the same conditions as he might experience in the Mohave Desert or Texas in late July. Congratulations to Keith on his outstanding effort.

Temperatures rose to 95 and 100 degrees by day with high humidity, making it a struggle to keep cool and hydrated. Ken Shields called it quits at Singer's Glen, mile 110. Fearing injury, Chuck Wood and Crista Borras stopped at the 200 mile mark the first evening. Faced with missing the cut-off time for a checkpoint some 75 miles away, Jim and Carol Corbitt of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida took a shortcut to the overnight control.

As the thermometer hit 90 degrees at 10 AM the next morning, Geoff Benedict-Hall slowly retreated to Warrenton, 150 miles away by bicycle. Paul Donaldson, having ridden all night without sleep, packed it in south of Lexington at mile 240. Bill Strachan rested by day and took a shortcut to rejoin the brevet on the return route.

Keith Krombel, David Girard, Donna Dickie, and Doug Young continued on through the second day, a 210-mile, 15,000' climbing epic that plunged into the rugged mountains west of Roanoke and Blacksburg. All except Krombel were rescued at mile 361 and transported to the overnight control point at Appomattox. Others took 100-mile shortcuts from Lexington to Appomattox.

Krombel, Dickie, Young, Shields, Strachan, and the Corbitts cycled the third day. Only Krombel and Dickie completed the full 190 miles on the hottest of the three days to finish in Warrenton.

Coping with the weather, no matter how adverse, is one of the necessary ingredients of randonneuring. But knowing when to call it quits before injury or miscalculation occur is perhaps the most important skill. The positive attitude of the participants, even in the face of disappointment, was an inspiration. All are "randonneur extraordinaire."

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CANCELED RAIN CC/B * 35 * MD * 11:00 AM * Bud Bike Tuesday * Buddy Attick Park (BUD) * 50°

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Matthew BirnbaumMatt was the Chair of the Club in 2015 and 2016.
Linda B. KolkoLinda is the C Ride Coordinator for MD & DC.