"Clarification - a populaire is a scheduled ride that must be created under the authority of an RBA. So for Chicago Jim Kreps would need to be involved in some capacity. Such a ride would not have to start in Delavan (where all the GLR regular…"
"Are riders just looking for routes or "official" routes - meaning brevets for which riders get credit. There is overhead with setting up and riding brevets, but anyone can ride a route anytime they want with no overhead.
"I wholeheartedly agree about the driving thing, which is why I try to start rides from close to where I live (Naperville). Some rides I have to drive to - we used to have a (joking) rule that the ride distance must exceed the driving distance, so…"
"There are shorter randonneuring rides called populaires as mentioned by spencewine, with typical distances of 100K or so. I've not created any such rides, but it is on my list to do so. Such rides would likely start/end in Naperville, or…"
"Nice ride report! I also recall in past years thinking the climbing on the 300K was over after Barneveld.
How did your new light work out, and is that a Banjo Brothers seatpost bag on your bike?
"Turned out to be a great weather day, except for the sucky south wind after Milton. Looks like there will be an additional detour around the closed rickety old bridge on Creek over some RR tracks.
How did everyone do on the ride?"
The IXON IQ is a great light, I bought an earlier model back in 2006 and I am still using it, in fact used in on the 300K last year. Very nice beam pattern for road riding.
IXON Pure also looks good but I…"
"The biggest variable in randonneuring is the weather. You should be mentally prepared for the expected conditions. You have 7:56 to get to Oregon to the turnaround point for the expected wind conditions on Saturday. If you stop for 30 minutes…"
Some free advice - join RUSA now and start riding the brevets this year, ideally a full series although that may be tough depending on what rides you've done in the past.
Coffee would be nice too....
"Team Badgers Ripped My Fleche is planning to ride again in 2013, departing from Naperville at 6PM on May.17th.
We don't have a video but here is a ride report from last year:
2012 Ride Report - Midwest Fleche.
"Joe and Yao,
Congratulations on completing the ride! It is more challenging than it appears, especially when the weather adds to the challenge.
I am glad to hear that you liked the route. Once you get to Ottawa you are at 70 miles…"