Saturday Brevet - The Tappahannock 200!

Dear Friends,

DC Randonneurs 2010 brevet series begins tomorrow with the Tappahannock 200K in Ashland, Virginia.  Registration opens at 6:00 a.m. and the ride starts promptly at 7:00 from the parking lot behind Ashland Coffee & Tea.  Fee for pre-registered riders is $5.00;
on-site registration is an additional $5. DC Randonneurs membership $10 per year) is.  More details, including the cue sheet and GPX file, will be posted on the DC Randonneurs website later today ( 

Here's the ride description, courtesy of ride designer and organizer Paul Donaldson (WGR):

Tappahannock 200km Brevet - January 9, 2010

The Tappahannock 200K is a mellow ride to balance the challenging Paul's Paradise ride that was held in December. Starting from the historic town of Ashland, VA, (The Center of the Universe) the ride heads east toward river country. Leaving Ashland, the first few miles pass through signs of modern times: gas stations, truck stops and fast food joints. When the route turns at the antique store Two Frogs on a Bike the surroundings seem to go back to the time of quiet roads and rural atmosphere. The rolling terrain levels out as the route approaches the Rappahannock River and the town of Tappahannock. After the control and lunch at Java Jack, the route leaves Tappahannock and the rolling hills continue with an occasional short, steep climb. Ten miles before the final control there is a five mile stretch of easily traveled, unpaved road that meanders around the congestion of modern Ashland to the finish.

We won't be leading a ride on Sunday this week, so hope to see you in Ashland on Saturday!  And we sure do hope to be back to our regular Saturday/Sunday ride schedule by next weekend.  Mother Nature has been yanking us around too much this winter.