2018 Events


New Jersey Arrow -  24 Hour Team Event

Update 7/16: 

All four Arrow routes are approved!  Brevet cards are prepared and in the mail today to team Captains.  Final Segment Route Maps and Cue-Sheets are posted on the events page of this site.  Logistics and Safety Information can be found there as well.  All Team Captains and Team Members should  review this information before the event.

Arrow Teams:

ARROWHEADS
Rick Lentz  (C),  Dawn Engstrom, Mary Foley, Walt Pettigrew

COMPAGNONS PARESSEUX
Victor Urvanstev (C), Kate Marshall, Nigel Greene, Patrick Chin-Hong

FRIED CHICKEN & GASOLINE
Chris Slocum (C), Michael Gorman, Gil Lebron, Bill Olsen

SHIFTLESS VAGABONDS
Joe Kratovil (C), Brandon  Mak, Gerry Montague, Chris Newman, Steve Weng

The New Jersey Arrow is held for the benefit of Binnacle House, a home for abused, abandoned and neglected teens.  All entry fees paid by Team Members are donated to Binnacle House.  Entrants are encouraged to fund raise to maximize our opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these young people.  Thanks to the generosity of our riders, friends and family we raised over $6,000 in 2016.  Please consider helping by donating to Binnacle House Directly.   



NEXT UP:

August 18th and 19th 
RUSA 20th Anniversary Commemorative Events:
All Participants will recieve a 20th Anniversary Patch.  In addition, all finishers will recieve a medal with ribbon.

August 18th - Princeton 120k

Join in on this classic ride which dates back to the beginning of the region.  Leaving from West Windsor this scenic and challenging route will head over the Sourland Ridge to Frenchtown.  Then, stop off at Flemington for a lunch provided by Pete's Bike Shop.  The return trip will include a second pass over the Sourlands via a different climb.  Princeton University will also be on the route.  

August 19th - Half Dirty Metric 100k

Starting and finishing at Pete's Bike Shop this newly approved route will feature approximately 50% unpaved surfaces using bike paths and unpaved roads.  The popularity of mixed surface riding is making it's way to the ranks of Randonneuring, and, we are loving it!  Experience this unique ride while honoring RUSA on it's 20th Anniversary.  Lots of the route is traffic free, or traffic minimal.  There is some climbing, but nothing to fret about.  A big celebration with food, beverage and music is planned for the finish.  

More detailed information on the above events is available on the Events page of this web-site.

2018 Past Events:

Thrity-five riders finish Batsto 200k
photo Joe Chahwan

The season opening 200k saw 40 riders take to the roads of southern New Jersey in summer like conditions.  It was over 60 degrees at the Low
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Tavern, in Egg Harbor Township, when the organizer gave the go to the eagerly awaiting field. 

With bright sunshine the thermometer would move quickly into the eighties.  A brisk south west wind accompanied the warm weather making the trek south to Salem quite arduous.  Especially, for those riding solo.  

With the support of the organizer and a full compliment of experienced volunteers riders were in good spirits at the halfway mark.  Most were looking forward to helpful winds on the second half of the ride.  Mother nature would not disappoint them in that regard.   

Thomas Dunn and Patrick Musselman arrived at the finish together setting a new course record at 7 hours 4 minutes.  This bested the prior record set by Jim Vreeland in 2017.  Nine other riders managed a finish time under 8 hours.  With almost half the field finishing in under 9 hours.   

Unfortunately a small group of riders did not arrive the Franklinville control within the time limit.  They had suffered a variety of problems on the trip to Salem losing a lot of time.  One rider was sagged to the finish by a volunteer and the remaining four rode back by a more direct route.  

A complimentary meal was graciously provided to all riders, thanks to Lower Bank Tavern owner Bill Reagan.  Who happens to be a fellow Randonneur and one of the Batsto 200k pre-riders.  All appreciated the good food and beverage.  


 Sixty-one Riders finish the Cranbury 200k 
Despite a late April date the Cranbury 200k was started in cool temperatures with some misty precipitation at the start.  The weather would become more pleasant as the day wore on.  The conditions were obviously agreeable with the riders as a new course record was set by a group of eight who arrived
the finish in an elapsed time of 7 hours 10 minutes.  This would be 24 minutes faster then the prior record set by Jim Vreeland in 2016.  Three more riders would finish in under eight hours and ten more would finish in under nine hours.  The remaining field all arrived well before sunset. 

A small army of volunteers attended to the needs of the participants throughout the day.  With a good number of first time Randonneurs among the starters the presence of this level of support was helpful to many who completed their first brevet.   All controls were staffed.  In addition, several volunteers roved the course, including the Safety Officer, Gil Lebron,  who assisted several riders with mechanical issues.   Organizer, Nigel Greene, coordinated the entire event with precision.  

All who reached the finish line were treated to Pizza and Beer at the Italian Touch restaurant.  A fine way to end a day on the roads.



Eight Riders finish Princeton 300k

The skies were decidedly unfriendly at 5am when twelve hardy Randonneurs took to the roads of Princeton.  Rain fell steadily in the early morning hours and would continue for most of the morning.  The small group seemed determined to complete the 187 mile loop which featured some of the toughest climbs in the state.  A spell of decent weather happened late morning and continued until the early evening when the precipitation returned.  The challenge would prove too much for four of the starters who decided to call it quits at various points along the route.  

The first rider to make the finish was Dougin Walker with a brisk time of 
13 hrs 46 minutes.  Over the next four plus hours the remaining seven would find their way around with the additional challenges to include heavy rain, cool temperatures, and a passing thunderstorm.  The last rider to arrive the finish would do so just after 11pm

There were as many volunteers supporting the event as there were participants.  This included a roving vehicle with a crew of two to assist with mechanical problems.  Riders were treated to a catered lunch in Blairstown at the Foot Bridge Park.  Pizza and beer were provided at the Clarion Hotel - Palmer Inn.  


Twenty Six Riders Finish
New Jersey Devil 300k 


Under rainy skies 30 riders took to the roads for the 187 mile south Jersey loop.  With fairly persistent rain and cool temperatures throughout the day the group was challenged by more than just the distance.  Four would abandon for various reasons ranging from health issues to mechanical problems. 

The first of the finishers would be Andreas Prandelli arriving the Econo Lodge in 12 hours 44 minutes.  Line Barlow and  Oliver Zong were just three minutes behind.  

Over the next four hours rain soaked finishers continued to arrive the hotel in Hammonton.  Hot pizza and refreshments were available to all.  

A full complement of volunteers helped to keep the riders in good spirits throughout the day.  
  


Wildwood 400k - A day of Challenges

Despite a very scary weather forecast twenty-nine riders clipped in at 4am and began the 250 mile trek of the 2018 Wildwood 400k.  The conditions at the start where warm and oppressively humid.  Most weather services were reporting a high probability of strong thunderstorms later in the day.  

Twenty-six of the starters would see their way to the finish line despite heat, humidity, and numerous passing storms in the later hours of the day.  Some of the storms were strong to violent.  

The first finisher was Bill Russell, piloting a velomobile to an elapsed time of 12 hours 14  minutes. That time is just a few ticks past the minimum allowable 400k time.  The first upright riders to see the finish were Line Barlow and David Ophel in 15 hours 36 minutes.  

Much of the field was subjected to a last minute detour caused by a downed power line with live current. Organizers and volunteers scrambled coming up with a detour which allowed for safe bypass of the area, then directed riders around the closed road.

Riders would continue to arrive at the Days Inn, East Windsor, until the early hours of the morning.  The final finisher, Sarah Hreha, came in at 05:00 to claim her first 400k Brevet.  In addition to the weather challenges she endured five flat tires over the course of the day.  In true Randonneur style Sarah kept a positive attitude overcoming all the obstacles thrown at her.  Chapeau!

All riders were well supported by a full experienced team of volunteers.  


Fifteen Finish Princeton 600k  
A brutal test of strength and perserverance


The late June timing of the Princeton 600k brings to it the potential for a warm event.  The 2018 edition fell victim to the odds with the entire weekend  being classified as a summer scorcher.  High heat and humidity would add significantly to the challenge faced by participants, organizers, and volunteers.  

Twenty-two riders took the start at the Clarion Hotel.  The initial miles were pleasant with temperatures in the low seventies.  By the time the Bloomsbury control was reached the thermometer was steadily moving upward.   The field then moved into the hills of Eastern Pennsylvania, where the first would succumb to heat related cramps.  Two other riders were forced to abandon before the end of the first loop.  All were sagged back by volunteers.    

Many were considering a night riding strategy for the second loop.  Some riders hoped to depart for the flatter south jersey loop with just a meal and a shower.  In the end the hot day filled with climbing left no one with enough energy to employ such a plan.  All would take sleep.  Anthony Mennona was the first to depart the sleep control at 1:30am Sunday.  In the relative coolness of night he would put a big dent in the 155 remaining miles before having to deal with considerably less pleasant conditions.   He arrived the finish before 1:00pm.  The next finisher was almost two hours behind.  

Two additional riders would abandon on Sunday one riding back to the start, not long after getting underway.  A second rider was sagged by volunteers from Whiting, NJ.  

In an effort to assist with hydration needs organizers positioned additional volunteers with ice and water on sections of the route where there were limited services.   Riders had the option to top up fluids about every 20 miles.  This helped keep some going during the worst heat of the day.  

It should be noted that the three women who took the start, Dawn Engstrom, Sarah Hrera and Erica Jacobs all finished successfully.  For Sarah it was her first 600k.  



We look forward to seeing you!

Joe Kratovil

RBA  New Jersey - New York City

photo JB Levitt