2018 Events

 Mary Foley, Tru Tran and Dennis Madarang  on the Devil   
photo by Rick Lentz

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.  

June 2nd - Wildwood 400k - East Windsor, NJ

Update 5/22

An initial Pre-ride of the entire WW-400k took place this past weekend . The two experienced randos reported some road construction and closures.  Minor route modifications are being worked out to avoid these areas.  A second follow-up pre-ride is planned for this weekend to test the workarounds.  Rider materials (cue-sheet, route map) will be updated early next week to reflect route changes.  

Anyone who is planning to participate and wishes to stay at the Days Inn should make reservations ASAP .  They book up most weekends after Memorial Day.  Contact information is on the events page of this site.   

Check back for additional updates.

Registered Rider List = 16 as of 5/22 (5:00am)

Ralph Benzekein, Razvan Buciuc, Chris Calimano, Alfred Dolich, 
Andrew Froberg, Vadim Gritsus, Nathan Herzing, Sarah Hreha, 
Eric Johnson-DeBaufre, Antone Konst, Simon Korzun, Dennis Madarang, Gerry Montague, Will Sherman, Bob Torres

Original Route Information:

Time for more shore riding with this route, which was used for the first time last year.   All twenty-six starters would successfully find their way around the flat route to reach the finish despite some rainfall early on.  The Days Inn , East Windsor is our host for the event.   

June 30th - Princeton 600k - Princeton, NJ

For the third year in a row we will hold this challenging two-loop 600K, with a re-designed second loop.  The first loop is 217 miles, venturing into the hills of Pennsylvania.  Upon return to the Clarion Hotel for some food and sleep, riders will undertake a second, 156-mile flat loop into the Pinelands region to Tuckerton Seaport.  There is a 25-rider limit. Registration for this event closes May 30th or sooner if field limit is reached

Registered Rider List = 16 as of 5/22 (field limit 25) 

Ralph Benzekein, Marcevier Bernardo, Razvan Buciuc, Wade Chandler, Andrew Froberg.  Vadim Gritsus, Chris Hays, Nathan Herzing, Sarah Hreha, Erica Jacobs, Dennis  Madarang, Robert May, Patrick Musselman, 
Todd Peterson, Richard Ruge, Christopher Slocum, Jim Vreeland

Registration Closes May 30th  or when field limit is reached.  Whichever occurs first.

July 21st - New Jersey Arrow -  24 Hour Team Event

We bring back this team event which was held once before in 2016.  July is a fine time of year for a 24-hour point-to-point brevet.  Teams design their own route, starting anywhere they choose.  All teams will converge at 22 hours in Hillsborough, NJ, for breakfast.   A 14-mile final ride to Pete's Bike Shop in Flemington, NJ, will conclude the event with food, music, and prizes.   

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
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.  

We look forward to seeing you!

Joe Kratovil

RBA  New Jersey - New York City

photo JB Levitt