2018 Events

Pre-Riders Katie and JB at the highest point of the route           photo: Chatsworth Bogs

Princeton 600k - June 30th / July 1st

Update 6/25

Three separate pre-rides were completed over the past two weekends with all seven riders finishing successfully.  One of the pre-rides was undertaken in extreme heat, which obviously adds to the challenge.  The organizer provided support for this pre-ride which made the difference .  So far the forecast for the upcoming weekend looks to be similar.   We are currently planning for additional support along the route to give everyone a fighting chance to make the finish. 

There are two bridge closures on the first loop both requiring a re-route .  A paving project in the first miles of the second loop is scheduled to begin before the weekend .  A road closure in Princeton, due to construction, is passable by bicycle at this time. Both of these issues will be checked again before the event.

With exception to the above the route was found to be challenging but enjoyable.  

Rider materials will be posted to the events page of this site by the end of the day Tuesday.   This will include;  Que-Sheets and Safety Instructions.  RWGPS route maps will be updated by then as well.  

Final Registered Rider List = 26 

Robert Beaty, Ralph Benzekein, Marcevier Bernardo, Razvan Buciuc, 
Dawn Engstrom, Andrew Froberg, Michael Gorman, Nigel Greene,
Vadim Gritsus, Chris Hays, Nathan Herzing, Sarah Hreha, Adam Ibraham, Erica Jacobs, Simon Korzun,  Rick Lentz, Robert May, Anthony Mennona, Todd Peterson, Gary Rollman, Shiff Shahar,  Richard Ruge, 
Christopher Slocum, Jim Vreeland, Dougin Walker, Oliver Zong

The field limit is reached for this event.  Anyone wishing to enter should contact the RBA to be put on a waiting list.  Cancellations will be filled from the waiting list.  Click the link to e-mail RBA:   Joe Kratovil

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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.   

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
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.  

We look forward to seeing you!

Joe Kratovil

RBA  New Jersey - New York City

photo JB Levitt