Friday, April 13, 2012

April 14 Brevet

Hello riders. It is now just 24 hours before the April 14th brevets. I have been checking the forecasts for the St. Louis area and the weather is going to be a little more challenging than the last brevet. Currently the morning forecast is for temperatures around 58 degrees with a 50% chance of scattered storms. By noon the temps should climb to near 72 degrees, still with chances of scattered storms. By evening the temps should be 77 and yes, still those pesky chances of rain. Winds all day are mostly out of the south growing in intensity later in the day. That should make for a nice tail wind north!

First, if you are riding the 300K, you will need lights (front and rear) as well as reflective gear. Lights for the 200K are optional as the sun will be up before we head out and not set until nearly 7:45PM That said, lights and reflective gear are always a good idea. If you think you may take longer that 12 and a half hours to complete the event, then make sure you DO have your lights and reflective gear.

Second, all riders, 200K and 300K should think about rain gear and visibility in the rain.

Registration will begin in Edwardsville at 6:00AM, closing at 6:45. Please make sure you register during those times. The 200K distance fee is $10, and the 300K event fee is $15. Exact change is much appreciated. See you there.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Calendar Update ** Important **

It was brought to my attention that my April Calendar of Events did not properly list the dates and start times. If you are already looking at events for St. Louis and Springfield MO, please check the Calendar of Events page to make sure the event you want is listed and what the registration and start times are. I apologize for the confusion and any inconvenience this error has caused.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The brevet season is off to a good start

March 31 was the season opener for the St. Louis brevet series. The morning temperature was in the low 50’s with the rising sun and blue skies early on. Not being a fast rider, this RBA took up the rear position (lantern rouge) heading out of the Edwardsville IL parking lot.

16 riders started at 7:00 AM as they headed along the Madison County IL trail. As with most brevets the early pace was quick but riders settled into their rhythm and found other riders to talk and ride with. The group broke into multiple groups. Fast riders itching to put in a fast time were quickly off the trail and heading east towards Pocahontas and Greenville.

While St. Louis brevets have been ridden in temperatures ranging from 14 degrees to over 100 degrees and precipitation which varies from snow, sleet, sprinkles, rain and downpours, today’s event topped out at 76 degrees with no precipitation and a light breeze. You could barely ask for a better day to ride.
Of the 16 riders who started the 200K event, 14 finished, and all finished under ten hours.

Thank you for supporting the St. Louis and Springfield MO events, and I look forward to seeing you on the road again soon.