A Great Start to 2019
by Paul Kramer, RBA
Cars carrying the steeds of 70 brave riders made their way through the dark in a cold, wet fog to a boat yard on the Mullica River in Egg Harbor City, NJ. Despite the last-minute change in parking venue, Bill Reagan and Mark Reilly deftly directed traffic as each rider registered will the help of Dawn Engstrom and Len Zawodniak, then pedaled their way to the Lower Bank Tavern to hear last-minute instructions by ride organizer Rick Lentz. Soon all 70 were on the course, and soon after that, the cold and fog gave way to rising temperatures and brightening skies.
All 70 riders enjoyed a perfect day—blue, warm, and relatively still, given the normal winds for that area—all the way to Mile 92, the penultimate controle at the Franklinville Wawa. Five riders chose to find motorized transportation from there back to their cars, with 65 riders pressing on to a successful finish and a welcome meal.
Congratulations to all starters—and a big Rando Bravo to all finishers! (Results will be posted as soon as tabulated.)
Thank you to our pre-riders who tested the course:
Thank you to Bill Reagan for hosting the finish at the tavern.
And a huge thanks to volunteers Dawn Engstrom and Len Zawodniak and Joseph Hoffman for manning the controles, helping the riders, and keeping spirits high
And a tremendous thanks to ride organizer Rick Lentz for a terrific job pulling it together, staying on top of it all, and keeping it running smooth.
On to Cranbury!
Neal A Secher
4/7/2019 07:52:16 pm
As my first Brevet it was a great experience. I think I am going to sign up for the Cranberry 200 and maybe the Pinelands 300. I would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work and encouragement on the route and the wonderful food at the tavern
4/7/2019 09:39:52 pm
My first Brevet and that was an enjoyable day on the bike.... except for the manure and road kill stink in a few spots lol. Have done many centuries but this was the longest ride to date. Found NJ Randonnuers a few weeks ago and looks like I found what I've been looking for. Will try to make the Cranbury 200k and as many as possible. Met many nice folks on the ride and special thanks to the volunteers, pre riders, and Bill and Lower Bank Tavern.
4/8/2019 11:29:08 am
Fantastic group of riders and volunteers - thank you! Looking forward to seeing everyone for the 300K.
4/9/2019 08:54:06 pm
This was only my second Brevet and first with NJ Randonneurs. The volunteers, their attitudes and results couldn’t have been better! Many thanks to the eagle eyed volunteer who helped me with my flat, including finding the wire in my tyre when my mind was muddled. I liked the post ride dinner—that was a big surprise! I’m signed up for the 300k and plan to join next 200k soon.
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