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Dart -- 14 October 2017 -- Front Range 200km Dart
RUSA# Rider Dist. At 11h30m Dist. At 13h30m
Team Lookout! Squirrel!
1679Mangin, L *167202
10610Nelson, David167202
7898Warren, Corinne167202
Team Dartrek
10173Turek, Michael *175206
5417Grainger, Michelle175206
9094Ledru, Pascal175206
3108Shenk, Catherine175206
11024Turner, Jason175206
* Captain
Breeziest Dart Yet!

Two teams of eight riders had a 100% finishing rate on a day that turned very windy. Team Lookout! Squirrel! made their way up gnarly Grapevine Road, Highway 93, to Boulder then down to the finish at Ken Caryl. Team Dartrek took in points in Boulder County before finishing with an extended jaunt down Denver bike trails.

Thanks to Corinne Warren for instigating this Dart and corralling the teams together!

- John Lee Ellis

Team Lookout! Squirrel!
Dave Nelson, Corinne Warren, John Mangin

Team Dartrek
Michelle Grainger, Catherine Shenk, Pascal Ledru, Mike Turek, Jason Turner

200km -- 7 October 2017 -- Lefthand Lark  Platteville Poke-Along
RUSA# Time   Rider
110547:59Benoit, Diane
112656:43Carl, Caleb
1538:52Ellis, John Lee
6:43Guala, John
56926:48Jones, Lloyd
118477:32Howell, Jim
16797:33Mangin, John
6:43Rudolph, Steve
31088:52Shenk, Catherine
112288:09Sigmond, Bennett
35518:58Snavely, Henry
101737:33Turek, Michael
110247:59Turner, Jason

Special energy food supplied by Mike Turek.
First Fall Platteville Poke-Along!

16 starters and 13 finishers enjoyed a brilliantly sunny day on the near plains. We had originally planned to run the Drake Doubleback, but CDOT closed US-34 for the season on October 2, to resume mega-construction in the Big Thompson Canyon. We then planned to run the Lefthand Lark, but winds in excess of 40 mph were forecast for the Peak-to-Peak Highway and the foothills. In the end, Platteville Poke-Along riders got the consolation of giant homemade burritos in Platteville.

Thanks to Diane Benoit for leading this ride! (Photos below courtesy of Diane.)

- John Lee Ellis

A nice crowd on a sunny day for a brevet!

Climbing back from the first control in Platteville.

Early snow on the Front Range!

Sparkling Green Ridge Glade Reservoir near Masonville

200km -- 23 September 2017 -- Stove Prairie
RUSA# Time   Rider
77607:27Baker, Chris
112657:27Carl, Caleb
6:31Guala, John
56927:27Jones, Lloyd
90948:46Ledru, Pascal
16798:47Mangin, John
6:31Peterson, Tyler
119567:37Rosenthal, Harris
101738:46Turek, Michael
110248:47Turner, Jason
86608:22Ward, Don
78987:37Warren, Corinne
Soggiest Fall Stove Prairie Ever!

13 starters and 12 finishers braved a chilly day that turned to showers and drenching rains towards the end. Temps were in the 80's under brilliant sun as summer drew to a close only a couple days before, but fall was definitely the season of the day for this ride!

- John Lee Ellis

Our riders zoom off at the start

Mike Turek, Pascal Ledru, John Mangin, and Jason Turner
at finish

300km -- 5 August 2017 -- Peak-to-Peak
RUSA# Time   Rider
1061013:41Nelson, Dave
1186313:53Ramos, Mateo
355115:13Snavely, Henry
1017313:41Turek, Michael
1102413:41Turner, Jason
Starting with them were riders doing the Coal Creek Conundrum 200km Permanent:
RUSA# Time   Rider
121369:01Bruder, Dan
110549:11Benoit, Diane
14719:11Foley, Paul
31129:01Rupel, Ray
18429:11Smith, Vernon
Mildest Peak-to-Peak Ever!

6 starters and 5 finishers enjoyed a mild, dry, variably overcast day for the Peak-to-Peak. The Hwy. 7 section of the route had been freshly paved just days before, adding to the pleasure of the day. Riders could choose a menu item from the Fawn Brook Inn for their answer for the Allenspark info control. For the first 100 miles, riders were accompanied by an equal number riding the Coal Creek Conundrum 200k Permanent.

- John Lee Ellis

Indian Peaks from above Peaceful Valley

300k and 200k riders
at Crystal Springs in Allenspark

Lyons checkpoint

Vernon Smith, Paul Foley, Diane Benoit
at finish

200km -- 22 July 2017 -- Vail Pass Volley
RUSA# Time   Rider
110548:18Benoit, Diane
28446:59Dodge, Tim
111338:46Kovalenko, Oksana
7:20Magro, Joe **
212910:56Myers, Brent
214510:56Myers, Beth
106108:06Nelson, Dave
118636:54Ramos, Mateo
101738:38Turek, Michael
866010:57Ward, Don
** First Randonnée!
Earliest Vail Pass Volley Yet!

11 riders enjoyed a wonderful, sunny day in the mountains while it showered on the plains. This foray into Summit and Eagle counties has been a favorite for those who ride it.

A big thanks to Mike Turek for leading this one!

- John Lee Ellis

At the turnaround point in Gypsum
Mike Turek photo

On the Vail Path, fresh snow on peaks
JLE photo the next week

400k/600k -- 24 June 2016 -- St. Vrain Canyon - Lefthand Canyon
— 400km —
RUSA# Time   Rider
776019:46Baker, Chris
1058117:07Johnson, Kieran
1113319:46Kovalenko, Oksana
563217:40LeBlanc, Todd
167917:07Mangin, John
1061019:57Nelson, David
311215:31Rupel, Ray
355121:55Snavely, Henry
1102417:40Jason, Turner

— 600km —
RUSA# 400k   Time   Rider
15318:3035:20Ellis, John Lee
775116:3534:13Griffith, Scott
1137717:0728:17Hartokolis, Nate
1186317:0728:17Ramos, Mateo

Coolest Solstice Brevets Ever!

Riders were treated to mild temps all day - starting out chilly, in fact, quite a contrast to the scorcher we normally have for our solstice brevets!

We reprised the St. Vrain Canyon - Lefthand Canyon route from 2015, with nice road conditions all along that stretch. Hwy. 7 to Estes Park and then US-34 down Big Thompson Canyon still have construction work combined with unpristine pavement, so we opted for a smoother, quieter ride.

Congrats to everyone at this wrap-up of our "core" series which began in April!

- John Lee Ellis


Chipseal Warning

Owl Canyon Roundabout


400k/600k/1000k -- 10 June 2016 -- Lefthand Canyon
— 400km —
RUSA# Time   Rider
15318:36Ellis, John Lee
243418:09Flanigan, John
775118:10Griffith, Scott
563220:40LeBlanc, Todd
167918:09Mangin, John
1186318:09Ramos, Mateo
1017318:05Turek, Michael
789818:00Warren, Corinne

— 600km —
RUSA# 400k   Time   Rider
776019:5038:00Baker, Chris
1113319:5038:00Kovalenko, Oksana
311218:0034:05Rupel, Ray

— 1000km —
RUSA# 400k   732k   Time   Rider
147116:2440:4062:59Foley, Paul

First Climb up Lefthand Since the Flood!

Riders were treated to our first climb up Lefthand Canyon since the flood of September, 2013! Silky smooth pavement, and reengineered segments greeted the happy randos 100km into their ride. With temps breaking into the low 90's, it was pretty toasty back on the plains. Fortunately, there were spates of high cloud cover at times. And 600k riders had it a bit cooler the next day.

A special congratulations to Paul Foley, for his first finish of our June 1000k! (We had moved it from its traditional solstice weekend in hopes of cooler weather ... ha, ha.)

- John Lee Ellis

Platteville as dawn breaks

Windsor with swan

Paul Foley - fresh for his 1000k

300km -- 3 June 2017 -- Cripple Creek
RUSA# Time   Rider
1207315:10Fey, Jonathan
775118:10Griffith, Scott
948118:01Moerk, Mike
1017318:10Turek, Michael
1102419:30Turner, Jason
Climbiest 300k in 2017!

Ride leader Mike Turek reports: "5 hardy souls started Vern's masterpiece at 4a ... where was everyone else they wondered? Enjoying the other ride opportunities with less punishment we had to assume.

"We stayed together until Mike left his water bottles behind in divide ... then he played catch to Cripple Creek saying hi to Jonathan as he left control.

"This course was made for Jonathan ... the rest of us 'flatlanders' merely survived.

"But, when we weren't looking back at our cassettes wishing we had another gear, the scenery was spectacular, no really spectacular...snow still on hi, green everywhere and plenty of streams and fishermen!

"The weather could not have been better. 4 of us rolled into Albertsons eventually...in the dark and thought about stuff we could leave behind next year! We're gonna cripple the cripple creek brevet ;-)."

Thanks, Mike, and congrats to all! Photos courtesy of Mike Turek.

- John Lee Ellis

Colorado Springs start, 4:00am

Mike Turek with dawn on Pike's Peak

Jason Turner

JLE ... thrilled
Climbing out of Cripple Creek

300km/400k/600k -- 20 May 2016 -- Poudre Canyon / Jamestown
— 300km —
RUSA# Time   Rider
1165613:00Rivet, Richard *
355114:32Snavely, Henry
* First 300k!
— 400km —
RUSA# Time   Rider
1137721:06Hartokolis, Nate *
11257 21:32Miyazaki, Makoto
* First 400k!

— 600km —
RUSA# Time   Rider
147134:49Foley, Paul
909434:06Ledru, Pascal
214535:20Long, Beth
167934:06Mangin, John
212935:20Myers, Brent
184221:06Smith, Vernon
1102434:06Turner, Jason
789834:06Warren, Corinne

Snow and Rain Again on the Early Bird 300k/400k/600k!

After a warm, sunny Flèche and Black Forest 300k, Colorado spring returned with snow, which caused a delay, and then a chilly day of showers and the occasional peek-through of sunlight. Kudos to the riders for their persistence!

And a big thanks to Corinne Warren for leading the rescheduled pre-ride!

- John Lee Ellis

300km -- 13 May 2017 -- Black Forest
RUSA# Time   Rider
776014:39Baker, Chris
1199614:50Bates, Blaine
14:50Bates, Kyle **
1126510:27Carl, Caleb
15314:22Ellis, John Lee
243413:56Flanigan, John ®
147112:20Foley, Paul
775114:35Griffith, Scott
1137712:11Hartokolis, Nate
1058112:09Johnson, Kieran
1113314:39Kovalenko, Oksana
15:25Lippe, Amy
602611:18Lowe, Mark
167912:25Mangin, John
1125717:05Miyazaki, Makoto
948113:35Moerk, Michael
1195611:30Rosenthal, Harris
311212:17Rupel, Ray
627614:00Shlachter, Jeremy
184212:30Smith, Vernon
1017313:27Turek, Michael
1102413:50Turner, Jason
789811:30Warren, Corinne
922311:18Zitz, Walter
® pre-ride
** First Colo. Randonnée!
Sunniest, driest, toastiest Black Forest 300k in Years!

26 riders enjoyed a preternaturally warm, sunny, and dry Black Forest 300k. After years of cold rain, snow, and accumulating snow, our big concern this year was sunscreen. This year we headed to "directly" to Black Forest for our first intermediate control, omitting Ken Caryl and then making up the difference by turning around in Kiowa. And yes, that made for ten more miles up uphill into the wind.

But ideal temps at 7,000 ft. while folks at lower elevations were baking. It was a brilliant day to be out. The only fly in the ointment was a traffic tie-up on I-25 which diverted some motorists onto Spruce Mountain Road into Larkspur, which put a dent of the serenity we were looking forward to for that stretch.

Thanks to John Flanigan for previewing this new course, to Corinne Warren for stocking a water cache near Palmer Lake, and to everyone who came out and had a great time!

- John Lee Ellis

Snowy Pikes Peak towers over the BF 300k!

Jeremy Shlachter
at Corinne Warren's water cache

Chris Baker and Oksana Kovalenko
at Black Forest

Henry Snavely at finish
(after having to DNF,

Scott Griffith
at finish

JLE ... thrilled
at a sunny BF 300k!

A mere hint of virga at the end of a brilliant day!

360km+ -- 6 May 2017 -- Front Range Flèche
Team: Quartier Lanternes Rouges
Distance: 362km
RUSA# Rider
1471Foley, Paul
5417Grainger, Michelle
5418Le Goff, Steve
9094Ledru, Pascal
10173Turek, Michael (captain)
Most Beer Tastings Ever!

Team captain Mike Turek writes, "Weather was fantastic (if you love headwinds) for the Team Quartier Lanternes Rouges' tour of Ales and Energy around Northern Colorado. The team stopped long enough for a quick 2 oz taste at 5 breweries. The sixth was closed when we arrived but my co-worker had a growler ... and Gatorade.

"We also saw the might of Colorado's energy sector ... hydro electric plant, gas drill pads, gas separation & production facilities, gas power plant, wind turbine plant and even the Lafayette solar plant.

"Thanks to Grace Turek and Sukmi Ledru for the fantastic support, and Britt Goldman for meeting us in Berthoud."

- John Lee Ellis

Start in the shadow of the Flatirons

Time out to help a stranded motorist!

Finish: Steve, Mike, Pascal, Michelle, Paul

Gourmet Breakfast with French Cider, courtesy of Sukmi Ledru

200km -- 29 April 2017 -- Stove Prairie Rawhide Ramble
RUSA# Time   Rider
77608:05Baker, Christopher
8:05Bremer, Robert
112656:55Carl, Caleb
1539:22Ellis, John Lee ®
14718:22Foley, Paul
960310:25Fraser, Malcolm
113778:11Hartokolis, Nathaniel
118479:06Howell, James
111339:52Kovalenko, Oksana
90948:22Ledru, Pascal
118636:55Ramos, Mateo
8:10Schub, Nathaniel
120138:20Stephen, Ricardo
110248:15Turner, Jason
78988:11Warren, Corinne
® pre-rode Stove Prairie route
Frostiest Rawhide Ramble Ever!

18 starters and 15 finishers fought fierce northerly winds and crisp temps for this taste of Colorado springtime riding. Snow the day before suggested a last-minute change of route from Stove Prairie, to the broad, open, antelope-dotted landscape up towards Wyoming. Speeds were in the single digits heading up, much brisker heading back.

Paul Foley writes: "Another spring Colorado 200K, rescheduled due to a blizzard, with resultant character building headwinds out to Rawhide with rewarding winds home, Camaraderie developed by the love of randonneuring and flexibility of dealing with weather changes enhances yet another beautiful day on the bike."

A big thanks to Paul Foley for leading this 200k, while I was out of state.

- John Lee Ellis

The mild Stove Prairie pre-ride

Saturday: Dry roads but plenty of snow!
Malcolm Fraser photo

Sunday start

Heading out




200km -- 22 April 2017 -- On A Lark
RUSA# Time   Rider
112656:49Carl, Caleb
14718:04Foley, Paul
214510:25Long, Beth
60267:36Lowe, Mark
1125711:26Miyazaki, Makoto
94818:59Moerk, Michael
212910:25Myers, Brent
110298:04Rolfs, Christopher
18428:04Smith, Vernon
101738:04Turek, Michael
110248:09Turner, Jason
866010:23Ward, Donald
78987:36Warren, Corinne
A Nice Lark of a Ride!

17 starters and 13 finishers enjoyed this hilly 200k. Thanks to Vernon Smith for leading - and designing - this route!

- John Lee Ellis

Token photo: a different 200k, on April 25 ... where could this be?

200km -- 15 April 2016 -- Kersey Kick
RUSA# Time   Rider
74098:25Albershardt, Andy
119967:45Bates, Blaine *
110548:14Benoit, Diane
112655:55Carl, Caleb
596710:05Cook, Brett
28446:14Dodge, Tim
1538:14Ellis, John Lee
48198:25Feldman, Tim
24347:45Flanigan, John
96038:34Fraser, Malcolm
113777:39Hartokolis, Nate
118478:07Howell, James
119407:16Hustvedt, Anders *
105817:05Johnson, Kieran
7:14Lippe, Amy *
16797:03Mangin, John
1157410:05McKee, Amanda
1125710:01Miyazaki, Makoto
104418:59Ng, Ricky *
118636:48Ramos, Mateo *
116567:40Rivet, Richard *
110298:00Rolfs, Christopher *
119567:03Rosenthal, Harris
119416:14Rudolph, Steve
31127:29Rupel, Ray
89459:54Schabacker, Noah
62768:19Shlachter, Jeremy
112288:36Sigmond, Bennett
18427:45Smith, Vernon
35519:15Snavely, Henry
115238:36TeBockhorst, Earl
101737:45Turek, Michael
23076:48Walsh, Bryce
* First 200k Randonnée!
Most Rerouted Kersey Kick Ever!

35 starters and 33 finishers enjoyed mild temps - upper 40's into the 60's - under brilliant sun, with a stiff but not punishing SE breeze.

This Kersey Kick featured three route changes that increased the delight factor of this ride. First was a jaunt up the I-25 Frontage Road, to avoid a rough and heavily trafficked section of Weld County Rd 13. Next - the "Evans Bypass" - totally avoided Evans and the busy, rough roads leading in and out, by crossing the South Platte and heading east on peaceful roads paralleling the river. The final change was to avoid Kersey Road (Rd. 49) entirely - they are reconstructing this road in segments, and it's unsafe for cycling - by heading west on rolling Rd. 44, past Pelican Lake, then on to Platteville.

Lots of new riders and new RUSA members, as well as dear friends and familiar faces - welcome to all!

- John Lee Ellis

A bright start!

Andy Albershardt

Diane Benoit - Platteville

Jeremy Shlachter - finish

James Howell - finish

Diane Benoit - finish

Foon Feldman - finish

Malcolm Fraser - finish

Earl TeBockhorst & Ben Sigmond


Populaire Results


122km -- 9 April 2017 -- Horsetooth Hop
RUSA# Time   Rider
112654:55Carl, Caleb
48194:50Feldman, Tim
118226:40Gipson, Terry
77516:13Griffith, Scott
113776:08Hartokolis, Nate
44255:45Heck, Ken
4:55Kaufman, Larry
4:42Lippe, Amy
16794:55Mangin, John
112577:00Miyazaki, Makoto
94815:12Moerk, Michael
110484:51Olsen, Kale
118634:49Ramos, Mateo
119565:19Rosenthal, Harris
119414:49Rudolph, Steve
85647:27Stanton, Laurie
101734:42Turek, Michael
110244:45Turner, Jason
78984:55Warren, Corinne
86606:53Ward, Don
Windiest Horsetooth Populaire Ever!

25 starters and 21 finishers braved fierce downslope winds, especially gusty over Horsetooth, on an "exciting" 122km roller coaster ride.

A big thanks to Corinne Warren for leading this Populaire!

- John Lee Ellis

A more tranquil Horsetooth ... on the Stove Prairie Circumlocution 200k Permanent

103km -- 19 March 2017 -- Carter Lake - Paradise Valley
RUSA# Time   Rider
4:21Bremer, Robert *
59676:04Cook, Brett
1534:32Ellis, John Lee
14713:59Foley, Paul
96035:44Fraser, Malcolm ®
5:05Gipson, Terry *
77515:09Griffith, Scott
44255:56Heck, Ken
4:09Howell, James
113155:26Iwanaga, Ritsuko
90947:00Ledru, Pascal
111657:00Ledru, Sukmi
4:12Lippe, Amy *
4:01Livermore, Miles *
115746:04McKee, Amanda
5:07Nilsson, Birger *
118634:01Ramos, Mateo
113065:26Seaver, Sabrina
35515:03Snavely, Henry
5:14Stanton, Laurie
29364:59Tankovich, William
86605:07Ward, Donald
* First Randonnée!
® pre-ride
Comfiest Carter Lake Populaire Ever!

24 starters and 22 finishers enjoyed a balmy March day, with temps starting and finishing in the 70's! We have been having dry, mild conditions for some time, and at least got to enjoy it on this populaire. The forecast strong winds did not materialize, making for a pleasant ride that started and finished in shirtsleeves!

The Carter Lake road, which had been closed most of the winter, had reopened for us. And the long-closed bridge to Paradise Valley reopened after post-2013-flood reconstruction at the end of 2016, providing us the tranquil cruise down Paradise Valley, and the climb up to the dam to get there.

- John Lee Ellis

Carter Lake road now open again!

Paradise Valley bridge open again!

Ken "KC Reckless" Heck

Still fresh at the finish!

Donald Ward

Henry Snavely

Scott Griffith

Ritsuko Iwanaga and Sabrina Seaver