Sad to read this but since I belong to Baltimore Bike Club, I think I need to keep in mind to enjoy every moment. Sad to hear the news spread like crazy from a few friends of mind.
When I began riding bikes with the D.C. Randonneurs, I didn’t imagine the significant role this activity, as well as the people involved in it, would have on my life. But the randonneuring community is small and the rides are long. Preparation for the longer events leads to pick-up rides through the countryside with other randonneurs.
Brevets require riders to maintain an overall pace, but randonneuring rewards successful completion rather than speed, and I think these elements contribute to the evolution of a rather unique sporting club.
There aren’t that many people who “get it” when it comes to randonneuring. Most people think we’re crazy and tell us so in various ways. But we know the appeal of long days on the open road, and even if we don’t share much in common beyond that, we have a way of sticking together.
In a sense, it’s like living in a small town. Our little community grows stronger through mutual acceptance…
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