Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010
Course Map: HERE
Description: This is an exciting and interesting 200K "tour" of the Matanuska Valley. During the day you'll traverse the backcountry roads between the communities of Sutton and Big Lake. The climbing is moderate.
Registration Opens: 6:00AM
Ride Starts: 7:00AM
Start control closes immediately after the ride begins.
Start Location: Palmer Fred Meyer Grocery store, 650 Cobb Street, Palmer, Alaska
Distance: 200 Kilometers +/-
Type: RUSA brevet
Time Limit: 13.5 Hours
Organizer: Kevin Turinsky
Phone: 907-276-6299 (hm), 907-317-6030 (mobile)
Fees: $10.00 RUSA Members, $15.00 Non-members. Medals are only available from RUSA.
Special Instructions: This is the third official distance RUSA brevet of the year. Most riders are starting to accumulat lots of kilometers in their legs. Be sure to bring a PEN for some to fill out your contril card. Also, bring cash, your ATM card, phone and camera. Some of the roads we'll use on this course will be familiar, but there are some new thrown in too. As is the nature of randonneuring, these rides are always unsupported.
The Motherlode Lodge is closed, so if you think you'll need food and drinks, be sure to have cash for the store in Sutton and the little store at the base of Hatcher Pass. Fenders with mud flaps are strongly encouraged, or you'll face the scorn and abuse of your fellow randonneurs drafting you when the skies open up or when the roads become muddy. This is also a great time to try out lights, bags, racks, food, etc. Rear lights, in non-flashing mode only, are strongly encouraged for every ride. Remember, the spirit of randonneuring emphasizes self-sufficiency. If your derailleur cable breaks, you gotta fix it. Also, it's your responsibility to have your brevet card properly completed at each control point. DO NOT LOSE YOUR BREVET CARD!
Please be polite/courteous/civil to convenience store attendants. It's your responsibility to know the Alaska state and local road laws.
Reminders: Join or renew your RUSA membership.
Most Important: All riders are reminded that any failure to conduct the ride in accordance with RUSA rules (www.rusa.org), applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification. Sorry, I had to say that. Right now would be a good time to read RUSA's Rules for Riders (http://www.rusa.org/brvreg.html) Also, you've got to wear your helmet.