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Palmer Populaire (aka PBP* Nord)

Date: August 7, 2010
Course Map: HERE or HERE, depending on road construction.

Description: Palmer has some great backroads, and not enough people know about them. This populaire is a great introduction to the sport and culture of randonneuring, and the perfect opportunity to check out what Palmer has to offer, and to make a few more riding friends. Remember, it's not a race. But there is a time limit! A populaire is simply a shorter version of a brevet. La ville est plus belle à vélo!

Bring all your friends! The Palmer Populaire populaire starts at the Palmer Fred Meyer. We'll end it at Vagabond Blues where you can get some great après vélo victuals. Whether you're an experienced randonnuer or randonneuse, or simply want to get a taste of what randonneuring is all about, this ride is beautiful, and a blast! Come ride some new roads with us. Pret a rouler!

*A word on the name: "PBP" is the acronym for Paris-Brest-Paris (not Palmer-Birchwood-Palmer), the grand daddy of all long distance randonnées. PBP occurs every 4 years. The next one is in August of 2011!

Registration Opens: 7:00AM
Ride Starts: 8:00AM
Start control closes immediately after the ride begins.

Start Location: Palmer Fred Meyer Grocery store, 650 Cobb Street, Palmer, Alaska 
Distance: 100 Kilometers +/-
Type: RUSA populaire
Time Limit: 6-ish Hours

Organizer: Kevin Turinsky
Phone: 907-276-6299 (hm), 907-317-6030 (mobile)
E-mail: kjturinsky@mac.com

Fees: $5.00

Special Instructions: This is the Valley's first populaire. Bring a bike lock to lock your steed up at Vagabond Blues at the end of the ride. As is the nature of randonneuring, these rides are always unsupported. 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. Link to Alaska Bicycle Law.

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.
Kevin Turinsky,
Aug 4, 2010, 6:23 PM