Wrap up: The Meshomasic was a great ride! This was NER first CT Ride Start AND a dedicated mixed terrain route with 50%+ unpaved! Big thanks to Justin E. for not just asking for a CT ride but actually designing a route and running the ride. Few know that early in the morning on the day of the ride Justin went out to the path across the I-84 bridge and swept away all the glass and debris that had accumulated from the passing cars. It was greatly appreciated.
We had a ton of interest from first-time riders which was nice to see. Sadly, a Nor’easter threatened to make for soggy ride with heavy rain forecast for almost the entire event and temps in the upper 40s. BUT as is often the case, the weather prediction was wrong: It was cool but the rain started much later in the day and most riders finished completely dry. The few that did get wet didn’t need to ride in the rain for all that long. The lesson for new Randonneurs: Don’t trust the forecast. Sometimes it rains on “nice” days and just as often it’s dry when you expect to be soaked.
We’re interested in feedback from 30 people who attempted the course. Hopefully this ride will be back next year.
Epilogue: Thanks to the 33 people who started the ride, a record turn out for a VT event. The weather started bad and got worse for a while: Downpours and high winds for the first four hours or so. But as predicted, the rain stopped and the sun even came out as the temps climbed into the comfortable mid-60s. Riders were treated to a super tailwind heading north but paid for the push with a considerable headwind for the remaining 20 miles. (Still a new gain from the heavens.) Reports from the field were all positive and we greatly thank Dave Cain for hosting the event.
Vermont now takes a few weeks off with the 300k from Montpellier scheduled for July 8th.
Update 4-16-17: Due to the manufacturer running short of supply, long sleeve jerseys are being delayed until late summer. Ordering will remain open until late June and delivery should be in August or early September. The Short sleeve jersey order is now closed. Short Sleeve jerseys should ship to riders in May.
At long last NER is doing another Wool Jersey order. This might have been the most frequently asked question of last year after, “How hard is the next section?” In order to have the jerseys for most of the season we’re only accepting pre-orders until April 16th with a delivery date in mid-may. Shipping is included in the price.
These will again be Oregon Cyclewear 100% Merino wool in green with blue “New England Randonneurs” written across the front and back. The 2015 series of jerseys have held up well provided they are not machine dried. They tend to run true to size.
Please place your order ASAP. It might be another year or two before we order another batch and we will not be ordering extras for stock. Also let me know if there is interest in another Synthetic jersey order.
To order go to the BikeReg Membership page. You need not purchase a Membership to place a jersey order.
NER Merchandise Page (Jersey Pix)
BikeReg Membership Page & Order Form