Monday, March 21, 2011

2011 Brevet Season Underway - With 7 New Events!

Our 2011 season is now underway, with a record 24 events from 100km to 1200km in length.  How many are you putting on your schedule?

Especially exciting are some new events:

Colorado Springs Brevets - We're introducing three spring and one late-season brevet based in Colorado Springs.  They offer new terrain to explore, and some interesting parts of our region!
  • Falcon - Limon - Kiowa Triangle 200k - A wide-open plains ride that's more challenging than one might think, including the big, wind-exposed rollers from Limon to Kiowa.
  • Cripple Creek - Pine Junction 300k - Two challenging spurs, one to Cripple Creek, and the next along the Rampart Range to Pine Junction.
  • South Park 400k - Backroads to Fairplay and then more lightly-traveled roads south to the Arkansas Valley west of Royal Gorge.
  • Larkspur 200k - The Black Forest and Larkspur area like our Black Forest 200k (out of Castle Rock), but from another vantage point.

A big thanks to Vernon Smith for proposing these events, designing the routes, and leading them!

Golden Gate Gadabout 200k - Based on the Permanent by that name, this summer 200k climbs Golden Gate Canyon of course, descends St. Vrain Canyon, with plenty of the Peak-to-Peak Highway and a spur to Eldora thrown in.  A scenic mid-summer tune-up!

High Country 1200k Grand Randonnée and 1000k Brevet - Years in planning (thank you, Pat and Buster Heller), the HC 1200 is designed to max the scenery while minimizing traffic.  A peak event for a number of folks from the US and abroad!

The Rest of the Schedule! - Of course this is in the context of the usual panoply of events and myriad avenues to your goals:
  • Populaires - spring warm-up and autumn foliage cool-down
  • SR series - two or more chances at each distance (200k, 300k, 400k, and 600k) to become a Super-Randonneur ... or qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris or other 1200k, including an early 600k for High Country aspirants
  • Colorado Front Range Flèche - this time actually on Easter weekend
Register online ... and, new for this year, see who else is registered for events ... don't be left out!


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