Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lyons-Berthoud Populaire - A Breezy Season Start!

A good turnout for the Lyons-Berthoud 103km populaire, and brisk, breezy start to our randonneuring season!
You never know what you'll get with a spring randonnée in Colorado.  Last year it was hefty wind of the dust and tumbleweed variety.  This year it was brisk wind not quite as dreadful, but chillier, with a few passing sprinkles from ominous clouds jetting out from the mountains.

Tammie Nakamura does her usual enthusiastic job of leading this populaire.
Tammie fills in John Lien, who's on his first randonnée.
Magically the stiff downslope westerly winds flipped around to push us up St. Vrain Road.
L-R Ben Staggs, Terri Gooch, JLE, George Thomas.
Steve Le Goff photo
Riders remember Steve's and Michelle's premium treats at the Berthoud control last year - alas, this time they're riding with the group.
Michelle Grainger - S. Le Goff photo
Terri and George organize the Race Across Oregon and are ultra luminaries. Hopefully they can join us on more rides. - S. Le Goff photo
JLE is enjoying the bracing weather and fine company. - S. Le Goff photo
KC Heck is off to a good season start - here at the Lyons control.

It's still breezy at the finish, but cheery nonetheless - hopefully a good harbinger for our spring season.
We saw a number of first-time riders, which is always a good sign.  Thanks to everyone for coming out. 
April is jam-packed with an event every weekend - our second populaire, followed by three different 200k brevets.  Hope to see you there!

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