Author Topic: Round The Year Randonneurs Log  (Read 185592 times)

bhoot

  • Mrs RRtY
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1700 on: December 13, 2017, 05:15:52 pm »
Well done Neil. You have done this second year the 'Hard Way', relying on Calendar events with weather on day.
Well done indeed, it's a very rare achievement and one that will be noted in the year's round up.
I'm planning to report on the RRtY year (as in calendar year 2017) in Arrivee, so if there is anything specially noteworthy or interesting about your RRtY attempt then please do bring it to my attention and you will get wider fame!

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1701 on: December 13, 2017, 05:41:20 pm »
Thanks for your comments. But before I get any more praise I don't deserve can I point out the EWE Baaa Perm in February.

There were no local calendar events so I chose a likely looking weekend and did the Ditchling Devil Perm on the Friday for RRTY 1 and EWE Baaa Perm on the Sunday for RRTY 2.

The most difficult (and therefore the most satisfying) was the January Willy Warmer. Frozen roads driving to the start, -7 degrees on the way round and just two minutes in hand at the end.

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1702 on: December 13, 2017, 05:46:28 pm »
When I check the provisional LRM calender I noted that there's at least 1 1200+ ride each month. So now the big question is, is there anyone in the world who has the time and the legs to do a RRtY 1200?

I'm not sure I have the legs for that many 1200s, I can't get enough time off work and I definitely don't have the money to travel to so many places in a single year.

Between March and November 2013, RUSA's Vincent Muoneke completed 9 x LRM brevets in Australia, Belgium, Hungary, Taiwan and the USA.  Mark Thomas rode 10 x 1200s in 2017.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1703 on: December 26, 2017, 06:52:24 pm »
Thought I'd jot down where I'm at with my RRTY. My first ever audax was in May this year and it wasn't until July that I even realised RRTY was a thing. Needless to say, I'm pretty determined to stay on course to bag this on the first attempt. Here's my current status:

May         - Sam Weller's April Foolery 200 (My 1st Audax)

June          - SP21 Gospel Pass 200 Perm
                 - DIY 200 Lacock to Brighton

July            - Peregrine Mountain Roads 300
                  - Cheddar Gorge 300 Perm
                  - Also DNF'd Mille Pennines after 609km

August       - DIY 200 Lacock to Bracknell
                  - DNF'd Cambrian Series 4D a couple of times!

September - NPS2A Andy Corless 200 Perm
                  - Blackpool-Glasgow-Blackpool 600

October     -  AAAnfractious 200

November - Upper Thames 200

December - SP46 Glocs, Wilts and Mendips 200 Perm

Quite chuffed with the way 2017 has gone. Roll on 2018!

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1704 on: December 27, 2017, 11:07:34 pm »
My first attempt still going...

Oct - Autumn Rivers 200
Nov - SP25 Perm Severn Bridge High Loop
Dec - SP26 Perm SE Oxford Loop

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1705 on: January 02, 2018, 10:11:09 am »
Thought my RRTY run was over tried the Solstice and ended having a slow breakfast! don't think the flu jab helped , managed to get permission and rode a perm on the 30 th December 8 weeks after my last 200  a bit windy  near Marked Drayton  then a tail wind for the last 60 km , year 14 started .Why do we do it ?

j_a_m_e_s_

  • Prisoner 17091
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1706 on: January 05, 2018, 10:16:44 pm »
Assuming validation, first of this months efforts done. AWE, clockwise from Selsdon this time. Just as hard, especially when you  the route sheet, and your gps runs out with 45km to go.
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June 2017 - Ditchling Devil and EWE Baa Perm
July 2017 - Jack Eason Stuggle + 100km ECE and Around Weald Expedition Perm
Aug 2017 - Ditchling Devil Perm and EWE Baa Perm
Sept 2017 - Rowlands RAAAmble and Greenwich Mean Climb
Oct 2017 - Meridian Hills Perm, AAAnfractuous, Around Weald Expedition Perm
Nov 2017 - Meridian Hills Perm, Around Weald Expedition Perm
Dec 2017 - Around Weald Expedition Perm and Meridian Hills Perm
Jan 17 - Around Weald Expedition
Rule 77

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1707 on: January 06, 2018, 06:41:13 pm »
You must really like AWE!

j_a_m_e_s_

  • Prisoner 17091
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1708 on: January 06, 2018, 07:38:20 pm »
You must really like AWE

I heard there was a badge fore AWERTY?

I want 100AAA this season.
 I'm trying to not discriminate against Meridian Hills either though, but train fair is a few quid more, and mean I'm out for a lot longer. They are two nice routes, relatively easy to get too, and pack 3.5AAA which is a cracking way of bumping up the fixed wheel points too.
The RRTYs are actually just a consequence of the chase for AAA.
62 or 65" means I have to dismount for one or two hills on each (I will have a clean run on each by end of the summer though), and I'm sore the next day, but needs must. I don't have a geared bike, and I can't do many weekends so these two perms are forming the backbone of my efforts.
Rule 77

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1709 on: January 07, 2018, 10:24:22 pm »
Thought my RRTY run was over tried the Solstice and ended having a slow breakfast! don't think the flu jab helped , managed to get permission and rode a perm on the 30 th December 8 weeks after my last 200  a bit windy  near Marked Drayton  then a tail wind for the last 60 km , year 14 started .Why do we do it ?

Stop!

No, it's too late, he's off on another one.

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1710 on: January 08, 2018, 09:41:39 am »
7 months in... but it will take a very mild day in January to convince me it is a good idea to do a 200. We had a handful in December, but looking at mid term forecasts, I can't see anything of the sort...

ATM an aborted attempt sounds more sensible than a broken collarbone/pneumonia


Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1711 on: January 08, 2018, 10:22:53 am »
The conditions in Flanders were good enough for a 200 BRM on saturday. 80 randonneurs at the start in Oudenburg but I guess that not everyone wants to do a RRtY.

bhoot

  • Mrs RRtY
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1712 on: January 08, 2018, 10:22:10 pm »
I am about to put together my report for RRtYs in 2017, so if you have a claim finishing in Dec 2017 or an earlier month, please send it in the next day or so in order to see your name in lights (well in Arrivee anyway).
So far I have processed 265 claims since the same time last year - another increase in activity :)

3peaker

  • RRTY Mad 27-up! Still going
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1713 on: January 09, 2018, 01:29:53 am »
Since completing No 26 in July, I have been racking up the rides to keep 27 & 28 active. Can now report last Saturday’s Severn Br Perm 200 (6 Jan) completed No 27 (subject to Validation). Just need to catch a decent weather window to keep 28 going!
SteveP

Promoting : Cheltenham Flyer 200, Cider with Rosie 150, Character Coln 100 16 Mar 19, Gospel Pass 200, YatMon160 (Imp 100), Hoarwithy 100, 9 Jun 18.

j_a_m_e_s_

  • Prisoner 17091
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1714 on: January 17, 2018, 08:16:32 pm »
January done. Is it springtime yet?
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June 2017 - Ditchling Devil and EWE Baa Perm
July 2017 - Jack Eason Stuggle + 100km ECE and Around Weald Expedition Perm
Aug 2017 - Ditchling Devil Perm and EWE Baa Perm
Sept 2017 - Rowlands RAAAmble and Greenwich Mean Climb
Oct 2017 - Meridian Hills Perm, AAAnfractuous, Around Weald Expedition Perm
Nov 2017 - Meridian Hills Perm, Around Weald Expedition Perm
Dec 2017 - Around Weald Expedition Perm and Meridian Hills Perm
Jan 2018 - Around Weald Expedition Perm and Meridian Hills Perm
Rule 77

alfapete

  • Oh dear
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1715 on: January 21, 2018, 11:37:32 am »
Interesting to read in the Annual reports that around 250 did RRTY last year (and I was one of them) but nearly twice as many did an SR.
From my point of view I'd have always believed the latter were in a much more exclusive club as I can't see me ever getting near a 600, but perhaps these high achievers don't feel it's worth the grind/risk of those winter 200's.
Anyway, makes me feel just a little smug  :smug:
alfapete - that's the Pete that drives the Alfa

bhoot

  • Mrs RRtY
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1716 on: January 21, 2018, 12:53:08 pm »
Interesting to read in the Annual reports that around 250 did RRTY last year (and I was one of them) but nearly twice as many did an SR.
It is an interesting point, but bear in mind that SRs are calculated automatically whereas RRtYs have to be manually claimed. My guess is that some members do RRtY series but don't bother to claim, especially if they have claimed in the past and already appear on the roll of honour. Therefore the numbers of riders actually completing RRtYs is most likely greater than the number I report. I am about to do the statistics for 2017 and I will work out the percentage of first time claimants. I think it's quite high, which would support my theory  ie members like to to make sure they claim the first achievement but may not be too bothered to claim subsequent series they complete.

However this doesn't take anything away from your achievement - well done  :)

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1717 on: January 21, 2018, 01:22:53 pm »
It is arguably easier to ride 600 km in June than it is to ride 200 in January... that might explain.

Besides, SR is historically an Audax achievement, RRTY is a made up thing

alfapete

  • Oh dear
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1718 on: January 21, 2018, 02:35:47 pm »
Interesting to read in the Annual reports that around 250 did RRTY last year (and I was one of them) but nearly twice as many did an SR.
It is an interesting point, but bear in mind that SRs are calculated automatically whereas RRtYs have to be manually claimed. My guess is that some members do RRtY series but don't bother to claim, especially if they have claimed in the past and already appear on the roll of honour.

Good point, but feeling a little  less :) now, more  :(
alfapete - that's the Pete that drives the Alfa

grahamparks

  • London N19
    • My Instagram
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1719 on: January 21, 2018, 07:15:04 pm »
You only have to do four rides any time in the season to get an SR. To do RRTY you have to do at least 12 and match them up neatly with calendar months with no gaps. I suspect there are a lot of “accidental” SRs and very few unplanned RRTYs.

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1720 on: January 21, 2018, 07:39:26 pm »
hello just a quick one , I'm a bit new to the idea of attempting a rrty . do i have to notify anyone ? or do i start attempt a 200k each month and if completing twelve then pursue a claim ?
may i start in any month ?
im guessing i may use perms and or DIY in addition to calendar events?
may i use the same perm more than once ?
and I'm guessing all rides are 200k or greater ?

thank you in advance for any replies , always appreciated .
kind regards
pinky

bhoot

  • Mrs RRtY
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1721 on: January 21, 2018, 07:46:07 pm »
Good point, but feeling a little  less :) now, more  :(
Sorry, that wasn't the intention... even with the logic above there are still more SRs than achieved RRtYs I think, given the big discrepancy in numbers. In fact the numbers of riders successfully completing RRtYs is smaller than the 250 in the report, as there are some serial nutters keen riders who seem to think it's a good idea to do multiple series in one year.

I suspect there are ........ very few unplanned RRTYs.
I think there are some RRtYs that weren't initially planned but later became the subject of detailed and determined planning. Also quite a few "unplanned" RRtY failures when a month is missed for whatever reason and it's back to the beginning of the year again.

bhoot

  • Mrs RRtY
Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1722 on: January 21, 2018, 07:50:59 pm »
Hi, quick answers for you in bold...
hello just a quick one , I'm a bit new to the idea of attempting a rrty . do i have to notify anyone ? No
or do i start attempt a 200k each month and if completing twelve then pursue a claim ? Yes
may i start in any month ? Yes and if you already have some 200km rides in consecutive months on your record you have already started!
im guessing i may use perms and or DIY in addition to calendar events? Yes, anything that appears on your AUK results page is fine
may i use the same perm more than once ? Yes (this is surprisingly common!)
and I'm guessing all rides are 200k or greater ? Absolutely....although a 100km calendar + 100km ECE is just fine as it shows 2 points on your results page

thank you in advance for any replies , always appreciated .
kind regards
pinky

Oh and you do have to be a member of AUK......

Welcome to the magic roundabout, look forward to receiving your claim in due course  :)

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1723 on: January 21, 2018, 08:21:11 pm »
January ticked off yesterday with Dr Foster’s Winter Warmer. 3 to go...

Re: Round The Year Randonneurs Log
« Reply #1724 on: January 25, 2018, 10:07:53 pm »
Completed the third ride of my inaugural attempt by completing Dr Foster's Winter Warmer. I had entered Blacksheep's January Sale ride two weeks earlier but DNS due to flu. I was still not feeling 100% on Saturday but wanted to give it a crack.

I drove from Cheltenham to the start and found it with no issues and had time to grab a coffee and bacon roll at the nearby Starbucks. Distribution of cards was efficient and I was off. I rode in a group for the first stage making good progress and had the novel (for me) experience of leaving other riders behind and was on my own when I got to the old Severn Bridge. This was the first time I rode over it which was a novel experience and I felt strong as I arrived at Berkley for the first control.

The stage up to Gloucester was ok but the heavy traffic around Gloucester combined with some tiredness and my Sealskinz gloves becoming waterlogged lead to me starting to struggle a bit. I was glad to see the warehouses at the docks and the Cathedral and did consider a quick diversion to a cafe but pushed on.

For the next 30 odd km I was struggling and was overtaken by a few riders. A break in a bus stop (genuine audaxer) helped sort me out and I made good progress to Symonds Yat where I decided to forego a stop at the Saracens Head. I refueled at the garage in Monmouth and had a good chat with the guy serving who was a cyclist himself and gave me some welcome encouragement.

I rode the final leg as the light faded and my Garmin Edge 820 paid back a slice of it's hefty purchase price as it navigated me around the cycle paths the organised on this stretch. I was looking forward to the end of the ride but it had two stings in it's tail - a steep climb in Newport then another climb up Druidstone Hill. I got back to start with 30 minutes to spare and stowed my bike inside my car before going into the pub to get my brevet card validated. I had a nice chat with the organizer and enjoyed the free drink before heading home.

I was happy to have completed the ride in time given my slight illness, the unending drizzle and not having rode any significant distance for six weeks. Looking forward to the next ride (Sam Weller's day trip to Wochma) on 3rd Feb.