Many thanks to the MIT riders who came out today for the Latke 200. Unfortuantely I’m not able to report who showed up because the group I was in got separated from the group that had the MIT riders in it. However, Brian Leier and Chris Harrington (MB Randonneurs) reported having a great time riding with MIT. I suspect David Ford and David Crass (?) from FOG also had a fun time.
The weather held up very well today, and we “threaded the needle” between some thunderstorms on the way back. Traffic was o.k., with only a couple of ranters on the road north of St. Adolphe (desptie single file riding – will that ever change??). Nice Hardware store/food stop in Keefeld that we’ll have to work into the routes more often. I finished at about 5:00 with the pack of slower riders (10 hours), just before the rain came tumbling down in Winnipeg.
The real disappointment was in La Broquerie – Cindy’s was no longer serving Potato Latkes!! Oh, how we lamented that! In the middle of the night during the 600 Rand ride, we were craving and dreaming of those Latkes. Looks like Cindy’s is up for sale too. We’ll have to mine the MIT Chatter board for more ideas of where to partake of some excellent food for these long rides. Gas station rations just don’t cut it.
Today was the last of the Randonneur rides for this season. Next spring a revised event schedule (not race schedule) will be posted to the cycling.mb.ca website. We’ll start with the “Populaire” series which build from about 50k rides up to the first Randonee of 200. Next season should be a bit more interesting as riders start thinking more about what kind of preparation will be needed for Paris-Brest-Paris (1200km) in 2011. Of course, MIT is welcome anytime!
Enjoy the fall riding,