Eroica California 2019 with the Old Velos

This year Eroica California, the vintage bike festival and ride,  was held in Cambria on California’s Central Coast.

Our friend John from Wales rode with us again this year, and we were joined on the ride by Nial, Alec and Bart of the Old Velos, Irish friends we met at Eroica Britannia in 2018. In the video you can see them wearing their classy “Toin le Gaoth” jerseys which means “Wind at your ass”, which is every cyclist’s dream.

There are some great pictures from Eroica California and an entertaining writeup on the OldVelos website. Someday we hope to visit Ireland and enjoy the OldVelos Vintage Classic ride and festival.

Ultra Randonneur Award

By completing Terry Hutt’s Triple Loop 600k brevet, and finishing our Paris-Brest-Paris qualifying rides for 2019, Stacy and I were also able to get our “Ultra Randonneur” awards.

The Ultra Randonneur is awarded to Randonneurs USA members who have completed ten (10) Super Randonneur series of brevets – 200k, 300k, 400k and 600k.

We can even get this nifty medal:

Orange Triple Loop 600K – We are now qualified for PBP 2019!

Unfortunately the date of the 600k we were hoping to ride, Terry Hutt’s “Triple Loop 600k” was the same day as Eroica California this year.

Fortunately Terry let us join him on the pre-ride the weekend before and we were able to finish qualifying for Paris-Brest-Paris by the end of March! Technically because of the way the rides are recorded we officially got credit on April 6th, but either way we were done, with the qualifying at least.

Woohoo!

Now we just need to focus on training for the rest of the spring before we head to France this summer to ride the 100 Cols tour, described as the world’s toughest and most beautiful bike tour, and Paris-Brest-Paris, the legendary ultra-endurance event.

 

Qualifying for for Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Santa Ana River 200K Brevet

In order to quality for the Paris-Brest-Paris 1200k Brevet riders must first complete a “Super Randonneur” series within the same calendar year as PBP.

The Super Randonneur series consists of a 200k, 300k, 400k and 600k ride that all must be completed within the time limit.

Stacy & I started our 2019 qualification with Terry Hutt’s Santa Ana River 200K brevet.

This was a fairly flat ride on familiar roads and trails, but the rain did make it a bit more difficult.

First qualifier done – Paris, here we come…