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Kinder Gentler 400 - May 18th

DC Rando is hosting their Spring 400K on Saturday, May 18th out of the Hampton Inn in Warrenton, VA. We’ll be riding the Kinder Gentler 400K which takes us southeast in a large loop around Charlottesville.

The ride will start at 5 AM to allow folks commuting from DC or Northern Virginia to drive down to Warrenton in the morning. This also means the Reuwer’s market at Mile 28.5 which opens at 7 AM will likely be available for most riders. During the pre-ride, lots and lots of wildlife was spotted during this mostly rural ride including baby foxes, strutting turkeys, hawks, and even an oriole! Flowers are in full bloom as well with the honeysuckle almost overwhelming in fragrance.

The route, last ridden in 2018, has been amended this year based on feedback from the last edition. We’ve rerouted from Mile 45 to Mile 55 to take us through Madison and avoid a potential sixty-mile section without resupply options. Also, we’ve rerouted off of Highway 522 in the evening to increase rider safety. But it’s still the Kinder and Gentler 400K, so elevation has been kept reasonable (for a ride in this region).

The full set of ride details and information will be sent to registered riders before the event rather than posting a sixty-row table of resupply points and other useful information.

2024 Schedule

March 9 - IWD, 100, Frederick, MD
March 16, Mountain Church, 200, Washington, DC
March 30, Lady and the Barons, 200, Severna Park, MD
April 6, Warrenton 300, Warrenton, VA
April 20, Fleche, Arlington, VA
May 4, Michaux Meander, 300, Frederick, MD
May 18, Kinder Gentler 400, Warrenton, VA 
June 1, Frederick 600, Frederick, MD
June 22, Lovettsville 200, Lovettsville, VA
September 7, TBD 200
October 5, TBD 200
October 26, Dart, Gettysburg, PA
November 2, Flatbread 200, Centreville, MD
December 7, Woodbine-Dillsburg via Gettysburg 200, Woodbine, MD

More rides will be added to the calendar, including gravel routes and populaires.

Who We Are

DC Randonneurs sponsors long-distance cycling events in the Mid-Atlantic region ranging from 100 kilometers to 1,200 kilometers (60 - 750 miles) in length. Rides start from the Baltimore-Washington region but travel as far afield as State College PA, Buchanan VA, and Warm Springs WV.

The terrain we ride ranges from the flatlands of the Eastern Shore to the rolling hills and valleys of the Piedmont and the sometimes steep flanks of the Appalachian mountain ridges to our west. Our routes, many of which we've ridden for years, take quiet back roads through gorgeous and varied scenery, with regular stops for supplies and rest.

Our rides are unsupported. There is no sag wagon, and help of any sort can be miles away on some of the more remote stretches of road we ride. But we ride together, creating bonds of friendship and camaraderie along the way. Our ride organizers and volunteers work hard to make sure that every rider is accounted for, from start to finish.

Our rides are timed, with riders required to reach intermediate control points, as well as the finish, within a set window of time. But our results are listed alphabetically. Our style of riding is know as allure libre, meaning riders ride at their own pace within the limits set by control opening and closing times rather than riding as a group at a steady pace set by its leaders, which is the audax style of randonneuring.

Randonneuring is non-competitive, but we challenge ourselves and each other -- to ride farther, to ride faster, to ride longer than we might have though possible. We aspire to relentless forward progress but take time to help each other when in need, whether that need is for emotional support, an energy bar to cure a bonk, or a cleverly improvised fix to broken equipment.

DC Randonneurs is affiliated with Randonneurs USA and operates according to the rules promulgated by that organization by adoption from the Audax Club Parisien.

2024 Club Overview

Participation
130 People

Total Club Distance
22,020 Kilometers

Rides in our Club
Membership included for new riders

Click on ride name for details

Jun 01
Sat

South-Mountain-Redux-Revisited-600
IHOP - Frederick
04:00
ACP 600
Hilly
Members: $60.00
4 registered

Jun 22
Sat

Lovettsville-200
7-Eleven - Lovettsville
07:00
RUSA 200
Hilly
Members: $7.00
None registered
Ride Leader(s):

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