I have been intrigued by brevets so signed up for one. First, I consulted Eve Hush who is a veteran of brevets and her quiet, little known brevet partner, Andrew Clayton. I arrived Saturday morning for the 8:00am start with sunshine and a start temp of 57. PAC Tour was the host.
Only 5 of us began the day and we quickly split up into singles. At mile 37, I stopped to check the cue sheet (didn't download the route to my Garmin) and discovered I was across the road from a "Giant" gas station where I was to go inside and have someone initial my card.
The feet of a cheater. At mile 40, I bypassed a short loop to stay off a horrible section of pavement. I stopped at a "Circle K" gas station for a break at mile 42. I texted with Eve and Andrew who came back with somewhat positive encouragement. I soon got back on the route and stopped again at mile 62, again seeking my support team. Their support was.....
.....insufficient and I got off the route again, heading south on Kolb Road while passing these retired planes at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. I hear this is a good tour and will visit some time. Finished with 81 miles, about what I wanted for the day. A little disappointing that it was almost entirely a solo ride but Andrew tells me he has attended events that upwards of 60. The pool of cyclists wanting to do 200k or more is kind of limited. Ouch, I see central Ohio is forecast to receive 3-6" of snow tomorrow. It will be over soon with sun, warm temps and me returning.