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Start Date: Sat, 04/27/2013

Description: This is a new and wonderful collaboration with the local cycling community in Palmer. Each spring we return to the Mat Valley roads for some great riding. And this year Backcountry Bicycles and The Alaska Randonneurs are teaming up to present three brevet-style courses of different lengths (50K/100K/200K) to appeal to riders eager to discover why randonneuring is growing so big in popularity.

All courses start and end at the same locations in downtown Palmer, and are specifically designed so that the majority of riders are able to enjoy riding together for most of the route. This is an exciting and scenic full "tour" of the Matanuska Valley, in which you'll have the opportunity to traverse many of the backcountry roads between the communities of Sutton and Big Lake. The climbing is moderate, and the rides are guaranteed to be scenic and inspiring.

Registration: 7:30AM

Ride Starts: 9:00AM

Start control closes immediately after the ride begins.

Start Location: Vagabond Blues 642 S. Alaska Street, Palmer, Alaska (907-745-2233)

Distance: 50/100/200 Kilometers +/-

Type: RUSA Populaire/ACP brevet

Time Limit: 3/6/13.5 Hours

Fee: $25

Map of course:

50K: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/84088665/

100K: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/78048280/

200K: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/5111067/

Organizer: Tony Berberich/Kevin Turinsky

Phone: 907-775-2453 (Tony) or 907-317-6030 (Kevin)

E-mail: info@alaskarandonneurs.org

Special Instructions:

Beware of riding in a paceline with riders you're unfamiliar. Insure your cables and chain are well adjusted and in good working condition. Check your patch kit from last season. The tubes and patches may need to be replaced. How's your pump holding up? Does it still work? Fenders with mud flaps are strongly encouraged, or you'll face the scorn and abuse of your fellow randonneurs drafting you when the skies open up or when the roads become muddy. This is also a great time to try out lights, bags, racks, food, etc. Rear lights, in non-flashing mode only, are strongly encouraged for every ride. Remember, the spirit of randonneuring emphasizes self-sufficiency. If your derailleur cable breaks, you gotta fix it. Also, it's your responsibility to have your brevet card properly completed at each control point. DO NOT LOSE YOUR BREVET CARD!

Please be polite/courteous/civil to convenience store attendants. It's your responsibility to know the Alaska state and local road laws. Ride no more than two up. White light front, red light rear between dusk and dawn.

Reminders: Join or renew your RUSA membership.

Most Important: All riders are reminded that any failure to conduct the ride in accordance with RUSA rules (www.rusa.org), applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification. Sorry, I had to say that. Right now is a good time to read RUSA's Rules for Riders (http://www.rusa.org/brvreg.html) Also, you've got to wear your helmet.


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