2012 in Review: Variety is the Spice of Life

Another December passes, the sun sets on 2012, and I find myself reflecting about the activities of the past year.

Sunset on Day 1 of the Colorado High Country 1200K

While Felkerino and I focused on preparing for and completing Paris-Brest-Paris in 2011, our 2012 cycling proved more varied.

We commuted, completed a Super Randonneur series with the D.C. Randonneurs, trained to ride the Colorado High Country 1200K, rode more dirt roads, and planned a weeklong bike tour of Southern Virginia.

Bike touring in Southern Virginia
Bike touring in Southern Virginia

We also organized the D.C. Randonneurs 400K, which gave us new appreciation for all the work that goes into executing the brevets.

Waiting up for the 400K Riders (c) Bill Beck
Waiting up for the 400K Riders (c) Bill Beck

I ran two marathons (one in March and another in October) and spent more time cross-training at the gym. I enjoyed mixing up the running and the bike rides. Running is a different pace and perspective, and it works my muscles and mind in ways that are distinct to cycling.

2012 Rock and Roll Marathon Bib and Finisher's Medal
March 2012 Rock and Roll Marathon Bib and Finisher’s Medal

Because of the unfortunate state of our Co-Motion tandem, I also rode a fair number of weekend rides on my single bike. That made for an invigorating change of pace.

Riding the Rivendell Romulus on the D.C. Randonneurs Flatbread 200K (c) Felkerino
Riding the Rivendell Romulus on the D.C. Randonneurs Flatbread 200K (c) Felkerino

The best part of 2012, though, ended up being all the people I met and spent time with via the various riding Felkerino and I did.

Friday Coffee Club. Through Friday Coffee Club, a weekly morning gathering of D.C. bike commuters at Swings Coffee, I came to know the #BikeDC community.

Friday Coffee Club

We often encountered each other during local event rides, like this fall’s 50 States Ride.

#fridaycoffeeclub peeps on this summer's 50 States Ride
#fridaycoffeeclub peeps on the 2012 50 States Ride

Some even made the daring cross over to randonneuring.

Chris from Friday Coffee Club and Felkerino on the DCR Flatbread 200K
Chris from Friday Coffee Club and Felkerino on the DCR Flatbread 200K

BrevetsRandonneuring rides provided a venue (and the time, lots of time) to catch up with old rando-pals and to meet new ones.

George, Christian, and Rick on the Warrenton 300K
George, Christian, and Rick on the Warrenton 300K
Alec, Eric, and Mike on the Urbana 200K
Alec, Eric, and Mike on the Urbana 200K
Barry B. on a training ride out of Middleburg
Barry B.

CoffeeneuringOver 60 people participated in the Coffeeneuring Challenge, some of whom (like Lynne from Oregon and George of New York) I met in person and others I connected with through the ether.

Lynne F., Oregon randonneur and coffeeneur
Lynne F., Oregon randonneur and coffeeneur
George Swain, randonneur and coffeeneur
George Swain, New York randonneur and coffeeneur

To all of you who coffeeneured and utilitaired and wrote up the stories of your rides, a huge thank you!

Colorado High Country 1200KNot only was the course awesome and the weather perfect for all four days of the Colorado High Country 1200K, but we also rode with friendly and good-spirited people. Many laughs, rich conversations, and sublime moments happened during that ride.

Colorado High Country 1200K
Colorado High Country 1200K
Felkerino and Bill on the Colorado High Country 1200K
Felkerino and Bill on the Colorado High Country 1200K
Rabbit Ears Pass on the Colorado High Country 1200K
Rabbit Ears Pass on the Colorado High Country 1200K
Dave, Bill, and Felkerino on Day 4 of the High Country 1200K
Dave, Bill, and Felkerino on Day 4 of the High Country 1200K

The FlècheAnd our flèche team? Well, I love our flèche posse. I can’t imagine a better 24 hours of pedaling.

2012 Fleche Team (c) Bill Beck
2012 Fleche Team (c) Bill Beck

Thanks to everybody who made this such a fun and fulfilling year. Thank you for reading, commenting, and riding with us.

I don’t know what awaits us in 2013, but I’m hoping for more days full of friendship, fresh air, and adventure.

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5 thoughts on “2012 in Review: Variety is the Spice of Life”

  1. It’s been a great year for riding! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you in person and through your blog, and I look forward to more rides and meetups in the coming year!

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  2. mg!!

    this is such a delightful summary…

    ed must certainly be drinking from the fountain of youth we saw in st augustine, since he’ll always be 49…as you know i turned 50 on dec. 18th. i think next year i’ll just fast forward to 60…oh my aching back…

    have you heard from lane in oregon??

    and lisa and i are reading this from miami…we’ll be back january 5th…lets go out to eat and ride around. when’s the new tandem coming? im going to send an email asap with some warm weather photos of the boar tour 2012: we got attacked by a wild boar in the kennedy space center nature preserve! but we did make it to miamai. tonite we go on the critical mass ride!! report will follow!!

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