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Errandonnee 2015 Finishers and Honorable Mentions

The moment to announce the Errandonnee 2015 Finishers and Honorable Mentions is finally upon us! Thanks to all for their patience as I homologated entries.

This year’s edition of the challenge boasts 62 Finishers and 4 Honorable Mentions, including one Honorable Mention from Boston. Yes, that Boston, the one that received record-breaking snow this year.

Overall, errandeurs completed 804 errands and rode a cumulative 4,668 miles over the 12 days of the Errandonnee. That averages out to around 68 miles and just over 12 errands per person. Impressive? I say yes.

The states with the most representation are: Washington (10); the District of Columbia (10); California (5); Virginia (5); and Oregon (4).

While 53 participants live in the United States, 3 errandeurs hailed from England, 2 from Scotland, 2 from Finland, 2 from Canada, 1 from the Netherlands (I think), and 1 from Sweden.

This year’s totals stack up similarly in terms of overall miles and number of participants when compared to last year. However, there were many new Errandonnee participants as well as some repeat Errandonnee champions.

March isn’t the same for everyone. For some, it is a month of snow and cold. For others it means rainy days. Or wind. And for a few participants, March means sunny skies and days in the 70s– we’re jealous of you. Errandeurs ranged from more temperate states like California, Oregon, and Washington to “real winter” states like Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Montana, Pennsylvania, and New York. Not even winter days defy the determined errandeur.

daffodils and surly lht

Congratulations to everybody who took on the Errandonnee: 12 errands, 12 days, and last but not least, paperwork.

You did it!

  1. Jake of Bicyclist Abroad. The Netherlands  @bicyclistabroad   113 miles
  2. Linel. Alexandria, Virginia   @linelisel   83 miles
  3. Shirley of No Spandex Required.  Seattle, Washington
    @nospandexreq   48.2 miles
  4. Astrid.  Lynnwood, Washington  @astridbear  31.64 miles
  5. Chris of Riding the Mindway.  Des Moines, Iowa  @pyrtwist 147.7 miles
  6. Corbi of Pedaling Nut.  Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania  68 miles
  7. Joe Flood.  Washington, D.C.  @joeflood  73 miles 16 errands!
  8. Randy of Randy and Nova’s Cycling Scrapbook. Haysville, Kansas  95 miles
  9. Jim of JE.  Glasgow, Scotland  @jimewing  52.7 miles
  10. Judy O.  Toronto, Ontario  Canada  35.5 miles
  11. Rachel C. Washington, D.C.  @rachelcannon  81 miles
  12. Line B. Boulder, Colorado  125 miles
  13. Lis of Round World.  Washington, D.C.  azizza09  53 miles
  14. Jon of Peninsulawyer  Suffolk, England  @jonbloor  39.47 miles
  15. sprite.  Washington, D.C.  @spritewrites 30.1 miles
  16. Carol H.  Bend, Oregon @carolski 67.1 miles
  17. Lydia of Lydia Rides.  Espoo, Finland  167.09 miles
  18. Kel. Redmond, Washington 39.4 miles
  19. Rudi R. Washington, D.C. @randomduck 35.4 miles
  20. Marina of Sister Leigh Viticus  Los Angeles, California @marinanachos  65.46 miles
  21. Madi of Family Ride  Seattle, Washington  @familyride 138 miles
  22. Annie of anniebikes. Burlington, Vermont  30 miles
  23. Sally of City Exile.  Dumfries, Scotland  @sallyhinch  88 miles
  24. Johanna L.  Helsinki, Finland (formerly of #BikeDC!)  @djjoha  32.5 miles
  25. John R.  Washington, D.C.  @dirteng  80.9 miles
  26. Eric of The Written Ride.  Washington, D.C.  201 miles
  27. Anders.  Märsta, Sweden  284 kilometers
  28. Eric W.  San Francisco, California  @ewalstad  229 miles!
  29. Bill A. Portland, Oregon  @tangobiker  63.7 miles
  30. Glen B.  Kirkland, Washington  @glenbikes  119.51 miles
  31. Laura H.  Seattle, Washington  41.5 miles
  32. Alicia M.  Lynnwood, Washington   47.42 miles
  33. James H. (tandem!)  Manchester, Connecticut  38.7 miles
  34. Laura G. (tandem!)  Manchester, Connecticut  38.7 miles
  35. Eileen of Eileen On.  Santa Monica, California  105 miles
  36. Bri of Bike Like Crazy in Upstate New York.  82 miles
  37. Crystal of Aesthetics of Everywhere.  Santa Barbara, California (formerly of #BikeDC)  @crysb  150 miles
  38. Biking Yogini. Arlington, Virginia  @bikingyogini  45 miles
  39. Lisa D.  Norfolk, Virginia  39.49 miles
  40. Tom H.  Billings, Montana  66 miles
  41. Tess M.  Beaverton, Oregon  35.8 miles
  42. Jimmy Phoenix Manchester, England  70 miles
  43. Nate P. Ann Arbor, Michigan (first Michigan finisher for a Chasing Mailboxes challenge!)  @yikes_bikes 58.7 miles
  44. Rootchopper.  Alexandria, Virginia   @rootchopper  98.55 miles
  45. Zak S.  Temecula, Washington  @zakschwank  75 miles
  46. Jon P.  Baltimore, Maryland  45 miles
  47. Michelle P. of The View from the Crosswalk.  Kirkland, Washington  @crosswalkview  50 miles
  48. Mark P. (Errundonnee!) also of a The View from the Crosswalk.  Kirkland, Washington  @crosswalkview  67 miles
  49. Gray H.  Fort Collins, Colorado  48 miles
  50. Chris of PureFix Cycles  Burbank, California  52 miles
  51. Nate N. Sioux Center, Iowa  @clodhopperrides  55.65 miles
  52. G.E. of Endless Velo Love.  Longmont, Colorado @endlessvelolove  58.5 miles
  53. Lynne of Lynne’s Mostly Cycling Blog.  Portland, Oregon 40.16 miles
  54. Jessica K. Washington, D.C.  @lawderly  32.4 miles
  55. Vannevar! Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  @vannevarb  66 miles
  56. Colleen S. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania @redinthe412 47 miles
  57. Deb of Debiguity.  Arlington, Virginia  @debiguity  88 miles
  58. Felkerino.  Washington, D.C.  @dailyrandonneur  35.65 miles
  59. Cynthia R. Sioux Center, Iowa  30 miles
  60. Andrea of Physics Girl on the Loose.  Toronto, Ontario  Canada. @aem2  49.5 miles
  61. Lynda T.  Thousand Oaks, California  32.8 miles
  62. Martin of Martin is Cycling 365 Days  Lincolnshire, England @winsladem  53 miles
  63. Matt of Just Like Riding (Honorable Mention).  Boston, Massachusetts  45.3 miles
  64. Darin of Northwoods Trekkers (Honorable Mention!) Duluth, Minnesota  63.1 miles
  65. Rebecca of Velovoice (Honorable Mention)  Bedfordshire, England  @velovoice  25 miles
  66. Kate of Girl on a Bike (Honorable Mention) Washington, D.C. @girlonabikedc 26.6 miles
  67. Joan O. (Honorable Mention)  Arlington, Virginia 34.5 miles

If you think you should be included on this list, please let me know by email or in the comments. Also, if I have somehow erred in presenting your Errandonnee information, let me know that as well.

If you have suggestions about how categories could be changed or rules adjusted, please let me know. I’m open to ideas.

Congratulations to all the finishers, almost-finishers, as well as the repeat Errandonnee finishers. Many thanks to everyone who participated. It might just have been the best Errandonnee yet!

The End of the Errandonnee Era

To quote Bike Like Crazy, it’s the end of the the Errandonnee era– for 2015, that is.

Don’t be too sad, though. Spring is on its way, errands go on, and we’ll be back next year.

Many thanks to all the errandeurs (and errundeur) who inspired me over the last 12 days and brought it all to life.


If you were unable to complete 12 errands in 12 days, but managed significant progress, please consider submitting for an honorable mention!

Paperwork is due around March 24. Please let me know if you would like a patch for your Errandonnee efforts (four dollars, no more no less. Outside the USA, five PayPal dollars does the trick).

I hope to put together a couple of highlight posts so we’ll just see how that homework assignment goes. And I will be announcing the finishers and honorable mentions sometime next week!


Errandonnee 2015 Blog Highlights and Blogroll!

Four days and change remain for those on a quest to complete the 2015 Errandonnee. On March 17, the Errandonnee is over and you can cry into green beers and return to your regularly scheduled errand programming.

You will also be able to pedal down memory lane when the Errandonnee is said and done with the posts, tweets, and pictures from this year’s participants. Here are the errandeurs I know who are blogging:

  • She loves winter riding in upstate New York. None other than Bri of Bike Like Crazy.
  • He’s back again. The inimitable Jimmy Phoenix of Life in the Cycle Lane.
  • That front basket was installed for a good reason– Northwoods Trekker in Minnesota.
  • Representing Canada, it’s PhysicsGirl on the Loose. She can’t get enough of the Errandonnee!
  • He said the Errandonnee would help inspire him to ride. Dan in Iowa blogs his progress on Nothing Adventured.
  • Annie Bikes in Vermont sheds no tears over the loss of the Errandonnee night ride requirement, but she still does lots of errands during the daylight hours.
  • Getting it done in California, Sister Leigh Viticus dresses as a drag nun (that’s new for this challenge) and has a very cute pup.
  • Five errands to go for Kel. Go Kel!
  • Town Mouse coins the term “errandisaster,” but is still in the running for official Errandonnee completion.
  • Former king of the errandisaster, Rootchopper of #BikeDC is making this year’s challenge look easy.
  • A different bike for every errand? Believe it, because Randy and Nova’s Bicycle Scrapbook has done seven trips and I see seven different bikes.
  • Errandonnee? Errundonnee? Why not one of each? That’s what’s happening on The View from the Crosswalk out of Washington state. Good stuff.
  • I love her photos. Sarah Rice of #BikeDC returns for another Chasing Mailboxes challenge.
  • She rides her bike most places, brings it inside when she can, and has already had to walk around in her socks– Lynne’s Mostly-Cycling Blog around Portland, Oregon.
  • Judith is an avid randonneur, and she rides for transportation, too. Find her and her pink Brompton at The Brevet Bird.
  • Pittsburgh always represents and this year is no different. Red Riding is back for another round of the Errandonnee, with her yellow Surly with those delicious front panniers.
  • She’s already taken baby Han Solo for a ride in the Millenium Falcon… by bike. What could be next for No Spandex Required?
  • Family Ride in Seattle, Washington, is making full use of her Surly Straggler, with the basket on the front and the sharp Swift Industries panniers on the back.
  • Fareway grocery store and Ingersoll Avenue can mean only one thing– another Errandonnee in Iowa, this one by Riding the Mindway.
  • Can’t believe I almost forgot him, but Type 2 Clydesdale Cyclist (also an original coffeeneur) is back for another Errandonnee. Perfect attendance for all Chasing Mailboxes challenges, I believe.
  • Martin is Cycling 365 Days, and some of them are being spent doing the Errandonnee!
  • Vélovoice may be a little late to the game, but she’s well on her way to Errandonnee success.

I’ll add to the blogroll as people post about their Errandonnee experiences.

Las Bicicletas, Surly LHT in DC

In the meantime, if I’ve missed you (which I never mean to do but seems to happen each year), please let me know and I’ll revise this post!

You can also meet and share with other errandeurs by joining the Errandonnee Facebook group, posting on Twitter or Instagram using the #errandonnee hashtag, or through the Errandonnee 2015 flickr group that Rootchopper is managing.

Still plenty of time left. Four-plus days. You can do it!

Errandonnee 2015 Update: Best Year Yet?

As I write, there is warmth in the air and light in the sky here in D.C. Lots of people were out and about this weekend, not only to celebrate the warm weather and the arrival of Daylight Savings, but to make inroads on their Errandonnee quests!

If you haven’t started the Errandonnee, it’s not too late. You have until the clock strikes midnight on March 16 in your area to complete 12 errands and ride a total of 30 miles in the process.

Are you on the fence about participating? I think you should go for it!

The rules essentially come down to this: 12 errands, 12 days, 30 miles, take a picture as you go, do a variety of errands on your bike. Or, you can also do an Errundonnee, which one of the writers on The View From the Crosswalk is in the midst of completing.

If you want to share your progress, here’s where the Errandonnee is being talked about:

  • Instagram: Use the hashtag #errandonnee
  • Facebook: I created an Errandonnee Facebook group. Submit a request to join, and I will add you.
  • Twitter: As with Instagram, use the #errandonnee hashtag to highlight your errands.
  • Flickr: A 2015 Errandonnee group exists for those who like to post on Flickr. Thanks, Rootchopper!
  • Blogosphere: Blogroll coming this week. In the meantime, please let me know if you’re blogging. You can tag your post with Errandonnee and use a Pingback (linking to the original Errandonnee post in your post).
Categories clarification:

Work or Volunteering: If you are a full-time student, you may count your ride to school in the “Work or Volunteering” category. If you are transporting a child to his or her school by bike, you may also consider this “Work or Volunteering” (it would also fit under “Personal Business,” too).

Category revision comments: One of the reasons the Errandonnee categories were changed this year was because people felt they should be broader, to allow for all types of errands, whether you are single, not single, urban, small town, retired, family biking, etcetera.

Also, some noted that many of the categories were store/consumption-oriented. I hope you find that many of these updated categories will allow you to complete an Errandonnee without feeling like you have to buy stuff. If you want to buy stuff, that’s totally fine, too.

Finally, people really seem to like the “You Carried WHAT on Your Bike?!” and I plan to do a special post about that sometime this week or so (blog time can be very elastic). If you have any photos you’d like to share for this category, please send them my way.

As before, I’m interested in your feedback about the categories and rules so if you see where any changes could be made to improve the challenge, please let me know.

Rules clarifications:
  • Does your bike have to be in your Errandonnee photo? No, but you do have to describe it in your final submission so at least one photo of your bike would be nice.
  • Do you have to take a picture while your Errandonnee is in progress? Ideally, yes. However, the point of the photo is to basically show us that you actually did the errand you said you did. And because sharing the photos is rather fun. That said, here is an example from None the Jess who found a creative way to show her outing, post-errand.
  • Can I do an Errundonnee, like Mark in The View from the Crosswalk? Sure!
The Errandonnee Lookbook

That takes care of all the bureaucratic updates. Now for some photos of what errands people have been up to. These are all pulled from Instagram. Updates from other outlets coming soon!

Thanks to everyone who continues to imbue the Errandonnee with a sense of humor,  creativity, and joy.


The Errandonnee Starts Now!

By the time this post reaches you, the Errandonnee will have officially begun. You may be just waking up. You may already be out riding.

I’m not going to hazard any guesses about what the weather is doing as you read this. It’s March, and winter has a mind of its own.

tropical snowman

Errands wait for no one– past a certain point, that is– and neither does the Errandonnee.

I’ve put together a visual pep talk for you, from prior year errandeurs’ Instagram photos.














It all starts today– March 5 through March 16.

@MrTinDC on the CaBi during a snow day
@MrTinDC on the CaBi during a snow day

You. Can. Do. It.

Winter Challenge: The 2015 Errandonnee

Hey winter, you’re not the boss of me. It’s time for a March challenge designed for the utility cyclist with errands to do, even during cold winter days– the Errandonnee!


The tweet version of the Errandonnee is:

Errandonnee: Complete 12 errands in 12 days and ride a total of 30 miles by bike between March 5-16, 2015.
Continue reading Winter Challenge: The 2015 Errandonnee

Errandonnee 2015 Preview

Errandonnee fans and scenesters! Cold and snow are here, and soon the Errandonnee will also join us.

Save the Dates: March 5 – March 16, 2015
12 days.
12 errands.
30 total miles.

Complete rules to follow in a couple weeks. The rulemaking panel is currently in negotiations to reduce them from 50 to a more manageable number.

In the meantime, here is a preview of the UPDATED Errandonnee categories to help put you in the Errandonnee mood. They have been revised based on previous participants’ feedback.

The intention behind these changes is to broaden the categories as well as update them to suit the diverse errand-drive life of errandeurs everywhere.

1. Personal Care
2. Personal Business
3. You carried WHAT on your bike?! (Thanks to Rachel C. for this suggestion!)
4. Arts and Entertainment
5. Non-Store Errand
6. Social Call (includes restaurants, coffee, and other social activities)
7. Work
8. Store (includes bike shop, grocery store, etc. You know, a store)
9. Wild Card (surprise me!)

Imagine the grand errandonneuring times that await us! Just a few more weeks.

Errandonnee Finishers Announced!

Surly LHT in springtime

Welcome to springtime, dear readers. At least, I hope spring has truly arrived. The flowers believe it’s here so that’s nice. Achoo!

Finally, the homologation has been completed (with a minimum of side effects) and it’s time to announce the Errandonnee finishers.

Continue reading Errandonnee Finishers Announced!