Three teams of five cyclists from the Pelotons of Severna Park proved their endurance by completing a 250-mile, 24-hour Flèche ride to to Virginia on Saturday. They began their journey by departing from the Big Bean coffee shop at 7 a.m.
Their destination was a Marriott in Arlington, VA, where the group met six other local teams, also sponsored by the DC Randonneurs, an endurance cycling club.
Here's the update from pastor and Peloton Earl Janssen, the "Rev Rider":
The ride is now over and all teams finished! Four Guys and One Other Guy covered 250 miles, True Grit covered 244, and Chain Reaction finished 235 as planned.
One rider from True Grit dropped out early due to medical issues, but the rest finished in fine style. All arrived in less than the maximum 24 hours, tired and yet quite excited.
Over these miles, none of us had a flat tire and there were no bike mechanical issues. I know of one minor injury when a rider fell after his front wheel touched the rear wheel of another rider. The scrape was patched up and he rode another 180 miles after the injury.
Chain Reaction had the most rain of our three teams. We slogged through a light intermittent rain from Gettysburg to Gaithersburg. Everyone else encountered only sprinkles.
My quick ride report is posted on my blog: