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Spring Training: The 2023 R-STS

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Friday, March 3, 2023 - 8:45am

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R-STS 2023 is a 12-ride series for experienced B-riders that expands route selection beyond the GWB>Nyack corridor. This is the R-STS' eighth year.

Dates: Saturdays, March 4th through May 20th.  Sunday is the rain date.
What: The “R” in R-STS is for “randonneur” which is a French word for wandering around and getting lost.  The most well known randonnuer event is the 750 mile, ninety hour Paris-Brest-Paris.   It’s a style of riding that blends touring and racing and which prioritizes preparation, efficiency and sleep deprivation.

Routes: Adventuresome fare that will feature routes through Suffolk, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, NY and Fairfield, Litchfield, CT. Distances will progress from 60 to 100+ miles with climbing at 20-70' per mile.
• 3/04 - R-STS #01 - Patchonkoma, 60-64 miles -
• 3/11 - R-STS #02 - Hicksville, 70 miles -
• 3/18 - R-STS #03 - Old Field, 64 miles -
• 3/25 - R-STS #04 - Haverstraw, 60 miles -
• 4/01 - R-STS #05 - Croton Heights, 49-64 miles -
• 4/08 - R-STS #06 - Rainbow Lake, 50+ miles -
• 4/15 - R-STS #07 - Lambertville, 62-81 miles -
• 4/22 - R-STS #08 - Clove Mountain, 54-69 miles -
• 4/29 - R-STS #09 - Pancake Hollow, 64 miles -
• 5/06 - R-STS #10 - Roxbury, 54-59 miles -
• 5/13 - R-STS #11 - Goodridge, 67-72 miles -
• 5/20 - R-STS #12 - Quogue, 100-117 miles -
Food Stops: We take pride in our food stops. They will include Mediterranean, Brazilian and American BBQ, brick-oven pizza and some of the finest 7-Elevens in the tri-state area.
Gear: Any decent road bike, cyclocross, touring, hybrid or recumbent—anything with which you can maintain the pace. No aero bars.  Recommended, but not required:

• 28mm, or wider, tires for back roads and occasional hard pack
• Some handlebar or seatpost storage
• Permanent or removable fenders
• Deep gearing for the hills
Who: Intended for SIG graduates and comparably experienced cyclists. The R-STS will encourage safety, preparation and efficiency.  Social skills always appreciated. 
Size: Initial registration will be limited to ten (10) riders. Open spots will be posted on regular ride listings. 
Riding: We follow B-SIG group riding protocols, but not pacelines.  We will have slower (16) and faster (17) groups.
Drop Policy: While we ride cooperatively and help each other out, but if you go off the front or back, you should be prepared to navigate the route on your own.
Time Commitment: We do not have a formal absence policy, but we expect you to make good faith effort to participate in the series and to maintain conditioning if you miss a week.
Organization: The series will be co-operatively run, with each participant helping to sweep, pull, navigate and lead.
Organizers: Ride Captains are Bob Cohen (B16) and Tom O'Donnell (B17).  Neile Weissman is a veteran ride leader and planner, having led a thousand rides for NYCC, including the Southhampton and New Paltz Weekends.
Signup: In addition to signing up with the link below, please fill out this Google Form.
Spring Training: The 2023 R-STS
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