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Originally Posted by ldesfor1@ithaca
Hola Ciclistas, just trying to get an idea of who's planning on doing the Boston Brevet Series this year. I am planning on doing as much of the series as possible (I am a rando rookie). Just curious to see who's interested and also to see if anyone has an idea on how to get info on the 2007 rides. The website is not updated, last time i checked. I live in Brighton and may also be fishing for a ride (car, train, horse?) to the starts. Any insight, experience and good stories would be great too, or not. Keep riding, Leo
a few things ... I am planning on doing BBS this year, as I mentioned in a previous post
First, the website probably isn't going to be updated until the Ingles finalize their plans for rides and what not. Your best reference, right now, for regional brevets is bmike's Google calendar
. You should also subscribe to the BBS and Randon topica lists as a lot of dynamic information about the rides and conversations between vets and newbies occurs on that list. The website, by contrast is infrequently updated, and usually only when there are cue-sheets, results and news that needs to be disseminated. Most of the Boston randonneurs hang out on Topica and relatively few of them lurk on BF or other web fora.
Second, if you live in Brighton, you should ride to the start. It's not that far in the grand scheme of things, and the 8-10 mile stint is a good warmup and final checkup for your bike. It's better to realize that you're forgetting a lamp battery or a pump when you're 100 yards from home, as opposed to putting your bike together 10 miles away.
2006 was my first year in doing the Boston series and you can read about the experience on my journal
. A few tips that I can add -- work on your climbing. be ready for poor weather. arrive at the start early.
also, don't discount doing the Berkshire series as well. Nice insight into how two different organizers, using pretty much the same terrain can build rather different, but challenging, rides. If you're training for PBP, it will probably be worth your while to do both.