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Larry Schwartz Year-Rounders (12 rides in at least 10 months)
Gold (3000 miles or more)
Platinum (5000 miles or more)
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The Year-Rounder means different things to different riders – from the Larry Schwartz awardees, who may ride as few as 1080 miles but must span all seasons in often harsh conditions, to the Gold and Platinum awardees who have the time and tenacity to accumulate more miles.
Distance Distribution – It’s interesting to see how many riders rode at which distance levels. This chart shows that 31 riders had 1,000 miles or fewer, 31 had 1001-2000 miles, and so on.
It takes 90 x 12 or 1080 miles minimum to earn the Larry Schwartz Year-Rounder award, so almost 90 riders rode enough miles, but only 64 of those rode enough months to be Year-Rounders. That’s again the choice of goals. Many riders have mileage goals but perhaps a climate that doesn’t sustain riding throughout the year.
Interesting, too, the number of riders (9) getting in range of Platinum. Beyond the 5,000 mile mark, a lot of the Platinum riders clearly have far loftier mileage goals (and time to match!).
The Lonely Miles? – You might picture a year of long, lonely miles for the typical Y-R participant. In fact, most have a variety of rides – some solo, some with friends, some on big events. A Y-R year can be a rich year indeed!
Y-R Volunteers and Platinum riders Kerin Huber and Linda Bott at Paris-Brest-Paris
Y-R Platinum riders Gary Gottlieb and Dana Pacino (tandem) and Pam Wright on a 200k with friends
Platinum rider and Texas Time Trial organizer Dan Driscoll taking a break:
Our Volunteers – A large part of the success of the Year-Rounder program is due to our volunteers. It’s not just all the effort put into compiling submissions; it’s answering questions, giving advice to, and getting to know the participants. Volunteers for 2011:
- Bob Barday, Steve Barnes, Bill Beck, Kerin Huber – paper submissions
- Kerin Huber with Linda Bott and Larry Ide – online submissions
- Matt Haigh – e-news editor
- Drew Clark – 2010 awards
- Mark Newsome – webmaster and database administrator
Kerin Huber is stepping down after years of service (and lots of work!). This will give her more time to devote to organizing brevets and other randonnées in the Southern California area. A big thanks to you, Kerin!
Website and Database Enhancements – That sounds dry and technical, but what it means is the Year-Rounder web pages have been thoroughly revamped and enhanced, thanks to the initiative and hard work of UMCA webmaster Mark Newsome. It’s now much easier and more timely for riders to find out their standings and the status of their rides, and less work for volunteers to maintain and validate submissions. Thanks, Mark!
In the New Year – The new year is already off to a big start, with a number of new faces and some new year’s resolutions involved, no doubt. Thanks to volunteers and participants alike for making the Y-R a rewarding program!
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