The first U.S. grand randonnée of 2009 is upon us. The Shenandoah 1200K gets under way this Thursday at 4 a.m. About 40 riders are signed up for the 2009 event, including several that the N.C. Randonneurs claim as our own, even if all of them are not from here. They include Tom and Mary Florian, Branson, John Morris, Justin Crawford, Glenn Himstedt, Jon Pasch, Paul Donaldson and Phil Creel.
The N.C. Randonneurs helped out with the Fancy Gap, VA. control last year.
This year, organizer Matt Settle is bringing the course into the Tar Heel state, so we'll be staffing the control at mile 448 in Mt. Airy, N.C., aka "Mayberry," the hometown of Andy Griffith and Snappy's famous pork chop sandwich.
If you're interested in following the ride, or have a loved one who's attempting it, please check this blog over the weekend for updates and photos.
Also, our very own Branson Kimball will be posting from the route. He has set up a special blog just for the event. You can follow his progress and postings here.