It's time to plot out the next year, although it won't necessarily be easy -- not all the calendars are filled in yet. Opinions? Interest? Others to add? Needless to say, the long list of unorganized rides is not included here. For example, I'm tempted by another crack at Bremerton to Klamath if the miles stack up the way they should and Sam is available.
24 Hours of Sebring: February 15-16, 2014. May be tough to be in shape for that kind of mileage that early in the year, but looking at the numbers some people are putting up does make on salivate.
DC Randonneurs events: the calendar is not yet available, I'm sorry to see. Generally you can predict a few 200s between February and March; two 300s in April/May; a 400 in May, and a 600 in June.
RAAM Challenge Races: this is a series of 200- and 400-mile events held in several locations at several dates throughout the year. Most tempting from the perspective of convenience, timing, beauty, and apparent disinterest is Hillsboro, Oregon, May 10-11, 2014.
Trans-Iowa Race: April 26-27, 2014. Dirt road ultra. I'm sorely tempted.
Mountains of Misery: Sunday, May 25. I do think I'll return for my fourth go at this great ride. Damon lowered the bar (analogizing to limbo, not to high-jump) by going sub-8 last year. Question: can that be done on a metal bicycle? Time will tell.
National 24-hour Challenge: June 14-15, 2014. We've discussed this event at huffmanbicycleclub before. In 50 words or fewer, it's a casual, easy to access, low-cost, easy to self-support, and fun way to see how far you can ride as the small hand makes two round trips. Last year was nothing glorious, but it was definitely something new.
Diabolical Double: June 21, 2014. A tremendous ride that I haven't done the past few years. Tempting.
Alaska Randonneurs 600K: date as yet not known, but this is usually targeted for the Saturday closest to the Solstice. I would bet June 21, 2014. This is a romantic favorite and a woman from Oregon (Asta Chastain -- not, apparently, related to Brandi) showed last year that 24 hours is a real possibility on this route. On the other hand, it's a long way to travel and I'm 2 for 4 in Alaska Randonneurs events, cutting deeply into expected payout figures. It also conflicts with DD, above, and is badly placed if somebody wants to ride the 24-hour Challenge.
Saratoga 12/24: July 12-13, 2014. This conflicts with the Double Triple Bypass (next), but does have three things going for it: it's another opportunity to try riding round the clock; it's driving distance from DC; and because there is a new course as of last year and nobody lit it up, the 24-hour course record is definitely within reach. (One guy did light up the 12-hour, sorry to see.)
Double Triple Bypass: July 12-13, 2014. But for the altitude and the scenery, the Triple Bypass -- with 10,000 feet of climbing over 125 miles -- is kind of a yawn. But riding out one day and back the next might make for a heck of a weekend! Registration is January 2. Also going for the Double Triple? The organizers reserve slots for the two-day event and it historically does not fill up as instantly as the normal Triple Bypass.
Race Across Oregon: July 18-21, 2014. Is this the hardest of the various mini-RAAMs? Intriguingly, the organizers run a series of serious long distance events over the course of the year. RAO is, of course, King among them.
Second half of the year forthcoming. Any additions, subtractions, or advice?