Despite damp conditions at the event start, riders are in good spirits!
Maryland (DC Randonneurs) RBA Bill Beck shows off his Rocky Mountain Cycling Club jersey.
Ken Knutson sports the great-looking Colorado High Country jersey, while Henk Bouhuyzen is wearing his Granite Anvil 1200 jersey. Ken, who administers RUSA's American Explorer award, is aiming to add Wyoming to his list of states on this ride.
Our randonneurs poise for the start ...
... and they're off!
A good group breezes through Hygiene, CO ...
... and round the bend near Rabbit Mountain.
Hints of blue sky and brightening on the rise near Carter Lake:
Brent Myers (and Beth as stoker)
We'll try to get some photos from further on in the course, but for now, the riders are off to a good start!