It's back. It's Tan. It's rested. It's the 2012 Ronde Ohop.
David Longdon of the SeattlePI's Velocity blog writes up the 2012 Ronde Ohop. He does a decent job of making 2 hours of being beaten over the head and face by big old boulders at speed sound fun and accessable.
The reality is this: you get to do a nice road ride for about 40 minutes through scenic rural pierce county on relatively flat roads (there is one quick climb but it's after a descent so isn't hard unless you slow down first). Then you get to do about an hour twenty getting yelled at by Andy Salmon. Who has a megaphone. And is drunk. And Belligerent. Photo by BikeHugger.
Don't worry cause you'll spend about half of that last hour and change on paved roads.. riding past your car. And people lounging in chairs eating burgers and drinking beer and cheering you on. While you look longingly at your car and think "wow, that looks nice".
So register now. You know you want to. And you can do it here: http://www.usacycling.org/events/index.php?event=2087&year=2012