Also, through no fault of our own,
OK, you got me, it's freaking flat. Not really Florida flat, but if someone is intimidated by 200k, they don't need a mountain (or 2 or 3) thrown in there as well when they are just getting started.
So, if we hold events at times that don't conflict with nearby regions, we can offer alternative dates for those who have other commitments on the dates when their preferred region is holding an event. And, for the really active randonneur, you could pursue more than one SR series in a season with these nearby rides.
Here's some pix that Brent took while volunteering:
300k is in 3 weeks using the same route but continuing on to Lake Gaston and using new routing that avoids the roads that had traffic out that way in the past