Eastern PA 150K/200K
Saturday October 20, 2012
Choose between two scenic routes: a 150K or challenging 200k. Both rides are randonneur style events sanctioned by RUSA. First time riding with PA Randonneurs? Read an overview of what to expect on your first PA brevet. All participants are obliged to follow the rules for riders as well as PA and NJ vehicle laws. Safety is a primary concern ... please read and carry these Safety Instructions with you.
Weisel Youth Hostel
7347 Richlandtown Road
Park car in large parking lot half way down the driveway on the right -- Not the few spots near the house (which are reserved). Breakfast items (oatmeal, bagels, etc) available 1 hr before the start.
Traveling far? Friday night accommodations are available at the hostel. Make reservations on the registration form.
PA Members: send e-mail ($30 due at sign-in)
Non-members: Mail Registration Form
All riders must sign waiver
6:30AM Breakfast, Sign-in, Bike Inspection
7:20AM Rider meeting
7:30AM Riders depart
150K Time limit: ~10 hr. 00 min.
200K Time limit: ~13 hr. 30 min.
Daylight hours: 7:18AM - 6:12 PM
NOTE: Riders finishing after 6:12 PM without lights and reflective gear will be disqualifed.
Showers available at the hostel -- bring your own towel. Join us for a BBQ and share your epic stories, tall tales, and goals for the coming year. Relax in the hostel's comfortable great room or porch. A dormatory in the hostel is available to rest before traveling home.
The leaves are just beginning to change ... hopefully, the foiliage will be peaking just in time for our event. This edition of the PA200k combines the best of the Spring and Fall editions held in 2007.
We'll be heading out north into the rustic farmland of Saucon Valley. We'll then head into Northampton County and travel past the historic canal towpath into Easton, PA. While in the Easton area, there are several opportunites to get food and water before we get back to the quiet back roads. In the distance, the Appalachian mountains can be seen ... which is where we're headed via Wind Gap. Be sure to replenish food and water at the Wind Gap controle since the next opportunity is 20 miles away. At the top of the Wind Gap pass, we cross the Appalachian Trail and descend down to Cherry Valley Road, offering spectacular views of the Appalachians as we head north. Eventually, we turn onto Rt191 which marks the long, challenging climb to the top of Fox Gap and again cross the AT. We'll then head over to Portland along a very scenic route near Lake Minsi.
After the controle in Portland, we head down River Road and cross over into NJ at Riverton. We'll go through Stewartsville and head directly to Bloomsbury where we tackle Jug Town mountain the steep way: straight up Milford Rd. The reward for that climb is in the form of a scenic descent along Sweet Hollow into Milford.
We then cross back into Pennslyvania and and head up to a quiet ridge that meanders along a stream through Tinicum County and working our way to the southern shore of Lake Nockamixon and the hostel.
As shown in the route profile, there are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.
Oct 22, 2011 Results Report