Eastern PA 300K / 200K
Saturday May 4, 2013
This ride is a randonneur style event sanctioned by RUSA and ACP. Choose between an ACP sanctioned 300k or 200k course.
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. Unlike organized century rides, the course will not be marked -- riders will need to navigate with a cue sheet.
Weisel Youth Hostel
7347 Richlandtown Road
Traveling far? Friday night accommodations are available at the hostel. Make reservations on the registration form. Several chain hotels are also available in nearby Quakertown.
Park car in large lot on right, halfway between the hostel and driveway entrance. The parking spots near the hostel porch are reserved. Be sure to stay on the gravel areas.
All riders must sign waiver
Event runs rain or shine.
Refund policy: 90% before event. 0% for no-show
For PA Club Members:
E-mail organizer Tom Rosenbauer (indicate course)
$30 due at sign-in
$35 Mail Registration Form
3:00AM Sign-in, Bike Inspection, Breakfast Buffet
3:50AM Rider meeting
4:00AM Riders depart (20 hr. time limit)
Daylight hours: 5:56 AM - 8:00 PM
Showers available at the hostel -- bring your own towel. Join us for pizza/pasta and share your epic stories, 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.
Ride Description (updated 4/15/13)
Taking advantage of the light traffic in the early morning hours, we head directly through Bethlehem towards the first controle stop in Cherryville. We then make our first crossing over the Applachian Trail at Little Gap. After an exhilarating descent past the Blue Mountain Ski resort, we follow the valley road which offers spectacular views of the mountain ridge off to our right. The next stop is the "Apple Pie" bakery in Water Gap. The 200k riders will split off and start their return trip through Portland while the 300k riders will continue north into the NJ side of the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area. After a controle stop at the Hainesville Deli - the omelets and tuna subs have both been highly recommended in the past, 300k riders make their next crossing of the Appalachian Trail, a challenging climb over High Point State Park. 300k riders continue their journey south into Stillwater, Blairstown, and Hope and then rejoins the 200k route.
The return trip home continues along the Delaware River through Belvidere, Stewartsville, and with a penultimate controle in Bloomsbury. The route then follows the Musconetcong River on to Riegelsville. We return to PA at Riegelsville. But instead of the Rt 611 & Rt412 routing on previous events, the return trip follows quieter backroads through Nockamixon and Haycock.
There are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.