Hawk Mountain 200k
Saturday September 8, 2012
This ride is a randonneur style event sanctioned by RUSA, offered to promote participation in the R-12 challenge. PA Randonneurs club membership is required in order to participate. In the spirit of pure randonneuring, minimal support is provided before, during, and after the ride.
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.
K-Mart parking lot
1127 S State St.
A good breakfast is available at the Pancake Farm -- Highly Recommended! Opens 5:15 AM.
Traveling far? Overnight accommodations are available at the:
380 East Main Street
Ephrata, PA 17522
Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly.
1) PA Randonneurs club membership is required in order to participate.
2) Contact the ride organizer: Andrew Mead
3) Print out cuesheet.
4) $10 registration fee due at sign-in.
6:30AM Sign-in and Bike Inspection opens
6:50AM Rider meeting
7:00AM Riders depart (~13:30 hr. time limit)
Daylight hours: 6:35 AM - 7:21 PM
NOTE: Riders finishing after 7:21 PM without lights and reflective gear will be disqualifed.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes before scheduled start time.
- Sign-in, pay fee to organizer, and collect brevet card.
- Get bike inspected
- Rider meeting, 10 minutes before scheduled start time
- Get final stamp and store receipt validating finish time.
- Return to start location
- Initial sign-in sheet and record finish time.
- Sign brevet card and deposit it along with store receipt in Andrew's car window (blue Explorer).
Post ride gathering
(tentative: check back for any changes)
Two Cousins Pizza (717) 859-5444
Schaums Corner (junction Rt 272 & 772)
4207 Oregon Pike
Ephrata, PA 17522
DIRECTIONS from Start/Finish
Travel west away from the abruptly steep pitches of the Delaware River Valley to the gentler terrain of Lancaster County. The ride begins from the same K-Mart in Ephrata that serves as the start/finish for the Spring Forward & Fall Backward brevets, but covers entirely new terrain on predominately rural back roads.
We'll first head north and east into Berks County through Wernersville and Shoemakersville as the route skirts around Reading. Once through Shoemakersville, the day's first big challenge looms ahead: the Blue Mountain. You'll have plenty of time to ponder this crossing as the route continues its northeasterly track to a controle in Kempton. Heading north along Hawk Mountain Rd from the controle offers more time to check out the climb. The route crosses the Appalachian Trail at the base of the climb, signaling the beginning of a two mile grunt to the summit of the Blue Mountain. The adventurous may wish to check out the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary visitors center while on top. Otherwise, the reward for the climb comes with a screaming two mile descent to the Schulykill River. Check your food and water as you approach Auburn as this will be the last amenities you'll see for a while--as in the next 20 miles.
After passing through Auburn, the route climbs to the top of Summer Hill which offers views of the Blue Mountain to the left and Second Mountain to the right as the route meanders to the next controle in Pine Grove. It's all downhiill from here as the saying goes as the route passes through the Swatera Gap (you really don't want to climb OVER the Blue Mountain again, do you?) toward a quick controle at Lickdale. From here its a straight shot through Fredericksburg toward Schafferstown. We'll enjoy the late afternoon scenery passing the Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge (which offers another nice visitor's center) before finally returning to Ephrata.
There are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.
Sep 17, 2011 Results Report
Sep 11, 2010 Results Report
Course Record: Don Jagel 8:38