Cue sheet and GPS Files for Jan. 20th Glen Echo 106km

January 16th, 2018

The Glen Echo 106km populaire starts from the Glen Echo Town Hall at 9:00 AM on January 20th, 2017.  HOWEVER, please park in the Clara Barton Park parking lot, NOT in residential streets in the neighborhood. Details about how to get to the Clara Barton Park parking lot, and how to ride your bike to the Town Hall are here

Registration  starts at the Town Hall at 8:00 am.

The cue sheets are now posted at 2018_dcr_glen_echo_106km_populaire_cue.zip

NOTE:This year’s route is substantially changed from last year.  We now take River Rd, outbound.  We no longer control at Denise Bakery, though riders who need supplies can make a little side trip (with caution, it’s a twisty, high-traffic road).  We no longer return all the way down River Rd, instead taking Esworthy Rd->Query Mill Rd->Glen Rd->Piney Meetinghouse Rd->River Rd (take caution around the self-entitled 0.1 percenters who don’t want to share the road).

The link to the GPS files is posted below. But please read this information before downloading them. Always get a copy of the final cue sheet. That final cue sheet contains the official route, so in case there is a conflict with the GPS file, you should resolve the conflict in favor of the cue sheet. Use the GPS as a handy-dandy adjunct. Keep your wits about you, as the GPS cannot notify you of road hazards — it is up to you to ride safely.We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to the settings below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
Calculation Method: Best Route
Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes. The GPS files are posted in a zip file at 2018_dcr_glen_echo_106km_populaire-gps.zip

The route is also posted to RidewithGPS.  Don’t use any “cue sheet” generated by RWGPS … use the official cue sheet posted above.

2018 Glen Echo Populaire, January 20th, 9am

January 8th, 2018

Like last year, the populaire will start from the Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Avenue, Glen Echo, MD.  Parking is at the Clara Barton Historical Site at the “P” on the map.  The ride start is at the red circle with the bicycle.  The neighbors will complain if we park in the neighborhood or the Town Hall and then we might not get invited back … don’t be that person!

Starting time is January 20th at 9 am.  There is no ride fee, but please pre-register so that we can plan for the correct number of riders.  DCR membership is not required, but your results will not be posted to either the DCR website or to the RUSA website if you are not a DCR member.

The route heads up roads that start in suburbia but eventually become rural, to an info control at mile sixteen at what used to be Poole’s Store at Seneca Creek State Park.  This store was founded in 1901, and until recently was the oldest continuously operated country store in Montgomery County.

After Poole’s Store, there is a sharp but brief climb, after which the terrain moderates and the roads become very rural (and increasingly hilly).  Some of the roads are also quite shaded, so watch carefully for icy spots.  The next control is at Denise Bakery and Deli (formerly Hyattstown Deli), which is your first lunch opportunity.  (Alternative: grab a quick something at Hyattstown and eat a more substantial sit-down lunch at Cugini’s in Poolesville.)

Returning to Peach Tree road, the route passes its high point, 700′, at about mile 46, just south of Comus Road, and enters the town of Poolesville. A final stretch along River Road will return riders to the DC Randonneurs meeting in Glen Echo, starting at 4pm.  The final twenty miles have a net descent of around 600 feet, helping them go by more quickly, though there’s enough up and down to keep your attention.
(About 4600 feet of elevation gain, which is a fairly typical rate of climbing per mile for DCR brevets.)

This year’s cue sheet is here.

Schedule for 2018

December 21st, 2017

Here is the schedule for 2018.  Events for which we have ride organizers are noted.

January 20 100km & DCR Annual Meeting; Tom Reeder
March 3 200km Nokesville, VA: Nokesville Nomad 200km; Pat O’Connor
March 17  200km Severna Park, MD: Pastries & Coffee 200km; ???
March 31 200km/300km Frederick, MD: NNW? CWT? and Frederick 300; Bob Counts
April 6/8 Fleche weekend; Bill Beck
April 14 200km/300km Warrenton, VA: Old Rag 200 & Warrenton 300; Emily Ranson
April 28/29 400km Frederic, MD: Four States 400; Roger Hillas
May 12-13 600km Middletown, VA: Shenandoah 600; ???
May 31 Start of BRB 1200km and 1000km; Nick Bull
Jun 4th End of BRB 1200km
Aug 18th 200km RUSA 20th Anniversary Ride; ???
Sept 8 200km; ???
Sept 15 300km; ???
Sept 29 400km; ???
Oct 13 600km; ???
Oct 27 200km; ???
Nov 10th 200km; ???
Dec 8 200km; ???

Woodbine Wallop looks like a go despite a dusting of snow.

December 15th, 2017

Bill Beck reports that Woodbine only got a dusting of snow.  That’s what we got here in Arlington, too.

So as of now, we think the Wallop is a go for tomorrow.

Will report again later if there are any adverse developments.  And

Bill will take a look at road conditions early tomorrow morning.  RUSA rules allow us to delay the start, which we could do if it seems advantageous to do so.

All that said … if you don’t hear from me or Bill again, it means the Wallop is a go.

Nick

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for December 16 Woodbine Wallop 205km RUSA Brevet

December 11th, 2017

The cue sheets for the Woodbine Wallop 205km RUSA brevet, starting at Woodbine, MD at 7:00AM on December 16 are now posted at 2017_dcr_woodbine_wallop_205km_rusa_brevet_cue.zip.

Park at the Park & Ride shown on the map. The ride itself starts from the Woodbine McDonalds at 7:00am. Registration starts inside the McDonalds at 6:00am. Those of you who remember registering in the cold and dark of the Park & Ride lot may appreciate registering inside the nice warm McDonalds. Why not come early enough to get a hearty breakfast before the ride?

Everybody should bring lights and reflective gear to this ride. The ride starts slightly before sunrise and the days are short enough now that most riders will finish after dark. But that’s usually a treat on this ride because many houses are lit up for Christmas!

Note that there is a detour after Gapland to avoid the bridge construction on Trego Rd.  The detour is a little different than the last time we detoured near here.  This time we ride through Rohrersville and on Hog Maw.

The link to the GPS files is posted below. But please read this information before downloading them. Always get a copy of the final cue sheet. That final cue sheet contains the official route, so in case there is a conflict with the GPS file, you should resolve the conflict in favor of the cue sheet. Use the GPS as a handy-dandy adjunct. Keep your wits about you, as the GPS cannot notify you of road hazards — it is up to you to ride safely.

We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to settings like those below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:

Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
Calculation Method: Best Route
Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes.

Climbing cues are provided in the GPS file for climbs of more than 400 feet.  To read them:  A cue like C7.8m59to151 means “From here, you’ll be climbing for 7.8 miles for an altitude change of 590 feet, ending up at an altitude of 1510 feet.

The GPS files are posted at 2017_dcr_woodbine_wallop_205km_rusa_brevet_gps.zip.  The RideWithGPS route is posted here:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26583963

Just how much climbing does this ride have?  On my GPS, in 2008: 11101 ft; 2009: 9926 ft; 2011: 10464 ft; 2013: 10057ft; 2015: 9339; 2017: 10731.  On Bill’s GPS in 2013: 11927 ft; on Garmin Connect from Bill’s GPS: 11263 ft.  On RidewithGPS from uploading the route: 9939 feet in 2013 and 8876 currently.  And on the DCR webpage it says 10387 ft, the average of the first few figures. Take your pick!  It’s the hilliest 200km that DCR regularly schedules and has about the same amount of climbing as the Frederick 300km.

Cue sheet and GPS files for November 11th Flatbread 205km RUSA brevet

November 8th, 2017

The cue sheets for the Flatbread 205km RUSA brevet starting at the Mama Mia’s Sports Bar in Centreville, MD at 7:00AM on November 11 are now posted at 2017_dcr_eastern_shore_flatbread_200km_cue.zip.

The ride starts from the parking lot of the Good Guys Pizza at 7:00am. Registration will also be at Good Guys and opens at 6:00am.  We will not have safety inspections, but riders should still take full reflective gear and lighting, just in case:  http://www.dcrand.org/dcr/randoinfo.php?page=M05

Parking is not be permitted in the Mama Mia’s parking lot.  There is a municipal parking lot at the corner of Happy Lady Lane and Water St.  Plenty of parking there (see square outlined in red in the image flatbread_parking.png).  There may also be street parking in the area.

Note that there is no restroom facility available at the start, so please find one on the way in. If you use Route 213 north from Route 301, there is a McDonalds on the right 1 mile north from the exit. If you’re coming in from the North, there is a truck stop at the intersection of Rts 304 and 301.

The Milton Control is an “open” control, meaning that you can choose any business nearby. But you must still get your card initialed with the time, and get a receipt from that business. If the receipt does not include the name and address of the business, write it on your control card.We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to the settings below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:

Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
Calculation Method: Best Route
Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes.

GPS files are posted at 2017_dcr_eastern_shore_flatbread_200km-gps.zip. The RideWithGPS version is posted at  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26432703

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for October 28th Civil War Tour 205km Rusa Brevet

October 23rd, 2017

The cue sheets for the DCR Civil War Tour RUSA 205km brevet are posted at 2017_dcr_civil_war_tour_200km_cue.zip. (The “2up” version is for the map case of a handlebar bag and is most easily printed from the PDF.) The brevet starts at the Frederick WaWa’s (please park far from stores).

Lights and reflective gear are recommended–this is a tough ride and riders may finish later than expected; requirements are here.

The link to the GPS files is posted below. But please read this information before downloading them. Always get a copy of the final cue sheet. That final cue sheet contains the official route, so in case there is a conflict with the GPS file, you should resolve the conflict in favor of the cue sheet. Use the GPS as a handy-dandy adjunct. Keep your wits about you, as the GPS cannot notify you of road hazards — it is up to you to ride safely.We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to settings similar to those below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:

Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
Calculation Method: Best Route
Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

Climbing cues are generally provided in the GPS file for climbs of more than 400 feet. To read them: A cue like C7.8m59to151 means “From here, you’ll be climbing for 7.8 miles for an altitude change of 590 feet, ending up at an altitude of 1510 feet.

Generally, the routes go from control to control but do not break at info controls. The primary reason to do this is that it avoids the GPS getting confused on out-and-back segments.

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes. The GPS files are posted at 2017_dcr_civil_war_tour_200km-gps.zip.  RWGPS is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26399349