“Four States” ACP 400km brevet - April 28 - Frederick, MD

April 16th, 2018

The Four States 400km is a Lynn Kristianson route that provides plenty of training opportunities (read: hills). Traveling through four states, it forms a clockwise semi-circle to the southwest, west and northwest of Frederick.  This route was a DCR “regular” for many years, but had been “on vacation” til last year.  Starting at 4AM from the Frederick Days Inn in Frederick, Maryland, riders head south paralleling the Catoctin Ridge, before climbing over it.  After crossing Middletown Valley, riders head across the Potomac into Virginia at Brunswick. Climbing up to Lovettesville, they continue south to Airmont and then tackle the climb over the Blue Ridge at Snickers Gap. Just east of Berryville, the route turns north and enters West Virginia, traversing mostly level terrain - and many railroad tracks - to Shepherdstown, where several excellent brunch possibilities exist. Riders then head northwest, remaining in West Virginia and following the Potomac, climbing and descending to and from the many creek bottoms–this is a pretty tough section–before crossing the Potomac back into Maryland and a control in Hancock.

A tough climb up to Tollgate Ridge and series of rollers in the orchards north of town bring the riders into Pennsylvania and the beautiful Little Cove Creek valley. Heading north, they traverse an endless march of rolling hills to a final slow climb halfway up Tuscorora Mountain.

There is a fast descent to Cove Gap and then a few more rollers before a short breather north of Mercersburg. (Here, the route is roughly the reverse of the Michaux Meander until the end.)  The hills return in earnest through the orchards and farmland around Edenville. After the Cumberland Valley Business Park, the trip to an open control in Shippensburg follows less rigorous terrain through Amish farms.

After Shippensburg, riders will encounter the final climbs through the Michaux State Forest, up and over the false summit of Big Flat, and the truly popular descent into Gettysburg. Just south of Gettysburg, riders pick up the last 40 miles of the 300K route to return to Frederick.

Climbing is in the ballpark of about 15,000 feet based on repeated rides.

Last year’s cue sheets/GPS files are here  (subject to change after the checkout ride, of course).

Nick

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for April 14th Cacapon 200km ACP Brevet

April 10th, 2018

The cue sheet for the Cacapon 200km ACP brevet starting at the Middletown, VA Econolodge at 7:00AM on April 14th, 2018 is now posted at 2018_dcr_cacapon_200km_cue.zip. Be sure to park as far from the motel entrance as possible. Registration will start at 6:00AM in the motel lobby.  There will not be a safety/lights inspection but make sure you have the required reflective gear and lights, just in case.

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.

GPS files are posted at 2018_dcr_cacapon_200km-gps.zip.  A route has also been posted to RidewithGPS

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for April 14th Mother of All 300’s ACP Brevet

April 10th, 2018

The cue sheet for the Middletown “Mother of All 300’s” ACP 300km brevet, starting at the Middletown, VA Econolodge (formerly Super8) at 5:00AM on April 29th is now posted in various formats at 2018_dcr_300km_middletown_mother_of_all_300s_cue.zip

Park at the extremities of the parking lot.

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be sure to bring your reflective gear and ensure that you have the required front and rear lights mounted on your bicycle. There will be safety inspection before the ride, starting at 4am.

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 at 2018_dcr_300km_mother_of_all_300s-gps.zip.

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.

A RidewithGPS version that may be useful for people using certain Garmin Edge GPS’s and/or other GPS’s is posted here

Middletown “Mother of All 300’s” ACP 300km brevet, 5am, April 14

April 3rd, 2018

The “Mother of all 300’s” 300km, is a Lynn Kristianson route starting from Middletown, VA.  We’ll ride it in the original, clockwise direction, as it was ridden for the first time in 2005.  The subsequent year’s ride description on the website described it as the “appallingly hilly but GORGEOUS 2005 West Virginia 300km.”  On the plus side, quoting from a check-out-ride report from 2006 posted by Chuck and Crista “The pure serenity, mountain roads and sensually stimulating vistas in this route are like a dream and are unmatched by anything anywhere else that I have ever ridden.”  The RWGPS route is shown here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7519066

Controls with services are almost 100km miles apart and there are few conveniently-located services in between.  Bring extra food and extra water bottles.  Fair warning!  For more detail, see below …

The ride starts at 5am, April 14th, at the Middletown Econolodge.  Park at the extremeties of the parking lot.  There will be safety inspection before the ride, starting at 4am.

The ride starts south from Middletown, working its way to the endless rollers and stunning mountain views of Back Road. The riders then climb the 3 miles over Wolf Gap into WV (there is a delightful spring on the left, it’s on the cue sheet; look for a white plastic pipe about chest height).  After the summit, there is a long, streamside descent and then a long, gradual climb over Mill Gap through the GW National Forest. A second fast descent brings riders to WV259.  You can control either at the Lost River General Store, but it doesn’t open til 10am, or at the Lost River Grille, a mile down 259.  It’s a Grille, not a convenience store, so it has excellent breakfasts, lunches, pies, etc, but not gatorade, bottles of water, or candy bars.  A piece of pie might be your fastest way out if you’re in a hurry.  Your first opportunity to resupply on-bike-eats is either mile 91 or mile 109.  So whatever you want to eat on the bike for roughly the first century needs to be carried from the start.

The course then proceeds north and west as it follows the streams up and down through many small valleys on its way to Romney.  Thirty-six miles into this leg, we avoid a 1.3 mile uphill climb on busy and shoulderless US50 by taking Sand Hill Rd instead.  The downside is that we miss some resupply points on US50 at the top of Jersey Mtn.  But these are only a mile off route at mile 91, and it’s a nearly-flat mile, so not a very big deal if you’re low on water or food.  The terrain moderates somewhat until a climb before the Slanesville control.

Coming into and out of Slanesville, riders face a moderate climb, but then get a respite for the next fifteen miles, riding along the beautiful Cacapon River to Capon Lake and Capon Springs. Climbing back over North Mountain, the riders will pass through apple orchards, gaining elevation up to High View, VA.  Riders are now on a gradual descent punctuated by short, steep climbs.  About 42 miles into this leg, the Shawnee Springs Market is about a half mile off route.  It closes at 9 but if it were a control, the control would close at 9:12, so most riders should find it open if they need it.  Another twenty miles later, the penultimate control is an INFO control at the Crossroads Grocery.  The store closes at 9pm, but the control is open until 11:16.   READ THE NEXT PARAGRAPH TO DRAW OUT THE IMPLICATIONS!  More orchards form the scenery for the return to Middletown–though many riders will pass them in the dark.

Riders who arrive at the mile-131, Yellow Springs control after 5 are at risk of arriving at the mile-169.7 Crossroads Store after it closes. But there is an off-route store at mile 151, Shawnee Springs Market, that closes at 9pm.  HOWEVER, riders who arrive at Yellow Springs after 6:50pm are at risk of missing even the Shawnee Springs Market.  The best advice:  Load up on water and food at mile 131 to make it to the end.  That way, when you get to mile 151 you can evaluate whether to stop for more food and water, or just continue on with what you have.  If you get to Shawnee Springs after it has already closed and you are desperate for food and water, call to see if a volunteer can come out to the Crossroads Store.  But plan to mark this down in your lessons-learned book: You shoulda carried more food and water from Yellow Springs.

Total climbing by my measure is around 14,600 feet, roughly a fifth more than the recent Michaux Meander.

GPS files & cue sheets from are here.

Middletown Cacapon 200km ACP Brevet, 7am, April 14th

April 3rd, 2018

The Cacapon 200km is a lovely and “scenic” route by Lynn Kristianson.  In essence, it’s a mini version of Lynn’s “Contrary Mother,” with a lovely flat-ish stretch along the Cacapon River and plenty of scenic riding, for example over Wolf Gap(the easy way).  The ride starts at 7am, just before sunrise, and many riders may finish in the dark.  So we will have a safety/lights inspection before the ride.

The ride starts at 7am, April 14th, at the Middletown Econolodge.  Park at the extremeties of the parking lot.  The route takes some fairly level terrain slightly west and mostly north along Cedar Creek Grade gradually getting hillier to an early first control at the Crossroads Store on US522.

Continuing north, there are several significant hills - with some terrific views - on the way to a control at Siler and then more big rollers to Cross Junction on US522. Plenty more climbing awaits through the big woods of Whitacre Road, with a last little uphill slog on US50 to break out in the open in the orchards near the aptly named High View. After winding through the orchards and traveling a short stretch of WV259, the riders turn onto CR13 for a wild ride down the mountain (with a few little ups) to Capon Bridge and a much needed break at the Open control, there–lots of good choices.  There is a relatively “flat” stretch along the beautiful Cacapon River back to 259 at Yellow Springs. From there it’s familiar territory through Wardensville, up Trout Run and over Wolf Gap, down the mountain to Larkin’s and on home down Back Road, through Clary to US11.

Cue sheets & GPS are here

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for March 31st CatGathMar 200km ACP Brevet

March 27th, 2018

The cue sheet for the Frederick CatGathMar 200km ACP Brevet, starting at the Frederick Days Inn at 7:00AM on September 16th is now posted in various formats at 2018_dcr_catgathmar_200km_brevet_cue.zip

Parking:  Riders will need to park in the Days Inn truck parking gravel lot.  In the map that is linked to above, this is identified with a big arrow and the letter “P”.  The entrance is off of Grove Rd just a little down from the Days Inn.  Look for a sign that says Days Inn Truck Parking.  Park at the back of the lot.

Registration will be in the breakfast area of the Days Inn starting at 6am.  This is near the green exclamation park on the map.  Come early enough to buy breakfast at the Waffle House next door!

Lights and reflective gear are not required to start this ride, but as usual if you finish in the dark you’ll need proper safety gear.

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)

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.

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 2018_dcr_frederick_catgathmar_acp_200km-gps.zip

A RidewithGPS version that may be useful for people using certain Garmin Edge GPS’s and/or other GPS’s is posted here.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for March 31st Michaux Meander 300km ACP Brevet

March 27th, 2018

The cue sheet for the Frederick Michaux Meander 300km ACP Brevet, starting at the Frederick Days Inn at 5:00AM on September 16th is now posted in various formats at 2018_dcr_300km_frederick_michaux_meander_cue_detour.zip

Parking:  Riders will need to park in the Days Inn truck parking gravel lot.  In the map that is linked to above, this is identified with a big arrow and the letter “P”.  The entrance is off of Grove Rd just a little down from the Days Inn.  Look for a sign that says Days Inn Truck Parking.  Park at the back of the lot.

Registration will be in the breakfast area of the Days Inn starting at 4am.  This is near the green exclamation park on the map.  Come early enough to buy breakfast at the Waffle House next door!

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be ready to pass safety inspection.

Note that there is a bridge out after mile 50 … the cue sheet has the detour … old-timers, don’t just ride on auto-pilot, here (the bridge that’s out is on Shippensburg Rd on the usual route toward Big Flat).

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)

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.

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 2018_dcr_300km_frederick_michaux_meander_detour-gps.zip

A RidewithGPS version that may be useful for people using certain Garmin Edge GPS’s and/or other GPS’s is posted here.