RUSA Anniversary 200km Brevet - Aug 16- Poolesville, MD

This ride, which will start at 7:00 from Whalen Commons Park in Poolesville, MD, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of RUSA, and all finishers will be eligible to order a special medal (RUSA Tenth Anniversary Medal). It will also salute the father of our brevet series, Dave Berning. Returning to the days of yesteryear, when ALL of Dave’s brevet routes went over Marlu Ridge, many of the roads taken on this brevet were included on Dave’s original brevets. The route is more or less a figure 8, with a gently rolling out and back section between Shepherdstown and Hedgesville, WV. Dave always described his brevets as traveling over “mixed terrain.” Let’s just say that this one includes “scenic” climbs over Marlu Ridge and Reno Monument, a lovely stretch through the Antietam battlefield, a gentle jaunt over to Hedgesville from Shepherdstown, a few truly mellow miles paralleling the C&O Canal, and some gnarly, choppy gut busters on Harpers Ferry Rd followed by a flat stretch along Sandy Hook Road with nice views of Harpers Ferry. The first 15 miles of the ride (before Marlu) and the last several miles on Peach Tree and Cattail Roads are a delightful breeze. Estimated elevation gain is between 10,000 and 11,000 feet.

All finishers will be eligible to order the special medal directly from the RUSA online store after the ride at a cost of $6. Or you can preorder a medal to receive at the finish by adding $6 to your preregistration payment, including a note that you want the medal, and ensuring that the payment is received by August 1. Please note that the medals can only be given to finishers and cannot be returned, so if you preorder a medal and then can’t ride or don’t finish, you will be out the $6 unless we can sell the medal to someone else.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.