Archive for August, 2008

Cacapon 200K - Oct 18, 2008

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

A new improved “Other Mother”. Bigger, better and passing only one way over Wolf Gap, this new route by Lynn Kristianson is a 200K version of the “Mother of All 300Ks”. The flowers are always pretty when we ride this area in the Spring, but we are hoping that the Fall foliage will be even more spectacular in October.

Starting from the Middletown Super 8, this route takes some fairly level terrain slightly west and mostly north along Cedar Creek Grade to an early first control at Cather’s Market on US50. Continuing north, there is more of a warm up on Poor House Road and a long slow downhill on Green Spring Road next to Green Spring Creek. After crossing Back Creek, there are several significant hills - with some terrific views - on the way to a volunteer 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 Greg’s Drive-in Restaurant. 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 sheet and GPS route file for Aug 16 Poolesville 200K brevet

Monday, August 11th, 2008

The cue sheet for the RUSA 10th  Anniversary 200K brevet in Poolesville, MD on August 16, 2008 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20080816 Poolesville 200K Brevet. The GPX route file is posted in a zip file at gdb Route - 20080816 Poolesville 200K Brevet.

Crista Borras and Chuck Wood (applause!!!) have pre-ridden the route, and the cue sheet and GPS file reflect that pre-ride. However, it is always possible that late-breaking road news will occur and the final cue sheet will differ; and possibly the late-breaking news will come too late for GPS updates. So …

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.

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