Archive for November, 2008

Woodbine Wallop 200K - December 13, 2008

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Looking for a challenge? This new route from Woodbine, might be just what you are looking for. Starting innocently enough, the route heads southwest from Woodbine across rolling terrain, through Damascus, to the first control at the Dickerson Market. Then the fun begins as it climbs Mountville Rd over Mar-Lu ridge (yes, the hard direction), plunges back down to the town of Jefferson, goes over a series of rollers to Burkittsville (made famous in the movie, “The Blair Witch Project”), and then heads over South Mountain at Gathland State Park, passing the only monument to war correspondents. The descent from South Mountain is followed by an even nicer descent down Burnside Bridge Rd. (with a view of the famous bridge itself at one point) to historic Sharpsburg, and then an easy five miles to Shepherdstown, WV, where riders can reward themselves from the delicious goodies at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop. Don’t eat too many sweets though, because the climb back across South Mountain on Reno Monument Rd is somewhat steep. The road is named for a monument at the top to General Reno, who died at the spot during the civil war. No cyclists have died on the climb — at least so far. After climbing back over Catoctin Mountain on Shookstown Rd., the route follows rolling piedmont east to the final control in New Windsor, before turning south back toward Woodbine. Save some energy for those final 15 miles, because they include two very pretty, but steep, climbs on Buffalo Rd. and a few short steepies on Watersville Rd. Riders will finally be rewarded by a pleasant half-mile of downhill to the finish at the Pizza Hut. Estimated climbing is 9100 feet.

Lights and reflective gear are strongly encouraged because of the short daylight hours.

DCR Logo: Call for Membership Vote

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Thanks to everyone for their patience with our logo contest and all who took the time to submit entries. We received some great logos and, after deliberation, the board has narrowed our logo down to four potential designs. Now, it’s up to the membership to decide.

HOW DO I VOTE: For all the information on how to vote, including the logo options, follow this link:

Voting closes at 11:59 PM EST on November 25, 2008.

Ride safe, have fun, and stay warm,

Mary Gersema
On behalf of the Board of the DC Randonneurs