Archive for July, 2009

Woodbine Wallop 200K - August 8, 2009

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

For those who missed the inaugural version of the Woodbine Wallop last December, or thought it was too cold, here’s a second chance to ride what many consider to be our toughest 200km brevet under much warmer conditions. It should be an excellent “training opportunity” for members planning on riding the Endless Mountains 1240K at the end of September.

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. Measured climbing in 2008 was 11,917 feet.