Archive for September, 2009

Eastern Shore Flatbread 200K - Nov 14, 2009

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Get ready to ride your fastest ever 200K on some of the flattest roads you’ll ever see. You don’t even get rollers! You may actually find a 1% or 2% grade here and there, but the only time you’ll be out of the saddle is when you’re trying to see over the corn rows. This will be a wild departure from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, but it should be enjoyable and very scenic during this time of year.

The ride starts in the quaint little town of Centreville, Maryland on the eastern shore and passes through a couple of marshy basins before heading toward the ocean at Slaughter Beach. Before you get to the Control at mile 59, you may want to take a left on one of several short roads that give you access to the ocean and dip a toe or two in the Atlantic. Heck, go for a swim if you want. Watch out for sharks!

After the Slaughter Beach Control, you have only 10 miles to the next Control and, if you would like, a nice lunch at the Iguana Grill in Milton, DE. They may even have “Flatbread.” The folks are friendly, the menu is great, and yes, you can still have a nice lunch and have your personal best for a 200K.

Heading back towards Centreville and the final Control, the ride will pass through the Bridgeville Control and into Denton, Maryland. There’s an opportunity to fill your water bottles and grab a snack before the last push into the final Control at the Good Guys Sportsbar in Centreville.

Cue Sheet, GPS Files, and Battlefield Maps for September 19 Civil War Tour 200K Brevet

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

The cue sheet for the Civil War Tour 200K RUSA brevet starting at the Frederick Pizza Hut, in Frederick, MD at 7:00AM on September 19, 2009 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20090919 Civil War Tour 200K Brevet. GPS files are posted at GPS Files - 20090919 Civil War Tour 200K Brevet.

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.

You can view the route taken through the battlefields, and note the sites that we will pass, on these annotated maps: Monocacy Battlefield Annotated Map, South Mountain Battlefield Map, Antietam Battlefield Map, and Gettysburg Battlefield Map

Cacapon 200K - Oct 24, 2009

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

An improved “Other Mother”. Bigger, better and passing only one way over Wolf Gap, this 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, and the Fall foliage should 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.