Archive for March, 2010

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for March 27 Urbana 200K ACP Brevet

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The cue sheet for the Urbana 200K ACP brevet starting at the Waffle House in Urbana, MD at 7:00AM on March 27, 2010 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20100327 Urbana 200K Brevet. Be sure to park either at the Park and Ride indicated on the map or at the shopping center at the finish. If you park at the shopping center, park as far away from the stores as possible. Do not park at the Waffle House or nearby businesses.

The link to the GPS files is posted below. But please read this information before downloading them. 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.

We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to the settings below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:

Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
  Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
  Calculation Method: Best Route
  Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
  Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

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

GPS files are posted at GPS Files - 20100327 Urbana 200K Brevet. Be particularly alert to following the cue sheet near the end of the brevet.  The GPS maps do not know about the bit of Caledonia Dr that bridges from Royal Crest Dr to Carriage Hill Dr.  Rather than start a new GPS route two miles from the end, the GPS route just takes you up to Carriage Hill, then turns around to loop back around to where Carriage Hill meets Royal Crest Dr.  But having read this note, you won’t be puzzled about why the GPS file doesn’t match the cue sheet, and you’ll follow the cue sheet!  Once you make the turn from Royal Crest to Sugarloaf Pkwy, the GPS should stop complaining that you’re off route.”

ACP 200km brevet - March 27 - Urbana MD

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Note: Park at the Urbana Park’n'Ride.

The Urbana 200k reverses direction this year, but quite likely will retain the same degree of difficulty and feet of climbing,  if in a different order.

The brevet begins at the Urbana Waffle House (8906 Fingerboard Rd, Frederick, MD 21704). Checkin starts at 6am and the brevet starts at 7am. Get there early and have a hearty breakfast to carry you through the day! From Urbana, the route slides down to the Monocacy and across the valley to the first significant ridge of the Marlu appellation.  After the fast descent to Jefferson, there are several creek crossings with the attendant downs and ups and then a fairly easy grade over South Mountain at Gapland.

Several hard rollers involving Antietam Creek and tributaries bring the riders to Sharpsburg and a short tour of Antietam Battlefield.  The terrain moderates after this with a gradual rise out to Williamsport for a control at the KOA on the beautiful Conococheague Creek.  The route then heads north and loops around Hagerstown on mostly rural roads to a control in State Line PA.

A long slow downhill into Leitersburg passes through dairy farms and across mill creeks until some very hard rollers appear outside of Smithsburg.  Then there is the long arduous climb over South Mountain and Catoctin Ridge with a several false summits to keep things interesting.  The Frederick county line commences the long descent through Catoctin State Park into Thurmont.

The route does a long flat haul eastward on MD 77 and turns south for a control at the 7-11 in Union Bridge.   It will be a welcome break to prepare for the various hills - long and slow and short and steep -  from Libertytown to Bartonsville Road.  Cresting the last interminable uphill on Bartonsville, there is a brief pause to catch the view before a very long downhill along Reichs Ford Road.  One last uphill on Ijamsville brings the riders back to Fingerboard and the final miles to the finish at J & P Pizza.