Archive for September, 2010

Woodbine 200K - December 11, 2010

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The December brevet will start in Woodbine, MD and travel through the piedmont of central Maryland and Pennsylvania, including sections rich in Civil War history. Leaving the Park-and-Ride in Woodbine, the route heads north through scenic farmland to Taneytown, MD, which was ALMOST the site of a civil war battle. General George Meade was in the process of deploying his Union troops along a line through Taneytown when he received word that a major battle was instead forming 12 miles further north in Gettysburg. Following the same path to Gettysburg taken by Meade’s army on July 1, 1863, the route enters the battlefield near Little Round Top and proceeds north on Cemetery Ridge, passing the so-called High Water Mark of the Confederacy where Pickett’s Charge briefly penetrated the Union line. The route then follows mostly flat roads to Dillsburg, where riders can eat sandwiches and homemade cake or pie at the Coffee Express. The return follows almost the same route, but includes some steeper hills on a very scenic section of Buffalo Road, before ending at the Pizza Hut next to the start. This route has rolling hills and a few steep hills toward the end, but no major climbs with a total elevation gain of around 7,200 ft.

Registration opens at 6:00 a.m at the park-and-ride . The pre-registration fee is $5 or $10 at the start. The start is 17 minutes before sunrise, so bring lights and reflective gear.

Eastern Shore Flatbread 200K - Nov 13, 2010

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is a great place to be in the Fall and especially if you are there on a bike. It is a vast departure from the Blue Ridge Mountains where we spend so many hours on the bike, in and out of the saddle working hard to get up those 15 %er’s. This ride will not challenge your climbing abilities, but it could beckon you to see how fast you can do this 200K. Careful with that thought process, however, as you will find the wind can be your worst enemy. A nice paceline with someone else on the front can help with all of that, though! And, if that’s not for you, relax a little and take in the sights and sounds of the many migratory birds that can fill up the sky and the landscape as they make their way south for the winter. Bald Eagles have also made a resurgence on the Shore and if you keep vigilant, you could see one or two on your ride as we did last 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. If the flat terrain has you dozing off, there is a great little coffee shop, Dolce Coffee, at mile 50.7 in Milford, DE, that will give you the energy you need to press on. Their coffee and pastries are wonderful. It was a Control at last years inaugural Flatbread 200K because of a hurricane that took out the beachfront. I hope this year there will be no hurricanes and we can make the beach. Before you get to the Control there at mile 59, you may want to take a left on one of several short roads that give you access to the water and dip a tire or two. Slaughter Beach is at a point where the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean converge and due east, 12-13 miles, is Cape May, NJ. – if you feel like a swim.

After the Slaughter Beach Control, you have only 10 miles to the next Control in Milton. The Iguanna Grill is still a nice place for a good lunch and Milton is also the home of the Dogfish Brewery if you feel like a tour is needed. It’s a small town and anybody will give you directions. You will still get your personal best for a 200K!

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

Cacapon 200K - Oct 16, 2010

Monday, September 27th, 2010

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”.

Starting from the Middletown Super 8, the 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 Files for September 18 Civil War Tour 200K ACP Brevet

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The cue sheet for the Civil War Tour 200K ACP  brevet starting at the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Frederick, MD at 7:00AM on September 18, 2010 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20100918 Civil War Tour 200K Brevet. Be sure to park in the large shopping center lot as indicated on the map. Do not park in the spaces next to the Perkins, Pizza Hut, or other restaurants.

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 - 20100918 Civil War Tour 200K Brevet. Note that the route has a short unpaved section, so be sure to set your GPS to allow unpaved.