Archive for April, 2011

ACP 400km brevet - May 21 - Frederick, MD

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The Maryland 400K provides plenty of training opportunities (read: hills). Traveling through four states, it forms a clockwise semi-circle to the southwest, west and northwest of Frederick.

Starting at 4AM from the Hampton Inn and Suites on Opossumtown Pike in Frederick, Maryland, riders head south along the base of and then cross Catoctin Ridge and then the Potomac into Virginia from Brunswick, Maryland. Climbing up to Lovettesville, they continue south to Airmont and then tackle the climb over the Blue Ridge at Snickers Gap. Just east of Berryville, the route turns north and enters West Virginia, traversing mostly level terrain - and many railroad tracks - to Shepherdstown, where several excellent brunch possibilities exist. Riders then head northwest, remaining in West Virginia and following the Potomac, climbing and descending to and from the many creek bottoms before crossing the Potomac back into Maryland and a control in Hancock. A tough climb up to Tollgate Ridge and series of rollers in the orchards north of town bring the riders into Pennsylvania and the beautiful Little Cove Creek valley. Heading north, they traverse an endless march of rolling hills to a final slow climb halfway up Tuscorora Mountain. There is a fast descent to Cove Gap and then a few more rollers before a short breather north of Mercersburg. The hills return in earnest through the orchards and farmland around Edenville. After the Cumberland Valley Business Park, the trip to Newville and Big Spring follows less rigorous terrain through Amish farms. After refueling and relaxing at Kane’s Subs in Newville, riders will encounter the final climbs through the Michaux State Forest and the truly popular descent into Gettysburg. Just south of Gettysburg, riders pick up the last 40 miles of the 300K route to return to Frederick.

Controls: Frederick, Airmont, Shepherdstown, Hancock, Newville, Gettysburg, Frederick

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for April 23 Old Rag 200K ACP Brevet

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The cue sheet for the Warrenton (Old Rag) 200K ACP brevet starting at the Howard Johnsons in Warrenton, VA at 7:00AM on April 23, 2011 is now posted. Be sure to park either at the high school indicated on the map or along Waterloo Rd. Do not park at the HoJos or nearby businesses. Bring lights, especially in case of morning fog or rain.

The normal Old Rag route has a low-water bridge at mile 47.8. Since it may be raining in the days before the brevet, we may need to use a detour around that bridge. Therefore we are providing not one, but three cue sheets. There is a set of cues for the normal route, a set for the detour route, and a combined cue sheet that is based on the normal route, but includes the detour as an alternate. We may not know whether or not we will use the detour until the morning of the start, so if you want to modify and reprint the cues you should either print the combined version or both the normal and detour versions so that you are prepared for whatever route decision is announced at the start:

Normal Route: Cue Sheet - 20110423 Old Rag 200km Brevet - Normal
High-Water Detour Route: Cue Sheet - 20110423 Old Rag 200km Brevet - Detour
Combined: Cue Sheet - 20110423 Old Rag 200km Brevet - Combined

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 - 20100423 Old Rag 200k Brevet.

DCR Summer Jersey Design: Winner and Ordering

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Winner:  The final round of voting in the design contest has selected the winning jersey.  The final voting was close, but the winner was the “Capitol Ride” by Bill Beck, RBA.  Congratulations Bill !  (Detailed results from the final voting are provided at the bottom of this message).

 

 Winning Jersey Design 

 

 

Many thanks to the all the design contributors and the over 75 members who voted.  Thanks again to Gary Dean for helping to set up this competition and to research the vendor options.  Thanks also to George Moore for coordinating the voting part of the contest and stepping in to take orders, since Gary had a schedule conflict.

 

Jersey Raffle:  Ken Zabielski won a free jersey!

 

Jersey Ordering:  Ordering is closed.

ACP 600km Brevet - June 4-5 - Middletown, VA

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

This is our final test for PBP qualifying. It will be a loop tour of the Shenandoah Valley and some of the surrounding National Forests.

Taking advantage of the early start at 4AM from the Middletown Super 8, there is a long downhill to US340/US522. The route then turns east on 55 just short of Front Royal and heads into the peace and quiet of early morning Fort Valley. After the climb over Edinburg Gap, there is a short easy section on US11 before turning onto 620 that rolls along the base of Massanutten Mountain. The route slips below Harrisonburg, heading west to Bridgewater and then south on lovely back roads that climb steadily through Augusta county. Several big rollers finally bring a long descent next to Walker Creek and the confluence with the Maury River at Rockbridge Baths and the spectacular, shady Goshen Pass. The riders then turn south for a slow climb along Bratton Run and short hop over North Mountain. From here, the ride continues south through hilly terrain, including the aptly name Big Hill Road. The riders finally arrive at the frontage road for I-81 and the turnaround in Buchanan, where the route turns north and east to a control in Buena Vista. From Buena Vista the riders continue the return trip north along the South River to Raphine, where many will take a sleep break at the Days Inn before proceeding. The club will have a staffed rider hospitality room at the Days Inn with food, a place to rest and talk, and a shower for those who choose to ride through without sleeping.

After Raphine, the route heads northwest to a staffed control in Churchville, where volunteers will cook breakfast food for by-then hungry riders, and then begins the final march up Scenic Highway 42, 613 to Broadway. The hills continue as the route proceeds north on State Road 42 and finally Back Road as the finish draws near.

The route has about 24,600 feet of climbing, a little more than the Frederick 600K and somewhat less than last year’s Many Rivers 600K (26,000 feet). However, most agree that the Middletown 600K is the toughest 600K on our schedule. The first day averages 6800 feet of climbing per hundred miles, a little more than the second, which averages 5900 feet of climbing per hundred miles. The first day has about half a dozen significant climbs (see profile). The second day is nearly all downhill — but it’s unlikely that you’ll ever notice in the midst of the incessant rollers.

 Middletown 600K Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile (Click for larger version.) 

Lights and reflective gear are required as described in Article 10 of the RUSA rules for riders, and there will be a lighting inspection at registration.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for April 9 Contrary Mother 300K Brevet

Monday, April 4th, 2011

The cue sheet for the Contrary Mother of all 300Ks, starting at the Middletown, VA Super 8 at 5:00AM on April 9, 2011 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20110409 Contrary Mother 300K Brevet.

Registration will be available from 6PM to 8PM on Friday and from 4AM to 5AM on Saturday in the Super 8 lobby. Please park as far from the lobby entrance as possible.

Last year the penultimate controle was the Lost River Store, which was also indicated in the initial description of this year’s version. Unfortunately, the store does not open for the season until April 15 so we will be substituting the Lost River Grill. It is ~1 mile further down 259 from the store and will be reflected on the cue sheet. It is a nice place to grab a bite to eat to fuel the final 55 miles home including climbs over Mill Gap and Wolf Gap.

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. The GPS files are posted at GPS Files - 20110409 Contrary Mother 300K Brevet. These are derived from the files that we posted in 2010, and I recall that they worked. But they were not rechecked on the road this year so, as always, pay attention to the cue sheet.