Archive for September, 2013

Cue Sheets and GPS Files for October 5 Paul’s Paradise 200km Brevet

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The cue sheet(s) for the Paul’s Paradise 200km RUSA brevet, starting at the McDonalds in Poolesville, MD at 7:00AM on October 5, 2013 are now posted at

Registration opens in the McDonalds at 6:00am. Park in the nearby shopping center as far from the stores as possible as shown on the map. The ride will end at Cugini’s Pizza in the shopping center.

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  A RideWithGPS version that could be more useful for some Garmin Edge devices is also posted at:

Paul’s Paradise 200km: October 5th, 7am

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

This brevet is based on Crista Borras’s permanent route of the same name, and will be organized by Crista and Chuck Wood.  Starting relatively close to DC from the McDonalds in Poolesville, MD, we head north into Frederick County to the first major climb over Marlu Ridge. Our efforts are then rewarded by the panoramic view of the beautiful Middletown Valley as we descend into Jefferson. Continuing north through the hilly and very scenic valley, we control in Middletown, and then it’s not long before we encounter the formidable climb up Harp Hill. After descending to Wolfsville the route starts an (easy!) climb on MD17 over South Mountain. Next, a delightful, swoopy descent takes us down into the Cumberland Valley and we head into Pennsylvania on bucolic country roads, eventually arriving at our turn-around control at Paul’s Country Market just north of Waynesboro. Paul’s has a good deli, a wide choice of foods to round out your lunch, and a hard-to-resist selection of bakery items. The grounds are lovely, with three picnic tables in a shaded grassy area, and a small dining room (”Paul’s Lunch Bucket”) is available in case it’s rainy and/or cold and riders prefer to eat inside. After lunch, we’ll climb back over South Mountain on Old 16 and Buena Vista, “working” our way over to a wild ride down Spruce Run Road to the next control at Delauter’s store on Wolfsville Road. The return route continues through Middletown and follows familiar roads back to Poolesville. While this ride features several very steep climbs and low gearing is highly recommended, the last 9 miles are some of the easiest riding there is in this general area and you’re sure to finish with smiles on your faces! The final control is at Cugini’s, where we’ll feast on truly fantastic pizza.  The RideWithGPS route for the permanent is posted here, and we’ll provide cue sheets, GPS files, etc after the checkout ride.