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Eastern Shore Flatbread 200km - Nov 9, 2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Always a crowd favorite, the Flatbread 200km starts at 7am in the town of Centreville, Maryland and takes in a nice water view on the Chesapeake Bay side of the shore before heading toward the Delaware Bay / Ocean at Slaughter Beach, Delaware.  The fall colors and muted, dappled light are one of my favorite parts of this ride.

Compared to the climbs that we are used to on the western shore, the eastern shore of Maryland can be a wee bit flat, but of those who have done this ride in the past, we know that the wind is no friend. Be prepared for more of the same this year. As you pass through Milford, DE, don’t miss the opportunity to stop at Dolce Coffee: They make some tasty hot beverages as well as pastries to die for. This will boost your energy to go back out and tackle the wind. At Slaughter Beach, you’ll reach the midway point and a great time to get off the bike a few minutes and check out the beach. Due east, 12-13 miles, is Cape May, NJ. Look south and you’ll probably see the outline of Lewe’s, DE.

After the Slaughter Beach Control, you have only 10 miles to the next Control in Milton. It is an Open Control and there are a few good lunch stops, like, Federal Street Expresso Bar, Irish Eyes, a Deli, and a convenience store. Milton is also the home of the Dogfish Head Brewery if you feel like a tour is needed or just go and sample the beer. No food, though. You can be in and out in 30 minutes or less. Or, if you’re in one those fast pacelines, enjoy yourselves a bit longer. You’ll make up the time on the road.

Heading back towards Centreville and the final Control, the ride will pass through the Bridgeville Control and then into 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 await you.