Archive for November, 2013

Woodbine Wallop 200km - December 7, 2013, 7am

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

This is a reprise of one of our toughest (but scenic!) 200km brevets–basically, the opposite of last month’s Flatbread. Starting innocently enough, the route heads southwest from Woodbine (park at the park’n'ride shown in the linked map).  The terrain is rolling at first, as the route goes through Damascus, to the first control at the Dickerson Market. Then the fun begins as it climbs Mountville Rd over Mar-Lu ridge (yes, the hard direction), plunges back down to the town of Jefferson, goes over a series of rollers to Burkittsville (made famous in the movie, “The Blair Witch Project”), and then heads over South Mountain at Gathland State Park, passing the world’s only monument to war correspondents. The descent from South Mountain is followed by an even nicer descent down Burnside Bridge Rd. to historic Sharpsburg, and then an easy five miles to Shepherdstown, WV, where riders can reward themselves from the delicious goodies at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop. Don’t eat too many sweets though, because the climb back across South Mountain on Reno Monument Rd is somewhat steep. The road is named for a monument at the top to General Reno, who died at the spot during the civil war. No cyclists have died on the climb — at least so far. After climbing back over Catoctin Mountain on Shookstown Rd., the route follows rolling piedmont east to the final control in New Windsor, before turning south back toward Woodbine. Save some energy for those final 15 miles, because they include two very pretty, but steep, climbs on Buffalo Rd, more climbing on Roop Rd, and a few short steepies on Watersville Rd. Riders will finally be rewarded by a pleasant half-mile of gradual downhill to the finish at the Pizza Hut. About 11,300 feet of climbing–a tad short of the Frederick 300 or Warrenton 300.

Cue sheet and GPS files for November 9th Flatbread 200km

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The cue sheets for the Flatbread 200km RUSA brevet starting at the Good Guys Sports Bar in Centreville, MD at 7:00AM on November 9, 2013 are now posted at 2013_dcr_eastern_shore_flatbread_200km_cue.zip.

The ride starts from the parking lot of the Good Guys Pizza at 7:00am. Registration will also be at Good Guys and opens at 6:00am. Parking will not be permitted in the Good Guys parking lot.  Because of street construction, parking at the ride start this year is more complicated. The areas outlined in red in the image flatbread_parking.png show where you can park.  Riders will not be able to park their cars along the stretch heading east on Water St (along the construction route) from Good Guys.  In other words, if looking from the Good Guys parking lot, anything heading left has no area to park.  All parking should be either on Water Street to the West of Good Guys, on Pennsylvania Ave, or in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Happy Lady Lane and Water St.  Plenty of parking there.

Note that there is no restroom facility available at the start, so please find one on the way in. If you use Route 213 north from Route 301, there is a McDonalds on the right 1 mile north from the exit. If you’re coming in from the North, there is a truck stop at the intersection of Rts 304 and 301.

The Milton Control will be an “open” control this year, meaning that you can choose any business in Milton. But you must get a receipt from that business. If the receipt does not include the name and address of the business, write it on your control card.

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 2013_dcr_eastern_shore_flatbread_200km_gps.zip. The RideWithGPS version is posted at  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3636110