Archive for July, 2014

Cue Sheets and GPS Files for July 19th Pastries & Coffee 209km RUSA Brevet

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The Pastries and Coffee brevet starts at the Big Bean coffee shop in Severna Park, MD at 7:00AM on July 19th, 2014. Be sure to park in the shopping mall across the street, as indicated on the map . Do not park at the Big Bean or nearby businesses. Lights are not required, but always a good idea, e.g. in case of morning fog or rain.

The cue sheet(s) are posted here:  As usual, the “2up” cue sheet is for handlebar bags and the PDF version prints best.  The cue sheets include a probably-unnecessary detour around the low-water bridge at mile 47.8.  You can just ignore it if it hasn’t been raining a lot.

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  The RideWithGPS version is here.

Pastries and Coffee RUSA 209km brevet, July 19th

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The Pastries and Coffee 209km starts from the Big Bean coffee shop in Severna Park (green star in map).  Park across the street in the shopping mall shown with the red exclamation point.  Checkin starts at 6am and the ride starts at 7am.  Since the ride starts in a coffee shop, you’re on your own for pre-ride snacks.  We end at Squisito’s where there will be pizza.

The ride is organized by Gardner Duvall and Theresa Furnari and is based on Gardner’s permanent of the same name.  Here is his route description:

                Pastries and Coffee passes through the best of southern Anne Arundel County, where many riders off the randonneur scene will be spotted.  It then takes a fairly easy approach to historic and quaint Ellicott City before traveling miles down the river through Patapsco Valley State Park.  These roads are used by three owners on more than half a dozen permanent routes, but this is the first brevet in these parts.  Some riders dread MD 2, but the route is on that road for less than .1 miles.

                The route starts in old Severna Park at the Big Bean, where a morning wake up and pastries are on offer.  Climbing is moderate at 5,550 to 6,000 feet, with rolling hills most of the way and a few flat miles.  The first flat section is at the Chesapeake leading to the first commercial control at Honey’s Harvest.  Honey’s provides the choice of customary conveniences for a quick stop, a fresh hot breakfast sandwich, or pastries and coffee.  The next water is the Patuxent River, on the way into Waugh Chapel for another feeding opportunity at a large open air mall, including a 7-11 on the course.  The next leg includes a fast but easy descent into the Patapsco River Valley, to a control where you can select a quick stop, or more pastries and coffee, or hand-dipped ice cream.  After mile 100 the route takes a pretty easy course back to the start.  The ride ends at Squisito’s for the customary DC Rand pizza.

                Notes:  The Big Bean normally opens at 7:30, but is opening early on our account.  This provides us with services and restrooms at the start.  Please reciprocate by indulging in some breakfast at the Big Bean.

At Waugh Chapel the route crosses MD 3, where there is a “Michigan U.”  This is ridable but the better approach is to use the pedestrian crossing directly through the intersection.  Follow the cue sheet rather than GPS directions here.

                This course has several sections of paved bike trails.  These are easy to navigate, with no opportunities to mistakenly diverge from the course.  Proper trail etiquette is required, yielding to pedestrians at all times.  These four sections total about ten miles.

                At the open control in Ellicott City there are a number of options.  Lots of cyclists favor Bean Hollow, with coffee, pastries and ice cream.  Turn left at Main stream (the course goes right), and Bean Hollow is a few doors up the street on the left.  The excellence of this shop is well known, which creates crowds at times.  Across Main Street there is an ice cream shop.  If you turn right on Main Street to follow the route, Old Mill Bakery Café comes up on your left shortly after crossing the Patapsco.  If you’re in a hurry, three-tenths from the right onto Main Street there is a High’s on the left.  There is no restroom here, that need can be fulfilled at an ORF at mile 108.6.

                This brevet is in mid-summer.  The longest leg without services is 36 miles.  It may be advisable to bring an extra water bottle.