Archive for December, 2014

2015 Glen Echo Populaire, January 24th, 9am

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Like last year, the populaire will start from the Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Avenue, Glen Echo, MD.  Parking is at the Glen Echo Park at the “P” on the map.  The neighbors will complain if we park in the neighborhood or the Town Hall and then we might not get invited back … don’t be that person!

Starting time is January 24th at 9 am.  There is no ride fee, but please pre-register so that we can plan for the correct number of riders.

Here is a description of last year’s route though until the checkout ride has been completed, we can’t know if the description will be accurate …  The route heads up somewhat urban roads for the first fifteen miles to an info control at what used to be Poole’s Store at Seneca Creek State Park.  This store was founded in 1901, and was the oldest continuously operated country store in Montgomery County.

After Poole’s Store, there is a sharp but brief climb, after which the terrain moderates and the roads become very rural (and increasingly hilly).  Some of the roads are also quite shaded, so watch carefully for icy spots.  The next control is at Denise Bakery and Deli (formerly Hyattstown Deli), which is your first lunch opportunity.  (Alternative: grab a quick something at Hyattstown and eat a more substantial sit-down lunch at Cugini’s in Poolesville.)

Returning to Peach Tree road, the route passes its high point, 700′, at about mile 46, just south of Comus Road, and enters the town of Poolesville. A final stretch along River Road will return riders to the DC Randonneurs meeting in Glen Echo, starting at 4pm.  The final twenty miles have a net descent of around 600 feet, helping them go by more quickly, though there’s enough up and down to keep your attention.
(About 4600 feet of elevation gain, which is a fairly typical rate of climbing per mile for DCR brevets.)

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for December 6 208km RUSA Brevet

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The cue sheet(s) for the Woodbine 208K RUSA brevet, starting at the Woodbine McDonalds at 7:00AM on December 6, 2014 are now posted at

The ride starts from the McDonalds at 7:00am. Registration will open at 6:00am. Park in the Park & Ride shown on the map.

In previous years we used the Coffee Express as our control in Dillsburg. The Coffee Express closed, but a new and remodeled version called the Square Bean recently opened in the same location, and I had a very nice lunch there during the checkout ride. But to avoid crowding in the Square Bean, Dillsburg is now an open control and you may choose any business as your control. As noted on the cue sheet, there are at least five options. However, note that the cumulative mileage on the cue sheet is based on the Square Bean, so you will need to shift your cumulative mileage if you use a different control. Be sure to get a receipt wherever you control in Dillsburg.

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  The RidewithGPS version is posted here.

If you have older maps in your GPS, they may not include a relatively recent extension of MD31 in New Windsor, which connects it directly to MD75. Therefore, when you go through New Windsor near miles 16.5 and 112.6, your GPS may try to follow a slightly different route.