Archive for April, 2015

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for May 2nd Middletown 300km ACP Brevet

Monday, April 27th, 2015

The cue sheet for the Middletown “Mother of All 300’s” ACP 300km brevet, starting at the Middletown, VA Econolodge (formerly Super8) at 5:00AM on May 2, 2015 is now posted in various formats at 2015_dcr_300km_middletown_mother_of_all_300s_cue.zip

Park at the extremities of the parking lot.  There may still be rooms available at the group rate, see here.

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be sure to bring your reflective gear and ensure that you have the required front and rear lights mounted on your bicycle. There will be safety inspection before the ride, starting at 4am.

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 2015_dcr_300km_mother_of_all_300s_gps.zip.

A RidewithGPS version that may be useful for people using certain Garmin Edge GPS’s and/or other GPS’s is posted here.

Middletown “Mother of All 300’s” ACP 300km brevet, 5am, May 2, 2015.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

For the Middletown 300km, we return for the first time since the mid-2000’s to riding Lynn Kristianson’s Middletown 300km in the original, clockwise direction.  This was the ride that ever-afterwards became known as the Mother of All 300’s.  The subsequent year’s ride description on the website described it as the “appallingly hilly but GORGEOUS 2005 West Virginia 300km.”  Controls with services are about 55 miles apart and there are few conveniently-located services in between.  Bring extra food and extra water bottles.  Fair warning!  On the plus side, quoting from a check-out-ride report from 2006 posted by Chuck and Crista “The pure serenity, mountain roads and sensually stimulating vistas in this route are like a dream and are unmatched by anything anywhere else that I have ever ridden.”  A preliminary RWGPS route is shown here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7519066

The ride starts at 5am, May 2, 2015 at the Middletown Econolodge (formerly Super 8).  Park at the extremeties of the parking lot.  There may still be rooms available at the group rate, see here.   There will be safety inspection before the ride, starting at 4am.

The ride starts south from Middletown, working its way to the endless rollers and stunning mountain views of Back Road. The riders then climb the 3 miles over Wolf Gap into WV (there is a delightful spring on the left, it’s on the cue sheet; look for a white plastic pipe about chest height).  After the summit, there is a long, streamside descent and then a long, gradual climb over Mill Gap through the GW National Forest. A second fast descent and brief ride along WV259 brings the riders to the Lost River Grill, the first control. This is a Grill, not a convenience store, so it has excellent breakfasts, lunches, pies, etc, but not gatorade, bottles of water, or candy bars.  A piece of pie might be your fastest way out if you’re in a hurry.

The course then proceeds north and west as it follows the streams up and down through through many small valleys on its way to Romney.  Quoting from a ride report by Drew “The terrain here is ridge and valley. The route goes along several valleys. You are always following a stream uphill until it starts, then you have to climb over a little pass, then you start following the next stream downstream. The route has three of these between Lost River and US 50 near Romney.” (The report is for a slightly different version of the route and is posted here: http://thevcblog.blogspot.com/2006/05/bike-ride-report-mother-of-all-300k.html).  Thirty-six miles into this leg, we avoid a 1.3 mile uphill climb on busy and shoulderless US50 by taking Sand Hill Rd instead.  The downside is that we miss some resupply points on US50 at the top of Jersey Mtn.  But these are only a mile off route and it’s a nearly-flat mile, so not a very big deal.  The terrain moderates somewhat until a climb before the Slanesville control.

Coming out of SLanesville, riders face a moderate climb, but then get a respite for the next fifteen miles, riding along the beautiful Capon River to Capon Lake and Capon Springs. Climbing back over North Mountain, the riders will pass through apple orchards, gaining elevation up to High View, VA.  Riders are now on a gradual descent punctuated by short, steep climbs.  About 42 miles into this leg, the Shawnee Springs Market is about a half mile off route.  It closes at 9 but if it were a control, the control would close at 9:12, so most riders should find it open if they need it.  Another twenty miles later, the penultimate control at the Crossroads Grocery also closes at 9pm, but the control is open until 11:16 and we will have volunteer support there for a while after that.  More orchards form the scenery for the return to Middletown–though many riders will pass them in the dark.

Total climbing by my measure is around 15,800 feet, roughly fifty percent more than the Frederick 300km.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for April 18th Frederick 300km ACP Brevet

Monday, April 13th, 2015

The cue sheet for the Frederick 300km ACP Brevet, starting at the Frederick Days Inn at 5:00AM on April 18, 2015 is now posted at in various formats at 2015_dcr_300km_frederick_cue.zip

Parking:  Riders will need to park in the Days Inn truck parking gravel lot.  In the map that is linked to above, this is identified with a big arrow and the letter “P”.  The entrance is off of Grove Rd just a little down from the Days Inn.  Look for a sign that says Days Inn Truck Parking.  Park at the back of the lot.

Registration will be in the breakfast area of the Days Inn starting at 4am.  This is near the green exclamation park on the map.  Come early enough to buy breakfast!

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be sure to bring your reflective gear and ensure that you have the required front and rear lights mounted on your bicycle.

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 2015_dcr_300km_frederick_gps.zip.

A RidewithGPS version that may be useful for people using certain Garmin Edge GPS’s and/or other GPS’s is posted here.

Frederick ACP 300km brevet - April 18, 5am

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Starting from the Frederick Day’s Inn (parking directions are below), the Frederick 300km route–designed by Crista Borras–heads north, skirting South Mountain as far as Thurmont and then turns west to climb the ridge on MD77 through Catoctin Mountain State Park. Just short of the summit, it heads roughly north-north-east into Pennsylvania and through the rolling apple and peach orchards of Adams County. From Arendtsville, it turns northwest and begins a long, stair-step climb with many steep sections.  The climbing really begins in earnest with the turn onto Shippensburg Rd, with a 750′ climb to a false summit, followed by the final 600′ climb to the summit of Big Flat. By this time, you’ve done about half the climbing of the ride, so keep your spirits up, it does get a little easier.  Nine miles of mostly downhill brings riders to a much needed rest stop and control in Shippensburg.

The terrain moderates in the Cumberland valley to the northeast toward Plainfield, heads east and south through Mount Holly Springs, then recrosses South Mountain (by a noticeably easier route) and takes several miles of easy rollers to East Berlin. The final miles remain mellow, heading southwest to Thurmont (with many stores if you need to refuel) and ending with a few rollers paralleling US15 before the finish in Frederick. This route has a little more total climbing than the Warrenton 300km, but while Warrenton has no “big” climbs (bigger than 400 feet), Frederick has three big climbs totalling around 3000 feet.

Parking: Riders will need to park in the Days Inn truck parking gravel lot.  In the map that is linked to above, this is shown with a big arrow and the letter “P”.  The entrance is off of Grove Rd just a little down from the Days Inn.  Look for a sign that says Days Inn Truck Parking.  Park at the back of the lot.

There are many stop-lights going through Frederick. Please respect these as the cross traffic is sometimes fast and hard to see. Going out through downtown Frederick in the morning is especially nice. Watch for traffic when you return to Frederick as it will likely be heavier that going out.

Lights and reflective gear are required as described in Article 10 of the RUSA rules for riders, and there will be a lighting inspection at registration from 4AM to 5AM on the morning of the ride. (No Friday evening registration or inspection.)

Controls: Frederick, Cascade, Shippensburg, Plainfield, East Berlin, Frederick.

The tentative route is shown here, subject to revision after the checkout ride.