Archive for September, 2015

Cue Sheets and GPS Files for October 3rd Old Rag 200km RUSA Brevet

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The Warrenton (Old Rag) 200K RUSA brevet starts at 7:00AM on October 3, 2015 at the Burger King in Warrenton, VA (just off map to right, near Howard Johnson’s). Be sure to park either at the high school indicated on the map or along Waterloo Rd. Do not park at the Burger King, HoJos, or nearby businesses. Lights and reflective gear are required because the brevet starts before sunrise–and they are always a good idea, e.g. in case of morning fog or rain.

The cue sheet(s) are posted here: 2015_dcr_old_rag_200km_cue.zip  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.

Climbing cues are provided in the GPS file for climbs of more than 400 feet.  To read them:  A cue like C7.8m59to151 means “From here, you’ll be climbing for 7.8 miles for an altitude change of 590 feet, ending up at an altitude of 1510 feet.

GPS files are posted at 2015_dcr_old_rag_200km-gps.zip.  The RideWithGPS version is here.

Because there is a low-water bridge on the route, we are also posting a GPS file that takes a detour to avoid it,   2015_dcr_old_rag_200km-hiwater-gps.zip   The RideWithGPS version of the HiWater route is here.

Deale Me In 106km RUSA Populaire, Oct 24th, 8am

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

The Deale Me In populaire starts in the commercial heart of old Severna Park, at 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 7am and the ride starts at 8am.  Big Bean is opening at 7 a.m. to accommodate us, so please spend some money!

A few miles after leaving Big Bean, we’ll be in horse country, on our way to the waterman’s town of Deale, on the Chesapeake.  There you can either grab a quick bottle refill or putter around a bit. Our return is through more farms, using different roads most of the way back. The terrain features easy to moderate rollers over classic riding roads in southern Anne Arundel County, where bicycles abound. At the end we’ll have pizza at Squisito.

Warrenton “Old Rag” ACP 200km brevet Oct 3rd

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

The Old Rag 200km starts at the Burger King on 34 Broadview Ave in Warrenton, near the Howard Johnson’s.  Please don’t park at Burger King: There is street parking on Waterloo, just west of the HoJos. If you want off-street parking, park at the High School which is at Waterloo and Van Roijen St, about three blocks from the HoJos.  Checkin starts at 6am and the brevet starts at 7am.  Since we’re starting in a restaurant we won’t have pre-ride snacks.

From Warrenton we head generally southwest passing through rolling horse farm country with the Blue Ridge Mountains as our backdrop. We parallel the Blue Ridge as far south as Madison.  Old-timers will miss the traditional stop at Yoder’s, which has moved to US-29 and thus a stop there would involve too much traffic for too many miles.  On the plus side, we can avoid Orange Rd, which was also a little too much traffic.  Instead, we’ll head directly to Madison where riders who need resupply can stop at the BP, McDonald’s or other restaurants in town.  The route is fairly gentle as we wind our way to Syria in the shadow of Grave’s Mountain. A steep climb followed by a 3-mile descent puts us up and over the Old Rag Grinder. A series of steep and unrelenting rollers–lovingly known as The Three Kings and The Meanies–will consume us for the next hour.  The Laurel Mills store has closed again, but water is available at the sweet spring that flows nearby. Country roads bordered by stone fences carry us through Ben Venue and into Flint Hill and the final control at the reopened Orlean Store. A final climb over Piney (”Pukin”) Mountain brings us back to the HoJos in Warrenton. Estimated total elevation gain : 8,800 feet.

The ride starts before sunrise so lights and reflective gear are required for anyone who wants to start on time.  There will not be a mandatory lighting inspection, but lights and reflective gear are required to ride in dark conditions. So we recommended that you bring lights in case you want to start on time or need to ride after it gets dark. Lights might also be needed at the start if it’s cloudy.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for Sept 12 North by Northwest 200km RUSA Brevet

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The cue sheet for the North by Northwest 200K RUSA brevet starting at the Frederick Roy Rogers  at 7:00AM on September 12, 2015 is now posted at 2015_dcr_nnw_203km_cue.zip. Be sure to park as far from the businesses in the shopping center as possible. Registration will start at 6:15AM in the Roy Rogers. (The Roy Rogers opens at 6AM if you would like to get some breakfast before registering.)

The link to the GPS route 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.

Climbing cues are provided in the GPS file for climbs of more than 400 feet.  To read them:  A cue like C7.8m59to151 means “From here, you’ll be climbing for 7.8 miles for an altitude change of 590 feet, ending up at an altitude of 1510 feet.

GPS files are posted at 2015_dcr_nnw_203km_gps.zip. The route is also entered in RidewithGPS

North by Northwest 200km - Sep 12, 2015

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The “North by Northwest” 200km RUSA brevet is as intriguing and thrilling as the movie. It starts at 7AM from the Frederick Roy Rogers on a tame note, heading north to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania over quiet country roads and passing through two historic covered bridges: the Loys Station covered bridge and the “haunted” Sachs covered bridge. After visiting the Gettysburg battlefield, suspense builds as the ride continues north into the Michaux State Forest. After a gradual and very scenic climb over South Mountain followed by a fun descent which passes Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum and later Caledonia State Park, riders will have time to relax a bit during the bucolic interlude through the rolling terrain of the Cumberland Valley. They’ll find themselves again on the edge of their seats as they approach with some trepidation the likes of the final climb over South Mountain back into Maryland. This climb, via Old Rt. 16 and Buena Vista, is really quite lovely and is followed by a nice, long descent into Thurmont. The route from Thurmont back to the post-ride celebration at Linitini’s Pizza in Frederick is gentle.

Registration at the start will open at 6:15AM. (15 minutes later than usual since the Roy Rogers doesn’t open until 6AM).