Archive for October, 2015

Eastern Shore Flatbread 200km - Nov 7, 2015

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Always a crowd favorite, the Flatbread 200km starts at 7am in the town of Centreville, Maryland and takes in a nice water view on the Chesapeake Bay side of the shore before heading toward the Delaware Bay / Ocean at Slaughter Beach, Delaware.  The fall colors and muted, dappled light are one of my favorite parts of this ride.

Compared to the climbs that we are used to on the western shore, the eastern shore of Maryland can be a wee bit flat, but for those who have done this ride in the past, we know that the wind is no friend. Be prepared for more of the same this year. As you pass through Milford, DE, don’t miss the opportunity to stop at Dolce Coffee: They make some tasty hot beverages as well as pastries to die for. This will boost your energy to go back out and tackle the wind. At Slaughter Beach, you’ll reach the midway point and a great time to get off the bike a few minutes and check out the beach. Due east, 12-13 miles, is Cape May, NJ. Look south and you’ll probably see the outline of Lewe’s, DE.

After the Slaughter Beach Control, you have only 10 miles to the next Control in Milton. It is an Open Control and there are a few good lunch stops, like, Federal Street Expresso Bar, Irish Eyes, a Deli, and a convenience store. Milton is also the home of the Dogfish Head Brewery if you feel like a tour is needed or just go and sample the beer. No food, though. You can be in and out in 30 minutes or less. Or, if you’re in one those fast pacelines, enjoy yourselves a bit longer. You’ll make up the time on the road.

Heading back towards Centreville and the final Control, the ride will pass through the Bridgeville Control and then into Denton, Maryland. There’s an opportunity to fill your water bottles and grab a snack before the final push into the last Control at the Good Guys Sportsbar in Centreville where great pizza and fun await you.

Cue Sheets and GPS Files for October 24th Deale Me In RUSA Populaire

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The Deale Me In RUSA Populaire starts at 8:00 AM on Oct 24th 2015, at the Big Bean coffee shop in Severna Park, MD (near 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!

The cue sheet(s) are posted here:  As usual, the “2up” cue sheet is for handlebar bags and the PDF version prints best.
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 generally 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  The RideWithGPS version is here.

Old Rag 200km — still proceeding as scheduled. Ride Tough; Ride Smart.

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Based on the weather (and flooding) forecast for tomorrow, we think it is reasonable to ride the event as scheduled.  (But keep an eye on this space, we’ll continue to monitor conditions and if they suddenly take a turn for the worse then we may need to revise.)  Riders should plan to take the detour to avoid the Low Water Bridge.

The weather forecast for Warrenton continues to call for a tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain, with winds of 15 and gusts to 26.  Nothing spectacular about that.
The forecast for flooding for two of the main rivers in the area calls for the Rapidan to remain below flood stage all of Saturday and the Rappahanock to reach flood stage in Remington at 8pm on Saturday. However, we are not near Remington on tomorrow’s route–we are much closer to the foothills of the Shenandoah’s where streams and rivers are smaller.

After the rider check-in, Roger will leapfrog riders and then drive the rest of the route to check that it is passable.  That still isn’t definitive, because by the time the last rider goes by, conditions may have changed.

So … Ride Tough and Ride Smart.  What do I mean by that?  Randonneuring is supposed to be a fun challenge.  There is no prize money and no medals for taking stupid risks.  So prepare for and persevere in the face of adverse conditions; don’t give up because you are a little uncomfortable.  But when it comes to actual dangerous conditions, Ride Smart.  Keep observing conditions around you as you ride–are you seeing areas that are near-flooding?  If you come up to a flooded road, then you know that there is a safe route available to you, the route you took to get there.  Don’t try to cross the flooded road and take unnecessary risks.  Turn around, and find another route.  Or if worst comes to worst, turn around and ride back to the start.
See you in Warrenton.  With any luck, this will be my 117th consecutive R-12 ride.  If not, there’s the rest of the month.