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Cue Sheet and GPS Files for December 5 Woodbine Wallop 205km RUSA Brevet

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The cue sheets for the Woodbine Wallop 205km RUSA brevet, starting at Woodbine, MD at 7:00AM on December 5, 2015 are now posted at 2015_dcr_woodbine_wallop_205km_rusa_brevet_cue.zip.

Park at the Park & Ride shown on the map. The ride itself starts from the Woodbine McDonalds at 7:00am. Registration starts inside the McDonalds at 6:00am. Those of you who remember registering in the cold and dark of the Park & Ride lot may appreciate registering inside the nice warm McDonalds. Why not come early enough to get a hearty breakfast before the ride?

Everybody should bring lights and reflective gear to this ride. The ride starts slightly before sunrise and the days are short enough now that most riders will finish after dark. But that’s usually a treat on this ride because many houses are lit up for Christmas!

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 settings like those 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.

The GPS files are posted at 2015_dcr_woodbine_wallop_205km_rusa_brevet-gps.zip.  The RideWithGPS route is posted here:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3738201

Just how much climbing does this ride have?  On my GPS, in 2008: 11101 ft; 2009: 9926 ft; 2011: 10464 ft; 2013: 10057ft; on Bill’s GPS in 2013: 11927 ft; on Garmin Connect from Bill’s GPS: 11263 ft; and on RidewithGPS from uploading the route: 9939 feet in 2013 and 8232 currently.  And on the DCR webpage it says 10387 ft, the average of the first few figures. Take your pick!  It’s the hilliest 200km that DCR regularly schedules and has about the same amount of climbing as the Frederick 300km.

Woodbine Wallop 200km - December 5, 2015, 7am

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

This is a reprise of one of our toughest (but scenic!) 200km brevets–basically, the opposite of last month’s Flatbread. Starting innocently enough, the route leaves the McDonalds in Woodbine (park at the park’n'ride shown in the linked map).  The terrain is rolling at first, as the route goes through Damascus, to the first control at the Dickerson Market. Then the fun begins as it climbs Mountville Rd over Mar-Lu ridge (yes, the hard direction), plunges back down to the town of Jefferson, goes over a series of rollers to Burkittsville (made famous in the movie, “The Blair Witch Project”), and then heads over South Mountain at Gathland State Park, passing the world’s only monument to war correspondents. The descent from South Mountain is followed by an even nicer descent down Burnside Bridge Rd. to historic Sharpsburg, and then an easy five miles to Shepherdstown, WV, where riders can reward themselves from the delicious goodies at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop. Don’t eat too many sweets though, because the climb back across South Mountain on Reno Monument Rd is somewhat steep. The road is named for a monument at the top to General Reno, who died at the spot during the civil war. No cyclists have died on the climb — at least so far. After climbing back over Catoctin Mountain on Shookstown Rd., the route follows rolling piedmont east to the final control in New Windsor, before turning south back toward Woodbine. Save some energy for those final 15 miles, because they include two very pretty, but steep, climbs on Buffalo Rd, more climbing on Roop Rd, and a few short steepies on Watersville Rd. Riders will finally be rewarded by a pleasant half-mile of gradual downhill to the finish at the Pizza Hut. About 11,300 feet of climbing–a tad short of the Frederick 300 or Warrenton 300.

Cue sheet and GPS files for November 7th Flatbread 200km

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The cue sheets for the Flatbread 200km RUSA brevet starting at the Good Guys Sports Bar in Centreville, MD at 7:00AM on November 7, 2015 are now posted at 2015_dcr_eastern_shore_flatbread_200km_cue.zip.

The ride starts from the parking lot of the Good Guys Pizza at 7:00am. Registration will also be at Good Guys and opens at 6:00am.  We will have safety inspections since with the end of daylight savings time, there is a fair chance that riders will be finishing after dark.  Reflective vest, ankle bands, proper front and rear lights, all required:  http://www.dcrand.org/dcr/randoinfo.php?page=M05

Parking will not be permitted in the Good Guys parking lot.  There is a municipal parking lot at the corner of Happy Lady Lane and Water St.  Plenty of parking there (see square outlined in red in the image flatbread_parking.png).  There may also be street parking in the area.

Note that there is no restroom facility available at the start, so please find one on the way in. If you use Route 213 north from Route 301, there is a McDonalds on the right 1 mile north from the exit. If you’re coming in from the North, there is a truck stop at the intersection of Rts 304 and 301.

The bridge to Slaughter Beach is under construction so we have had to reroute. Old-timers, make sure you are following the cue sheet &/or have a current GPS file, don’t rely on your recollection of the route!

The Milford Control and Milton Control are “open” controls, meaning that you can choose any business nearby. But you must still get your card initialed with the time, and get a receipt from that business. If the receipt does not include the name and address of the business, write it on your control card.

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 2015_dcr_eastern_shore_flatbread_200km-gps.zip. The RideWithGPS version is posted at  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11037911