Archive for March, 2016

Paul’s Paradise 200km: April 9, 7am

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

This brevet is based on Crista Borras’s permanent route of the same name, and will be organized by Chris Readinger.  Starting relatively close to DC from the McDonalds in Poolesville, MD, we head north into Frederick County to the first major climb over Marlu Ridge. Our efforts are then rewarded by the panoramic view of the beautiful Middletown Valley as we descend into Jefferson. Continuing north through the hilly and very scenic valley, we control in Middletown, and then it’s not long before we encounter the formidable climb up Harp Hill. After descending to Wolfsville the route starts an (easy!) climb on MD17 over South Mountain. Next, a delightful, swoopy descent takes us down into the Cumberland Valley and we head into Pennsylvania on bucolic country roads, eventually arriving at our turn-around control at Paul’s Country Market just north of Waynesboro. Paul’s has a good deli, a wide choice of foods to round out your lunch, and a hard-to-resist selection of bakery items. The grounds are lovely, with three picnic tables in a shaded grassy area, and a small dining room (”Paul’s Lunch Bucket”) is available in case it’s rainy and/or cold and riders prefer to eat inside. After lunch, we’ll climb back over South Mountain on Old 16 and Buena Vista, “working” our way over to a wild ride down Spruce Run Road to the next control at Delauter’s store on Wolfsville Road. The return route continues through Middletown and follows familiar roads back to Poolesville. While this ride features several very steep climbs and low gearing is highly recommended, the last 9 miles are some of the easiest riding there is in this general area and you’re sure to finish with smiles on your faces! The final control is at Cugini’s, where we’ll feast on truly fantastic pizza.  The RideWithGPS route for the is, and we’ll provide cue sheets, GPS files, etc a few days before the ride.  Around 10000 feet of climbing–about 4000 feet more than Nokesville Nomad, 1200 more than the Old Rag 200km and a bit more than the Urbana 200km.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for March 19th Nokesville Nomad 200km ACP Brevet

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The cue sheets for the Nokesville Nomad 200km ACP brevet, starting at Nokesville, VA at 7:00AM on March 19th, 2016 are now posted at

Park  along Fitzwater Dr or across Hwy 28/Nokesville Rd on Minute Ln. The ride will start from the parking lot near Carini’s Pizza.  Do not park in the Carini’s parking lot.

We will have safety inspection starting at 6am.  Everybody should bring lights and reflective gear to this ride. The ride starts slightly before sunrise and the days are still short enough that some riders will finish after dark. If you flunk the safety inspection you will be held until it is no longer “low light” e.g. at sunrise.  Click for advice and applicable rules in Article 10.

There is a nearby 7-11 that has a restroom.  It’s not free, you’ll need to buy a banana or something :-)

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 (though there are none on Nomad). 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 The RideWithGPS route is posted here:

Climbing.  My GPS says the Nomad has 5900 feet, a little less than Woodbine-Dillsburg at 7300 or Pastries & Coffee at 7000; quite a bit less than Woodbine Wallop at 10400, a bit more than Wilderness Campaign at 5500.

Nonkesville Nomad 200km ACP Brevet - March 19, 2016, 7am

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The Nokeville Nomad 200km is a newly-designed brevet, intended to be both a moderately-challenging route and also a low-traffic route.  Let me know how it works out on both fronts!

The ride starts in Nokesville.  We will gather in the parking lot near Carini’s Pizza.  Park along Fitzwater Drive or across Hwy 28 on Minute Ln, not in the Carini’s or 7-11 parking lots.  We’ll have the usual pre-ride snacks, plus there is a 7-11 that has a rest-room.  Plan to pay rent by buying something for the road.

Leaving Nokesville, riders have an easy warm-up on largely-level terrain, heading to Warrenton.  With the climb up through old-town Warrenton, the ride becomes a little more difficult, and coming out the western side, on Waterloo/Old Waterloo Road, the rolling starts.  Piney Mountain Road will make sure you change gears a little bit before dropping you to cross Carter Run, climbing out again on Cliff Mills Road.  You’ll pass the Orleans Market as you find your way to the first Information Control.  After the big rollers on Crest Hill Road, you’re eventually rewarded with an open Control in Marshall.

Heading out on the John Marshall Highway, it can be a bit busy and fast along this two-lane highway.  The Plains, for your second Information Control, is a respite, and if you have banked some time, this is a nice place for a look-around.  Soon, the route turns south again, with some more rolling terrain eventually taking you to a low-gear exercise as you pass the Sheetz and head up Alexander Pike into old-town Warrenton.

Leaving town is a nice descent to the Rappahannock River and, of course, what goes down must go up.  At the Brandy Station open control you can get some country store short-order fare at AJ’s or Bailey’s Store.  The terrain moderates for a while, but returns to bumpiness in the Kelly’s Ford area and up to the Elk Run store, after which where the terrain flattens to the end.   Riders are rewarded near the end with a very pleasant five mile section traversing Hazelwood and Carriage Ford.  Finally, sooner than you might expect, you’ll be enjoying a sit-down meal at Carini’s Pizza!