Archive for November, 2016

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for December 3 208km RUSA Brevet

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The cue sheet(s) for the Woodbine 208K RUSA brevet, starting at the Woodbine McDonalds at 7:00AM on December 3, 2016 are now posted at 2016_dcr_208km_woodbine-dillsburg_cue.zip.

The ride starts from the McDonalds at 7:00am. Registration will open at 6:00am. Park in the Park & Ride shown on the map.

Note that Dillsburg is an open control–remember to get a receipt!  There are several options noted on the cue sheet.  Also … cumulative mileage is based on the Square Bean; shift your cumulative mileage if you use a different control location.

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 2016_dcr_woodbine_dillsburg_208km-gps.zip.  The RidewithGPS version is posted here.

If you have older maps in your GPS, they may not include a relatively recent extension of MD31 in New Windsor, which connects it directly to MD75. Therefore, when you go through New Windsor near miles 16.5 and 112.6, your GPS may try to follow a slightly different route.

Woodbine-Dillsburg RUSA 208km - December 3, 2016

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

The December brevet will start in Woodbine, MD and travel through the piedmont of central Maryland and Pennsylvania, including sections rich in Civil War history. Leaving the McDonalds in Woodbine, the route heads north through scenic farmland to Taneytown, MD, which was ALMOST the site of a civil war battle. General George Meade was in the process of deploying his Union troops along a line through Taneytown when he received word that a major battle was instead forming 12 miles further north in Gettysburg. Following the same path to Gettysburg taken by Meade’s army on July 1, 1863, the route enters the battlefield near Little Round Top and proceeds north on Cemetery Ridge, passing the so-called High Water Mark of the Confederacy where Pickett’s Charge briefly penetrated the Union line. The route then follows mostly flat roads to an open control in Dillsburg, where riders can eat at a variety of sit-down or fast food choices. The return follows almost the same route, but includes some steeper hills on a very scenic section of Buffalo Road, continuing on to some memorable climbs on Roop Rd and Waterville Rd, before ending at the Pizza Hut next to the start. This route has rolling hills and a few steep hills toward the end, but no major climbs with a total elevation gain of around 7,300 ft.

Registration opens at 6:00 a.m at the McDonalds. Park in the Park’n'Ride shown on the map. The pre-registration fee is $5 or $10 at the start. The start is 15 minutes before sunrise, and riders may find themselves finishing after dark, so bring lights and reflective gear.

Cue sheet and GPS files for November 5th Flatbread 205km RUSA brevet

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

The cue sheets for the Flatbread 205km RUSA brevet starting at the Good Guys Sports Bar in Centreville, MD at 7:00AM on November 5, 2016 are now posted at 2016_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 riders will be starting before sunrise and 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 is 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 Milton Control is an “open” control, 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 2016_dcr_eastern_shore_flatbread_200km-gps.zip. The RideWithGPS version is posted at  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/17334462