Pastries and Coffee ACP 200km brevet, March 18th PROBABLE

NOTE: CURRENT EXPECTATION AS OF MARCH 16 IS THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO RIDE THIS ROUTE.  Decision is pending the checkout ride on the 17th.

The Pastries and Coffee ACP 200km starts from 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 6am and the ride starts at 7am.  We plan to end at Squisito’s where there will be pizza.

The ride starts a few minutes before sunrise.  Anyone without proper reflective gear will be held at the start.  Riders are strongly advised to bring proper lighting and reflective gear (

Note that the route including detours is about 211m.  Because it is an ACP 200km, the time limit is 13-1/2 hours.  So keep in mind as you plan your ride.

The brevet is based on Gardner Duvall’s permanent of the same name.  Here is his route description:

                Pastries and Coffee passes through the best of southern Anne Arundel County, where many riders off the randonneur scene will be spotted.  It then takes a fairly easy approach to historic and quaint Ellicott City before traveling miles down the river through Patapsco Valley State Park.  These roads are used by three owners on more than half a dozen permanent routes, but this is the first brevet in these parts.  Some riders dread MD 2, but the route is on that road for less than .1 miles.

                The route starts in old Severna Park at the Big Bean, where a morning wake up and pastries are on offer.  Climbing is moderate at 5,550 to 6,000 feet, with rolling hills most of the way and a few flat miles.  The first flat section is at the Chesapeake leading to the first commercial control at Honey’s Harvest.  Honey’s provides the choice of customary conveniences for a quick stop, a fresh hot breakfast sandwich, or pastries and coffee.  The next water is the Patuxent River, on the way into Waugh Chapel for another feeding opportunity at a large open air mall.  The next leg includes a fast but easy descent into the Patapsco River Valley, to a control where you can select a quick stop, or more pastries and coffee, or hand-dipped ice cream.  After mile 100 the route takes a pretty easy course back to the start.  The ride ends at Squisito’s for the customary DC Rand pizza.

                Notes:  The Big Bean normally opens at 7:30, but they are opening at 6am for us as a special favor.  Please reciprocate by indulging in some breakfast at the Big Bean.  Since the ride starts in a coffee shop, you’re on your own for pre-ride snacks.

At Waugh Chapel the route crosses MD 3, where there is a “Michigan U.”  This is ridable but the better approach is to use the pedestrian crossing directly through the intersection.  Follow the cue sheet rather than GPS directions here.

                This course has several sections of paved bike trails.  THESE ARE LIKELY TO BE IMPASSABLE ON MARCH 18th and the CUE SHEET PROVIDES DETOURS. IF ANY ARE PASSABLE … Proper trail etiquette is required, yielding to pedestrians at all times.  These four sections total about ten miles.  If they are closed because of snow, the cue sheet will provide detours.

                At the open control in Ellicott City there are a number of options.  See your cue sheet. 


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