Archive for December, 2017

Schedule for 2018

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Here is the schedule for 2018.  Events for which we have ride organizers are noted.

January 20 100km & DCR Annual Meeting; Tom Reeder
March 3 200km Nokesville, VA: Nokesville Nomad 200km; Pat O’Connor
March 17  200km Severna Park, MD: Pastries & Coffee 200km; ???
March 31 200km/300km Frederick, MD: NNW? CWT? and Frederick 300; Bob Counts
April 6/8 Fleche weekend; Bill Beck
April 14 200km/300km Warrenton, VA: Old Rag 200 & Warrenton 300; Emily Ranson
April 28/29 400km Frederic, MD: Four States 400; Roger Hillas
May 12-13 600km Middletown, VA: Shenandoah 600; ???
May 31 Start of BRB 1200km and 1000km; Nick Bull
Jun 4th End of BRB 1200km
Aug 18th 200km RUSA 20th Anniversary Ride; ???
Sept 8 200km; ???
Sept 15 300km; ???
Sept 29 400km; ???
Oct 13 600km; ???
Oct 27 200km; ???
Nov 10th 200km; ???
Dec 8 200km; ???

Woodbine Wallop looks like a go despite a dusting of snow.

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Bill Beck reports that Woodbine only got a dusting of snow.  That’s what we got here in Arlington, too.

So as of now, we think the Wallop is a go for tomorrow.

Will report again later if there are any adverse developments.  And

Bill will take a look at road conditions early tomorrow morning.  RUSA rules allow us to delay the start, which we could do if it seems advantageous to do so.

All that said … if you don’t hear from me or Bill again, it means the Wallop is a go.


Cue Sheet and GPS Files for December 16 Woodbine Wallop 205km RUSA Brevet

Monday, December 11th, 2017

The cue sheets for the Woodbine Wallop 205km RUSA brevet, starting at Woodbine, MD at 7:00AM on December 16 are now posted at

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!

Note that there is a detour after Gapland to avoid the bridge construction on Trego Rd.  The detour is a little different than the last time we detoured near here.  This time we ride through Rohrersville and on Hog Maw.

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  The RideWithGPS route is posted here:

Just how much climbing does this ride have?  On my GPS, in 2008: 11101 ft; 2009: 9926 ft; 2011: 10464 ft; 2013: 10057ft; 2015: 9339; 2017: 10731.  On Bill’s GPS in 2013: 11927 ft; on Garmin Connect from Bill’s GPS: 11263 ft.  On RidewithGPS from uploading the route: 9939 feet in 2013 and 8876 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.