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Hotel info for upcoming brevets.

Friday, January 18th, 2013

(We hope to have registration available fairly soon for our upcoming brevets — there is a fair amount of website re-coding that has to be done each year to implement registration.  That work has to wait for the annual meeting for final decisions on prices, etc.  Our website volunteers are scrambling …)

Meanwhile, here is the hotel information associated with our brevets:

The most important ride to make reservations for is the Warrenton 400km, Saturday May 18th, because the hotel is nearly full and we couldn’t set aside a block of rooms.  The ride starts at the Hampton Inn, 540-349-4200.  However there are quite a few hotels near there, most a little less expensive than the Hampton.  In general, you can make hotel reservations and then cancel them with little notice, so even if you’re not sure you’re going to do the ride, there is little cost to making reservations …

There is no start hotel for the Tappahanock 200km, Feb 16th; Wilderness Campaign 200km, March 9th; or the Urbana 200km, March 23rd.

The two Suffolk to Skippers rides, 200km, April 13th; or 300km, May 11 do not start at hotels.  However, there is a nearby Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront where we have set up a block of rooms.  (Keith Sutton (ride organizer for those two brevets) says there are other nearby hotels that don’t get such great reviews.)  Since riders may possibly want to stay both before and after the event, the block provides for both nights–make sure to be clear about what night(s) you are booking for.  Rate is $105 plus taxes.  Reservations for the event will be made by individual attendees directly with the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront reservations at 757-925-1300 or online at www.suffolk.gardeninn.com.  The group code is DCRA for the April ride and DCRM for the May ride.

The start hotel for the Warrenton 300km, April 20th, is the same Hampton Inn as for the Warrenton 400km.  We have a block of 15 rooms under reservation code “DCR”.  You can reserve on their website or at 1-800-Hampton but if I were you, I would call the hotel directly at 540-349-4200, rather than talking with their call center in India.  You must reserve before March 20th to get the group rate.  The block is reserved for Fri and Sat nights, but you do not have to book both nights if all you want is Friday.

The start hotel for the Frederick 300km, May 4th, and Frederick 600km, June 1st, will be the Days Inn Frederick.  We have set aside a block of 15 rooms before the 300km and 20 rooms before the 600km under the reservation code “DC Rand”–the rooms are $70 plus tax.  Their phone number is 301-694-6600.  For the 300km, the block is only for the Friday night, though availability is probably good for Saturday, too.  For the 600km — which is a double-loop route so you come back to the start hotel for the “overnight” — the block is for Friday and Saturday nights.  The Days Inn did not give me a drop-dead date, but I would still reserve early.

Let me know if you run into problems reserving rooms.  I’ve never done these block reservations before.  The quantity of rooms is assuming that riders will be staying two to a room, and then guessing how many will be riding and how many of those will want to get a room…

Any updates to this info will be posted to the website’s blog, so if we get blocks of rooms for the Suffolk to Skippers rides, the relevant info will be posted there.

Nick Bull
CBA/RBA

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for December 8 208K RUSA Brevet

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The cue sheet for the Woodbine 208K RUSA brevet, starting at the Woodbine McDonalds at 7:00AM on December 8, 2012 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20121208 Woodbine 208K Brevet (PDF version at Cue Sheet PDF - 20121208 Woodbine 208K Brevet).

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

In previous years we used the Coffee Express as our control in Dillsburg. The Coffee Express closed, but a new and remodeled version called the Square Bean recently opened in the same location, and I had a very nice lunch there during the checkout ride. But to avoid crowding in the Square Bean, Dillsburg is now an open control and you may choose any business as your control. As noted on the cue sheet, there are at least five options. However, note that the cumulative mileage on the cue sheet is based on the Square Bean, so you will need to shift your cumulative mileage if you use a different control. Be sure to get a receipt wherever you control in Dillsburg.

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 GPS Files - 20121208 Woodbine 208K Brevet.

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 200K - December 8, 2012

Monday, October 15th, 2012

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, 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 7,200 ft.

Registration opens at 6:00 a.m at the McDonalds. The pre-registration fee is $5 or $10 at the start. The start is 15 minutes before sunrise, so bring lights and reflective gear.

GPS Files for 2012 Colorado High Country 1200K

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

This post contains GPS files for the Colorado High Country 1200K, prepared for the version of the route posted by John Lee Ellis on July 3, 2012. But please read this information before downloading them.

There is a separate route segment for each day of the ride. The start of major climbs is indicated by a waypoint such as “C30.0m808′to1028′ Cameron Pass,” which indicates the start of a 30.0 mile climb from 8080 ft to 10280 ft at Cameron Pass. The summit is then indicated by something like “Top 10280′ Cameron Pass”.  (These notations were all a “best effort” in the time allowed but not guaranteed to be exact.)

The 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 GPS Files - 20120709 Colorado High Country 1200K

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for June 9 Warrenton 600K ACP Brevet

Monday, June 4th, 2012

The cue sheet for the Many Rivers and Fords 600K, starting at the Warrenton Hampton Inn at 4:00AM on June 9, 2012 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20120609 Warrenton 600K Brevet. (PDF format at Cue Sheet PDF - 20120609 Warrenton 600K Brevet)

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be sure to bring your reflective gear and ensure that you have the required front and rear lights mounted on your bicycle.

Registration opens inside the Hampton Inn Saturday morning at 3:00 AM. There will also be an early registration and bike inspection from 6-8PM on Friday. Please park far from the hotel entrance.

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 GPS Files - 20120609 Warrenton 600K Brevet.

NOTE: At mile 295, there is a short “off road” segment around a barricade that will require you to start a new GPS route segment at that point.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for May 26 Frederick 400K ACP Brevet

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The cue sheet for the Frederick 400K ACP Brevet, starting at the Frederick IHOP at 4:00AM on May 26, 2012 is now posted at Cue Sheet - 20120526 Frederick 400K Brevet . (PDF format at Cue Sheet PDF - 20120526 Frederick 400K Brevet)

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be sure to bring your reflective gear and ensure that you have the required front and rear lights mounted on your bicycle.

Registration opens inside the IHOP Saturday morning at 3:00 AM. Please park in the adjacent shopping center away from the IHOP entrance and other stores. Bike inspection will be held outside the IHOP.

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 GPS Files - 20120526 Frederick 400K Brevet.

NOTE: At mile 5.8, after riding under US15, you will need to tell your GPS to navigate the second route, named “Ct1s2Elmer/Jefferson”. (This additional route segment was required since at least some of the Garmin GPS maps do not contain Elmer Rd.)

ACP 600K Brevet - June 9 - Warrenton, VA

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Many Rivers and Fords 600K

This year’s 600k is a variation of Lynn Kristianson’s 2010 Many Rivers route which she has re-worked for a kinder, gentler final 200k which travels the flatter piedmont and tidewater regions to the south and east of Warrenton. The “second day” is largely based on George Moore’s (thank you George) Rappahannock Randonee in the reverse direction. It includes several battlefields and other sites of historic importance to the Civil War.

Heading south and west from the Warrenton Hampton Inn, the riders pass through Rixeyville and continue west to Griffinsburg where the route turns south into Madison County. After Madison, there are many miles on VA230, with wonderful Blue Ridge views and moderate terrain, to a control in Wolfsville and then on to US33 in Stanardsville. From there we pick up the very scenic 810 through the foothills in Greene and Albemarle counties.

After crossing US250 in Crozet the rollers become more intense; the control in the phenomenal Batesville store will be most welcome. The grueling trip out to Nellysford is swapped this year for a southeasterly roll down wonderful Plank Road and then a slightly hillier stretch to the very basic Howardsville General Store on the James River.

Moving east from the mountains, the terrain moderates through Fluvanna and Louisa counties. After a possible dinner stop in Louisa, it’s a straight road due north until the route crosses the Rapidan and turns east onto the old familiar Algoquin Trail. Bypassing the narrow, dark roads around Kelly’s Ford, instead it heads north to Brandy Station and then east to Remington. Crossing US15, 29 and 17 a number of times, riders return to Warrenton on Lover’s Lane and Lees Ridge.

The second loop of the route heads due south from Warrenton through southern Fauquier and Stafford counties. Some of these roads are pretty busy during the day; an early start is highly recommended. There is a short section of suburban confusion and some increasingly built-up areas until the route intersects Bike Route 1 just west of I-95 and US1. A very quiet approach to Fredericksburg encounters a couple of tough hills, but almost no traffic until the Rappahannock bridge. There is no control in downtown Fredericksburg but breakfast or coffee possibilities are numerous, including Hyperion Espresso a few blocks of the route. After the commotion of old town Fredericksburg the route passes through the National Park Service Battlefield along serene tree-lined Lee Drive. A very short gravel section finishes the battlefield and resumes quiet suburban and then rural roads into Caroline County and the southernmost control at the NPS Stonewall Jackson Shrine.

From here the route swings west and finally turns north to an open control in Spotsylvania Courthouse. Here the riders pick up the northeasterly return - through more battlefields - for the Wilderness Campaign and several other permanents, along Brock Road, Eleys Ford Road and past the Inn at Kelly’s Ford on Edwards Shop Road. Continuing east on Summerduck, the route then takes some little used roads to Midland and finally the very lovely Rogues Road to Neville’s Mill for the final information control before the finish. A few unhappy rollers bring the riders to Meetze and the finish in Warrenton.