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Cue Sheet and GPS Files for June 3rd Warrenton 600km ACP Brevet

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

The Many Rivers and Fords 600km starts at the Warrenton Hampton Inn at 4:00AM on June 3rd, 2017.  If you are not staying at the hotel, please park around the back, away from the entrance.

Cue sheets are posted at 2017_many_rivers_and_fords_dcr_600km_cue.zip.  Note that the “2up” version is intended for the map case of a handlebar bag (the PDF “2up” is probably better for printing).  Note that there is a detour provided at mile 41 around the low-water bridge at mile 43.8.  If there’s been heavy rain, take the detour!  Also, special note: the gravel-road detour at mile 205.1 has had new gravel deposited so it’s more sketchy than it’s been for the last two rides.

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.  There will be bike inspection available Friday night from 7pm to 8pm, and of course Saturday morning while registration is open.

Registration opens inside the Hampton Inn Saturday morning at 3:00 AM.

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 2017_many_rivers_and_fords_dcr_600km-gps.zip  A rudimentary RWGPS version is posted here.

NOTE: At mile 307.8, there is a short “off road” segment around a barricade that will require you to start a new GPS route segment at that point.

ACP 600km Brevet - June 3 - Warrenton, VA

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Many Rivers and Fords 600km

This year’s 600km is based on the Lynn Kristianson route that we last rode in 2014. I’ve made some revisions to substitute some of the nicer roads that we rode recently on Lynn’s Kinder-Gentler route for roads that have become notably worse in recent years, like VA230 which heads west from Madison and has been the topic of numerous complaints.  So old-timers, don’t just ride on autopilot and follow the old route.

But in broad outline the old and new Many Rivers routes are the same.  The new route makes a slightly bigger loop in northern Virginia (255 miles), returning to the start hotel for the overnight, then the second day is slightly smaller than in the old Many Rivers (128 miles), also in northern Virginia.  A preliminary route is posted here (but don’t follow the RWGPS cue sheet … always get one at the ride start).

Starting from the Warrenton Hampton Inn at 4 am on June 3rd, riders head south and west, down to Griffinsburg where the route turns south into Madison County down to Somerset. From there we head west for many miles on 609/Scuffletown Rd with wonderful Blue Ridge views and moderate terrain, to a control in Dyke. From there we ride the very scenic 810 through the foothills in Greene and Albemarle counties.

After Dyke, the terrain gets a little more hilly through Crozet and down toward the James River.  Brown’s Store at about the 200km point may provide welcome relief as riders near the turning point of the route a little southwest of Scottsville.

Moving east from the mountains, the terrain moderates through Fluvanna and Louisa counties. After a possible dinner stop in Louisa, the new route heads NNW toward a control in Orange.  This sets us up so that many riders can avoid US522 … your tires need to be suitable for 2-1/2 miles of flat, usually pleasant gravel. Either way, you end up heading east on the old familiar (and peaceful) 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 the now-traditional Lunsford/Duhollow approach, eschewing all the ups and downs of Lover’s Lane and Lees Ridge.

The second loop of the route is largely based on George Moore’s (thank you George) Rappahannock Randonee in the reverse direction.  It heads due south from Warrenton through southern Fauquier and Stafford counties. Some of these roads can be  busy at times. 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 five miles further into Caroline County and the southernmost control at the road to Summit.

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 takes riders up Elk Run to the Midland Store, a welcome source of respite, before heading to Midland and one of the more-relaxed approaches to Warrenton.

Climbing: Many Rivers and Fords (MRF) has about 18,500 feet of climbing; a third more climbing than the Kinder Gentler 400km and about twenty percent more than Four States. The climbing is comparable in nature to PBP climbing:  You are seldom on the flat or in the same gear for long, but there are no “notable” climbs of more than 400 feet, unlike the last ride which had several such notable climbs.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for May 20 “Four States” Frederick 400km ACP Brevet

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The cue sheet for the “Four States” Frederick 400km, starting at starting at the Frederick Days Inn at 4:00AM on May 20th is now posted in various formats at 2017_dcr_400km_frederick_cue.zip.

Parking:  Riders will need to park in the Days Inn truck parking gravel lot.  In the map that is linked to above, this is identified with a big arrow and the letter “P”.  The entrance is off of Grove Rd just a little down from the Days Inn.  Look for a sign that says Days Inn Truck Parking.  Park at the back of the lot.

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.  Click for more info

Inspection and registration opens Saturday morning at 3:00 AM.

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)

Climbing cues are generally 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.

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 2017_dcr_400km_frederick-gps.zip

A RidewithGPS version that may be useful for people using certain Garmin Edge GPS’s and/or other GPS’s is posted hereDO NOT USE THE RWGPS “Cue Sheet”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Only use an official DCR cue sheet!!!!!!!!!!

“Four States” ACP 400km brevet - May 20 - Frederick, MD

Monday, May 8th, 2017

The Four States 400km is a Lynn Kristianson route that provides plenty of training opportunities (read: hills). Traveling through four states, it forms a clockwise semi-circle to the southwest, west and northwest of Frederick.  This route was a DCR “regular” for many years, but has recently been “on vacation.”  It’ll be fun to ride it again.
Starting at 4AM from the Frederick Days Inn in Frederick, Maryland, riders head south paralleling the Catoctin Ridge, before climbing over it.  After crossing Middletown Valley, riders head across the Potomac into Virginia at Brunswick. Climbing up to Lovettesville, they continue south to Airmont and then tackle the climb over the Blue Ridge at Snickers Gap. Just east of Berryville, the route turns north and enters West Virginia, traversing mostly level terrain - and many railroad tracks - to Shepherdstown, where several excellent brunch possibilities exist. Riders then head northwest, remaining in West Virginia and following the Potomac, climbing and descending to and from the many creek bottoms–this is a pretty tough section–before crossing the Potomac back into Maryland and a control in Hancock.

A tough climb up to Tollgate Ridge and series of rollers in the orchards north of town bring the riders into Pennsylvania and the beautiful Little Cove Creek valley. Heading north, they traverse an endless march of rolling hills to a final slow climb halfway up Tuscorora Mountain.

There is a fast descent to Cove Gap and then a few more rollers before a short breather north of Mercersburg. The hills return in earnest through the orchards and farmland around Edenville. After the Cumberland Valley Business Park, the trip to an open control in Shippensburg follows less rigorous terrain through Amish farms.

After Shippensburg, riders will encounter the final climbs through the Michaux State Forest, up and over the false summit of Big Flat, and the truly popular descent into Gettysburg. Just south of Gettysburg, riders pick up the last 40 miles of the 300K route to return to Frederick.

Climbing is in the ballpark of about 15,000 feet based on repeated rides.

Kinder-Gentler ACP 400km Cue Sheet, Route comments, and GPS Files, May 6, 4am

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The Warrenton “Kinder-Gentler” ACP 400km starts at the Warrenton Hampton Inn in Warrenton, VA at 4:00AM on May 6.  Be sure to park at the extremities of the parking lot.

Cue sheets are posted at 2017_dcr_kinder_gentler_400km_cue.zip (note the 2up version is intended to work well in the mapcase of a handlebar bag and prints better from the pdf version).  Make sure to review the cue sheet before the ride so that you know what services are offered where and when.

There are two potential detours to be aware of.  There’s a low-water bridge after mile 45.8 so if there has been heavy rain, consider taking the detour there.  And after mile 202.3, if you have tires that are suitable for a couple of miles of gravel, you can detour on Twin Mountains Rd to avoid US522. We have not checked this gravel section in the past few weeks, but rode it during the Warrenton 300 and it was fine for riders with suitable tires.

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be prepared for the light and safety inspection:  bring your reflective gear and ensure that you have the required front and rear lights mounted to your bicycle.  Registration and safety inspections start at 3:00AM.

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 2017_dcr_kinder_gentler_400km-gps.zip. The GPS routes do not generally break at info controls, make sure not to miss them!

The official route is also posted to RidewithGPS.

Climbing: All climbing is relative. Pre-riders measured approximately 13,500′ of climbing, which seems consistent with RWGPS.  Warrenton 300km has about 9,500′ of climbing.  So Kinder-Gentler has maybe 42 percent more climbing for 33 percent more distance, which suggests it’s a little bit tougher, relatively speaking.  Pre-riders report that none of it is on “big” climbs (more than 400 feet) but some are steep.  The climbing is somewhat front-loaded.  For comparison with other 400’s: Firefly has about 12,800′, the Frederick “Four States” 400 has about 14,600, and Northern Exposure has around 14,100.  For a list of consistently-measured events, see Climbing.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for April 29th Mother of All 300’s ACP Brevet

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The cue sheet for the Middletown “Mother of All 300’s” ACP 300km brevet, starting at the Middletown, VA Econolodge (formerly Super8) at 5:00AM on April 29th is now posted in various formats at 2017_dcr_300km_middletown_mother_of_all_300s_cue.zip

Park at the extremities of the parking lot.  There may still be rooms available at the group rate, see here.

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. There will be safety inspection before the ride, starting at 4am.

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 2017_dcr_300km_mother_of_all_300s-gps.zip.

Climbing cues are generally 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.

A RidewithGPS version that may be useful for people using certain Garmin Edge GPS’s and/or other GPS’s is posted here (the route says 2015 but it hasn’t changed).

Kinder-Gentler ACP 400km Brevet - May 6

Monday, April 24th, 2017

This is a Lynn Kristianson route, which got its name because after the Mother of All 300’s, when I (Nick Bull)  said I was going to quit randonneuring, she said “Give the 400 a try, it’s a kinder, gentler 400.”  For some reason, we only rode this route in 2005, so the route description may need to be updated after the checkout ride.

The ride starts at 4am, May 6th, at the Hampton Inn.  We follow the Old Rag 200km route out of Warrenton, heading generally southwest, passing through rolling horse farm country with the Blue Ridge Mountains as our backdrop. We parallel the Blue Ridge as far south as Somerset, before turning toward the Ridge and Stanardsville.  Skirting the county seat, we pick up route 810, the highlight of the ride. Set among the foothills of the Blue Ridge this is a very old and very scenic road in Greene and Albemarle counties. After crossing US250 just south of Crozet the route swings east and there is a southeasterly roll down wonderful Plank Road and then wandering over to the James River, where we plan to have a fully-supported control stop in Scottsville.

A brief climb away from the James is about the toughest hill for the remainder of the ride. Passing through the towns of Zion Crossroads, Trevillians, Orange and Remington, the terrain remains gently rolling.  After Orange, riders are basically on the Warrenton 300 route into Warrenton, including the possibility of a gravel road detour for riders with suitable tires.

Despite what RWPGS says, this probably has about 12,000 to 13,000 feet of climbing, comparable with the Firefly 400 and somewhat less than the Frederick “Four States” 400.

RidewithGPS link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19439408