Cue Sheet and GPS Files for September 16th Frederick 300km ACP Brevet

September 13th, 2017

The cue sheet for the fall Frederick 300km ACP Brevet, starting at the Frederick Days Inn at 5:00AM on September 16th is now posted in various formats at 2017_dcr_fall_300km_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.

Registration will be in the breakfast area of the Days Inn starting at 4am.  This is near the green exclamation park on the map.  Come early enough to buy breakfast at the Waffle House next door!

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be ready to pass safety inspection.

Note that there is a bridge out after mile 153.8 … the cue sheet has the detour … old-timers, don’t just ride on auto-pilot, here.

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_fall_300km_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 here.

Ye Olde Frederick 300km ACP brevet, September 16, 5am

September 6th, 2017

Starting from the Frederick Days Inn (parking directions to be provided later), the beautiful Frederick 300km route–designed by Crista Borras–heads north, skirting South Mountain as far as Thurmont and then turns west to climb the ridge on MD77 through Catoctin Mountain State Park. Just short of the summit, it heads roughly north-north-east into Pennsylvania and through the rolling apple and peach orchards of Adams County. Along the way it climbs Jacks Mountain Rd, with its multiple false summits and swooping descent to a covered bridge.  From Arendtsville, it turns northwest and begins a long, stair-step climb with many steep sections, just to get you properly fatigued before the climb up Big Flat.  After turning left on Shippensburg at mile 59, you’re finally ascending the false summit before Big Flat (altitude 1650 feet) before a rapid descent to a stop sign at Pine Grove Rd, followed by the real climb to the summit of Big Flat (altitude 2040 feet). Nine miles–including the sweetest descent on any of our routes–brings riders to a much needed rest stop and control in Shippensburg. By this time, you’ve done about half the climbing of the ride, so keep your spirits up, it does get a little easier, with the lovely sequence of Mud Level Rd, Oakville Rd and Red Shed Rd.  If you want to get back to Frederick, there’s just one more big climb over South Mtn on Whiskey Springs Rd, and then the terrain is rolling all the way home, with a stop in East Berlin for pizza, to get you ready for that long, long haul down to Thurmont for a final chance of resupply before the last miles in to Frederick.

Cue Sheet and GPS Files for Sept 9th ACP 200km “Mountain Church” Brevet

September 6th, 2017

The Mountain Church 200km starts at 7am from the Starbucks at 5185 MacArthur Boulevard in the Palisades neighborhood of DC. Registration starts at 6am.  The brevet ends at 7th Hill pizza, not at Starbucks!  Lights and reflective gear are recommended but we will not have safety inspection.

There is free street parking on MacArthur Blvd and neighborhood parking on Sherier Place (SW of McArthur); typically plenty of space available on Saturday early morning. Note: Block immediately in front of Starbucks is Mon-Sat controlled parking – do not park there.

Cue sheets are posted at 2017_dcr_200km_mountain_church_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).

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_200km_mountain_church_gps.zip  An RWGPS version is posted here.

ACP 200km Brevet - Sept 9 - Palisades, DC

August 21st, 2017

Mountain Church 200km

The Sept 9th Mountain Church 200km kicks off the fall SR series with a route that is based on a Lynn Kristianson permanent.

The brevet starts from the Starbucks at 5185 MacArthur Boulevard in the Palisades neighborhood of DC. Plenty of street parking is available nearby, especially between MacArthur and the Potomac River, but check the signage for restrictions (you cannot park on the block directly in front of Starbucks on Saturdays).

The ride begins gently, but the rollers grow quickly after Potomac, Maryland. Back roads take us around Poolesville to Maryland 28 near Dickerson, then on to the control at Stups Market in Adamstown. Instead of continuing west across Marlu Ridge, the route heads south and crosses the Potomac River at Point of Rocks. A gradual climbs takes us to the second control in Lovettsville, Virginia (to the new 7-Eleven), and an equally gradual descent leads to Brunswick, where we cross the Potomac back into Maryland. After climbing out of the Potomac basin, the route wanders through farmland and far suburbs to Burkettsville. This time, instead of making the familiar climb up to Gapland, it skirts the base of South Mountain north to the informational control that gives the ride its name.

From there, moderate rollers take us to the open control in Middletown. The Main Cup will be a great place to stop for a sit-down lunch with your fellow riders, or the Subway nearby for something a bit quicker. Then come the formidable rollers between Middletown and Jefferson. We climb Marlu Ridge the easy way, with its spectacular view west towards Harper’s Ferry and south into Virginia as far as Old Rag, if the day is clear enough. If a tailwind is blowing, we’ll speed home on a route that is more exposed and somewhat hillier than the outbound route. After Potomac, the road levels out, with only the descent back down to the Potomac basin and a flat ride along MacArthur between us and the finish at Seventh Hill Pizza at 4885 MacArthur Boulevard.

Because this ride begins and ends in the city and traverses some suburbs, it is important both for your own safety and the good reputation of the club that you take care to observe traffic laws and signal at all times. This said, the traffic will be light on the way out, and entirely manageable on the return – the route is the regular stomping ground of DC cyclists and drivers are generally well aware of cyclists.

The start location of the Mountain Church 200 is shared with many Permanents that head out the same way. As when riding those Permanents, we encourage those who live within striking distance to leave their cars at home and ride out to the start.

The club has not run a brevet with a DC start location for some time, so we look forward to your feedback, positive or otherwise, on the Mountain Church 200. See you on September 9th!

Nick Bull, Roger Hillas, and Jerry Seager

Hotel Info for Fall 2017 SR series events

July 12th, 2017

Note: We previously posted hotel info for 2017, here.  At that time, we thought the fall 400 would be in Warrenton, but it is now in Frederick.  If you previously reserved a room  for the fall 400, remember to cancel it so you don’t get charged!

For the fall SR series, the 300km, 400km, and 600km will all start at the Frederick Days Inn:

301-694-6600

The rooms are $65 plus taxes etc.

Book early! But if you book a room and later decide you don’t need it, please contact me. Don’t just cancel, because that potentially loses a room that someone else might want.

Let me know if you run into problems reserving rooms. Here are the events/hotels/blocks … (note the out-of-numerical-order block name for the 400, which we reserved later …)

September 16: 300km — Frederick
9/15 to 9/16 — Block name: DCRand III

September 30: 400km — Frederick
9/29 to 9/30 — Block name: DCRand V

October 14-15: 600km — Frederick
10/13 to 10/15 — Block name: DCRand IV

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

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

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.