Until this morning, it looked like conditions would allow for us to ride safely. But due to the weather forecast that is now calling for freezing rain on Saturday afternoon, the Jan. 3rd Beyond Hope to New Hope 200k has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
Unfortunately, I have conflicts which do not allow this event to be easily rescheduled as an Eastern PA event in January. But for those of you looking to keep your Eastern PA R-12 streak going, the Beyond Hope to New Hope 200k may instead be ridden in January as a permanent. Additional details (including info on the Belvidere start/finish and contacting the permanent administrator, Bill Olsen) are at
Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
400 AM EST FRI JAN 2 2015
WESTERN MONTGOMERY-UPPER BUCKS-
400 AM EST FRI JAN 2 2015
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHERN NEW JERSEY...NORTHWEST NEW JERSEY...EAST CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA AND SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA.
A BRIEF PERIOD OF SNOW AND SLEET SATURDAY AFTERNOON MAY CHANGE TO POCKETS OF FREEZING RAIN BEFORE QUICKLY TRANSITIONING OVER TO ALL RAIN SATURDAY EVENING AS TEMPERATURES RISE. THE GREATEST CHANCE IS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY INTO NORTHWESTERN NEW JERSEY. WHILE ANY SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE VERY LIGHT, SLIPPERY CONDITIONS COULD DEVELOP FOR A TIME SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY SATURDAY EVENING.
The 2015 is scheduled to kick off with The Beyond Hope to New Hope 200k Saturday, January 3rd. Event details have been posted at:
The course routing mainly uses primary roads, since these have the best chance of being cleared and treated for winter conditions. Due to mixed precipitation in the forecast for later in the afternoon, the start time has been moved up one hour to 7AM.
Please note that the start location is the Blairstown Diner -- As illustrated in this map:
.... you will park your car in the upper parking lot at Footbridge Park in Blairstown. You can then walk across the footbridge with your bike to the diner, where you sign-in -- the diner will be open at 6:30AM but will only be serving coffee until 7AM. There is a grocery store across the street if you need anything more than that to get started.
As in previous years, there is no entry fee for PA members in good standing -- you can renew your PA Membership by mail or at the start.
The finish controle at the Blairstown Inn is just a couple of stores away from the diner. Reminder: With the limited daylight, lights and reflective gear will be checked at the start.
***Rider Roster ***
1 Charles J Arayata -
2 Eoghan Barry -
3 Robert Dye -
4 Matthew Farrell -
5 William Fischer -
6 J Scott Franzen -
7 Andrew Froberg -
8 Doug Haluza -
9 Donald Jagel -
10 Wanda S Kingsbury - Guest
11 Paul I Kingsbury III - Guest
12 Gil Lebron -
13 Christopher Maglieri -
14 William Olsen -
15 Tom Rosenbauer - Organizer
16 Norman Smeal
17 Keith A Spangler -
18 Bob Torres -
19 Gilbert Torres -
Eastern PA RBA