Sunday, November 21, 2021

Tscheschter Kaundi 200K

The Pennsylvania Randonneurs’ 2021 finale brings riders back for another start/finish in Philadelphia on December 4 at 7am. Inspired by the PA Dutch name for Chester County, this ride will take you through the county and on towards PA Dutch Country.


Center City from South St Bridge

The ride starts and finishes near the zesty neighborhood of Manayunk. After a spin into Center City, we leave the city and ride through suburban Delaware County before reaching the rolling hills and scenic countryside of Chester County. The controle near the midpoint of the ride features a visit with George and Andrew at Cafe Metzler. We finish at The Landing Kitchen, where riders can purchase sandwiches and drinks and share their tales of adventure.


Creek Rd along the Brandywine


With less than 10 hours of daylight available, riders will need lights and reflective gear.


A pre-ride is being planned on November 27 which may result in additional clarifying notes. Event details and registration are available on the website. Registration is open until midnight on Wednesday, December 1.


Brad Layman

Event Organizer

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Ride Report: Keystone Brevet Co. 200k

*Update 11/21/2021*: The organizer has posted a fuller photo album of the start and finish festivities. Feel free to reuse or repost for personal use (with credit to "CJ Arayata").

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Preliminary results for the inaugural running of the Keystone Brevet Co. 200k brevet have been posted on the website. Please review and inform me of any necessary corrections. The results will be submitted to RUSA in the coming days and become final pending RUSA certification.

Strap in folks, this will be a long one.

Volunteers, co-owners, and two brevet riders PJ S. and Corrie T. at the start of the inaugural KBC 200k. Well, 17 minutes after the start, anyways.

Despite a scheduling "conflict" with the Philly Bike Expo, the urban-start event managed to attract a near-record turnout of 39 riders who clipped in for a chilly November brevet start. 38 of them finished for a very impressive 97% completion rate of a challenging and new PA brevet, including 14 newly-minted randonneurs (*used gender-neutrally) completing their first 200k event. Bravo to all! At least two out-of-towners (and many locals) completed the brevet on Saturday and attended the Expo on Sunday, ensuring a fun bike-filled weekend.

Further, a quick scan of roster/results reveals some impressive facts:
  • 24 of the 39 riders, or 62% of the roster, hailed from Philadelphia.
  • 16 riders (41% of the roster) had RUSA numbers in the 14000s, and were participating in either their first randonneuring event, their first 200km event (after having participated in the recent Philly Women's Day / Chamounix 100k events), or their first PA Randonneurs event (after having participated in another region).
  • 8 riders (21%) had RUSA numbers in the 7000s or less, with some dusting off the wool after long hiatuses.
Temps were in the 30s at the start before warming up to a sunny and mild mid-50s in the afternoon with low wind. Riders reported quiet roads and lots of 'scenery', both in the form of excellent peak foliage throughout the southeast PA region, and also in the form of all of those sharp little stinger climbs packed into the first two-thirds of the course. Those climbs (and descents) didn't seem to faze newly-minted randonneur Greg Lang, who pedaled all 200k on his brakeless fixed-gear on the way to a sub-10 hour finish. James Haddad would be proud. Of note, Greg is one of a handful of riders that has taken the randonneuring plunge via the Philadelphia Dynamo Headlight Society. He recently completed the 150-mile annual Cape May Dyno ride back in September, and is already registered for the PA December R-12 event out of Manayunk. You simply love to see it.

Besides the spots of deep gravel on the Perkiomen Trail that were noted in the pre-ride reports, the ride went smoothly for nearly everyone, save for one 'mechanical' in the form of a Di2 electrical battery issue (are these technically 'electricals'?) that ended one rider's day. It seems riders had no trouble keeping on top of fueling, and virtually all arrived at the finish with smiles on their faces, ready to enjoy pizza, vegan soup, soda and snacks, and the camaraderie of the other finishers and volunteers. A keg of Yards Pale Ale was graciously supplied courtesy of Keystone Bicycle Co. for even more liquid nourishment options.

Riders relaxing outside at the post-ride gathering.

Joe Ray reflects deeply about his awesome sub-10 finish.

Would you watch a Gary W. and Jimmy A. buddy comedy? I would.

The Gaffneys had enough time to stop at home, shower, walk the dog, watch some Netflix, swap bikes, AND get to the party before dark. Must be nice.

While many in the field finished before sundown, as the post-ride brevet gathering began morphing into the post-Philly Bike Expo party, later after-dark finishers were inadvertently treated with a growing welcoming committee and greater applause upon their arrivals. Included in that welcoming committee cheering on finishers were Diane Goodwin, founding RBA of the New Jersey Randonneurs, and visiting DC Randonneurs Mary Gersema and Ed Felker.

"Hey CJ, meet my RBA from 2003!"

We accidentally cheered on Ed and Mary upon arrival until we realized who they were.

The "Never Say Die" Rando Award for Perseverance goes to riders Lorrin Thomas, PJ Santoro, and Corrie Tice, who raced into the parking lot at 8:30PM, threw their bikes down, and were shepherded through the throng of party-goers by Woody Felice and Nick Manta into the KBC space for final check-in, all before the clock struck 8:31. All three riders had experienced late-starts and unexpected setbacks throughout the day, only to conquer the course in its entirety and officially finish just in the nick of time, together. Bravo and congratulations!

Lorrin, Corrie, and PJ all smiles!

As a first-time organizer, I was humbled by how much time and effort goes into a "simple R-12" 200k event. There are many decisions to be made, lots of emails to be sent, and lots of paperwork to deal with, especially when baking up a new course and deciding to do pre and post-ride food. I owe a debt of gratitude to Chris Nadovich and RBA Andrew Mead, who provided continued support and guidance from start to finish, including route-planning, RUSA route approval, logistics planning, post-event wrap up, and much more. Iwan Barankay was an excellent 'co-organizer' to share duties and keep me on track. And many thanks to the other volunteers who made this event possible. Chris Nadovich, Iwan Barankay, Nick Manta, and George Retseck completed pre-rides/course check out rides and provided detailed cue sheet feedback and corrections to ensure smooth navigation on this brand new course. Day-of, Chris drove down from Easton with the perfect amount of hot coffee ready to go, along with SPOT trackers, cups, plates, and other such PA Rando sundries. Andrea Mules and randonnette Sue Proulx helped with breakfast set up, clean up as well as post-ride gathering set up. Susan also made her amazing brownies and gluten-free pumpkin bread, and Andrea flawlessly executed soda shopping and not one, but two! rounds of pizza pick-up for the post-ride gathering.

What do you mean, "there's no organizer 'how to' guide??"


Andrea and Sue. Thank you!

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the tireless contributions and thank the worker-owners of Keystone Bicycle Co: Natalie "Woody" Felice, Ag Manta, Nick Manta, Zack Rachell, and Ryan Stanis. All of them were crucial in this event running as smoothly as it did, not to mention even opening a bike shop in the first place so that we could stage an event here at all. From opening the gate at 5:45AM before dawn, to setting up the space for check-in and breakfast, to running their own business in the middle of the day while also keeping an eye out for finishers, to transitioning to the brevet post-ride gathering and tending to the needs of riders, and then the final transformation into the hosts of the "unofficial" Philly Bike Expo after-party on Saturday that went until midnight, it was a long day for Keystone Bicycle Co. They have certainly cemented themselves as a community hub for our small-corner, big-tent niche in the cycling world. How many cots do you think we can fit in there?

Peak party. There were tiny bike races and lots of shenanigans.

[Speaking of the Dyno Society, card-carrying member Sean Martin, who was also joining for his first brevet, recruited his neighbor Eve Walters (and friend Henry Shepley) to join the event. When Eve was checking out the event page and clicked the link to the Dyno Society Instagram, she stumbled upon a picture of her long-lost stolen bike. With the collective help of The Society, Eve successfully recovered her bike. Dreams do come true.]

Eve and Sean celebrating a job well done.

Freshly-minted randonneur Joey Doubek writes....
CJ, thank you SO MUCH for this fabulous route, and for organizing with likeminded individuals (all the KBC staff) whom altogether have greatly impacted my newfound cycling life. I’m sold - a randonneur life is a gift and an immense privilege.

So many favorite sections. Everything west of Goshen was new to me. Miles 30-55ish were a delight - that ripping decent after first Wawa, the glorious climbs, and that 10 mile stretch after Downingtown that follows the creek. All the sections of narrow low-car farm/forest roads were excellent. Viewing Twin Valley climb from a distance was iconic. I hope someone got a pic!

Finally, it's worth mentioning that having KBC as the home base for this ride was SO AMAZING. Coffee/bathroomS/food at 6 AM and 6 PM NOT TO MENTION the ability to buy a front light or something if your current one suddenly breaks? I think if KBC were to be able to host an entire 200/300/400/600k series it would get the rando-curious city folks like me at every single one of them (hopefully). Thanks again!
Hear that, Andrew?

Event 'co-organizer' Iwan Barankay writes...
Thank you for putting together such a memorable event. Special thanks to the whole Keystone Coop team for their generous hospitality. It was just awesome to be able to start inside with benches and restrooms. What a luxury! The route was special and something I hope we can do again and again (except for the trail sections ::smile::) Those little spicy hills just kept on coming – yes, I mean you Skelp Level Road! – providing plenty of opportunities for inner growth. The controls were also placed really well. I was particularly happy to see so many new riders and even some coming from far away for some brevet fun combined with the Bike Expo and all finished in time – except for one due to a mechanical. The party at the end was also a nice touch. The whole event was one for the memory books.
Of note, Iwan did the course twice in two weeks: Once as an 'unofficial' check-out ride sans brevet card where he played hare and eventually caught up to Chris N. on the Perkiomen Trail after a 2+hour head start, and officially on the day-of. Randonnerd or rando-nut? (Trick question.)

Nigel Greene writes...
I thoroughly enjoyed the November 200K. The route was a visual delight beginning from the sunrise illuminated majestic entrance of west Fairmount Park through the vibrant fall leaves that served as a backdrop to the farms and towns we rode through and the crunchy mixed path finish along the Perkiomen and Schuylkill trails. While the climbs were frequent none were overly long and the long stretch along the trails at the end was a good place for a slow climber like me to make up some time. That route coupled with the big breakfast and post ride food options made for a wonderful Rando event. Well done!

We know we did good when we get the Iron Rider seal of approval. 

PA veteran Norman Smeal writes...
Firstly, I would like to thank all of the volunteers for their time and hard work.
Secondly, congratulations to everyone, especially the budding Randonneurs for completing this challenging course.
Hope to see more Philadelphia starts.
Me too, Norman. Me too. Of note, Norman is one of only 4 riders to hold the prestigious PA-5000 award, and completed his first PA 200k since 2014. Good to see you back out there.

Ello Shertzer writes...
Thank you CJ for organizing this ride! The route was great, the foliage was lovely, and the weather was perfect. The fact that the start was only a few miles from home was pretty fantastic, and the turnout was evidence that a Philly start is very accessible for a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get to this ride. I hope that the stoke continues for next month’s ride out of Manayunk!

The evidence is compelling, indeed. 

Steve Schoenfelder writes...

Thanks to ride organizer CJ, the Keystone Bicycle Co., Chris N, Sue D, and all of the other volunteers for hosting an epic PAR 200K in the land of brotherly love.

We were greeted with a crisp autumn morning as the light was coming up with temperatures in the mid 30’s. Racing through the streets of Philadelphia at dawn, unhindered by stop signs or traffic lights was a highlight for me. After escaping the inner city and suburbs, I could see a hard frost on the ground as my GPS computer registered a temperature of 29 degrees. In spite of this, the blue sky and rolling hills warmed the heart, and it was clear that this was the only place to be on this majestic day.

The route was both beautiful and challenging with hills at the front end and a prolonged gravel grind near the end. I had to stop briefly after pounding the canal boardwalk to be sure that my fenders had not separated from their mounts. All in all, a pretty rad course design. But what else would you expect from a rando punk rock skateboarder?

The large number of riders on the course provided the opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet some new folks, and most importantly, draft. I am grateful to the two (newly minted) Philadelphia randonneurs who shepherded me through Saturday night traffic, road closures, and potholes during reentry.

A special thank you to Keystone Bicycle Co. for providing the venue. What a great shop! And, did I mention the afterparty? This was definitely not your Weisel Hostel event. And a huge thumbs up to CJ-you really did it this time bro!

I'm flattered, but I think Ryan would call me a poser. Steve, you win the "last PA Rando to leave the party" award. Cheers.

Steve, Mike Anderson, and Rosy from NER talkin' rando.

Pat and Cece Gaffney write...

Thanks to you, Chris, and the Keystone crew for putting on a fine ride this past Saturday. It was a beautiful day and the routing had us going through some great scenery. It got a little frigid as we passed by West Chester, thankfully there were those steep punchy climbs to warm us up.
This was also not the first time that we have stopped home during a brevet, but it was definitely the first time we showered, changed, switched bikes, and picked up the dog before heading into the finish. Please make sure Connie is credited with 5.9K towards his K hound status. The post ride festivities were great as well. It was nice to be able to hang out and cheer on so many newly minted randonneurs. Thanks again!

I couldn't find Connie's RUSA number in the database. Could you please submit so I can add his results?

Joe Ray writes....

Great ride Saturday! I am not super-familiar with the suburbs west of the city and it was really nice to head out that way and put some of the names and places together. It was great to see some places from a different angle too. I thought an intersection at one point looked familiar and then I saw the Arcola bridge on the left and realized where I was and that I had been there a couple times before but only at night.

It's funny how that works.

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If you couldn't get enough of the Philly vibes, join us again in December for yet another brand-new event out of Manayunk that heads westward towards Cafe Metzler in Atglen, followed by a finish gathering at The Landing Kitchen. Details are posted on the PA Rando event page. Hope to see you there.

CJ Arayata
-Organizer

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Keystone Brevet Co. 200k (Nov R12) -- Pre-Ride Course Notes

***Update 11/5/2021***

Another course pre-ride was completed by Nick Manta and George Retseck on 11/3, sans GPS to really put the cue sheet through the wringer. The course and cue sheet are in generally good shape but some polishing clarifications were made for some T and unmarked intersections. Additionally, Nick and George reported a small edit, L @ Upper Indian Head Rd. (mi 97.6) that enables a slightly quicker return to the Perkiomen Trail. The latest cuesheet is version 6 and the latest RWGPS route was modified 2021-11-4 22:13:02 EDT.

Myself and the entire staff of Keystone Brevet Co. are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Please bring a signed waiver, a mask, and some warm clothes for the finish gathering. See you then!

Original Post:

On 10/24, a pre-ride of the brand-new Keystone Brevet Co. 200K route was completed by Chris Nadovich and Iwan Barankay. Both riders reported that this course gets the "PA Rando" seal of approval and will be a fine addition to the challenging course catalog this club is known (notorious?) for offering.

Overall, the course is in good shape. Some small tweaks were made as a result of a closure along the lower portion of the Perkiomen Trail in Arcola, as well as the re-opening of the Manayunk Canal Towpath which had been damaged after the recent Hurricane Ida. The latest cuesheet is version 4 and the latest RWGPS route was modified 2021-10-26 23:27:41 EDT. Full information about this event, as well as online registration, is available on the Event Web Site.

Course notes:
 
For those traveling from outside of Philadelphia, the start and finish of the course will require urban-riding awareness that is markedly different than meandering through the rural countryside. Pay attention to where drivers are looking, and know that traffic signals, stop signs, bike lanes, etc. are all mere suggestions for what people should be doing. Be hyper-aware and ride assertively. While the event start time should minimize on-road traffic, riders will have to contend with Saturday evening traffic both in Manayunk and Philadelphia and should be especially careful after sundown.

Services throughout the course are generally concentrated up front.... along with all the climbs you will have to traverse throughout the day. There are two Wawas on-course before you reach Harmony Hill/Skelp Level Rd and the first controle in Downingtown. Just before the Joanna controle is Morgantown Coffee, and there is also a Wawa in busy, busy Pottstown after crossing Keim St. Bridge. Speaking of Keim St., this is what it looks like:

You can safely ignore this sign.


By the time you reach Zieglersville around mile 85, you will have completed virtually all of the climbing, and it is highly recommended that you replenish here and stash some food in your bag before tackling the Perkiomen and Schuylkill River Trails on your return to Philadelphia.

Beware of spots of loose, deep gravel on the Perkiomen. The trail closure just south of Arcola Rd requires a blood sacrifice of a steep kicker on Cider Mill Rd before rejoining the Perkiomen Trail and turning onto the Schuylkill River Trail.

Although you will no longer be climbing, flat trails like the SRT tend to reveal just how tired your legs are as you pedal indefinitely. Be mindful of other trail users and of your body’s needs during this leg. There is soft-serve salvation (and heated bathrooms) available at Chloe’s Corner in Manayunk, but for those looking for just a quick stop, a warning that the hot food can take much longer than the ice cream.

Upon leaving the SRT next to the Art Museum, you are only 5 cues and a few potentially-hectic city miles from the finish festivities.

Logistics:

Parking is limited to ten cars in the parking lot nearest the KBC entrance. Overflow parking will no longer be on the opposite side of the lot as per the original parking guide, but instead will be street parking on N. American St. A volunteer will help guide you to the appropriate place to park when you arrive.

Pre- and post-ride snacks will be provided for riders by the club. In conjunction with Philly Bike Expo weekend, KBC will also be hosting a "Post Expo, Post Brevet Party" that is open to the public.

For those riders looking to mingle at the after-party, it is recommended that you bring some warm clothes, as most of the festivities will be occurring outside (weather permitting). If you are a Philly local and are riding to the start, KBC is happy to safely stash a messenger bag or backpack of warm clean clothes, shoes, etc. while you are out riding for the day.

With only about 10 hours of daylight available, all 200k riders will need lights and reflective gear at the start of the brevet and if finishing after sunset.

Event details and registration are available on the website. While registration is open until midnight on Wednesday, November 3rd, those contemplating joining for their first brevet should be sure to register for a RUSA Membership several days in advance of that deadline to ensure a smooth event registration process. Hopefully you can make plans to attend and see what Keystone Brevet Co. is all about.

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-CJ Arayata
Organizer

Pre-rider Iwan B. enjoys fresh pavement in Manayunk on the way home. Thanks, Ida.
Photo: CJA

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Keystone Brevet Co. the November PA R-12

Keystone Brevet Co.

Pennsylvania Randonneurs heads to Philadelphia for a 200K brevet starting out of Philadelphia,  in conjunction with the 6/7 November Philly Bike Expo.  The event is being hosted by Keystone Bicycle Co.,  a bike shop owned and operated by 5 Pennsylvania Randonneurs! Yes, that’s right. The volunteers at Keystone Brevet Co., as they will be known for the day, are very much looking forward to hosting you for the start and finish of this brand new event.  The route heads westward for a large loop through Chester County before returning to the city along the Schuylkill River Trail on the way to KBC.  Enjoy light post-ride snacks, check out the shop, and share tales of your epic adventure.  It promises to be a memorable event.  Additional details and registration can be found on the PA Rando event page.  Hope to see you there.    

C.J. Arayata
- organizer

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Fall Classic 200/154K Ride Report

Preliminary results for the 16th annual Fall Classic 200K brevet and 154K populaire have been posted on the website. Please review the results and inform me of any necessary corrections.  The results will be submitted to RUSA in the coming days and become final pending RUSA certification.  Sixteen riders clipped in for the 200K,  and six started the 154K.  All riders in both events finished in good time for a 100% completion rate of the very challenging brevet and populaire.

Riders gather before dawn at the Hugh Moore Park pavilion (photo by Andreas Prandelli)

This the second running of the "Neo" edition route with an Easton Start/Finish. The last time we ran this out of Easton was in 2018.

Sadly, the hoped-for Fall foliage wasn't quite at peak, although there were plenty of fallen leaves. Even without the full Fall colors, riders generally reported that the Neo-classic was just as scenic ever. Scenic, of course, is bike rider code for a steady diet of hills to consume, the climb up Glendon hill at mile 0 being an appetizer for the many hilly entrees ahead. 

A PA Fall Classic vista (photo by Brad Layman)

The start of the 200 was moved an hour and a half earlier than the 154K to allow the two events to finish approximately at the same time, and to avoid too much night riding at the end. This change was very fortunate as rain developed late in the day and into the night.  Riding in the night or in the rain are bad enough separately, but doing them both together is more than twice as hard.  Perhaps the biggest problem nighttime drizzle creates is the impossibility of reading the directions on a rain soaked GPS or  cue sheet.  This issue sent several riders a little astray in the soggy gloaming of the early evening, but Tom Dermody had it the worst. He was  cursed into a bonus tour of the Hexenkopf Hill country just a few miles from the finish.  I guess he still was hungry for more hills? 

When the visibility became limited, some riders exercised maximum caution and restraint. The 154K  lanterne rouge George Brandt commented that once he realized he wouldn't be setting and speed records, he rode as slowly and carefully as possible to try to avoid a mishap in the deteriorating conditions. He ended up crossing the finish safe and sound with less than a minute to spare. 

An alternative strategy for dealing with the foul weather was simply to ride fast enough to miss it.   First finisher John Park  stayed almost entirely out of the rain as he cranked out a sub-9 effort of 8:57 on the hardest 200K in the PA rando repertoire, setting a new course record for this "neo" classic route. With all due respect to John, it should be remembered that Scotty Steingart holds the overall Fall Classic record of 7:42 set on the very similar "classic Classic" course.

With additional due respect to John Park, smart money had expected speedster Brad Layman to be first finisher and set a new course record, but soon into the ride Brad discovered that his freewheel was a little too free -- the pawls were not catching -- and he thought he would need to abandon. Utilizing the under-appreciated "phone a friend" option in the rando toolkit, Brad called Iwan Barankay and received expert bike mechanic consultation and coaching. Whether a full disassembly and cleaning of the freewheel was accomplished roadside without any tools -- or maybe he just squirted some water and oil into the thing. Whatever he did, it worked. Brad was able to finish the 200K at a "mere" sub-sonic 9:14 clip.  

Despite the day's challenges, the exhausted riders still found camaraderie was in ample supply at the finish, with many riders enjoying a picnic provided by the club at the Hugh Moore Park pavilion. After a few bites of a burger and a some ginger ale, I heard many a tale of bold adventure recounted by rejuvenated riders that seemed ready to hop back on their bikes and ride on. 

There were plenty of leaves (photo by Brad Layman)

Many thanks for the volunteers who made the event possible.  Patrick and Cecile Gaffney provided a pasta salad and a yummy cake. Patrick recently recovered from a terrible bike accident.  Pat was looking nicely healed despite his recent ordeal, but photos he shared showed that his poor bike is not so well.  Self described "randonnette" Susan Proulx staffed both the start control registration sign in and the finish control sign out, keeping the brevet machinery flowing smoothly and allowing the organizer to run around blathering gibberish with nervous OCD. Susan also helped with set up and clean up. Rando veteran and Bar-B-Cue novice Bill Olsen took over grilling operations and helped with the clean-up at the end of the event.  RBA emeritus Tom Rosenbauer repaired a last minute problem with the SPOT trackers and came down to the park at the end of the day to help with the clean up. 

Note about the SPOT trackers. It appears that the SPOT company has introduced a new "maps" feature that makes the old tracker URL links obsolete. If you have a SPOT tracker and you shared your tracker link with PA Randonneurs (or anyone else), you will need to log in, sign up for the new "maps" and obtain your new "shared view" tracker link. You can then update the tracker link in your PA Rando account settings -- or just email it to me and I'll update it for you. 



Pat and Cece Gaffney write...

Thanks again for organizing the ride yesterday. What a lovely ride. It had been quite a while since we have done that course and selective memory made some of those climbs a little more brutal, Mountain View Road comes to mind in that regard.  The fall colors and Halloween decorations provided great scenery and the post ride picnic was very welcomed at the finish. Thanks to Chris and Bill for manning the grill.

Joe Ray writes...

As recently as yesterday I had approached this brevet as “let’s see what happens” - very non-committal. The weather forecast, my knee aching both had me thinking negatively. Well I was wrong on both counts. The rain was heavy for a time, but the vast majority of today was glorious; my knee gently reminded me from time to time that I needed to be careful, but that was all. Bottom line this was maybe my favorite fall classic edition yet. Glad for all the socializing afterward and especially for all the work you and the volunteers put in.

 
Interior of the Frankenfield Bridge, one of several covered bridges on the Classic route (photo by Joe Ray).

 


Join us again next month on 6 November for a 200K brevet starting out of Philadelphia,  in conjuction with the 6/7 November Philly Bike Expo. The event is being hosted by Keystone Bicycles,  a bike shop owned and operated by 5 Pennsylvania Randonneurs! Yes, that’s right. The volunteers at Keystone Brevet Co., as they will be known for the day, are very much looking forward to hosting you for the start and finish of this brand new event that heads westward to Chester County.  Find out all about it at the event web page.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Fall Classic 200K -- Pre-Ride Notes (UPDATED for 154K)

The starting time for the Fall Classic 200K has been changed to 6AM.  Please take note of this change. We moved the start earlier so as to allow most riders to finish in the daylight. Of course, this means the ride starts before dawn -- everyone must have lights and reflective gear at the 200K start.  The start time for the 154K Populaire remains 7:30 AM.  Register for the 200K or 154K at parando.org.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

October Fall Classic: Return of the Neo-Classics


The former Weisel Hostel aka PA Rando Clubhouse

The 16th installment of the Pennsylvania Randonneurs Fall Classic brevet & populaire returns to Easton and a reprisal of the Neo-Classic routes first used in 2018.  These routes pay homage to many stretches of road that have delighted (?) PA Randos for years.  Yes, you will get the Fox Gap (200k only).  And Lomasons Glen.  And Mountain View.  But you can also get the glorious descent on Sweet Hollow Road into Milford and many other extended downhills that lie just over the crest of those climbs.

With the demise of the short-lived Cask Taphouse, the start finish location has been moved to Hugh Moore Park along the Lehigh River.  This location worked well for the Pagoda 200 earlier this year.  Post-ride food and beverage is planned.  Plan to spend a little time after finishing to enjoy the camaraderie of randonneuring and getting to know other riders who you typically only pass in controls.  It will also be a good time to corner the RBA and give him your wish list for future PA Randonneurs events or discuss volunteer opportunities in 2022. 

With less than 11 hours of daylight available, 200k riders will need lights and reflective gear unless you have a history of faster finishes.  All riders are encouraged to get into the winter habit of riding with lights and reflective gear.

Event details and registration for both events is available on the website.  Registration is open until midnight on Wednesday, October 13.  Make plans to attend.  The Fall Classic is always a good time.

Andrew Mead
Eastern PA RBA