November brings another two-fer for randonneurs in pursuit of both the R-12 and the P-12 awards. The Blue Mountain 200k will be held on November 10, starting from the Bridge Street Bagel & Deli in Milford, New Jersey. Organizer Bill Olsen completed a course checkout ride and reports that the cue sheet is in good order. Bill notes that the bridge on Grand Central Road approaching the Wind Gap control remains under construction, so we will continue to approach the control along Merwath and Mack Roads instead of better known Pen Argyl Road approach.
The finish will be at Pipolo's Pizza in Milford. While they do not serve adult beverages, it is a BYOB establishment. Any riders with special preferences for post-ride carbo replenishment should plan accordingly.
Due to the limited parking spaces at the Bridge Street Bagel & Deli, please do not park your car there. Parking is available in a parking lot off of Church St (across the street from the Milford Market).
Daylight will be in short supply on this last day of Daylight Savings Time. Riders should come equipped with lights and reflective gear consisting of a bike-mounted headlight, two bike mounted taillights, reflective vest, and reflective ankle straps. A back-up headlight is strongly recommended and may be carried in a bag. See Article 10 of RUSA's Rules for Riders.
The following weekend returns to Milford for the Milford 100k, also organized by Bill Olsen. Bill's common practice is to scout the 100k route while riders are out on the Blue Mountain 200, so any notes on the cue sheet will be added later, if necessary.
Registration for both events is active on the website.
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