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.
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.