Friday, June 21, 2024

Keystone Brevet Co. Ride Report

 

Saturdays run of the now 2nd annual Keystone Brevet Co was a success! 39 registered riders with 35 at the starting line. Including the pre-rider (thanks Nick Manta aka the original 650bae), we had 33 qualifying finishers for a 94% completion rate. Two riders, Todd Nisbet at Stacie Brunner (both of whom this was their first brevet!) rode well and came in just a little after the cutoff time to a round of applause from the other riders: it was amazing seeing all the riders complete this challenging course. Chapeau on a great ride to all of the participants and new riders! Following is some of the pictures and reports from the riders. 

Notable Notes: Congrats to the first time Randonneurs: Brendan Ash, Mark Elsasser (on a single speed too!), Jasen Lo, Jacob Prosser, and Jack Stewart Castner.

 Ag Manta writes:

  What a wonderful day! The route was beautiful and I had a great time riding with everyone.

 



 Jakub Piven writes

Thank you for hosting such a delightful ride on what turned out to be an absolutely stunner of a day.

I started the day off with heavy legs and little sleep. As it does, life and travel got in the way of training rides leading up to this big one, which meant I'd have to take it slow and easy until my legs gave me the green light to pick up the pace a bit. This is something I've grown to love about the brevets I've done this year. You really learn to listen to your body and trust that it will tell you what it needs when it needs it. (Other than food, you just have to keep scarfing things down regardless of how you're feeling.)

As I turned onto Goshen Rd. and hit that first steep hill, I discovered a slow leak in my front tire. While this could have been a non-issue if I had done the precautious thing and refilled the sealant in my wheel before the ride, I had to pull over and wrestle a tube in there in order to continue. With this resolved and having lost the small group I was riding with, I had a short stretch to myself to refocus and find my own rhythm. My reward? Hitting Sunset Hollow Rd. right as my spirits and legs were fully returned to all-in brevet mode. This was the most beautiful stretch of the route for me. Full canopy of lush leaves over the road, with no cars passing and a roadside stream keeping things cool and adding that ambient soundtrack.

The rest of the ride was spent leapfrogging a bit until I linked up with Owen K to close it out in the final third, with him dropping me in the final stretch of Kelly Dr., my legs and mind weary from the trail.

Attaching a picture of Joshua (if I remember correctly) along rolling country farmland. Wish I'd gotten a chance to snap a picture of cyclists riding up the hill right after Morgantown Coffee.


Great ride! Great crew! And what a treat to end with the warm reception at Sor Ynez with tasty food and icy bevs to bring us back to the living.

 


 Maria Thomson writes:

Had an awesome, sweaty day on Saturday. It was a hot one - but thanks to the route organizers for sending us through shady, sun-dappled roads during the hottest parts of the day. Where we lacked shade, the Bob Ross were clouds a welcome distraction. With every passing brevet, there are more and more friends on the ride and I'm ever appreciative of the good vibes and conversation that makes the hills and hours slide by.

 





 



Thursday, June 13, 2024

Keystone Brevet Co Pre-Ride Course Notes

We’re really excited for the upcoming Keystone Brevet Co 200k Brevet on Saturday. This event begins and ends at 1800 North American Street and starts at 6:00AM, with rider meeting at 6:50AM and departure starting at 7AM. Please see Event Page for all of the pertinent information. This past week, Nick Manta prerode the course and updated the GPS File and Cue sheet to reflect road closures and updated road conditions. The latest cues are Version 3 and the RWGPS route was last updated 2024-06-12 22:55:15 EDT. Read on for Nick's ride report.

The pre-ride was completed on May 10th and it was a beautiful sunny day. The weather on Saturday looks to be equally as nice.  Due to a closure on MLK drive, the route now follows the Cecil B. Moore west across the city. Cecil B. Moore is a narrow two way street across philadelphia. You will pass Temple University and through the historic Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. The road will be very quiet at 7am on a Sunday but be aware of buses that often stop or pull over for oncoming traffic.  At this time of day the road is very quiet. From there, the updated route takes you along 33rd street and over the historic Strawberry Mansion Bridge and onto the familiar greenland drive and climb up to Chamounix. From there the route rejoins the original course at Wynfield Ave. Front there the route winds through the Philadelphia suburbs on some very beautiful roads. The only other major change to the route is along the Perkiomen trail. Riders who completed this route in the past will be happy to know that repairs to the Perkiomen trail allow us to avoid a short detour and a steep climb. Once you're past the short steep climb on the Perk is flat to the finish.

***Please make sure you have the most current versions of the cue sheet and ride with GPS file! The can be found here make sure you have cue sheet version 3***

Continuing along the route and making my way out of the city, I made a few notes on areas to use caution.

  • At Mile 51.6 (R. Onto Bollinger Road) I advise caution when turning since you will be turning onto a gravel road.
  • At Mile 70.5 (BL + QR on Kemp Road, Crossing Hanover Road). This is a busy road so please use caution. Additionally, be sure to make the right turn as continuing onward will bring you off course and climb an unnecessary hill.
  • At mile 83.9 (L onto Zieglerville Road) the sign is blocked by a bush and not visible. It is the first left after the traffic circle: if you’ve passed Mr. Lees Gourmet you’ve gone too far.
  • At mile 85.6, updated Info Controle 4: Look for blue sign for Info answer.


Overall it's a great route and the majority of the climbing happens in the earlier part of the ride. The finish on the Schuylkill River trail will be familiar to Philly riders and is an easy way to make your way back to the city.

Riders and friends are welcome to hang out at Sor Ynez afterwards for food and drinks. 

Here are some photos from Nicks preride!

The riding gets particularly scenic after Morgantown. 

We recommend a stop at Morgantown Coffee!

The course is fairly reasonable by PA standards for climbing but there is climbing right up untill you get on the Perkiomen trail. 

See you Saturday!

-Zack




Wednesday, June 12, 2024

No Jim Thorpe 600K Ride Report

The PA Randonneurs 2024 SR series concluded this past weekend with the completion of the No Jim Thorpe 600K. Twelve riders started out on a beautiful morning that evolved into a wonderful day to spend on the bike. Low humidity and a lite breeze kept the riders feeling good throughout the day. Day two proved to be just as nice with morning cloud cover giving way to sunny skies as the riders returned to the Chamounix Mansion. Along with one pre-rider, eleven riders finished in good time, for a completion rate of 92%. Preliminary results have been posted. Please review them and let me know if there are any discrepancies. Results will be submitted to RUSA after review and will become official once certified. 

At the start
Riders ready at the Start

A 600K is a daunting ride and completing one amongst the steep climbs of Easter PA makes it even more challenging. While the grand climb from last year’s edition, Mt. Penn, had to be removed due to trail maintenance in Jim Thorpe, this course still packed a punch. Everyone who saddled up for this ride should be pleased with their efforts.

First finisher, Ben Keenan



 

Photo: Ron Anderson

 

Congratulations to our eight PA Super Randonneurs for 2024

  • Ron Anderson
  • Pat Gaffney (7)
  • Tracey Hinder
  • Ben Keenan (3)
  • Greg Lang (2)
  • Brad Layman (4)
  • Sophia Lofaso
  • Paul Schack

Two of these riders, Tracey Hinder & Paul Schack, completed their first Super Randonneur series. Welcome to the club!

photo: Greg Jacobs

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this ride possible. Without volunteers these rides would be next to impossible to put on. RBA Chris Nadovich and OG RBA Tom Rosenbauer for greeting and supporting riders at the Easton control. Nick Manta and Ryan Stanis for greeting, feeding, and sending riders back on their way at the overnight control. Iwan Barankay for welcoming riders on Friday night, attending to the finish control on Sunday afternoon and cleanup on Monday morning. And Soph, Nicole, & Tracey for helping with Monday morning cleanup

Alex's Pop Tart Cache,  Photo:Iwan Baran

Michael Evangelista writes:  

Sadly, I have no amazing stories to tell (unless walking down S Fireline Rd in my socks counts). But I do want to thank you and the volunteers for putting on another great PA Rando event, and -- even more importantly -- for ensuring there was cold seltzer at the finish. I'll definitely be back for a 200K to finish off my first PA SR Series!

Brad Layman writes:

Thank you to all the volunteers, especially those who put in many hours waiting for us to arrive.

Highlights included stopping next to a peaceful creek in the middle of nowhere to enjoy the pork buns and Italian cookies I brought from Philly, hanging out at the mansion, and the night riding on Saturday. I really enjoy the night riding on Day 1 of 600s. It has a more relaxed feel compared to the 400s since you know there's another day of riding left.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the SR Series happen this year. These are my favorite events on the calendar, and I hope to be back for another one next year. I love how the series pushes me to go farther while getting to share the experience with other randonneurs.

Greg Lang writes

[ED: Greg once again completed the series fixed and brakeless!]

About 200k into the ride I shredded my back tire while skidding down
South Fireline Road in Palmerton. It was a gnarly, white knuckling,
heavy skidding descent. The condition of the tire was a predicament
to say the least. I was not confident it would last for the remainder
of the ride even though I was prepared to ride it to the rim if needed
to finish. For that 75k, I had to find the correct skid patches by
sound and only could skid on half the tire as well as responsibly
backpedal in the right time frames. Luckily, with the help of
Pennsylvania Randonneurs they helped me find a bike shop about 75k
away where I was able to get a new tire. That was a good lesson to
always check for bike shops along the route in case you have a
mechanical problem.

Ben Keenan writes:

Thanks Pat, Nick, Ryan, Chris, Tom, Iwan and all others for organizing this event. It was a fitting end to another great SR series. The early June conditions made for pleasant riding even in the later stages when I tired and was rolling slow. Thanks to all the other riders in the series from the icy first ride in March until now. I really appreciated sharing the miles and hearing your stories. Hope to see everyone at a ride soon!

Greg Jacobs writes:

What a great experience for my first 600k and a great way to cap off a first, albeit not totally PA, SR series. There's no better way to explore than on a bicycle and this route had it all from urban to suburbs to rural and even some stretches in the woods on the various bike trails. A small group at the start meant a fair amount of solo riding but the stars aligned as I met up with Ron A for the last 100K of night riding on Saturday. His companionship and experience were invaluable in both this ride and the 400K in May. Day 2 had ups and downs. The day started well riding through Delco into the Brandywine Valley. The toughest part of the whole event was the climb up Apple Grove through to the controle in Christiana (miles 45-60) as the climbing increased as did the headwinds. From the top of Beaver Dam Rd. it was relatively smooth sailing back east into Philly. Thanks to Pat, Chris and the rest of the PA Rando volunteers (especially the overnight guys willing to carry bikes and dish out meals into the wee hours of Sunday morning). The entire club is a class act and I look forward to more rides in the future.
Ron Anderson writes:

PA Randonneurs "No Jim Thorpe" 600k: Wonderful. Awful. Oh so rewarding in the end. If you're a randonneur you know exactly what I mean. Sorry I don't have more photos to post. Busy riding.

I'm having trouble putting together a coherent summary of the weekend's ride, so I'm giving up and instead you're getting the random thoughts that stick with me from my 375 mile, 2 day tour of Eastern PA.
Day 1 was the Wonderful part. 247 miles in a hilly, challenging counter-clockwise loop from Philadelphia, northeast into NJ, then on to Lehighton and back south to Philly. I had a plan and executed well. Rode strongly, enjoyed the gorgeous route and weather. Listened to the Phillies v. Mets in London (Phils won 7-2!) Such a pleasure to see RBA Chris N. and RBA Emeritus Tom R. at the Easton control. Hooked up with my nighttime PAR riding buddy Greg J. to finish off the final 53 miles back to Chamounix Mansion in the dark. Arrived at 1:37am, feeling good about the day's effort and hopeful for a strong finish on Sunday.
Opened my eyes around 4:55am Sunday, 5 minutes before my alarm. Got myself together and had some breakfast. Day 2 was only(!) a 128 mile loop west toward Lancaster County, with no crazy climbing on the menu. Easy peasy, right?
WRONG!!! Despite the lovely cool morning, my legs would not follow the plan. I had nothing. Completely dead. My mood soon switched to match my energy level. My whole body was in limp mode. At mile 23, nearly 2½ hours into my day I stopped and checked Google Maps for the most direct route back to Chamounix. This was no fun at all. I had to dig in to the old bag of mental tricks to convince myself to keep going. My biggest motivator at that moment was the disappointment I knew I would have felt at not finishing my spring goal: a full PA SR series. So, onward I pushed.
The excruciatingly slow pace and dark mood continued all morning into the afternoon. I was working the mental gymnastics of speed vs. time vs. time limit. It wasn't a rosy picture.
At sometime before 3pm I rolled into the Turkey Hill convenience store in God-Knows-Where, PA needing to eat, resupply and regroup for the final 50 miles home. It was good to see Paul S., whom I'd been leapfrogging all day, there and in a similar state as me. We went about our business and chatted in a subdued tone. Then as we were getting ready to depart in rolled Tracey and Soph, followed shortly by Nicole. The whole Brooklyn Rando Crew was in the house! It was odd (to me) and wonderful how all our moods were immediately lifted. Each and every one of us were genuinely thrilled to be in the company of the group. This took me by surprise. If you ask me, I'll claim to be an introvert, and completely happy to ride solo at my own pace, even for a ride of this length. But the feeling of joy with some good company at this point in the ride was undeniable. We hung out a bit longer while everyone ate and filled waterbottles then rolled out more or less together for the final 50 miles.
The transformation in my mood and performance in that last leg really can't be understated. Suddenly I could roll along at 15mph again. My fears of running out of time evaporated. I was going to finish! We were all going to finish! I made the final slog up Greenland Dr. to Chamounix to stop the clock at 6:59pm. Finished with an hour and one minute to spare. Nicole A. would tell you she came in behind me to take Lantern Rouge honors (DFL!,) but we both checked in at 6:59pm.
A HUUUUUGE thanks to all the volunteers who made this ride happen: Patrick G., Chris N., Tom R., Nick M., Ryan S., Iwan B., and all the riders I shared the road with. You folks ROCK!!!

I'm very proud to have finished off my spring goal and bagged my very first PA Randonneurs

Super Randonneur series (despite having been an on and off member since 2007...) Cheers to everyone who finished this epic adventure!

With the SR series not in the books, PA Randonneurs returns to monthly our monthly R12 series this Saturday with the Keystone Brevet Co 200K. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

No Jim Thorpe 600K Course Notes *** Updated

Update 1 ***

There have been several small tweaks in the course, including a change of control location in Easton. 

The latest route cuesheet is Version 6 and the GPS route was last updated on 2024-06-4 15:35:20 EDT. 

Many GPS units cannot handle turn-by-turn data for a full 600K in Pennsylvania. There are simply too many turns. The official route data is as given by the cues linked above on the route info website, but for convenience the RWGPS data is also available split into Day-One and Day-Two that may work better in some units. We strongly recommend that you verify operation of your GPS unit with our data before riding, and that you carry a paper cuesheet as a backup nav system. Also be sure you have the latest data as there may still be route changes after the pre-ride. 

Original Post ***

The Jim Thorpe 600K starts at 4AM Saturday 8 June 2024. Information about the event, and a link for online registration, appears on the event website. Make sure you have read and understood all of it. If you have any questions, contact the organizer.

As we feared, the D&L remains impassable below Jim Thorpe. The 600K has been rerouted. Consequently, the visit to the town of Jim Thorpe had to been cut from the route. 
 

Not as sadly the Maury Rd climb is also eliminated, although a climb of Lower Saucon and a few other sharp little bastards are now added. The changed route also includes a rough section of relatively unused D&L situated north of the river. This brief section of trail is very rough and may not be suitable for super-skinny, high pressure tires. If you are unsure, please walk rough sections.
 
Pat Gaffney completed a pre-ride of the new route during Memorial Day Weekend to verify the new routing.

The start location for this brevet has been moved into the Chamounix Mansion Building. We are now in the Mansion on the right, partway around the loop at the end of Chamounix Drive. We are not the Carriage House on the left. Parking has also moved. It is unsafe to park at Chamounix for long periods. If you can't ride your bike to the event and must take a car, please do not park at Chamounix. If you are unfamiliar with the area, the start/finish volunteer will direct you when you check in. Please allow sufficient time to park your car.

In our opinion, the safest place to park is the the Hilton/Homewood lot just off of city avenue. Here is a Google map link.  Price is $13/day. As far as we know, this fenced-in lot is secure and it's a very short, easy bike ride from this parking area to Chamounix.  There are free on-street parking alternatives a short distance away, including along W Ford Rd, that may be reasonably secure because of the residences and businesses nearby.

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Four State 400K & Tscheschter Kaundi 200K Ride Reports

The 2024 Pennsylvania Super Randonneur Series continues! Check out the reports for both the Four State 400K and the Tscheschter Kaundi 200K below.

Riders approach a horse carriage in Lancaster County (photo by Mike Gadomski)


Four State 400K Ride Report

16 riders clipped in for the 400K on a cool morning with rain on the way later in the evening. Along with the two pre-riders, we had a total of 15 finishers and a finish rate of 83%.  Please take a look at the preliminary results and let me know if anything does not look right. The results will be submitted to RUSA after review and will become official once certified.

Riders wait patiently on the South Street Bridge as they prepare to depart the city for the countryside (photo by Ron Anderson)

The 400K is a stubbornly difficult event. There is no easy way to tackle it. Pushing past 300K requires riders to dig deep and go beyond their limits. Nobody finishes a 400K and then questions whether they gave it their all. Non-randonneurs look at our Strava accounts in disbelief and assume we have gone crazy. Every rider who attempted this event deserves a kudos.

Riders encountered early morning fog in the Brandywine Valley (photo by Soph Lofaso)

There were four riders who completed their first 400Ks: Tracey Hinder, Greg Jacobs, Paul Schack, and Kalten Walter. They wisely partnered up with experienced randos along the course. Chapeau to these four riders. And they all stated that they are ready to tackle the 600K next month (apparently they don't even need a case of randonesia to make this happen!). There are a total of 11 riders eligible for the PA SR Series Award upon completion of the 600K (SR Series = 200K, 300K, 400K, & 600K).

Soph Lofaso returned to the event this year after abandoning in 2023 and crushed it this time. They also led three of the new 400K riders through the course.

Ron Anderson had a great ride. While he is working on his PA SR Series, he also completed Crush the Commonwealth only two weeks before this event. He is having a tremendous season.

Tim Gilligan flew through the course with a mind-boggling finish time of 17:16, setting a new course record. This was actually Tim's first official 400K, but he and his teammates elected to ride 400K during the 2022 PA Flèche (they added on 40K to the typical 360K Flèche distance). Michael Evangelista was not far behind with an impressive finish time. Greg Lang turned in another solid performance on his fixed gear. Pat Gaffney had a great ride as he works on his 7th PA SR Series. Tristan Dahn completed his second 4S4, improving his time from last year by almost two hours.

Ben Keenan rode strong after riding his bike to the event, from Wilmington to Philadelphia, on Friday evening ("the best way to a brevet"). Alex Estes, fueled by 18 S'mores Pop-Tarts(!), came in under 20 hours. Forget fancy energy gels, he proves all you need are pastries and sheer willpower.

Bob Dye had some bad luck in Birdsboro after he realized he forgot his phone at the Turkey Hill control. He began to backtrack but lost his way. He eventually made it back to the Turkey Hill but by that time, he had ridden quite a few extra miles. He made the difficult decision to ride back along the SRT to Chamounix. Nicole Aptekar dealt with sleep exhaustion for several hours before making the decision to abandon in Coopersburg. Andy Gorman made the decision to abandon at the Wawa in Doylestown after riding through cold rain for several hours late in the night. Kudos to these three riders for putting in a valiant effort, having the guts to put safety first and make the difficult call to cut it short.

Greg Lang took a photo as he passed a horse carriage in Lancaster County

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make this event happen. Joe Ray and Chris Nadovich were stationed at the penultimate control in Bloomsbury, helping to boost rider morale as they entered the final 100k in the dark. Ken Cappel handled the finish control for the first shift. Iwan Barankay helped at Chamounix on Friday and Saturday nights, and also provided invaluable support to the organizer during the planning stages of this event. Nick Manta completed a solid pre-ride and then handled the finish from 10pm until the last riders came in after 3am. Simona Dwass handled the finish from 4am on and also helped to clean up Chamounix. Ello Shertzer also helped greet riders at the finish. Ello suffered a bad crash at Crush the Commonwealth and her club-mates' spirits were instantly lifted upon seeing her there and on the road to recovery. Multiple riders helped with setting up and cleaning the Chamounix Carriage House. Thank you!

The Most Valuable Volunteer Award goes to Daniel Oh for roving the course late at night. The temperatures dropped and rain moved in after midnight, creating very difficult conditions for tired riders. Dan provided moral support and hot coffee for many tired riders. He also provided lifts back to the start for two of the riders. Dan mentioned that he is appreciative of the volunteers who have waited for him to finish brevets over the years and felt an urge to return the favor. He was essentially up all night driving between riders and Chamounix. Thank you, Dan.


Tscheschter Kaundi 200K Ride Report

A few hours after the 4S4 start, 13 riders set out on the Tscheschter Kaundi 200K and all finished well within the time limit for a finish rate of 100%. Congratulations to all riders.  This group got to enjoy the best of the day's weather as temperatures reached the mid-60s, the sun shined, and the rain held off until after the event concluded. They followed the same route as the Four State 400K for the first 20 miles to Swarthmore before taking a different track towards Lancaster County.

Augie Faller refueling with donuts at the Maple Arch Farm Market (photo by Mike Gadomski)

Several scenic roads were added to the Tscheschter Kaundi 200 for this edition. One of those roads took the route past the Maple Arch Farm Market. It made this organizer's day to hear that almost every TK rider stopped there for fresh cider donuts.

Sarah Johnson passes a farm in Tscheschter Kaundi (photo by Michael Reali)

Three riders completed their first brevets: Augie Faller, Mike Gadomski, and Molly Gleason. Chapeau and welcome to randonneuring!

Ten other riders added another 200K to their resumes: Nigel Greene, Sarah Johnson, Phil Luong, Bryan Niederberger, Jakub Piven, Michael Reali Jr, Maria Thomson, Gilbert Torres, Arrick Underhill, and Erik Wright. Chapeau!

Riders search their bags for postcards at the Christiana postal control (photo by Jakub Piven)

Thank you to volunteer Ken Cappel for checking riders in at the finish. Back at Chamounix, riders enjoyed pizza and snacks as they shared tales of their day in the saddle.

The only gravel section of the 4S4 route, Rosedale Road (photo by Ron Anderson)

Ron Anderson writes of the 400:

Thanks for all your work putting on the 4S400k. I really enjoyed my day out on the roads of Eastern PA, and Delaware, and Maryland, and New Jersey

Although I was no doubt one of the more "seasoned" riders among the crew yesterday, the Four State had the feel of a fresh, new challenge for me. I looked it up, and the last time I completed a brevet at this distance was all the way back in 2011. The routes out of Chamounix are all relatively new to me too.

I really enjoyed the early morning southern loop into DE and MD, watching the world wake up along the way. That was some beautiful territory. The trek through Amish country was delightful, as always. The New Jersey portion of the ride put me on classic PAR roads that are very familiar to me. The descent from Jugtown Mountain to Milford was a delightful carnival ride, even in the dark, possible because of good lighting and knowledge of the roads.

After riding a while together in the afternoon, I met up with Greg J. at the penultimate control in Bloomsbury right at dusk and we stuck together for the rest of the NJ trek and the run in to Philadelphia. It was great to have the company in the dark as the miles piled up and we both reached that point where we just wanted this to be over. We endured a couple chilly rain showers along the way, as the Rando Gods felt the need for an additional test of our spirit.

We chased a 22 hour finish over the last few hours but the accumulated fatigue and a couple short delays saw us miss our goal by just a few minutes. Still, a very good finish for me and a first 400k finish for Greg. (Congrats!!!)

Thanks again to all our ride volunteers, and see you in a few weeks at the 600k!

Postscript: When the RBA and the ride volunteers suggest that you might want to take a little nap before driving home, pay attention! I thought I was okay to drive leaving the carriage house, but I was not. Even when it became clear to me that I was flagging, I pressed on home to Trenton. Somehow I made it safely, but it was, quite bluntly, a really bonehead move. I should know better. Don't let this be you. 

The fawn that was eventually rescued from the road (photo by Michael Evangelista)

Michael Evangelista writes of the 400:

The most interesting thing that happened to me was at mile 213 on Carversville Rd headed into Doylestown. A tiny fawn wobbled out of the grass and lied down right in the the middle of the northbound lane just as I passed. I stopped and attempted to shoo it back into the woods. I clapped, stomped, yelled and it just stared at me. An Uber Eats driver stopped to try to help, but the most we could do was wave traffic around it. I'd read that it's normal for a fawn to lie down and wait for its mother to come back and that you should just leave them be, but this was a really bad place to do that. I didn't want to touch it, so I called the police and asked if they could send animal control. An officer arrived and went to move the deer. As soon as he touched it, it go up and ran away! Argh! I spent 14 minutes trying to make sure that little guy didn't get squashed! (but was glad he was OK and out of the road in the end).

Pat Gaffney writes of the 400:

Thanks to you, Nick, Chris, Joe, and all the other volunteers who put on the four state four hundred on Saturday.  A 400K is quite an undertaking and this course really challenges the riders.  I really liked the reworks from last year's version, the Maryland section in particular was much more pleasant.  The scenery was great and, for most of the day, the weather was close to perfect.  Thanks again, see you at the 600.

A rider prepares to mail their postcard at the Elkton Maryland postal control (photo by Soph Lofaso)

Ben Keenan writes of the 400:

Thanks Brad, Nick, Dan, Joe, Chris and all others for organizing this ride.  This was my second time on this route, and it was no less beautiful and no less challenging.  I’d forgotten the number of quiet back roads and long, winding descents.  Alas, the memory of the hills came back just as quickly!  I think the last thirty miles of this ride may be one of the hardest stretches of miles I’ve ridden.  Congratulations and thanks to all and hope to see everyone for the next ride.

Greg Jacobs writes of the 400:

Just want to say thanks for a great first 400km experience! It was a challenging yet manageable route with plenty of varied scenery. About 20 miles in we passed within a mile of my house. Had I known what was in store on Staats rd 14 hours later, I may have just detoured. Big thanks to Ron A for dragging me along for the last 150kms. Looking forward to attempting the 600km in June. 

Chris Nadovich writes of the 400 MVV Recipient:

It's awesome Daniel Oh volunteered. It's so critical to have good people who are mobile, covering the final third of the course on a long brevet. Riders crumble in the wee hours and it can save a lot of trouble if there's a volunteer nearby who can help. My point is that it's critical we have such volunteers. Hanging out at 2am greeting tired riders, and maybe driving them to/from Philly multiple times - THAT is serious volunteer work. When people ask to volunteer, I'm not sure they think of such "glamorous" duties. But Daniel Oh certainly understood the job.

Nigel Greene writes of the 200:

Just a quick note to say thanks! After more than a year without riding a 200k due to -- well -- you know -- life, the Tscheschter Kaundi 200K, was my re-entry to this great sport. All the things that a ride organizer can control, like the route and the cuesheet, were truly excellent. The scenery and road selection were just what a brevet should be: a visual feast of local scenery on bike friendly roads. As for the cue sheet, I had the unanticipated pleasure of listening to every cue through Ride with GPS as I navigated the course. Quite frankly, I was impressed. Not only was every cue spot on but someone took the time to add additional points of interest along the route which is an extra special treat and something I personally appreciate. I have followed, created, and revised enough cue sheets to know how just how much attention to detail it requires. Well done! As a full value finisher, thanks for a warm welcome and great food selection. That pizza and beer hit the spot. Finally, one more thanks to Ken for that lift to the regional rail after the event. My tired legs were grateful. After such a fine restart, the randonesia is already kicking in. 

Photo by Erik Wright

Erik Wright writes of the 200:

Thanks for putting on the event, and for everybody juggling the two brevets at once. It was a solid day on the bike. Rounded a left hand turn and saw the horses, the beautiful yellow flowers, the picturesque blue skies, the BARN, and could barely contain myself. Shortly after, around mile 47, I was riding alone and saw a horseback rider about 100m in front of me. It was just us in the road, no cars, but I wasn’t totally sure of the etiquette and didn’t want to spook the horse. I slowed as I approached, then dismounted about 30ft from them. The rider sort of laughed, and when I explained I just didn’t know what to do, we had a nice 15 minute chat in the road talking about horses. She used to be a cyclist and rode centuries with her local cycling club, so she was stoked to learn about randonneuring. I don’t think she’ll be signing up for a brevet any time soon, but maybe we’ll see Cheryl again on the next TK200! Thanks again for organizing the ride- I’ll catch you at the next one. 

Photo by Jakub Piven

Jakub Piven writes of the 200:

Thank you for putting together such an outstanding route. From leaving the city on moderately busy roads to the breathtaking rolling hills on the edge of Lancaster County, and finally the quiet return on the SRT, it was clear that the route was well-considered and planned for maximum enjoyment. I was especially grateful for Maple Arch Farm Market halfway through, where I inhaled a few donuts and was tempted by first-of-the-season strawberries. The endless clotheslines in Penn Dutch country were another unexpected and impressive sight. Looking forward to the next one.

A bicycle at Maple Arch Farm Market (photo by Michael Reali)

Maria Thomson writes of the 200:

 Thanks Brad for laying out a total pleasure of a route. This was my first ever brevet one year ago and I left that ride delirious from the scenery and the kindness of my fellow riders who showed me the ropes. This year my pal and teammate Molly Gleason joined me, and Tscheschter Kaundi is now also her first brevet. We're drinking the Kool-Aid/spreading the rando gospel. Huge thanks as well to Arrick, Mike, and Augie -- we found each other organically on the road but ended up sticking together for nearly the entire ride and they were terrific company. Other highlights of the ride included slamming cider donuts at the new stop, finding a field of miniature ponies, saluting a number of kiddos and carriages in Lancaster, and overall lucking out with a freakin beautiful day of sunshine in the middle of two steady weeks of cold and rain. 

Props to the 400kers out on Saturday (maybe one day)!

Molly Gleason takes a selfie with teammate Maria Thomson on the South Street Bridge

Mike Gadomski writes of the 200:

 The first main highlight was that the route was just a pure delight. Really tastefully crafted. It did help that the weather was perfect. 

The second main highlight was riding with the same people the whole time, despite not having met most of them before. Great crew.

Finally, I want to give a special shoutout to the one gravel segment. It’s fair to say that I had genuine moments of euphoria on this ride.

Join us again on June 8 for the grand finale of the SR Series, the Jim Thorpe 600K, and on June 15 for the Keystone Brevet Co. 200K. Both of these rides will start and finish in Philadelphia. Details and registration are on the PA Rando website.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

UPDATE: 4S4 & TK200 Course Notes

***UPDATE on May 8***

Please read below for additional updates based on a pre-ride of the Tscheschter Kaundi 200k and another pre-ride of the Four State 400k. 

A note on parking: There have been break-ins into cars at Chamounix. If you travel to the event by car, we urge you to park at the nearby parking lot at the Hilton/Homewood (see parking section on event page for details). If you choose not to heed our advice and park at Chamounix, don't leave any bags or items in your car. You can leave them in the hostel.

Four State 400k Update:

Nick Manta completed a pre-ride of the 4S4 on Monday, May 6. He reported an encounter with an angry dog on Walnut Lane in Oley Valley. We will not take any risks, so the route was adjusted to avoid Walnut Ln. He also recommended a few small cue updates, which have been added to cues and the route file. The cue sheet is now version 5 and the RWGPS file is updated as of .2024-05-8 13:46:17 EDT.

Tschechter Kaundi 200k Update:

Brad Layman completed a pre-ride of the TK200 on Tuesday, May 7. There are several scenic roads that are new to the TK in this edition. They include Wylie Rd connecting to Creek Rd in the Brandywine Valley, Runnymede Rd in Springdell, and Bailey Crossroads in Atglen. The addition of Bailey Crossroads also allows us to pass the Maple Arch Farm Market, which has fresh cider donuts for sale on Saturdays. There was a bridge closure on the way into Christiana that requires a short detour. All of these changes are up-to-date in the most recent cue sheet (version 3) and RWGPS file (updated 2024-05-8 11:29:47 EDT).

Runnymede Road in Spring Dell (TK 200)

Riders will enter Lancaster County upon crossing Mercer's Mill Covered Bridge on Bailey Crossroads (TK 200)


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***ORIGINAL POST***

The 2024 Pennsylvania Super Randonneur Series continues with the Four State 400K (aka the 4S4) on Saturday, May 11, starting at 4am. Registration is open until Saturday, May 4, at 11:59pm. Updates have been made to the cue sheet (version 4) and RWGPS file (updated 2024-05-1 09:53:38 EDT). Be sure to check this blog again before the event in case any additional changes are made.

The event starts and finishes at the Chamounix Carriage House in Philadelphia and will take riders through Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. In its second edition, the route features several areas known by PA Randos, including the Brandywine Valley, Lancaster County, Oley Valley, the Reading Prong, Bucks County, and the hills around the Musconetcong Gorge in NJ.

Brad Layman completed a pre-ride of the 4S4 on Sunday, April 28, and found the course to be in good condition. It was a beautiful day with temperatures that climbed into the 80s in the city, but thankfully remained cooler in the mid 70s in the countryside. Spring (and even summer?!) was in the air. The pollen is heavy as the flowers and trees are in full bloom. As the route approaches the farmland of Lancaster County, riders will begin to pick up the scent of ripe fields that have been recently fertilized for the season.

Slifer Valley Rd in Bucks County PA (mile 171)

There were a few road closures that required detours. The cuesheet is updated with these detours included. A couple closures were spotted before the pre-ride, so the Elkton and Bird-in-Hand controls were slightly modified in order to shave off the couple of miles that were added to other parts of the route by closure detours. The Elkton MD control, previously a convenience store in town, is now a postal control at a truck stop on the northern edge of town. I found this to be a pleasant change because it allows us to avoid a couple busy roads through Elkton. For the postal control, use the USPS Drop Box located at the Flying J Travel Center - look for the drop box outside the front entrance of the convenience store. There is also a Golden Corral attached to the Flying J for anyone who has already worked up an enormous appetite. In addition, you might hear messages over the P.A. saying something like “Customer number 49, your shower is now ready,” beckoning you for a mid-ride shower ($12).

Postal Control in Elkton, MD
USPS Drop Box is located outside front entrance of Flying J Travel Center
Showers available!

The Bird-in-Hand PA control, previously a postal control, is now a Turkey Hill merchant control. Using this location allows us to shave off a mile and avoid a difficult left turn onto the busy Old Philadelphia Pike, instead crossing straight through a traffic light.

The first road closure was on Glen Riddle Rd, caused by a rehabilitation project on a bridge over Chrome Run. The detour includes a three mile cruise on the Chester Creek Trail which is nice and empty in the early morning hours.

Another bridge, the Jackson’s Mill Covered Bridge crossing West Octoraro Creek in Lancaster County, is closed for a rehabilitation project, so there is a detour on Hollow Rd.

The only other issue that I ran into on the course was on Joshua Road. The entire stretch from Stenton Ave to Cedar Grove Lane (about 3 miles in length) was milled and very bumpy, which was especially annoying because it is about 239 miles into the ride. Hopefully it is repaved by May 11.

One of two short gravel sections. The surface on this section is smooth and the road scenic (mile 81).

After popular demand, Fleecydale Rd was added to the route at mile 210 (in place of Greenhill Rd). Fleecydale is a classic Bucks County road with a gentle climb, a peaceful creek and beautiful historic homes. It has been closed to cars for two years due to washouts caused by flooding. I hesitated to use this road on last year's 4S4 because we reach it after sunset. However, after several test rides in the dark, it has been determined to be rideable, mainly because the road’s incline keeps the riding to a modest speed through the closed section. It is still closed to cars, but it should be approached with caution. The washouts are on the left side of the road and are noted in the cues.

We plan to have a volunteer set up at the penultimate control in Bloomsbury NJ. The moral support here is usually much appreciated, as most riders will reach it as the sun goes down, with 100k left, and a big climb on Staats Rd coming up right after the control. There aren’t any controls between Bloomsbury and Philadelphia, but there is a 24 hour Wawa in Doylestown (mile 220) which is about halfway between the controls, and another 24 hour Wawa at mile 240.

Take a break as you walk your bike across the Riegelsville Bridge over the Delaware River. Riding is prohibited on this bridge (mile 179)

There are several other convenience stores that provide standard fare but options for different times to eat along the route: Landhope Farms in Oxford PA (mile 76); the Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Miller’s Smorgasbord (slightly off course at mile 98); an Exxon in New Holland (mile 107); an Exxon in Riegelsville (mile 177); across from the Citgo control in Bloomsbury are two truck stops, with a Burger King and Subway (mile 187); Milford Market/Citgo (mile 195); and the 24hr Wawas mentioned above in Doylestown (mile 220) and Lafayette Hill (mile 240).

Spring has arrived in Oley Valley. Limekiln Rd (mile 134)

This is a challenging route that includes a lot of hills. The upside is that there are a lot of fun, winding, long descents. Use these descents to your advantage by coasting. Most of them allow you to coast for several minutes without any stops disrupting your speed. My favorites include Smithbridge Rd descending into the Brandywine Creek Valley (mile 31-33), Mt Pleasant Rd into the Conestoga River Valley (mile 92-94), Cocalico Rd into the Schuylkill River Valley (mile 126-129), Slifer Valley & Lehnenberg Rd into the Delaware River Valley (mile 167-177), and Sweet Hollow after climbing Staats Rd (mile 191-196).

Be prepared to be strategic with your clothing so you don’t overheat on the climbs or get cold on descents. Removable arm sleeves, zip-able vests, and other easily removable gear is very helpful. The route passes over many creeks in the first 100k and the temps can be a lot cooler next to these creeks in the early morning hours. And after a full day of riding, 50 degrees at night feels a lot colder than it did in the morning. Group up with other riders at the Bloomsbury control to ride the final 100k in the dark for increased safety.

Since this ride involves significantly more nighttime riding than the previous rides, RUSA rules (see Article 10) will be strictly enforced at the morning inspection: 

  • reflective ankle straps
  • a reflective vest (which displays at least 30 square inches of rear-facing reflectivity and 27 square inches of forward-facing and shoulder reflectivity)”
  • “a set of working front and rear lights must be firmly mounted on the vehicle and turned on. At least one of the rear lights must be in a steady (rather than flashing) mode. Backup lighting systems and/or spare bulbs are strongly recommended in case the primary system fails and cannot be repaired on the roadside.”

The cue sheet (version 4) and RWGPS file (updated 2024-05-1 09:53:38 EDT) reflect the changes based on the pre-ride. It is recommended that riders break up the route into smaller sections to download to your device. There is cell service on most of the route. There were stretches without cell service but they did not last long.

Not interested in riding all day and most of the night? Join us for a ride that will only take most of the day, the Tscheschter Kaundi 200K. Another route with beautiful scenery, it will begin at 7am on the same day as the 4S4. We are still looking for a volunteer to scout out the route with a pre-ride. Please let me know if you are interested! If we find a volunteer pre-rider, this blog will be updated with any course notes.

Brad Layman
Event Organizer


Monday, April 22, 2024

Water and Wind 300K Ride Report

The morning started cold and drizzly, but developed into a beautiful, mild day for bike riding.  Of the 35 who clipped in for the brevet, 33 finished in good time (94%).  A very good turnout for a non-PBP year. Congratulations and well done to all. Preliminary results have been posted on the website.  Please review the results and let us know if something is not quite right.  The results will be submitted to RUSA after review and will become official once certified.  

I was very happy to see new riders conquer a 300K. In fact, fourteen riders finished their first 300K. Congratulations and welcome to randonneuring. This group of newly minted 300K riders included Marcus Bonner and Samuel Weitekamp who skipped over a "mere" 200K and took on a 300K a their first brevet ever! 

A round of applause for start control volunteer Ron Anderson who organized the start with the assistance of Brad Layman. The finish was organized by Chris Nadovich with assistance from Bryce Lackey. Sunday morning cleanup was accomplished by Brad along with Iwan Barankay and a crew of other helpers wrangled by Nicole Aptekar.

Additional  thanks go to Nicole for pied-pipering into Pennsylvania so many new riders, particularly from Brooklyn. This is a wonderful contribution to our club, and to randonneuring, that will grow into something really special in the next few years, I believe. 

Ben Keenan writes...

Thanks Ron, Brad, Chris and everyone for a wonderful day of riding. I had a great time! The late April conditions made the course especially beautiful, though my legs are still aching courtesy of the hills after Easton. Congratulations to everyone on completing a challenging day with aplomb and hope see you at the 400.


Join us again in May at Chamounix Carriage House for the next event in our Super Randonneur series, the Four State 400K. This event heads south through Maryland and Delaware before returning to PA and NJ. Four states. More than four hills. 

Never rode a 400K? Why not? They really aren't that much different than a 200K. It's just a 200K plus another 200K. You have successfully ridden a 200K, right? So ride one. Then take a break. Have a nice sit down meal. Then go ride another 200K. I mean, how much recovery do you really need?  You'll do fine! 

OK, if you really don't want to ride a 400K (??!!) we are also offering the TK 200K brevet in parallel with the 400K. 

Information and online registration can be found online:  400K and 200K.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Water and Wind 300K Pre-Ride Course Notes *** Update 3

The Water and Wind 300K -- a classic brevet course -- starts at 5AM this Saturday. Registration is now closed. Information about the event appears on the event website. Make sure you have read and understood all of it. If you have any questions, contact the organizer.

Ron Anderson completed a pre-ride on Wed 18 April. Some small changes were made in the route, particularly to follow the 200K routing into the SRT rather than use Harts Ln (which has a construction closure).  The latest route data is Version 2 and the GPS route was last updated on 2024-04-18 10:19:15 EDT
 
Ron writes...

I completed my pre-ride on Wednesday, and found it to be a very pleasant tour from Philadelphia to the namesake Water Gap and Wind Gap. Spring is officially in the air with lots of flowering trees and plants everywhere.

The only course notes a feel like I can add are these:

1. The first really ripping good descent comes on Staats Rd. at around mile 60. There are a couple cued turns on the descent, so be prepared to control your speed. I almost overshot the left onto Milford Rd....

2. Be careful on the closed-to-traffic potion of Rt. 611 in Delaware Water Gap, mile 89-90. The roadway is littered with debris. Watch where you put your front wheel.

3. Use care on the Wind Gap climb/Rt. 115, mile 104-107. There is a shoulder but not what I would call a generous one and always a steady stream of 50 mph traffic coming up from behind.

The forecast for Saturday looks nice enough. I hope everyone enjoys their ride as much as I did mine.


A limited selection of PA Rando Wool and Synthetic jerseys will be available for purchase at the start and finish of the 300K. These are new, never worn jerseys. Only certain sizes are available and  quantities are very limited. First come (and paid in full), first served. Prices are $80 for wool, $40 for synthetic. Cash or PayPal.  See one of the PA Rando organizers at Chamounix Carriage house if you are interested. 

Lodging at Chamounix Carriage House is SOLD OUT before and after this event. Beds are available only to riders who booked a bed when registering. Although there should be ample bedding and towels available, it would be wise to bring your an extra towel and/or bedding just in case we run out.

There has been a complaint that people have left the bathrooms at Chamounix in an "untidy" state. Please, if there's a plumbing malfunction, tell an organizer so we can notify the Chamounix staff. 

If you booked lodging at Chamounix and are arriving Friday, please plan to arrive at the Carriage House no sooner than 4:30PM. This is the earliest someone will be there to unlock the door for you. And please no later than 9PM -- or even better, before 8PM, so that your arrival does not disturb riders trying to sleep.

Bonne route!

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Covered Bridges 200K Ride Report

The 24 hour postponement to avoid the monsoon on Saturday was definitely the right move.  There were some issues in the morning as the dip in temperature froze some of the puddles, but we successfully dodged a truly miserable day. Of the 76 registered, 61 actually rode. Had the event started on Saturday, it's unlikely that more than 6 would have ridden.  Of the 61 who clipped in for the brevet, 58 finished in good time (95%).  This is an excellent finish rate for a course that is "sneaky difficult". Congratulations and well done to all. Preliminary results have been posted on the website.  Please review the results and let us know if something is not quite right.  The results will be submitted to RUSA after review and will become official once certified.  

Not raining.
 

At least a week out we saw that the weather forecast was going to be problematic for Saturday. The RBA kept hoping the forecast would improve, but it never did. It just got worse. On Friday RBA Emeritus Tom Rosenbauer commented...

I think we may have gone beyond “character building” conditions and we now are looking at “epic”.

By then the need for a postponement was clear to everyone, but PA Rando "luxury" brevets are tricky to reschedule. As we offer both food and lodging with the event, and volunteers have time constraints, it's hard to "just change the date". Fortunately, the various logistical gears and levers were possible to re-engineer for a Sunday event. That and the volunteer workforce found a way to adapt.

Speaking of volunteers, a massive thanks goes to Iwan Barankay for handling both the start and finish as organizer. Once again, a Philly-based PA Rando event is made possible by Iwan's generosity with his time.  Iwan,  you always seem to be stepping-up when nobody else does.  

Other people who helped Iwan at Chamounix include:

  • Ben Keenan: breakfast help at start, finish control
  • Pat Gaffney: breakfast help and dinner help
  • Brad Layman: Costco run
  • Soph Lofaso: breakfast help (cooked oats without causing gaffneysian mess!)
  • George "grandpa" Metzler: Gear delivery 
  • Ryan Stanis: Chamounix concierge on Saturday night
  • Everybody: really helped keeping the space neat and clean minimizing work for organizers.       

The brunch control at Tinicum was staffed by Chris Nadovich and Joe Ray, along with special guest star Bill Olsen who plied us with freeze dried Milk Dud "meatballs".

There were several newly minted randonneurs. Perhaps a record number! Noah Cason, Tim Crouch, Molly Gleeson, Carrie Grief, Karen Jablonski, Lucio Palazzo, Jakub Piven, Paul Schack,  Kevin Sohnly, Arrick Underhill, and Mark Wilson all completed their first brevet (did I miss anyone?) Welcome to randonneuring!

Once again, we were able to rent the Chamounix Carriage House for the club offering a wonderful space for riders to stay the night before and after the ride and to have a comfortable space to gather in after a long, hilly brevet. Ten riders from Brooklyn and Manhattan arrived Saturday (instead of Friday) to stay at the Carriage House.  

Despite the vastly improved weather on Sunday, it was still difficult to ride. Temperatures had dipped into the high 20's at the 6:30 AM start time, and runoff from the previous day's flooding froze into black ice on some road surfaces.  

Frozen runoff made riding treacherous in the morning
 

The ice caused at least three riders to crash. These wrecks were at slow speed, so there were no serious injuries -- other than to Ken Cappel's rim which was bent beyond rideability and Ken was forced to DNF. Sorry about your run of bad luck on PA brevets, Ken. 

Things might have been a lot worse at the black ice had Pat Gaffney, Noah Cason, and Nick Manta not stopped to warn the groups of riders as they came through.  Thank you Pat, Noah, and Nick. 

Later in the day the sun rose high in the clear sky and warmed things up. It became a fine day to ride a bike. 

There was some concern that there would be downed trees, power lines, and flooded roads in the aftermath of Saturday's rain, but for the most part roads were found to be in reasonable shape. There was kind've a close call with Tohickon creek near the Cabin Run covered bridge, the creek being almost exactly at road level. Fortunately, it wasn't quite over the road. 


 

One of the great things about randonneuring is how riders congratulate and acknowledge each other's accomplishment with little regard for the finish time. This especially includes a lanterne rouge who rolls in DFL.  In this case, the honor fell on Daniel Oh. It should be noted that Dan stopped for some time to render assistance to Ken Cappel. Thank you Dan!

Lanterne Rouge Daniel Oh is greeted at Chamounix

 CJ Arayata writes...

THANK YOU to both Iwan for doing all of the things that needed to be done, and to Chris for the faith in the Philadelphia brevets and a great sausage-egg-potato-pepper lunch at Tinicum! For real, I enjoyed that WAY more than the french-toast-with-bacon situation that was served last time. It felt good to dust off the RUSA number and use eBrevet for the first time (would recommend!), and also great to see record-breaking registration and a lot of new faces.

Besides the OG PA 200k, this may be one of the hardest PA courses I have ridden! The farther distance between controles coupled with very concentrated climbing in the middle left me in a calorie deficit for most of the day. The nice thing about riding with friends is that everyone can lift each other out of dark periods with camaraderie, positive vibes, and snack-sharing! Shout out to my riding companions Zack R., Rob D., and Mike R., and especially to Rob for the delicious brown-rice-and-Bragg's rice cakes and tuna sandwich at Tabora. It was great to enjoy a tailwind for the last stretch and especially wonderful to hang at the finish, meet new folks, and celebrate people's first brevet completions. I also wanted to give a special shout-out to Nicole and Soph for rallying an ever-growing Brooklyn squad to (hopefully) initiate into the dark side that is the PA Super Randonneur series! Thanks again to all of the volunteers, and until next time...  
Pat Gaffney writes...

Thanks to you, Brad, Joe, Chris and Ben for all the hard work on the ride this weekend. While I was mentally prepared for a tough slog through the rain on Saturday, I was much more pleased with a sunny Sunday ride. Thanks for making the switch. The icy patches made the first thirty or so miles interesting and the tailwind on the way back made for a nice afternoon. Thanks again, see you at the 300.

Collected photos here.

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Join us again next month, 20 April, at Chamounix Carriage House for the next event in our Super Randonneur series, the Water and Wind 300K. This event follows the classic PA rando route to Blue Mountain, heading up through Delaware Water Gap and back through Wind Gap. 

Never rode a 300K? Why not? They really aren't that much different than a 200K. It's just a 200K plus another 100K. You have successfully ridden a 200K, right? And you know you can ride a measly100K. Why not give the 300K a go? You'll do fine! 

Information and online registration can be found on the event info website.