PA Dutch 200K
Saturday January 3, 2009
This ride is a randonneur style event sanctioned by RUSA, offered to promote participation in the R-12 challenge. PA Randonneurs club membership is required in order to participate. In the spirit of pure randonneuring, minimal support is provided before, during, and after the ride.
First time riding with PA Randonneurs? Read an overview of what to expect on your first PA brevet. All participants are obliged to follow the rules for riders as well as PA and NJ vehicle laws. Safety is a primary concern ... please read and carry these Safety Instructions with you.
5900 Perkiomen Ave (Jct Rt 422 / Lincoln Rd)
Park near Lincoln Rd entrance
Traveling far? Overnight accommodations are available at the:
Econ Lodge (610) 385-3016
Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly.
1) PA Randonneurs club membership is required in order to participate.
2) Contact the ride organizer: Rick Carpenter
3) Print out cuesheet.
4) $10 registration fee due at sign-in.
7:00AM Sign-in and Bike Inspection opens
7:20AM Rider meeting
7:30AM Riders depart (~13:30 hr. time limit)
Daylight hours: 7:29 AM - 4:49 PM
NOTE: Riders finishing after 4:49 PM without lights and reflectors will be disqualifed.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes before scheduled start time.
- Sign-in, pay fee to organizer, and collect brevet card.
- Get bike inspected
- Rider meeting, 10 minutes before scheduled start time
- Get final stamp and store receipt validating finish time.
- Return to start location
- Initial sign-in sheet and record finish time.
- Sign brevet card and deposit it along with store receipt in organizer's car window.
- Meet with other finishers at designated restaurant.
Read Rick's scouting report with pictures.
The PA Dutch 200k begins at the Wal-Mart near Birdsboro, Berks County. The route immediately heads west, crossing over the Schuykill River at Gibraltar, then through Geigertown and into Chester County at Elverson.
The first control is reached in Honey Brook at the Turkey Hill. The route navigates through the bucolic splendor of rural southern Lancaster County (Intercourse, Strasburg, Willow Street) before dropping-down to the banks of the Susquehanna at Conestoga / Safe Harbor.
The greatest sustained climb starts here, heading north up River Road to the summit of Turkey Hill Point (yes, the home of the dairy / convenience store chain of the same name!). An exhilarating downhill section takes you back riding along the Susquehanna river to Columbia, where a scenic crossing awaits over the old Lincoln Road Bridge to the Pizza Restaurant Controle in Wrightsville.
Leaving Wrightsville, the route returns across the river through the town of Columbia, then heading northeast through scenic Lancaster County (five covered bridges await you on the return). Passing through Lititz (the home of Wilbur Chocolate) - then skirting around Ephrata, the next controle awaits at the Denver PA Turkey Hill (note that Diblasi's sandwich shop and The Denver House are located close-by, in the event substantial nourishment is needed).
The route passes near Stoudt’s Brewery and continues through the quaint village of Adamstown, then uphill to Knauers, skirting south of Green Hills through the Gibraltar Pass to again cross the Schuykill, before returning to the Wal-Mart.
There are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.