PA Dutch 200K
Saturday January 1, 2011
This ride is a randonneur style event sanctioned by RUSA and ACP, 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.
Rick & Lora Beth Carpenter's house
2154 Queens Court, Reading PA
484-695-2884 (Rick Cell) or 610-621-2515 (house)
Parking on street
Traveling far? Overnight accommodations for both Friday and/or Saturday evening are available at the ride start/finish:
Carpenter’s House (Rick & Lora Beth) – “Castlewood Development” (see map); 2154 Queens Court, Reading PA 19606 484-695-2884 (Rick Cell) or 610-621-2515 (house)
Contact Rick by telephone or email if planning to arrive on Friday.
Meet at Arner's Restaurant (opens at 6AM)
2101 Howard Boulevard, Reading, PA
1) PA Randonneurs club membership is required in order to participate.
2) Contact the ride organizer: Rick Carpenter
3) Print out cuesheet.
4) No registration fee - free ride!
7:00AM Sign-in and Bike Inspection opens
7:20AM Rider meeting
7:30AM Riders depart (~13:30 hr. time limit)
Daylight hours: 7:25 AM - 4:45 PM
NOTE: Riders finishing after 4:45 PM without lights and reflectors will be disqualifed.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes before scheduled start time.
- Sign-in and collect brevet card.
- Get bike inspected
- Rider meeting, 10 minutes before scheduled start time
- Get final stamp (inside house)
- Initial sign-in sheet and record finish time.
A post-ride buffet / bar New Years’ celebration awaits all at the finish, with this year featuring Ron & Barb’s famous ‘home-brau’; Showers available and overnight ‘guests’ welcome - for anyone who doesn't want to/can't/shouldn’t drive home after the event (bring blanket or sleeping bag)
Read Rick's scouting report with pictures.
The PA Dutch 200k begins at Rick and Lora Beth Carpenters house in Reading, Berks County PA. The route immediately heads west, crossing over the Schuykill River at Gibraltar, then through Geigertown and into Chester County at Elverson.
The first controle is reached in Honey Brook at the Turkey Hill. The route navigates through the 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 the second controle in Columbia.
Leaving Columbia, the route then heads northeast through scenic Lancaster County (five covered bridges await you on the return). After stopping at the “secret” Café Chocolate controle in Lititz (the home of Wilbur Chocolate) – Resuming the ride, we head through Ephrata and the eastern rural outlands surrounding Bowmanstown and Alleghenyville, then routes south of Green Hills through the Gibraltar Pass to again cross the Schuykill, before returning to the start (near the Pagoda in Reading).
There are several steep, extended climbs (but are not really that hard according to Rick). A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.
January 3, 2009 Results Ride Report
January 3, 2010 Results Ride Report
Course Record: 9:42 (Matt Farrell, Bill Fisher, Juan Salazar)