Yet Another River to River Ride 200k
Saturday August 20, 2016
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.
Union Square Pubilc Parking Lot
2 Riverside Way
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Traveling far? Overnight accommodations are available at several hotels in Easton
Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly.
All riders must sign waiver
Registration Closes on August 18 at 5PM
For PA Club Members:
-with current RUSA membership: $10 due at sign-in
-with lapsed RUSA membership: $15 due at sign-in
$15 due at sign-in
5:30AM Sign-in and Bike Inspection opens
5:55AM Rider meeting
6:00AM Riders depart (~13:30 hr. time limit)
Daylight hours: 6:17 AM - 7:51 PM
- 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
- Sign brevet card and give it to the volunteer
Post ride gathering:
Jimmy's Doggie Stand
7 Union Square
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
PA Randonneurs sets off in a new direction with this challenging 200K brevet through rural suburbia. Beginning and ending at the public parking on the NJ side of the Northampton St "Free" Bridge joining Easton and Phillipsburg, the route traces a rectangle bounded by the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Along the way there are numerous food and drink options, and points of interest.
Starting from the Free Bridge, you travel generally South East, following the easy, scenic, well known riverside roads along the Delaware. The route soon reaches Milford, NJ, with the Milford Baker as a perfect breakfast stop. Here you turn to the South West, crossing the heart of Bucks and Montgomery counties on moderately rolling, low traffic roads, including some paved trails through Evansburg State Park. After first fording the Perkiomen by means of the newly rebuilt Arcola Rd bridge, you reach the Schuylkill River and the lunch controle at Phoenixville. From there the route turns North West, following the Schuylkill up and back through the center of Potstown with even more replenishment options.
But don't dally too much over second lunch. The return crossing of Montgomery and Bucks is decidedly more difficult, and you'll need to cash in some banked time. The hilly North Eastward segment begins with a tough climb out of Potstown to Ringing Rocks, some more hills passing Green Lane (but not Eicheie), and another big climb before Coopersburg. There are a few miles of flat, smooth crushed stone rail trail (suitable for most tires) where you can rest before the final big climb over South Mountain and back into Easton. You'll need to finish all this climbing with at least an hour in the bank to have the option to stop for free samples at the Weyerbacher brewery, located less than two (mostly downhill) miles from the finish.
There are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.
Aug 20, 2016 Results Ride Report