1915 John Fries Highway
Quakertown, Pennsylvania 18951 DIRECTIONS
Traveling far? A limited number of rooms have been reserved with a special group rate:
- Group code EM1 (the night before the start)
- Group code EM2 (the night after the finish)
Make your own reservations by July 17th, by following the links above in the group code. Looking for somebody to share a room? Make a connection using this message board.
Traveling really far? Lehigh Valley Airport (ABE) is the closest airport. Philadelphia (PHL) and Newark (EWR) are major airline hubs with several Ground Transportation options.
The primary qualifier is a Super Randonneur series in 2013, completed by July 15. Alternatively, permission of the RBA may be granted for exceptional circumstances.
Registration opens Jan 1, 2013
Register On-Line -or- Mail Form - Closes 7/15/13
All riders must sign waiver and be at least 18 years old.
All riders must carry a SPOT GPS tracker during the event (SPOT rental units available on registration form).
Field Limit: 50 riders
Securing a slot within the field limit is on a first come basis; you may register before you have completed your qualifying brevets.
- Preride breakfast buffet
- Hotel accommodations at 3 overnight controles
- Drop bag at each hotel (15 lb limit)
- 2 meals at each overnight controle
- Postride dinner buffet and hotel facilities
- Full refund less $25 before June 1.
- Full refund less $50 before July 15
- 50% refund before August 1
- No refund thereafter
At the start/finish hotel, breakfast will be provided approximately 1 hour before the start. Limited storage will be available to hold luggage and bike cases
Sleep Over Controles and Timing
In order to limit the amount of riding in the dark, the
route has been designed with sleep-over stops at hotels spaced ~220 miles apart in Halstead and Lewisburg. Since the route is 40k longer than 1200k, the time limit is 93 hours..
A single drop bag for each rider will be transported to each of the over-night controles - you will see the same bag which will be dropped off for each of the 3 nights (in other words, pack just 1 bag, not 3). Only a medium sized 28x12x12" duffle bag or smaller and no more than 15 lbs will be accepted (like this one). When you get to the hotel controle, go to the volunteer room to collect your bag and room key (the volunteer room number will be posted in the lobby or at the registration desk). The bags will be available each night by 4PM. When you are ready to depart, return your bag and room key to the volunteer room. Food will be provided in the staffed volunteer room.
Riding straight through the sleep-over controles is not recommended -- but if you intend to do so anyway, please give us an idea of your plans.
Showers available at the finish hotel. A postride buffet is included with your registration. A limited number of rooms are available for resting before traveling home -- you may also book a hotel room at the group rate for Sunday night.
Ride Description (2009 edition)
The Endless Mountains Randonnee offers a challenging tour of northeastern Pennsylvania. The course covers a variety of geological regions, including the Highlands, Water Gap, Poconos, NY Southern Tier, Pine Creek Gorge, Juniata River, and of course, the namesake Endless Mountains.
Participants are expected to be fully self-sufficient and confident of their ability to complete a challenging course with minimal support. Participants are responsible for making arrangements for alternate transportaton, if they cannot finish the ride under their own power.
The course is a loop that starts out from Quakertown, PA. It is largely based on the PA1000k, previously run in 2007 and 2008 with the addition of the Juniata River Valley segment. The 2008 PA1000k Ride Report has several pictures and rider comments that gives a good overview of what to expect.
Day 2 starts off with some gentler terrain along the NY Southern Tier and Susquehanna Valley where we trace the historic route followed by the Sullivan Expedition into Towanda. From Towanda, we'll take Rt 414 into the scenic Pine Creek Gorge region where a pair of challenging climbs out of Waterville awaits us, up along Rt 44 and 144. After a long, twisty descent into Renovo, we tackle the second major climb of the day as we enter Sproul State Forest. Exiting the forest, we head into the State College area for the second over-night controle stop.
Day 3 continues on journey southwest into the Juniata River Valley where we eventually head east past Lewistown and back to the Susquehanna River. After a brief ride along the river, we continue working our way back east into the Hegins Valley Region. We eventually head up to the ridge we've been riding along and head into the overnight controle near Pine Grove.
Day 4 takes us into the Pennsylvania Dutch Region and eventually back through French Creek State Park and to the finish at Quakertown.
As shown in the route profile, there are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.
Rider Comments "...The scenery was absolutely fantastic - almost enough to take your mind off of the brutal climbs..."
-Craig Martek 2007 PA1000k
"...Thanks for your good organization on this ride and the brevet series. I doubt there are many, if any, series in the U.S. that are as well conducted and offer such challenging and scenic terrain..."
-Ed Pavelka 2007 PA1000k
"...The difficulty with these Pennsylvania climbs isn't that they continue for 20 miles; nothing on those roads stays the same for 20 mi. The grades are never constant, and there's usually a lot of up and down before you start going up for good. When you start really going up, it often gets extremely steep. But while they aren't that long, they are relentless, and the space in between big climbs is filled with little rollers, some of which are quite steep little kickers in their own right..." -Emily O'Brien 2008 PA1000k