Eastern PA 600K
Water Gap Edition
Saturday June 4, 2016
General Info
This ride is a randonneur style event sanctioned by RUSA and ACP. First time riding with PA Randonneurs?  Read an overview of what to expect on a 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.

Start/Finish Location

Weisel Youth Hostel
7347 Richlandtown Road
Quakertown, PA
(215) 536-8749
Traveling far? Friday night accommodations are available at the hostel ($25/night).  Make reservations on the registration form.  Several chain hotels are also available in nearby Quakertown.

Registration (Pre-registration
On-line Registration Form
All riders must sign waiver
-Preride breakfast
-Overnight controle accommodations & 2 meals
-Postride meal
-Hostel facilities (living room, showers, kitchen)

Field Limit: 25 riders

For PA Club Members:
$75 due at sign-in

For Guests
$80 due at sign-in

3:00AM Sign-in, Bike Inspection
3:50AM Rider meeting
4:00AM Riders depart (40 hr. time limit)

Event runs rain or shine.

Daylight hours: 5:33 AM -  8:25 PM

Sleep Over Controle
The route returns to the start/finish hostel at approximately the 400K point.  There are 2 showers available in the upstairs bathroom with a sign to indicate male/female usage (bring your own towel).  Food will also be available. There is a dormatory available for resting before setting out on the remaining 200K.  Sheets are provided but you may want to bring your own pillow.  Earplugs and a small flashlight might also be useful.  You should plan on packing a drop bag for this stop -- you can leave the bag either in your car or at the hostel.

Post Ride
Showers available at the hostel -- bring your own towel.  Join us for pizza and share your epic stories, tall tales, and goals for the coming year.  Relax in the hostel's comfortable great room or porch.  A dormatory in the hostel is available to rest before traveling home. You may optionally book a Sunday night stay at the hostel after the event.
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Ride Description (revised 5/19)
The PA600k is composed of two loops that start and return back to the Weisel hostel.  The first loop is approximately 400k and head up to the Rt 97 corridor and Hawks Nest.  After returning back to the hostel for the sleep-over stop, the second loop is a 200k out-and-back course into the Lancaster area.

Setting out at the hostel start/finish, we follow the PA300k route to Cherryville.  We then head to Danielsville where we make our first crossing over the Applachian Trail at Little Gap.  After an exhilarating descent past the Blue Mountain Ski resort, we follow the valley road which offers spectacular views of the mountain ridge off to our right.  As we approach Wind Gap, we head up the Allegheny Front through Promised Land and on to Hawley.  We then ride along the scenic Lackawaxen River and, after crossing the historic Roebling Aqueduct, join up with scenic Rt 97 for the run to Port Jervis.

At Port Jervis, we begin our return leg back to the hostel overnight controle -- down along the Delaware River through, Dingmans Ferry, the PA side of the DWGRA, Water Gap, Portland, Bloomsbury, Rieglesville.

The second day's loop is an out and back segment through French Creek state park and into the Amish country near Lancaster.

As shown in the route profile, there are several steep, extended climbs.  A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.

Historical Records
May 30, 2015   Results   Ride Report
May 31, 2014   Results   Ride Report
Jun  1, 2013   Results   Ride Report
Jun  2, 2012   Results   Ride Report
Jun 25, 2011   Results   Ride Report
May 21, 2011   Results   Ride Report
May 22, 2010   Results   Ride Report
May 30, 2009   Results   Ride Report
Jun  7, 2008   Results   Ride Report

May 19, 2007   Results   Ride Report

Course Record: 29:15 Ed Pavelka
Online registration

Cue sheet and Map/Profile

Message Board

Preliminary Results

Pictures and Ride Report