Silver Spring 200k
Saturday April 21, 2012
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.
Start/Finish (updated 4/7/12!)
Freedom Life Christian Center
447 Noble Rd
Church Parking Lot
Traveling far? Several motels are available in the area.
Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly.
Dutch-Way Farm Market
365 Pennsylvania 41
Gap, Pennsylvania 17527
1) PA Randonneurs club membership is required in order to participate.
2) Contact the ride organizer: Andrew Mead or Tom Rosenbauer
3) Print out cuesheet.
4) $10 registration fee due at sign-in.
6:30AM Sign-in and Bike Inspection opens
6:50AM Rider meeting
7:00AM Riders depart (~13:30 hr. time limit)
Daylight hours: 6:12 AM - 7:47 PM
NOTE: Riders finishing after 7:47 PM without lights and reflective gear 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
Finish Controle / Post Ride Gathering (updated 4/7/12!)
The finish is at George Metzler's home (0.2 miles from the start controle). George will be hosting a post-ride BBQ in his backyard from 3PM to 9PM
The Silver Spring 200k promises a day of discovery as you ride through rural Lancaster County. Beginning in Christaina, PA, the route winds south though the Octoraro watershed, meandering for a while by the bucolic Octoraro Creek, eventually entering Maryland on the way to Port Deposit along the Susquehanna River. Here you must locate The Hidden Bean controle before proceding. The coffee is great and there is usually a good selection of bakery treats.
The route heads upstream from Port Deposit where you will be treated to a rare stretch of “River Road” that is generally level. Enjoy it while you can, for once you spy the Conowingo Dam, the challenges begin as the route continues northwesterly for the length of the Conowingo Reservoir generally on your left. A watchful eye will be rewarded with a few great vistas of the lake. The route is sprinkled with a few drops from the high bluff back to the river, usually with a few tricky turns, and naturally a climb back to the top of the bluff. As you pass the upper reservoir of the Muddy Run Pumped Storage Facility be mindful that you are now 400 feet above the Conowingo Reservior. It will seem like much more. A quick turn onto a River Road that is anything but flat and then a challenging climb will bring riders to the next controle at the Mount Nebo General Store. Enjoy the deli.
Upon departing Mt. Nebo, the route visits Safe Harbor. Instead of the usual climb towards Highville that several of you covered in January or the up to Conestoga as is usual for a Spring Forward brevet, we’ll follow the Conestoga River to Rock Hill, generally viewed as the easiest way out of Safe Harbor for a bicycle as we move north past along the west side of Millersville and Lancaster on our way to the next controle in Salunga. This section also offers a few of those “perfect” cycling roads, so enjoy.
The route heads east from Salunga through Lititz to the penultimate contole in Akron. PA Dutch 200 veterans will recognize a few roads, but follow your cue as there are a few twists added to keep it interesting. From Akron it’s a straight shot back to the finish in Gap along gently rolling farm roads.
There are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.