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. Unlike organized century rides, the course will not be marked -- riders will need to navigate with a cue sheet.
Start/Finish Location Weisel Youth Hostel
7347 Richlandtown Road
(215) 536-8749 DIRECTIONS
Traveling far? Friday night accommodations are available at the hostel. Make reservations on the registration form. Several chain hotels are also available in nearby Quakertown.
Event runs rain or shine.
Refund policy: 90% before event. 50% for no-show
Schedule 4:00AM Sign-in, Bike Inspection, Breakfast Buffet
4:50AM Rider meeting
5:00AM Riders depart (20 hr. time limit)
Daylight hours: 5:44 AM - 8:1 PM
Showers available at the hostel -- bring your own towel. Join us for pizza/pasta and share your epic stories, 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.
Ride Description (updated 3/26/11) The Water Gap edition of the PA300 combines the Classic and Hawk's Nest editions of prior years. This year's edition of the Water Gap 300k is similar to the 2008 edition, except we'll head north on the PA side of the Delaware Water Gap Recreation area and return back on the NJ side.
Taking advantage of the light traffic in the early morning hours, we head directly through Bethlehem towards the first controle stop in Cherryville. We then 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. The next stop is the "Apple Pie" bakery in Water Gap. The 200k riders will split off and start their return trip through Portland while the 300k riders will continue north along River Road along the PA side of the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area and then crossing at Dingmans Ferry to the NJ side of the park for the return trip south back to Water Gap. But first they'll make a controle stop at the Hainesville Deli - the omelets and tuna subs have both been highly recommended in the past. 300k riders make their next crossing of the Appalachian Trail, this time, along the I-80 bridge pedestrian walk way (where they actually ride on the trail) as they head into Water Gap, and rejoin the 200k route.
The return trip home continues along the Delaware River through Belvidere, Stewartsville, and with a penultimate controle in Bloomsbury. The route then follows the Musconetcong River on to Riegelsville. We return to PA at Riegelsville. But instead of the Rt 611 & Rt412 routing on previous events, the return trip follows quieter backroads through Nockamixon and Haycock.
There are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.