Pennsylvania Randonneurs

Morgantown-Middletown
200K Brevet
Saturday 5 January 2019
07:30 EST Start Time

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Start Location

Holiday Inn Morgantown (Directions)
6170 Morgantown Rd
Morgantown, PA 19543

The starting location is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, SR 23, and the I-176 spur to Reading.  We will start outside on the south side of the parking area adjacent to the McDonalds.  The McDonald's opens at 5am for quick breakfast.  Morgantown also hosts Turkey Hill and Sheetz convenience stores nearby.   

Parking

Ample parking is available on the south side of the hotel (left as you face the front of the building, near the Mcdonald's) with convenient access to Walnut Street.

   

Lodging

Traveling far?  Overnight accommodations are available at the Holiday Inn Morgantown adjacent to the start location.  The USA Inn and the Red Carpet Inn are also located in Morgantown within a mile of the start. 

Finish

A post ride gathering will happen in either the lounge of the Holiday Inn or the nearby Old Village Inn.  The finish gathering will be announced at the start.

Ride Description

Kick off the new year on a brevet route we haven't ridden in many years.  The route heads west from the Morgantown area generally avoiding major climbs over anything and instead paralleling the northern side of a valley.  The route passes through several little villages before finally reaching a control at Brickerville.  This open control allows riders to restock and warm up at either a Speedway or a Turkey Hill convenience store.  The route then crosses the Furnace Hill ridge on its way to an info control in Cornwall.  From Cornwall, we join the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail for a few miles, avoiding traffic and rollig terrain.  The trail is a combination of pavement and crushed stone suitable for most bicycle tires.  The route exits the trail at Colebrook.  There is a small convenience store in Colebrook should riders need to re-supply or warm up. The roads continue westward to the turn-around control in Middletown.  The eastward return takes a southern track, generally paralleling the Susquehanna River.  We join the Northwest River Trail in Marietta to avoid the busy climb over Chickies Rock and control again in Columbia.  The next segment is lumpy, dealing with the river hills on our way to the penultimate control in Strasburg.  From there its a nice 25-mile leg back to Morgantown.

An added benefit is that PA Randonneurs membes ride for free!  

General Info

This ride is a randonneur style bicycle event under the sanction of Randonneurs USA. Completing this event can help you train for Paris-Brest-Paris and earn RUSA  awards.

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 local vehicle laws (PA, NJ, NY). Safety is a primary concern. All riders must sign a waiver. Please read these Safety Instructions.

Registration

For PA Club Members: $0 FREE!
For Guests: $15
Pre-registration required.
Registration closes 23:59 EST, Thursday 3 January

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Schedule

06:30 Sign-in, Bike Inspection
07:20 Rider meeting
07:30 EST Riders depart

Finish Cutoff: 21:00 EST 5 January 2019 (13.5 hrs)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 07:24
Sunset: 16:48

The hours for this event extend beyond daytime. Riding at night without appropriate reflective gear and lights will result in an immediate disqualification. See the rules Article 10 for requirements. See the reflectivity guide for best practices.

Weather

Weather forecast for start location: Morgantown, PA.

This event runs rain or shine. Rides are sometimes postponed or canceled if there is a significant chance of extreme conditions that threaten safety (e.g. ice, snow, high winds). Check the message board for last minute announcements.

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The online URL for this event info page is

https://parando.org/info/event/2019-01-05/200

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