Saturday 30 March 2019
05:00 EDT Start Time
The start location at the Holiday Inn Express is conveniently located close to the 25th street exit of US22 in Easton, PA.
Parking for all riders is available on the east side of the parking lot next to The Cask parking area
Although there is some shared access to a hotel guest room, riders are advised to book private rooms at or near the start/finish. Please don't try to drive a long distance before or after a tough brevet. Make your own reservations by directly contacting your chosen hotel. The start/finish hotel is the Holiday Inn Express at 90 Kunkle Dr, Easton PA. PA Randonneurs will have a group code there. Should you want to stay at the start/finish hotel, reserve your room early! The block of rooms is limited and group codes expire 30 days before the event. Another option that is an easy bike ride away is the Quality Inn at 2415 Nazareth Rd. Further out, there several other hotels in Easton you may choose from.
Join us in the buffet in the conference room at the Holiday Inn to recount your tales of joy, woe, and epic adventure (some of which may even be true). There will be access to a shower, allowing you to clean up after the ride, as well as rest rooms at the hotel. A limited number of bunks will be available for "safety naps". If you need full overnight accomodations, please book a room for yourself.
Departing from Easton, you will quickly escape suburban sprawl as you follow the Bushkill Creek north along the Two Rivers Trailway, which debuted in last fall's NeoClassic brevet. It's paved surface is suitable for even the skinniest of road tires. The Appalachian Mountains loom in the distance as you approach the first control at Wind Gap. Rather than crossing the Blue Mountain here, the route heads east through the Slate Belt along the south face of Mount Minisi before turning north again toward Delaware Water Gap. The Turkey Hill control in Winona Falls should have something to top off your tank before you enter the most remote section of the course.
The route heads up from there (literally) as you climb the Appalachian front, passing Bushkill Falls as you ride through the Delaware State Forest on the way to the next controle near Hawley. The 402 Cafe controle at the top of the mountain may be known to some long-time riders of PA Randonneurs brevets. The next two segments should be well-known to many as the route follows the traditional Hawk's Nest 200 routing downstream along the scenic Lackawaxen River, across the Roebling Aquaduct, up to a controle in Eldred (El Dread), and finally passing the always incredible namesake Hawk's Nest overlook of the Delaware River. Rather than the usual Port Jervis controle, we cross the Delaware to control in Matamoras, PA.
The final legs head down through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, scaling perennial favorite, not quite paved Old Mine Road. Be sure to follow your cue sheet since you will not be crossing the I-80 Appalachian Trail bridge, but heading up and over to Blairstown, NJ for a penultimate control before heading to the finish in Easton. Join your fellow randoneurs after the ride for pizza/pasta and to share your epic stories and tales, some of which may even be true, about the day's adventure as we gather at the Holiday Inn conference room.
Steep and/or extended climbs abound in this route featuring a mix of well and not-so-well known roads. Appropriately low gears are highly recommended.
This ride is a randonneur style bicycle event under the sanction of Randonneurs USA and Audax Club Parisian. Completing this event can help you train and qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris and earn RUSA and ACP 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.
A complimentary breakfast buffet will be provided before the ride, and a pizza/pasta buffet will be available after the ride. There will be shared access to a shower, allowing you to clean up after the ride. A limited number of bunks will be available for "safety naps". If you need full overnight accomodations, please book a room for yourself. No lodging is included, but PA Randonneurs has reserved a limited block of rooms at the Holiday Inn that riders may book. Contact the hotel directly. Use group code RB1. Click here to make reservations.
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