Pennsylvania Randonneurs

Chamounix Classic
107K Populaire

Saturday 17 October 2020
09:00 EDT Start Time

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Chamounix Classic 107K Populaire

Saturday 17 October 2020
09:00 EDT Start Time

There are special proceedures and restrictions on this event because of the COVID-19 safety plan. All intermediate controls are info controls so riders are not obliged to enter any convenience store.

  • Bring a completed and signed  brevet waiver to the start. Riders should have this completed  ahead of time.
  • Bring a facemask to the start and wear it for registration and the rider's briefing.
  • Bring your own pencil or pen for completing info controle questions and signing brevet cards.

Please do not forget to bring these items. Be alert for other announcements and instructions.  The full set of restrictions and procedures are described in the PA Rando Blog. Please check often for updates.

Start Location

Chamounix Carriage House Hostel

3250 Chamounix Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Chamounix Carriage House

Chamounix, also known as Montpelier, is a historic home located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Federal-style house was built in 1802 by George Plumsted who was a wealthy Philadelphia merchant, then enlarged to nearly double its original size by subsequent owners after 1853.

We will use the Carriage House for our start, finish, registration, and lodging. The Carriage House is the building on the left before the eyelet loop at the end of Chamounix Drive.  Do not confuse the Carriage House with the Mansion, which is partway around the loop on the right.


Please park cars along Chamounix Drive in front of the Carriage House. Do not park back in the circle by the mansion or on the side alley to the left of the Carriage house. Park on the left side of Chamounix drive within easy view of the front porch of the Carriage house.  Park end-in, not parallel to the curb.

We believe that Chamounix is a generally safe place that is convenient and comfortable, but there have been instances of petty theft in the area. Do not leave valuables in your car. There should be nothing visible that might tempt thieves. If you must leave clothes and minor gear someplace during the event, it would be best to leave these inside the Carriage House, but please don't leave anything of great value. Thank you for your understanding.


Parking Layout


There are other free on-street parking alternatives a short distance away, including along W Ford Rd, that may be a safer alternative. Several commercial parking garages are also nearby. The Hilton City Ave garage is an off-street, fenced lot nearby and costs only $13 per day.

Suggested parking locations for the start/finish are public places, with theft and vandalism a real possibility, especially in cities. Park during the event at your own risk. Please do not leave valuables in your car during the ride.


Riders are advised to make sleeping arrangements at or near the start/finish. Please don't try to drive a long distance before or after a tough brevet.  Multiple options are available.



As you approach the finish control there are two buildings in the cul-de-sac eyelet. We are in the Carriage House on the left awaiting you with refreshments and eager to hear your tall tales, some of which might even be true.


This event needs volunteers for the following jobs:

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Ride Description

Philly SkylineRecognizing the number of Pennsylvania Randonneurs that hail from Philadelphia, we are returning to Philadelphia for a newly designed Fall Classic populaire with a revision of the International Women's Day Populaire that was held in the spring.  The starting point has been moved to the Chamounix Mansion located in Fairmont Park to coincide with the longer 200k brevet also being held on this day. 

The populaire begins with a tour of Fairmont Park landmarks including the Horticultural Center and the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden before picking up the Schuylkill River Trail. We take the Wissahickon Creek trail and Forbidden Drive, one of the nicest urban trails in the country, to then turn North West into the suburbs. Soon surprisingly rural areas are reached, featuring Evansburg State Park. The returning route passes the interesting town of Ambler with the final approach via the Schuylkill River Trail. You'll need to cross the Falls Bridge and climb one last hill before returning to finish at the Chamounix Mansion on the west side of the river.  At the finish you will have time and space to share tales of your epic adventure and get a better sense for the camaradie that is the sport of randonneuring (as best we can manage in these pandemic physical distancing times).  If you hang around long enough you might be able to cheer for the returning brevet riders.  

This populaire is open to all RUSA members.

Course History

Course Record 2020-03-08: Shawn Bowles, Ello Shertzer (05:11, 20.6 kph)

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.  You need a current RUSA membership to ride this event. You can sign up for RUSA here.

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.

To receive credit for finishing a randonneuring event you must complete a brevet card as required by the rules. PA Randonneurs accepts traditional brevet cards filled out with stamps/signatures and backed up with merchant receipts. PA Randonneurs also accepts Electronic Proof of Passage (EPP), but the only form of EPP accepted  is the eBrevet cell phone app. (Version 1.2.4 minimum required). Your finish time and finish code from the EPP app must be written on the paper card or you will be disqualified.

These events are not for beginners.  The courses are hilly. You may face extremes of weather: heat, cold, wind, rain. The roads are unmarked and open to automobile traffic. There will be night riding in the longer events.   Complete several ordinary century cycling events before starting a 200K brevet;  complete several 200Ks before starting a longer brevet.


Registration Fee

For PA Rando members: $30
There is an extra $10 charge for registration if you are not a member of Pennsylvania Randonneurs.
Pre-payment only. Day-of-event payment is not available for this event.


Socially distanced, boxed meals, drinks in cans and bottles, bananas, and fresh brewed coffee will be available at the Start/Finish.

Registration is closed for this event.


08:00 Sign-in, Bike Inspection
08:50 Rider meeting
09:00 EDT Riders depart


Finish Cutoff: 16:08 EDT 17 October 2020 (7 hours, 8 minutes)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 07:15
Sunset: 18:16


Weather forecast for start location: Philadelphia, 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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