Pennsylvania Randonneurs

Fall Classic
153K Populaire

Saturday 15 October 2022
07:00 EDT Start Time

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Fall Classic 153K Populaire

Saturday 15 October 2022
07:00 EDT Start Time

Start Location

Café Metzler

403 Noble Road
Atglen, PA 19403

Cafe Metzler is a unique start location in that it is located at the home of George and Erin Metzler at 403 Noble Road near Atglen, Pennsylvania.  Our base of operations is his garage located behind the house.  Once you've parked your car, unloaded, and are certain you have all your gear for riding, ride down the hill from the parking area approximately 1/4 mile.  George's house is on the left.  We will stage the start in the large turn-around area in front of the garage at the end of the driveway.  Food is not generally available before the ride start so you'll want to eat before arriving.  The nearby Dutchway Family Restaurant is recommended, but check to make sure you have time to eat and make it to the start on time.  Water is available at the garage.


Parking is available at the Freedom Life Church, approximately 1/4 mile up the hill (west) from the start location on the right.  Enter the driveway and then turn right again into the upper parking lot.

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.


Several motels are available in the area.
Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly.


Café Metzler is located in the garage behind the house where you started. It will be obvious to all but the most brain dead of randonneurs. Turn into the driveway and follow to the garage to finish.  You can return to your car after you check in to the finish control. 

Ride Description

Brandywine 150k: Houses, Horses, and Hollows
This route parallels the Brandywine 200k much of the time, but bypasses the trip into Maryland and the final big ridge climb of the 200 to provide a more manageable 150 of cycling fun.

Covered Bridge

After a few miles we begin on an uncharacteristically straight and level Highland Road, which follows the top of a ridge into Western Chester County. You gradually lose elevation as you meander along Buck Buck Run Creek, while skirting the edge of Chester County's horse country which once included a 13,000 acre northern connection of famous King Ranch in Texas.

We follow the Brandywine River South from Modena at mile 15. As the river grows and the valley widens you will begin to see the landscapes that Andrew Wyeth made famous in his artwork around his hometown of Chadds Ford which is mile 34 on the ride.  As we climb out of the Brandywine Valley on Twaddell Mill road we enter the "House" part of the 200K and enjoy the classic colonial and federal style architecture of Delaware. The Centerville Bakery at mile 38 offers the tastiest treats of the ride. Shortly after refueling, look for this home on left side of Way Rd, its a beauty.

We re-enter PA just south of the mushroom capital of the world, Kennett Square, which produces over a million pounds of mushrooms per week. 100,000 people typically visit this town of 6,000 during the annual Mushroom Festival

The 150k route splits from the 200k route at the New London control, skipping Maryland and instead taking a more direct route to a controle at "The Buck" where riders might cross paths with the 200k riders. From there it is a straight shot back to the finish, short-cutting the 200k route by about 10 miles.  We are anxious to see whether this brings out the competitive juices in the 200k riders. 

We know you have worked up an appetite by then. Cafe Metzler will be ready.

There are several steep, extended climbs.  Wide-range gearing is highly recommended.

Course History

Course Record 2022-10-15: Gary Rollman (06:51, 22.3 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 encourages use of the eBrevet cell phone app. (Version 1.3 minimum required) as an electronic brevet card assistant. Nevertheless, you must check into all controls on the app -- or provide traditional proof for each control. Your finish time and finish code from the  app must be written on the paper card, along with your signature, or you may 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: $35
There is an extra $10 charge for registration if you are not a member of Pennsylvania Randonneurs.
Prices include $10 discount for pre-payment.


Event registration includes a post-ride buffet at the always enjoyable Cafe Metzler.

Registration is closed for this event.


06:00 Sign-in, Bike Inspection
06:50 Rider meeting
07:00 EDT Riders depart


Finish Cutoff: 17:12 EDT 15 October 2022 (10 hours, 12 minutes)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 07:12
Sunset: 18:19

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 forecast for start location: Atglen, 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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