Pennsylvania Randonneurs

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
200K Brevet

Saturday 17 August 2024
07:00 EDT Start Time

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Pennsylvania Grand Canyon 200K Brevet

Saturday 17 August 2024
07:00 EDT Start Time

This is a RUSA GRAVEL event being run under the special UNPAVED distance rules described here.  All the intermediate controls are untimed. For the finish control, you will receive an extra time allowance of one minute for every unpaved KM.

Start Location

Jersey Shore Recreational Parking

500 Railroad St
Jersey Shore, PA 17740

Typical trailhead parking for the the Pine Creek RT. There
is a bathroom at the trailhead and nearby Convenience Store and Weis grocery store


Park in any available spot.

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.


Lodging is available in Jersey Shore at the Gamble Farm Inn. Other options are available in Lock Haven. Make arrangements with hotels direclty.


After the ride, tailgating is possible in the parking area, or the post-ride festivities can move indoors to the nearby Tiadaghton Inn.

Ride Description

Pine Creek GorgePine Creek Gorge, sometimes called The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is a 47-mile gorge carved into the Allegheny Plateau by Pine Creek in north-central Pennsylvania. Since the end of the lumber era, the forests have re-grown and include trees that are 100 years old. White-tailed deer, beaver, turkeys, black bears, river otters, and bald eagles inhabit these woods.

This 200K brevet explores the spectacular scenery of this area via both paved and unpaved roads. Points of interest include the CCC built Colton Point Lookout, Pine Creek Rail Trail, and a wonderful ramble along the Little Pine Creek that starts at the English Center Suspension Bridge.

This brevet traverses considerable unpaved road (72 KM) and there is significant climbing. Suitably low gearing and suitable gravel tires are recommended. There is a stream ford that may be a foot or two deep. Cell phone service is unavailable in the gorge.


Babb Creek ford


Course History

Course Record 2023-08-12: Jonathan Clamp (09:56, 20.1 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

Pennsylvania Randonneurs members ride FREE!
There is an extra $25 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.
Pre-registration required.
Registration closes 23:59 EDT, Wednesday 14 August

Note: You must already have RUSA membership before you can register for this event. RUSA Membership applications take 3-5 business days to be processed by a human volunteer, so plan accordingly.


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


Finish Cutoff: 21:42 EDT 17 August 2024 (14 hours, 42 minutes)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 06:14
Sunset: 19:54

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: Jersey Shore, 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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