Hawk's Nest
300K Brevet

Saturday 30 March 2019
05:00 EDT Start Time

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Hawk's Nest 300K Brevet

Saturday 30 March 2019
05:00 EDT Start Time

Start Location

Holiday Inn Express Easton

90 Kunkle Dr
Easton, PA 18045

The start location at the Holiday Inn Express is conveniently located close to the 25th street exit of US22 in Easton, PA.  Events hosted at the Holiday Inn will include breakfast and a meal after the finish, but if that's not enough there are  many restaurant possibilities nearby. Choices include  Tacos Y Tequilla,  and several chain restaurants all within walking distance. There is also the nearby Tic-Toc Diner, which opens at 5AM,  and the 25th street Wawa open 24 hrs.


Parking for all riders is available in the Holiday Inn Express parking lot.


Although there is some shared access to a hotel guest room, subject to pandemic restrictions, 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.  Call the front desk directly at 610-923-9495 and say you are with the cycling group. 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" (subject to pandemic restrictions). If you need full overnight accomodations, please book a room for yourself.

Ride Description

Hawk's NestDeparting 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.




Course History

Course Record 2021-05-01: Joshua Armstrong (12:59, 23.1 kph)

General Info

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.

These events are not for beginners.  The courses are hilly. You may face extremes of weather: heat, cold, wind, rain. 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.


For Club Members: $35
For Guests: $40
Prices include $5 discount for pre-payment.


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.

Registration is closed for this event.


04:00 Sign-in, Bike Inspection
04:50 Rider meeting
05:00 EDT Riders depart


Finish Cutoff: 01:00 EDT 31 March 2019 (20 hrs)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 06:46
Sunset: 19:23

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: Easton, 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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