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.
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.
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, which is the building on the left as you approach the eyelet at the end of Chamounix Drive.
There is ample parking near the end of the road by the stables. Riders can also park on either side of the Mansion in the designated parking areas, or off the circle to the right. Parking is free to riders during the event.
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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Recognizing 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.
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.
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.
Socially distanced, boxed meals, drinks in cans and bottles, bananas, and fresh brewed coffee will be available at the Start/Finish.
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