Pennsylvania Randonneurs

Portland Paxinosa
200K Brevet

Saturday 13 March 2021
06:00 EST Start Time

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Portland Paxinosa 200K Brevet

Saturday 13 March 2021
06:00 EST Start Time

There are special proceedures and restrictions on this event because of the COVID-19 safety plan. Riders must

  • 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. It would also be good to have food, water in an insulated container, and a thermos of hot beverage in your car as you will be passing your car at the 100K point. 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

Portland Park-n-Ride

River Rd
Mt Bethel, PA 18343

A generic Park-n-Ride lot. No facilities. On the right immediately past the railroad crossing south of town.


Park at the Portland Park 'n Ride located here.

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.


Numerous lodging options are available in East Stroudsburg, for example, the modest Days Inn.  Also nearby in Stone Church is the modestly priced yet highly rated Chelsea Sun Inn.


A possible option for a post-ride meal is at Theresa's Pizza, just south of Portland on 611S. Directions.


This event needs volunteers for the following jobs:

Contact Organizer to Volunteer.

Ride Description

Belvedere power plant from Foul Rift Rd.The Southern loop of this figure 8 course begins with an easy spin for a few miles on flat River Rd along the Delaware South of Portland. After a few rollers approaching Riverton, we switch to the NJ side at Belvidere and ride by Foul Rift using yet another rolling "River Rd".  Eventually we return back to PA at the Free Bridge into Easton.

Rather than using the usual College Ave / Cattell St climb over Paxinosa Ridge, we take the more strenuous direct route through Lafayette College up and over the ridge summiting near St Anthony's Nose, the peak of the "mini water gap" formed by Chestnut Hill. After a scenic descent along the ridge, we turn North up along Mud Run towards a controle stop in Wind Gap. Next, we turn East to ride along the southern base of Blue Mountain through Pen Argyl and eventually past Lake Minsi.  A long gradual descent leads to Portland. Not quite halfway done (mi 55) you now are in close proximity to your car. If you'd like, you can reprovision now to avoid the need for entering any businesses.

The North loop then begins as we cross the Delaware River pedestrian bridge.  This bridge offers a classic view of the Delaware Water Gap off to our left -- which is where we are headed.  But first, we make a control stop in Blairstown and then tackle the Millbrook climb.  After an exhilarating descent, we enter the Delaware Water Gap recreation area at Millbrook Village to climb again on the freshly paved (sic) Old Mine Road into the Walpack valley. From there it's basically flat roads as we head north to the turn-around controle in Hainsville.  After crossing the only private bridge on the Delaware (no toll -- ride your bike across!) the return trip is down the "Ho Chi Minh trail" (local name for Rt 209), past the Shawnee Ski area and on to Delaware Water Gap.  We then continue south along River Road to the finish in Portlasd.

As shown in the route profile, there are several steep, extended climbs.  A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.

Course History

Course Record 2021-03-13: Jim Vreeland (08:39, 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. 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.  There is no sag wagon. 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: $15
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.
Registration is closed for this event.


05:00 Sign-in, Bike Inspection
05:50 Rider meeting
06:00 EST Riders depart


Finish Cutoff: 19:30 EST 13 March 2021 (13 hours, 30 minutes)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 06:13
Sunset: 18:06

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: Mt Bethel, 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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