There are special proceedures and restrictions on this event because of the COVID-19 safety plan. Riders must
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The Holiday Inn Express in Easton is centrally located near US 22 and PA 33 in Easton, PA.
There is ample parking all around the hotel.
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 book a room directly with the Holiday Inn Express or one of the other nearby hotels.
Join us in the buffet in the meeting room to recount your tales of joy, woe, and epic adventure (some of which may even be true). There will be access to a hot shower, allowing you to clean up after the ride, as well as bathrooms.
This event needs volunteers for the following jobs:
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Departing from Easton, you will quickly escape suburban sprawl as you follow the Bushkill Creek north along the Two Rivers Trailway. It's paved surface is suitable for even the skinniest of road tires (but be aware there is some gravel later on in the route). 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 and down the gravel switchbacks of National Park Drive (suitable for most tires) 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/Rt-6 controle at the top of the mountain may be known to some long-time riders of PA Randonneurs brevets. The next two segments should also 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, freshly re-paved Old Mine Road (sic). Be sure to follow your cue sheet since you will not be crossing the I-80 Appalachian Trail bridge, but heading over the second mountain on Millbrook Rd into Blairstown, NJ for a penultimate control. From there it's just a "few last grunts" via Foul Rift to the finish in Easton. Join your fellow randoneurs after the ride for pizza/pasta and to share your epic stories and tales of woe, some of which may even be true, about the day's adventure as we gather (in a socially responsible way) 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.
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 also accepts Electronic Proof of Passage (EPP), but the only form of EPP accepted is the eBrevet cell phone app. (Version 1.2.4 minimum required). Your finish time and finish code from the EPP app must be written on the paper card or you will 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.
Subject to possible pandemic restrictions, several items are included in your registration. 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, if allowed by pandemic rules in effect at the time. Also with possible pandemic restriction, a limited number of bunks will be available for "safety naps". If you need the certainty of a shower and bunk, or 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. Usually it's best to do this by phone directly to the hotel desk at 610-923-9495. Make sure they understand you are with the cycling group code. Or you can make reservations online.
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