Pennsylvania Randonneurs

Covered Bridges
200K Brevet

Saturday 19 March 2022
06:30 EDT Start Time

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Covered Bridges 200K Brevet

Saturday 19 March 2022
06:30 EDT Start Time

Start Location


3720 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

ManayunkTrendy Manayunk hugs the Schuylkill River banks. It has a small-town vibe, with rowhouses, lofts and Victorian homes occupied by young families and long-time residents. Along its hilly streets, the steep incline of "The Manayunk Wall" punishes riders in an annual bike race. Galleries and boutiques line Main Street, while its trendy eateries and boisterous bars evoke the area's Lenape name, "the place to drink.”

The start controle is located in the shared parking lot for the Regal UA Theatre, Cadence Cycling Center, and Fine Wine.

There are no services, food, indoor space, or access to bathrooms at the start location itself, although there are numerous options nearby. The closest 24 hour convenience store for early morning coffee, food, and bathrooms is the Sunoco/Dunkin on 4168 Ridge Ave



Park in the large lot shared by Cadence Cycles, the UA Theater, and the State store.  Park near Main St, away from the stores, so as to allow store customers the closest spots.  There are plenty of spots. Alternatively, you can try parking over by the Landing Kitchen on the other side of the Penncoyd bridge. This would be best if you are staying at the Residence Inn.


Immediately at the Start/Finish is the Residence Inn. There are many other nearby hotels.  Call them directly to make reservations.


We will gather for the finish control at Manayunk Brewing Company where you can purchase drinks and food as you tell your stories of epic adventure. When you arrive, please roll down the alley and park your bike behind the building.


This event needs volunteers for the following jobs:

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Ride Description

Cabin Run Covered BridgeThe 2022 PA Rando Super Randonneur series begins in March with a 200K ACP brevet that visits most of the historical covered bridges in Bucks County, crossing no fewer than ten covered bridges. This route is a new design with start and finish in Manayunk just outside Philadelphia. It starts in the large parking lot at Cadence Cycle Manayunk and finishes at the Manayunk Brewing Company

The second half of the 19th century saw a flurry of activity in terms of covered bridge construction and this brevet invites the riders to cross over - or pass by - ten covered bridges in the following order:

  1. Van Sandt (1875)
  2. Cabin Run (1871)
  3. Frankenfield (1872)
  4. Erwinna (1832? 1871?)
  5. Uhlerstown (1855)
  6. Knechts (1873)
  7. Sheard’s Mill (1873)
  8. Mood’s (1874)
  9. South Perkasie (1832)
  10. Pine Valley (1842)

We also added some spice to this route by incorporating the "scenic" Uhlerstown Hill Road that has a peak gradient of 37.4% (!!!) that will make the facinating Buckwampum Mountan Rd seem like a gentle grade. 

To power these efforts, you will need refuling options. Once out of the city and past New Hope, the rest of the course is largely devoid of services, so you should consider options carefully.  There is a staffed control at about 55 miles in Tinicum Park with a full gourmet lunch provided by the incredible 15 Landsdowne catering of Frenchtown, NJ.  The next decent option is Tabora Farm (mile 93), a classic cyclist oasis, where you should also plant to stop.

After the gorgeous tour of bridges you will descend back down to Conchohocken and return via a short section of the Schuylkill River Trail to gather for some serious jibber jabber at the Manayunk Brewirng Company.

Course History

Course Record 2022-03-19: Matt McLoone (08:37, 23.2 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.

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: $40
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.


Breakfast snacks and coffee will be available at the start. A gourmet lunch will be served at the Tinicum Park control.

Registration is closed for this event.


05:30 Sign-in, Bike Inspection
06:20 Rider meeting
06:30 EDT Riders depart


Finish Cutoff: 20:00 EDT 19 March 2022 (13.5 hrs)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 07:04
Sunset: 19:12

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: Philadelphia, 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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