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

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. 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.

Manayunk

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

 

Parking

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.

Lodging

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

Finish

The finish controle and gathering place is located at The Landing Kitchen. This is an all-day cafe with drinks and food available. The cafe is located on the other side of the Pencoyd Bridge, across the Schuylkill River from the start and adjacent to a Residence Inn hotel. After checking in at the finish control, and possibly grabbing some food, return over the Pencoyd Bridge to your parked car. The bridge connects to the northwest end of the parking lot.

Volunteer

This event needs volunteers for the following jobs:

Contact Organizer to Volunteer.

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 Landing Kitchen, just across the Penncoyd Bridge from the start. 

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 find numerous refuling options. Not the least of which will be the staffed control in Tinicum Park with a full gourmet lunch served up by the club.

After this incredible meal and 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 fire-side jibber jabber at the Landing Kitchen.

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. 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

Registration Fee: $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.

Includes

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

Pre-registration required.
Registration closes 23:59 EDT, Monday 14 March

Register On-Line

Schedule

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

Conditions

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

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.

Questions About This Event?

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The online URL for this event info page is

https://parando.org/info/event/2022-03-19/200

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