The Port Providence Trailhead has, free parking, bathroom with water (possibly closed in Winter), and a direct connection to the Schuylkill River Trail.
There is free parking at the SRT Trailhead lot.
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.
The Mainstay Inn is a reasonably priced informal hotel in Phoenixville. Contact the hotel directly for booking.
While there are no services (other than the bathroom) at the start/finish, the Fitzwater Station pub is a congenial location just a half mile away, suitable for a post brevet meal.
This event needs volunteers for the following jobs:
Contact Organizer to Volunteer.
This revised version of the YARRR-CCW starts at the SRT Trailhead in Port Providence and avoids the use of any gravel rail trail or other routing that may be unmaintained in winter. As with the infamous "Yet Another River" route, you'll visit three rivers, traveling from the Schuylkill, to the Lehigh at the Forks of the Delaware. Along the way there are numerous food and drink options, and points of interest.
The ride begins with climbing away from the Schuylkill river on "Level Road" till the terrain moderates through the heart of Bucks and Montgomery counties. Soon thereafter you will find yourself on familiar randoneuring roads approaching the info controle along the prettiest road in PA, Upper Tinicum Church Rd that follows a facinating creek up to the namesake church.
Decending from the Church, the course begins to turn North West along the Delaware river for an easy riverside spin -- at least till the climbing resumes as the route crosses South Mountain to the National Canal Museum control on the Lehigh River, where there will be a special treat.
Then over South Mountain again to head Southwest. The route is generally flat through Hellertown where there are several second-lunch options, including the Lost Tavern. Upon reaching Coopersburg, you'll return to climbing mode through several bumpy areas before reaching the penultimate control Wawa in downtown Pottstown, and the Schuylkill River again.
Here the course turns South East, following the Schuylkill on mildly rolling terrain to the restaurants and bars in downtown Phoenixville and the finish control at Fitzwater Station.
There are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.
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.
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