Pennsylvania Randonneurs

Four States
400K Brevet

Saturday 13 May 2023
04:00 EDT Start Time

RUSA Logo
EventGPS/CuesheetRosterMessage BoardResultsRide Report

Four States 400K Brevet

Saturday 13 May 2023
04:00 EDT Start Time

Start Location

Chamounix Carriage House Hostel

3250 Chamounix Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131
215-878-3676

Chamounix Carriage House

Chamounix, also known as Montpelier, is a historic home located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Federal-style house was built in 1802 by George Plumsted who was a wealthy Philadelphia merchant, then enlarged to nearly double its original size by subsequent owners after 1853.

We will use the Carriage House for our start/finish, which is the building on the left as you approach the eyelet at the end of Chamounix Drive.

Parking

There is ample parking near the end of the road by the stables. Riders can also park on either side of the Mansion in the designated parking areas, or off the circle to the right. Parking is free to riders during the event.

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.

Lodging

Riders are advised to make sleeping arrangements at or near the start/finish. Please don't try to drive a long distance before or after a tough brevet.  Multiple options are available.

 

Finish

As you approach the finish control there are two buildings in the cul-de-sac eyelet. We are in the Carriage House on the left awaiting you with refreshments and eager to hear your tall tales, some of which might even be true.

Volunteer

This event needs volunteers for the following jobs:

Contact Organizer to Volunteer.

Ride Description

By the time you hand in your card to the bureau, your paperwork will prove that you’ve visited four states in one ride. What it won't indicate, though, is how many hills you climbed to accomplish this feat.

The adventurous route takes off from Chamounix by following the established Tscheschter Kaundi route to Swarthmore. The early miles feature a control on a bridge in Philadelphia with a view of the city before it wakes up. From Swarthmore, we continue southeast on Smithbridge Road.

Upon crossing Brandywine Creek, we enter the second state of the ride, Delaware. We turn onto Creek Road along the scenic Red Clay Creek on our way to a control in Hockessin. After filling up with goodies from Wawa, we continue on to another creek named after a color of clay, White Clay Creek.

We then enter our third state, Maryland. The route returns to just-above sea level when we near the Elk River and a control in Elkton. Before Las Vegas became a destination, Elkton was known as the place to go for a quick marriage due to more restrictive laws in places like Baltimore and Philadelphia.

We start making our way back to Pennsylvania and ride through Chester County, past the town of Oxford, and into Lancaster County. After passing over Mine Ridge, riders will drop into the Conestoga River Valley and the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. There is a control in the town of Bird-In-Hand. Legend has it that the town's name was inspired by the expression "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

From there, we continue riding through the Conestoga Valley and into the hills of the Hopewell Big Woods. The next control, in Birdsboro, marks the midpoint of the route. Be sure to stock up on water and food because there is plenty more riding and climbing to come.

We then cross the Schuylkill River and ride through the scenic and historic Oley Valley. Don’t get used to the flat terrain because the only way out of the valley is to climb over the hills known as the Reading Prong. One of the bigger climbs in this section of the route is Flint Hill, where we will stop for a control at Flint Hill Farm. This farm is known by many PA Randos as the start and finish for the 2021 SR Series. Say hi to the cows, ducks, and dogs, and perhaps pick out a snack from the farm store (open 24 hours). 

Next, we continue heading northeast and enter our fourth state: New Jersey. The last control before the finish is in Bloomsbury. We then make the final big climb over Staats Road, another climb known to many PA Randos. After completing that climb, we ride along flat terrain through the river towns of Milford and Frenchtown, and cross the Delaware into Pennsylvania. Once we reach Doylestown, riders who completed the Covered Bridges 200 will recognize the rest of the route back to Philadelphia.

Join your fellow randonneurs at the Chamounix Carriage House for a buffet and share your epic tales.

There are several steep, extended climbs and an endless array of non-flat roads on this route.  A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.

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

Registration Fee

For PA Rando members: $80
There is an extra $10 charge for registration if you are not a member of Pennsylvania Randonneurs.
Prices include $10 discount for pre-payment.

Includes

Breakfast buffet at the start, dinner buffet at the finish.

Lodging at the Start-Finish

Pre-registration required.
Registration closes 23:59 EDT, Saturday 6 May

Register On-Line

Schedule

03:00 Sign-in, Bike Inspection
03:50 Rider meeting
04:00 EDT Riders depart

Conditions

Finish Cutoff: 07:00 EDT 14 May 2023 (27 hrs)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 05:44
Sunset: 20:09

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?

Please click here to ask the organizer a question about this event.

The online URL for this event info page is

https://parando.org/info/event/2023-05-13/400

For all other information about Pennsylvania Randonneurs, visit our web site https://parando.org/