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.
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.
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.
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.
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This 200 brings you back for another start and finish in Philadelphia. Its name inspired by the Pennsylvania Dutch name for Chester County, the route will take you around Chester County and into Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
The route departs from Chamounix Carriage House and heads south on the Schuylkill River to Center City. You will stop for an early controle on the South Street Bridge. The bridge is one of the best—if not the best—places to photograph the Center City skyline, especially if there is a nice sunrise and clear sky.
You will then begin heading west. After riding through West Philly, you will pass through Delaware County via the Philly to Swarthmore route, aka Bicyclists’ Baltimore Pike. This route has street signs directing the way to Swarthmore. A highlight of this section is getting a peek at the creeks, including Cobbs, Darby, Crum, Ridley, Chester, and Brandywine Creeks, that feed into the Delaware River. You might notice a dip in temperature when passing through the creek valleys in the early morning hours. Note that the Wawa in Dilworthtown at mile 32 is the last place to refuel until Cafe Metzler controle at mile 64.
As you reach Brinton Bridge Road, you'll enter Tscheschter Kaundi, fly downhill into the Brandywine Valley and turn onto Creek Rd, a popular road featured in several PAR brevets. Then over some rolling hills, you'll visit the villages of Doe Run and Spring Dell, an area full of scenic horse farms.
Next, as you cross Octaro Creek you will briefly enter Lancaster County and approach the staffed controle at Cafe Metzler. This controle is familiar to many long-time PA Randonneurs, having served as a controle and start-finish location for many brevets. It is a unique location in that it is located at the home of George and Erin Metzler near Atglen, Pennsylvania. It was dubbed Cafe Metzler in December 2009 when it was the first on-the-road controle for a brevet and featured a pancake breakfast. Some historians may recall that the pancake breakfast controle was just the beginning of the memorable events in that particular brevet, but that's a story for another time. The controle is in the garage located behind the house. Turn into the driveway and coast down to the garage. We'll have drinks and maybe some snacks.
After catching up with George at Cafe Metzler, you will head towards northern Chester County passing through the villages of Ludwigs Corner and Birchrunville. You have options for refueling in Ludwigs Corner: a Wawa for convenience items or Grandma Zook’s for fresh baked goods.
Then you will reach Phoenixville where there are plenty of refueling options, including a Wawa on the way into town. You'll cross the Schuylkill River into Montgomery County and return to Philly along the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT). There's one last little grunt, and you are at the Chamounix finish.
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.
Continental breakfast, lunch at Cafe Metzler, and a buffet dinner at the finish.
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