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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Recognizing the number of Pennsylvania Randonneurs that hail from Philadelphia, we are returning to Philadelphia for a newly designed Fall Classic event. The starting point is Chamounix Mansion, located in Fairmont Park overlooking the Schuylkill River.
We begin our ride by weaving our way through sleepy neighborhoods to reach the undulating 9.4m-long Goshen Road – a local favorite. Eventually we escape the superhighways surrounding the city, but this freedom has to be reached by going up the 0.7-mile, 8%-grade, Yellow-Springs-Road-climb – at the top of which you will be rewarded with the view of the... ahem... I-76. But more importantly you will soon turn left onto Art School Road and then Horseshoe Trail, a charming meandering sequence of roads embodying most of what randonneuring is all about.
As you continue you will ride through a breathtaking landscape that makes you forget the many little hills you are asked to conquer. Reward yourself by taking in the spectacular view on top of Horseshoe Trail at mile 39.4.
We cross the Schuylkill River via Linfield Bridge, a rare example of a surviving, 1930s, 3-span Warren-pony-truss bridge with polygonal top chord, which for us translates into a narrow bridge with no hard shoulder or bike path – be alert and make yourself seen when on the bridge.
There is an expanded 17.8 mile gravel experience (suitable for most tires) on the Perkiomen Trail (PT). You stay on Perkiomen until you reach the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) at mile 101.2. Don’t miss the turn to go up the bridge as otherwise you end up in Phoenixville which is a different brevet altogether. At the control, pause for a Quaker moment of silence - yes we are nearing Philadelphia again - and hold in the light the victims to whom the bench is dedicated.
Partway down the SRT the route climbs the dreaded Barren Hill Rd away from the Schuylkill. The reward for this effort is the gorgeous Wissahickon Creek and the Forbidden Drive trail, one of the best urban trails in the world. This smooth gravel trail leads all the way down to the base of Ridge Avenue. Then it's just across the Falls Bridge and "one last grunt" up the hill to Chamounix.
There are several steep, extended climbs. Wide range gearing is highly recommended. Sections of gravel on the PT are suitable for most tires, but some riders will appreciate 28mm or wider tread.
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.
Breakfast buffet at the start. Dinner buffet at the finish. Vegan options.
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