Pennsylvania Randonneurs

International Women's Day
107K Populaire

Sunday 8 March 2020
08:00 EDT Start Time

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International Women's Day 107K Populaire

Sunday 8 March 2020
08:00 EDT Start Time

Start Location

Philadelphia -- Joan of Arc Statue

Kelly Drive, Pennsylvania Ave, and 25th St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Statue of Joan of Arc near the Philadephia Museum of Art.


There is unlikely to be parking at the statue itself, but back up Kelly Drive at the beginning of boathouse row parking is available free if you turn right up Sedgley Dr and into Lemon Hill.  Read parking regulation signs carefully to avoid a ticket. Lock your car and gather for the start on the open space near the statue. There are restrooms and other amenities available in Lloyd Hall at the base of Sedgely.

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.


There are numerous lodging options in the city of Philadelpia, please book your arrangements with a hotel directly.


Stone Age in America.The official finish is the statue Stone Age in America near the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial art park, just up the river from the end of Boathouse Row.  There are restrooms and other amenities available at Lloyd Hall at the end of boathouse Row. A finish gathering celebration will be hosted by CJ at 802 N Bucknell.

Ride Description

Joan of ArcJoin Pennsylvania Randonneurs as we celebrate International Women's Day  with a 107K populaire.  International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  It began in 1911 with the goal to campaign for women’s equality.  This event belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.  It is not country, group or organization specific.  Come and celebrate women’s achievement with a metric century+ bike ride on this important day as we strive to promote gender balance in the world.  Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once stated: "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."

The populaire begins at the Joan of Arc statue near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and ends at the Stone Age in America statue near of the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial art park just above Boathouse Row.

The populaire route is a tour of Fairmont Park landmarks, with a loop out to the suburbs, including rural Evansburg State Park and the interesting town of Ambler. You will visit Laurel Hill Cemetary, Strawberry Mansion, and more.

This populaire is open to all RUSA members.

Course History

Course Record 2020-03-08: Shawn Bowles, Ello Shertzer (05:11, 20.6 kph)

General Info

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.

To receive credit for finishing a randonneuring event you must complete a brevet card as required by the rules. PA Randonneurs accepts traditional brevet cards filled out with stamps/signatures and backed up with merchant receipts. PA Randonneurs encourages use of the eBrevet cell phone app. (Version 1.3 minimum required) as an electronic brevet card assistant. Nevertheless, you must check into all controls on the app -- or provide traditional proof for each control. Your finish time and finish code from the  app must be written on the paper card, along with your signature, or you may be disqualified.

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.


Registration Fee

For PA Rando members: $10
Pre-payment only. Day-of-event payment is not available for this event.


All participants will receive a commemorative          

Registration is closed for this event.


07:00 Sign-in, Bike Inspection
07:50 Rider meeting
08:00 EDT Riders depart


Finish Cutoff: 15:08 EDT 8 March 2020 (7 hours, 8 minutes)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 07:21
Sunset: 19:01


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.

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