Pennsylvania Randonneurs

Hollywood Hot Dog
200K Brevet

Saturday 2 December 2023
08:00 EST Start Time

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Hollywood Hot Dog 200K Brevet

Saturday 2 December 2023
08:00 EST Start Time

Start Location

Iron Hill Brewery -- Hollywood

785 Huntingdon Pike
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

The Start/Finish at the Iron Hill Brewery in Hollywood/Huntington Valley is very close to several SEPTA train stations.  The Jenkintown station 2.9 miles away is the most flexible option as it is on the Lansdale/Doylestown, Warminster, and West Trenton lines. Elkins Park is closer, 2.7 miles away, but only on the Warminster and West Trenton lines. The closest station is Rydal (1.8 miles) but Rydal is only on the West Trenton line. Also the SEPTA Airport line runs from Center City to Jenkintown.


Parking is available in the Huntington Valley Shopping Center parking lot. Park across from the Brewery, on the far side of the 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 closest cluster of inexpensive hotels is at Feasterville-Trevose (about 11 miles away), for example the Red Roof Inn. Please make arrangements directly with the hotel.


Gather for food and beverage at Iron Hill Brewery.

Ride Description

The start/finish is  a shopping center in Huntington Valley with an Iron Hill Brewery This location is close to the Jenkintown, Elkins Park, and Rydal SEPTA regional rail stations. The loop route travels mildly rolling classic Bucks County cycling roads, rail trails, and (of course) over a few big climbs. There is a Jimmy's hot-dog lunch and a finish back at brewery.

The start/finish is also near the community of Hollywood that features many California style homes. The 174-home neighborhood was created in 1928 by a builder from California, Gustav Weber. The homes were built in pastel colors with flat roofs, similar to Spanish-style homes in the Los Angeles area. Streets were named Los Angeles, San Diego, Pasadena and San Gabriel. 

Route begins Northeast to New Hope, and then along the Delaware River to Easton on generally flat and familiar roads. The midway lunch stop is Jimmy's Hot Dogs at Union Square in Phillipsburg NJ, across the Delaware from Easton, PA

The course includes some bike trail segments, including the mostly paved Horsham Power Line Trail, and the unpaved  Pennypack Trail, which have crushed stone surface, suitable for most tires. These are beautiful trails, but are shared use trails. Riders need to be respectful of pedestrian users and cautious at road crossings as they enjoy the otherwise car-free experience.

In the later part of the course there are several steep, extended climbs.  Specifically, the fun begins with a climb over Gaffney Hill (no relation to Patrick) and our all time favorite, The Kohlberg, via Lower Saucon Rd. After those two, the major work is done. Nevertheless,  wide range gearing is recommended.

Course History

Course Record 2023-12-02: Matt McLoone, Tim Gilligan (09:01, 22.2 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

Pennsylvania Randonneurs members ride FREE!
There is an extra $25 charge for registration if you are not a member of Pennsylvania Randonneurs.
Pre-payment only. Day-of-event payment is not available for this event.
Registration is closed for this event.


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


Finish Cutoff: 21:30 EST 2 December 2023 (13 hours, 30 minutes)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 07:07
Sunset: 16:34

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 forecast for start location: Huntingdon Valley, 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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