We will gather for the start behind Regal Movie Theater that's part of Pohatcong Plaza in Phillipsburg NJ. This in one of several shopping centers clustered around the US22 / I-78 Intersection. There is a nearby Wawa is open 24 hours and has bathrooms inside. The finish control at Frank's Tratoria is a short distance across the shopping center.
Park the Regal Movie theater at the start, which is also near the finish control, Franks Trattoria Italian restaurant, located between the Old Navy and the Regal movie theater in Pohatcong Plaza. Leave the parking spots by the shops to the day patrons, Park at some distance away. Park as shown in this map. If you need coffee or breakfast, there is a Wawa nearby, across from the WalMart. Do not leave your car over by the Wawa or WalMart as we have had some trouble with the "Walmart Parking Lot Security Team" in the past.
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 finish gathering place is Franks Trattoria Italian restaurant located between the Stop-n-Shop and the Regal movie theater in Pohatcong Plaza. It's a short ride back to the Wawa from there.
Our traditional Hope to New Hope course, with a midpoint start/finish so you can return to your car mid-ride for re-supply. To mitigate the difficulties of winter road conditions, this course mostly traverses primary roads with wide shoulders. Nevertheless, riders should be prepared for extreme low temperatures and the possibility of ice, snow and extra debris on the roadways.
An added benefit is that PA Randonneurs members with current memberships ride for free, so time to renew or join up to take advantage of this free event.
Starting from Pohatcong Plaza, in the large parking lot near the Regal Movie Theater in Phillipsburg near the intersection of US22 and I-78, we head north up the Rt 519 corridor, over the Harmony ridge, on to Hope. Shortly past Hope we reverse direction (don't wan't to get too far beyond Hope). We then return through Belvidere to Stewartsville and your parked car (for replenishment without needing to enter a convenience store). Consider stocking your car with food, water protected from freezing, and possibly a thermos of a hot beverage. Extra hand warmers, dry gloves and clothes are also good to have in your car.
In the second half of the brevet we follow the Delaware River down through Riegelsville, Milford, Frenchtown, Stockton, Lambertville, and at last we find New Hope. This marks the southern extent of the course. We then retrace our path back to the finish.
MAKE SURE YOUR RUSA MEMBERSHIP IS RENEWED FOR 2024. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT IN 2024 IF YOUR RUSA MEMBERSHIP IS NOT PAID UP THROUGH 2024.
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 also accepts Electronic Proof of Passage (EPP), but the only form of EPP accepted is the eBrevet cell phone app. (Version 1.2.4 minimum required). Your finish time and finish code from the EPP app must be written on the paper card or you will 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.
This brevet is FREE to PA Rando members. Pay $30 now to renew your membership dues and ride "free". If you don't want to join, the price is $25, so why not pay the extra five bucks and join now? With PA Rando membership you receive a members discount for our events all year. Your dues help support randonneuring in PA, and you break even quickly if you ride some events with us.Pre-registration required.
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