This is a RUSA GRAVEL event being run under the special UNPAVED distance rules described here. All the intermediate controls are untimed. For the finish control, you will receive an extra time allowance of one minute for every unpaved KM.
Typical trailhead parking for the the Pine Creek RT. There
is a bathroom at the trailhead and nearby Convenience Store and Weis grocery store
Park in any available spot.
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.
Lodging is available in Jersey Shore at the Gamble Farm Inn. Other options are available in Lock Haven. Make arrangements with hotels direclty.
After the ride, tailgating is possible in the parking area, or the post-ride festivities can move indoors to the nearby Tiadaghton Inn.
Pine Creek Gorge, sometimes called The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is a 47-mile gorge carved into the Allegheny Plateau by Pine Creek in north-central Pennsylvania. Since the end of the lumber era, the forests have re-grown and include trees that are 100 years old. White-tailed deer, beaver, turkeys, black bears, river otters, and bald eagles inhabit these woods.
This 200K brevet explores the spectacular scenery of this area via both paved and unpaved roads. Points of interest include the CCC built Colton Point Lookout, Pine Creek Rail Trail, and a wonderful ramble along the Little Pine Creek that starts at the English Center Suspension Bridge.
This brevet traverses considerable unpaved road (72 KM) and there is significant climbing. Suitably low gearing and suitable gravel tires are recommended. There is a stream ford that may be a foot or two deep. Cell phone service is unavailable in the gorge.
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.
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