Pennsylvania Randonneurs

Beyond Hope to Hopewell
200K Brevet

Saturday 1 February 2020
07:30 EST Start Time

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Beyond Hope to Hopewell 200K Brevet

Saturday 1 February 2020
07:30 EST Start Time

Start Location

Bridge Street Bagel and Deli

67 Bridge St
Milford, NJ 08848
(908) 505-4077

The Deli opens at 6AM and serves a wide selection of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and pastries. There is a public rest room and indoor seating.


Due to the limited parking spaces at the Deli, please do not park your car on the street there. Parking is available in a parking lot off of Church St (across the street from the Milford Market)
Permission granted on event days only! Permission from Dawn VanDoran, US Health Care:

There's also limited parking for pre-riders and volunteers in the Municipal Lot Across the street from the Deli. Be sure to park by the creek, as far as possible from the Church.

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.


Traveling far? Several motels are available in the area. Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly. 


After the ride there is generally a gathering of tired and thirsty randonneurs either at Pipolo's Pizza, or at the Ship Inn. Check your brevet card for the exact finish controle designation. Pipolo's has a bit of a old school appearance inside, but  that's one of the endearing charms about the restaurant. The Ship Inn has an English pub atmosphere, serving craft-brewed ales, ciders, and home-made, British-inspired foods with locally sourced ingredients.

Ride Description

Hopewell Library

With the prospect of winter weather conditions, this course mostly traverses primary roads with wide shoulders. Based on the Beyond Hope to New Hope course, we start this time in the middle at the Milford Bridge St Bagel and Deli, where we head head north, to Hope. At the Hope controle, we turn around and backtrack for a while, but instead of heading down the river all the way to New Hope, this time we veer a little East through Bloomsburg to climb Jugtown Mountain on Tunnel Rd, and then to climb Sourland Mountain. Eventually we reach Hopewell, an interesting small town where riders can relax and eat a warm meal at the Brick Market. This controle is the southern extent of the course. We turn north again as we work our way along the Delaware River back to the finish in Milford.

There are several steep, extended climbs. Appropriate gearing recommended.

Course History

Course Record 2012-02-04: Gavin Biebuyck, Geoff X Brunner (07:23, 27.1 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
There is an extra $10 charge for registration if you are not a member of Pennsylvania Randonneurs.
Prices include $10 discount for pre-payment.
Registration is closed for this event.


06:30 Sign-in, Bike Inspection
07:20 Rider meeting
07:30 EST Riders depart


Finish Cutoff: 21:00 EST 1 February 2020 (13 hours, 30 minutes)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 07:10
Sunset: 17:18

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: Milford, NJ.

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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