WEEKEND RIDES, May 8 and 9, 2010

Dear Friends,

We're in the thick of brevet season now, and DCR's second 300K is this Saturday.  We'll be leading a century ride starting in Frederick on Sunday, conveniently located for any who do Saturday's 300K and stay over in Frederick.

THE DC RANDONNEURS FREDERICK 300K BREVET, starting from the Motel 6 in Frederick, Maryland at 5:00 a.m.  Please visit the DC Randonneurs website for all the details regarding registration, bike inspection, a link to the cue sheet and GPX file, etc.  Here's the ride description:

Starting from the Frederick Motel 6 (formerly Quality Inn), we follow roughly the same route as last year. The ride heads north, skirting South Mountain as far as Thurmont and then turns west to climb the ridge on MD77 through Catoctin Mountain State Park. Just short of the summit, it heads roughly north-north-east into Pennsylvania and through the rolling apple and peach orchards of Adams County. From Arendtsville, it turns north-west and begins a long, stair-step climb with many steep sections, ascending the false summit before Big Flat (altitude 1650 feet) before a rapid descent to a stop sign, followed by the real climb to the summit of Big Flat (altitude 2040 feet). Nine miles of mostly downhill brings riders to a much needed rest stop and control in Shippensburg. The terrain moderates in the Cumberland valley northeast to Bloserville. The return trip heads east and south through Mount Holly Springs, then crosses South Mountain and takes several miles of easy rollers to East Berlin. The final miles remain mellow, heading southwest to Thurmont ending with a few rollers paralleling US15. After crossing US15, we'll take a new route into town on Opposumtown Pike.


SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010

"NOODLING TO NEW OXFORD," starting from Roy Rogers, Frederick, Maryland.  **NOTE LATE MEETING TIME 8:00 A.M.!!**  We're starting Sunday's ride a bit later than usual hoping that some of you who ride the 300K brevet on Saturday will feel like coming out for more.  This is a "relatively" tame ride on very quiet and pretty Frederick, Carroll, and Adams County roads.  Morning rest stop in Taneytown, lunch at the Pizza Garden in New Oxford, and an afternoon rest stop in Detour.  Ride includes 0.7 mile of hard-pack unpaved road on Baumgardner.  Please don't be put off by it – everyone loves it!  100 miles, with short options of 61 or 88 miles.

Directions to the ride start:


From D.C. Beltway (I-495), take I-270 north 31 miles to Frederick.  Continue north on US15 3.7 miles.  Take Exit 16, Motter Ave exit (sign for Frederick Community College).  Turn RIGHT at the traffic light onto Opossumtown Pike.  In a quarter mile turn right onto Thomas Johnson Drive, then left into the shopping center.  Park at the very back (north end) of the lot behind Weis Market.  We actually meet and start from there rather than at Roy's.