Frederick Pedalers Century this Saturday Sept 25

Dear Friends,

We don't have a ride scheduled for Sunday, but Bill Shakespeare Smith and his merry band of Fred Peds are putting on their annual no-frills no fee club century this Saturday!  It is always a great event, and this year the route is based on the "E-I-E-I-O" century, with the lunch stop at Rocco's in East Berlin!  Here are all the juicy details, courtesy of the bard:

The club century is set for Saturday, Sept 25; the cue sheets may be found at the link below.  There is just one cue sheet, made up of three pages.  It contains all routes.

Cue Sheet(s) on the web site: (main info) and (cue sheet)

Links to the maps on
Here are the ride details.

Century—101 Miles:
· Starts on Silo Hill Parkway (Emmitsburg) - adjacent to McDonald's on MD140 at US15
· Leave: Whenever you want, however the "leaders" (see below) will meet at 7:15 am and depart at 7:30.  If you plan on leaving later, print a cue sheet from the web site.
· Terrain: rolling to hilly, 5200 feet of climbing
· Distance: 101 miles
· Visits: Littlestown, Irishtown, East Berlin, Idaville, Aspers, Arendtsville, Emmitsburg

Metric—62 Miles:
· Starts same place
· Leave: We suggest leaving at 9 am; however—print a cue sheet from the web site
· Terrain: rolling, some hills
· Cuts off from the century at mile 38
· Visits: Littlestown, New Oxford, Bonneauville, Emmitsburg

Shortcut # 1—53 Miles:
· Leave: We suggest leaving at 9 am; however—print a cue sheet from the web site
  Cuts off from the century at mile 32
  Terrain: easier and flatter than the metric
· Goes to Littlestown, Bonneauville and back to Emmitsburg

Shortcut # 2—43 Miles:
· Leave: We suggest leaving at 9 am; however—print a cue sheet from the web site
  Cuts off from the century at mile 25
  Only a few hills
· Goes to Littlestown and back to Emmitsburg

We do not have official leaders for ANY of the rides.  Club members are welcome to volunteer for this.  Vicki and I plan on doing the century at a pace of about 14.0-14.5 mph; we welcome anyone who wishes to ride along with us.

What You Get for Your $:
· The cost of these rides is zero—money-back guarantee—if you don't like the ride, your full purchase price will be refunded to you
· We'll provide cue sheets; maps will be on (see above)
· You should bring money for stores

    This is a ride-at-your-own-pace event.  It is very unlikely that anyone need ride alone, as there will be plenty of riders of various paces taking part.

Rest Stops (Stores):
· Century—at mileage points: 21, 46, 47, 64, 66, 74, 90.
· 62 Miles—at mileage points 22, 38, 45.
· 53 Miles—22, 37.
· 43 Miles—22.

Maps and Cue Sheets:
    Cue sheets are available on the club web site at  We cannot guarantee that there will be enough cue sheets at the ride start—it is recommended to download the cue sheets from the web site.  Vicki and I will be riding the century on our tandem (departing at 7:30); you are welcome to ride with us.  We'll leave a stack of cue sheets next to our van when we depart.

Cautions, etc.
There will be some traffic to deal with (but not much), mostly in towns.  The century crosses two metal-grate (see-through) bridges - mileages 56 and 60.  If the roads are wet, ride across them at your own risk.  If roads are dry, cross slowly and carefully - do not lean or turn.  One is long enough that, if it is wet, riding across it will almost certainly lead to a fall on the bridge and a trip to the hospital.  The century crosses US route 30 at mile 36 - there is road construction at that intersection.  Be very careful there.  The metric ride at mile 39 has a very bad bump at the left turn (road construction) - take this turn slowly and at a wide right angle - do not cut the turn.  The full century passes two very good restaurants - one in East Berlin (Rocco's), the other in Aspers (Little Italy).  The metric passes by the New Oxford Coffee Company on the traffic circle turn - we very much recommend this place.  Remember that the turns are NOT MARKED. 
Read your cue sheet to avoid becoming lost.

Thanks go to:
The Brain Trust - a "pirate" Frederick Pedalers sub-(dis)organization, answerable to no one, made up of Mike Wali, Barry McMahon, Dave Sweeney, Vicki and Bill Smith.  These folks have made the century happen, from route design and checkout to ideas and brainstorming.  Special thanks go to Barry McMahon for suggesting the route (adapted from a Crista Borras/DC Randonneurs ride) and doing the initial driving of the century route, and Mike Wali, who rode all four route options on checkout rides.



Endless Mountains Brevet Week

Hi buddies,

I'm forwarding the following from Tom Rosenbauer, Eastern PA RBA, hoping some of you might be interested and able to join us for part or all of his upcoming "Endless Mountains Brevet Week."


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tom Rosenbauer <>
Date: Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 10:09 AM
Subject: Re: EM Brevet Week Cue Sheets
To: Crista Borras <>

Please forward the DC list ... thanks!
-Tom R.
Greetings, fellow randonneurs and randonneuses,
The Endless Mountains Brevet Week is starting on September 26th ... the complete tour consists of six 200k brevets over six days that generally follows the EM1240 course.
A number of riders have signed up for the complete tour, but if you are interested in just riding a partial tour or a single day, please contact me at:
Bill Beck has some great photos, taken during the 2009 inaugural edition the 1240k:
... this is a great opportunity to experience the scenic beauty and challenge of the Endless Mountains for yourself. 
-Tom Rosenbauer
Eastern PA RBA


Dear Friends,

The DC Randonneurs Civil War Tour 200K Brevet is taking place on Saturday, September 18, starting promptly at 7:00 a.m. from the Perkins Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland.  On-site registration opens at Perkins at 6:00 a.m.  This is a fabulous ride designed by DC Randonneurs RBA Bill Beck.  Detailed information about the route, cue sheet and GPS file is posted at


On Sunday, we'll be leading a "gentle" ride.  **If you can join us on Sunday, please email me off list and request a copy of the cue sheet (and GPS file if you would like one).  I'll only be bringing extra cue sheets for those who are unable to print out their own.**


A new and improved "ALL ABOUT ABBOTTSTOWN," starting from the McDonald's in Thurmont, Maryland.  **LATE MEETING TIME 8:00 a.m.**  This ride has been through several incarnations over the years and now it's been tweaked yet again.  The new route is similar to other versions in that the terrain is mellow, the scenery pleasant, and it still heads east into Carroll County, MD and north into Adams County, PA, passing through Taneytown, Littlestown, and New Oxford.  This version moves the morning rest stop from the Taneytown Sheetz to the Littlestown Sheetz and avoids a couple of bad intersections in Abbottstown.  Also, the lunch stop has been moved from the "not so improved" Emig's 81 Diner to Brothers Pizza, which should make for a better dining experience.  102 miles, with a 70-mile short option.

Directions to the ride start:


From DC Beltway, go north on I-270 to Frederick.  Continue North on US15.  In 14.9 miles, take the exit toward MD806/Thurmont (the last of three exits for MD806, the FIRST Thurmont exit).  At end of ramp turn right @SS, then QR @ traffic light onto Catoctin Furnace Rd, then QL at "Weis Entrance."  Park in the first lot on the left, across from McDonald's.



[Dcrand] Saturday Ride - Gettsyburg Glory

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From: Jeffrey Magnuson <>
Date: Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 6:16 AM
Subject: [Dcrand] Saturday Ride - Gettsyburg Glory

Dear all-

While Chuck and Crista are off riding permanents this weekend, I'll be a leading a Saturday ride starting in Mt. Airy for those who are interested in attending the Stan Miller Life Celebration afterward in Gaithersburg.  Please email me at and let me know if you are coming so I can send you the cue sheet.

Here are the details:

"GETTYSBURG GLORY," starting from Watkins Park in Mt. Airy, Maryland.
MEETING TIME 7:30 A.M.  This ride was adapted from a classic Tom Burns
ride led back in Y2K.  The terrain is very hilly at the beginning and
end and fairly mellow in the middle.  The ride includes a very nice tour
of the Gettysburg battlefields.  There are two short unpaved stretches
near the end of the ride, but I have cued a paved option for the
squeamish.  Lunch at Dino's in Gettysburg.  103 miles, with a 57-mile
short option that turns around at the first rest stop in Taneytown.

Directions to the ride start:
take I-270 north to exit 16, Father Hurley Blvd (MD27).
Follow MD27 north for 8 miles to Damascus, then BL tro MD27 north.
Pass under I-70 in another 6-1/2 mi. (you are now in Mt. Airy).
In 1.7 mi., after passing thru 3 traffic lights, turn L into Watkins
Park, followed by a quick right.
Head past tennis courts to next small parking lot on L (next to small
restroom building).


Two Permanents This Weekend!

Dear Friends,


We won't be scheduling our customary Saturday and Sunday rides this weekend because we're riding my new permanents -- "Splendor in the Blue Grass" on Saturday and "MMMM (Many Mountains from Monterey to Middletown)" on Sunday.  If you're interested in joining us for the epic adventure, I need to know by no later than tomorrow (Wednesday).  

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I adapted these two rides from my 400K "Devil's Wicked Stepmother" permanent  route.  Both rides are extremely scenic and challenging and I'm really looking forward to sharing them.


"Splendor in the Blue Grass" is 141 miles (227K).  We will begin at the 7-11 in Middletown, Virginia at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The route travels through Hardy and Pendleton Counties in West Virginia to Monterey, Virginia, passing through the towns of Wardensville, Moorefield, Brandywine, Sugar Grove and Blue Grass.  Highlights include climbs over Little North Mountain, Great North Mountain, Sandy Ridge, South Branch Mountain, Hoover Mountain, Brushy Mountain and Monterey Mountain.  In addition to all that climbing, there are some lovely and long tranquil stretches through Sweedlin Valley and the scenic Thorn Creek Wildlife Management Area.  But perhaps the most precious jewel of this ride is Highland County's beautiful Blue Grass Valley.


"MMMM" is 135 miles (216K) and travels from Monterey back to Middletown, beginning with a series of climbs over Jacks, Bull Pasture and Shenandoah Mountains before heading north through the Shenandoah Valley.  The route passes through McDowell, West Augusta, Swoope, Churchville, Bridgewater, Singers Glen, and Columbia Furnace. We'll start from High's Restaurant in Monterey at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday.


If you'd like to join us, please contact me off-list as soon as possible, but no later than tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9.  You must be a RUSA member and be officially registered for the ride, and you'll need to make your own reservations for the overnight stay in Monterey.  Lodging is available in Monterey at the Montvallee Motel -,

and the Highland Inn -






Dear Friends,

Are we lucky or what?  The forecast for the entire Labor Day weekend is absolutely fantastic and we intend to make the most of it.  We'll start with a somewhat challenging ride on  Saturday, featuring several major climbs.  The rides on Sunday and Monday will be relatively mellow.  Please note the meeting times for each day and, if you can join us, please email me and request an electronic copy of the cue sheet.  I'll only be bringing extra hard copies for those who are unable to print out their own.  OK, here's whassup:


"HIGH ADVENTURE AT HIGH ROCK," starting from Monocacy Middle School, Frederick, Maryland.  **MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m.**

Yes, we'll hit a few high spots on this ride (surprise, surprise)!  After a little warm-up through Mountaindale, we climb up the ever-beautifiul Catoctin Hollow Road.  Next we climb up MD77 and work our way over to PenMar, where we'll continue ascending to the High Rock overlook.  We'll stop to take in the view there and perhaps see some hang-gliders.  After that we'll descend into the Cumberland Valley, where we'll enjoy relatively gentle terrain and bucolic country roads all the way to the lunch stop at Tony's Pizza, and for several miles after that.  Eventually, of course, we have to get back over the mountains.  The climb over South Mountain on Wolfsville Road is a bit arduous but not too long, and we really love the descent into Wolfsville that follows -- hope you do, too!  Then we'll still have Catoctin Mountain to "get over," and we have a choice of (#1) tackling the climb up to Gambrill State Park via Crow Rock and Highland School Rds (ouch) or (#2) taking the "low" road (Harmony/Hollow/US40) (aka the Weenie Way).  While #1 is more painful, it's very pretty and once you get up there Gambrill State Park has a nice overlook.  #2 features a more gradual climb but is not as scenic. Either way, we plunge back down into Frederick via Shookstown Road.  Please exercise caution on that descent, and make sure your brakes are generally in excellent working order for this ride!  100 miles, with a 68-mile short option.  Estimated elevation gain 7500 feet.

Directions to the ride start:

MONOCACY MIDDLE SCHOOL, FREDERICK, MARYLAND, 8009 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick MD  21702

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 about 1.5 mi. turn RIGHT into Monocacy Middle School parking lot (just after Frederick Community College on the left). 


SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010

"NOODLING TO NEW OXFORD," starting from Roy Rogers, Frederick, Maryland.  **MEETING TIME 8:00 A.M.**  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 PA, and an afternoon rest stop in Detour.  Ride includes a brief section 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.

Direction 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 north end of the parking lot near Weis Market.



"MISSING THE POINT," starting from the Bloom Supermarket parking lot, Accokeek, Maryland.  **MEETING TIME 8:00 a.m.**  With the close-in ride start, we may experience a bit more traffic than we usually encounter in the last several miles of the ride.  That said, most of the ride is on quiet, low-traffic roads, and there are some very nice water views.  Points of interest include Popes Creek, Chapel Point State Park, St. Ignatius Church, and the historic village of Port Tobacco, originally an Indian settlement "Potopaco."  Lunch at Crabby Dick's at the Port Tobacco Marina.  103 miles, with LOTS of short options – 51, 60, 67, 78, or 89 miles!

Directions to the ride start:

BLOOM parking lot, 15789 Livingston Road, ACCOKEEK, MARYLAND

From DC Beltway, I-495, exit south onto MD210, Indian Head Highway.  In about 10.5 miles turn left on MD373 (traffic light) and make an immediate left into the Bloom parking lot.  There's a Burger King and Dunkin Donuts across the street.