Saturday December 5, 2015
This ride is a randonneur style event sanctioned by RUSA, offered to promote participation in the R-12 challenge. PA Randonneurs club membership is required in order to participate. In the spirit of pure randonneuring, minimal support is provided before, during, and after the ride.
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 PA and NJ vehicle laws. Safety is a primary concern ... please read and carry these Safety Instructions with you.
George Metzler's Home
403 Noble Rd
Across the street from start
Traveling far? Several motels are available in the area.
Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly.
Aunt Jennie's 41 Diner (24 hours)
42 Rt 41
Registration - Pre-registration required
All riders must sign waiver
Registration Closes on December 3 at 5PM
For PA Club Members: $20 due at sign-in
For Guests: $25 due at sign-in
Print out cuesheet
All riders must sign waiver.
6:30AM Sign-in and Bike Inspection opens
6:50AM Rider meeting
7:00AM Riders depart (~13:30 hr. time limit)
Daylight hours: 7:06 AM - 4:36 PM
NOTE: Riders finishing after 4:36 PM without lights and reflective gear will be disqualifed.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes before scheduled start time.
- Sign-in, pay fee to organizer, and collect brevet card.
- Get bike inspected
- Rider meeting, 10 minutes before scheduled start time
Finish Controle / Post Ride Gathering
The finish is at George Metzler's home. George will be hosting a post-ride BBQ in his backyard from 3PM to 9PM
Highlights include the meandering along Brandywine Creek, lots of shade, visiting THREE states, riding along numerous roads incorporating the word "Hollow," and an almost unheard of in Lancaster County 3 mile descent.
Brandywine 200k: Houses, Horses, and Hollows)
After a few miles we begin on an uncharacteristically straight and level Highland Road, which follows the top of a ridge into Western Chester County. You gradually lose elevation as you meander along Buck Buck Run Creek, while skirting the edge of Chester County's horse country which once included a 13,000 acre northern connection of famous King Ranch in Texas.
We follow the Brandywine River South from Modena at mile 15. As the river grows and the valley widens you will begin to see the landscapes that Andrew Wyeth made famous in his artwork around his hometown of Chadds Ford which is mile 34 on the ride. As we climb out of the Brandywine Valley on Twaddell Mill road we enter the "House" part of the 200K and enjoy the classic colonial and federal style architecture of Delaware. The Centerville Bakery at mile 38 offers the tastiest treats of the ride. Shortly after refueling, look for this home on left side of Way Rd, its a beauty.
We re-enter PA just south of the mushroom capital of the world, Kennet Square, which produces over a million pounds of mushrooms per week. 100,000 people typically visit this town of 6,000 during the annual Mushroom Festival.
We continue West and South entering Maryland in open farm fields as we reach the Southernmost point of the ride at the Landhope Farm controle. Rather than dropping all the way down to Susquehanna we will remain up on the ridge headed following the Susqueahanna but inland. As we return to PA again we see horse but rather than leading a pampered life in the stables of Chester County these are work horse used heavily by the Amish.
Having now seen houses and horses, we begin our focus on hollows. There are Tanning Yard Hollow and Scalpy Hollow, both rather bucolic, shaded roads along the way to Buck. You'll want to check your supplies before passing the Turkey Hill oasis in Buck. There aren't many options for the next few miles. From Buck, we climb to the top of the ridge for another hollow visit, this time on Snyder Hollow with a glorious 3 mile descent along a little creek. Enjoy. A quick info control as we approach Pennsy Road and then its familiar roads eastward toward Quarryville. Yes, there are a few climbs remaining, but take heart that we bypass everyone's favorite Brick Mill Road and take a much easier past to Nobel Road, appropriate named Mt. Pleasant, for the final roll into the finish.
We know you have worked up an appetite by then. Cafe Metzler will be ready.
There are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or compact crank is highly recommended.
Sep 7, 2014 Results Report