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  • DCRand Dart10-30-2021 09:0027 Registered

    10-30-2021
    09:00
    EST
    10-30-2021
    17:00
    09-27-2021 17:59
    10-28-2021 12:00
    120
    RUSA Dart
    Mixed
    8:00
    Sunrise at 7:32:46 AM Sunset at 6:11:44 PM

    William BECK
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    The Pike Rest & Lounge
    985 Baltimore Pike
    Gettysburg, PA 17325

    $7.00
    Registration is not open

    Social Gathering Before/After



    The Dart is a team event in which each team rides different routes toward a common finish location, like arrows toward a target. Like the longer fleche, the event includes team fun and camaraderie on a unique route chosen by the team. But the shorter Dart can be completed without sleep deprivation, and in daylight! The Dart populaire that we will offer must be a minimum of 120 km and take place over an 8 hour time period and can be used toward the P-12 award. Teams should start at 9:00AM and finish by 5:00PM. 

    The target for the Dart is the Pike Restaurant and Tap House in Gettysburg, PA, where the teams will join together for a post-ride dinner and exchange of stories. Sunrise will be at 7:36AM and sunset at 6:09PM, so teams can ride entirely in daylight. For any riders that plan to stay in Gettysburg on Saturday night and ride back to the DC area on Sunday, the Comfort Suites Near Gettysburg Battlefield Visitor Center is right next to the Pike Restaurant, and many other hotels are located within a short distance. However, Gettysburg is busy in October, so you should make reservations as soon as possible.

     The Dart populaire has rules that are somewhat different, and perhaps even more arcane, than those for a standard brevet. Rules for the Dart populaire are here. Some of them are summarized as follows:

    • Each team must consist of three to five bicycles. (Note that a tandem counts as a single bicycle, so teams will sometimes contain more than five riders.)

    • The traditional Dart route starts at some distant location and then heads for the target, but a loop route is also allowed, as long as the start location is far enough from the finish to be considered as a different postal zone.

    • As in a standard brevet, the routes must contain control locations chosen so that the shortest bicycle-legal route through the controls is equal to at least the minimum distance. However, the Dart has an additional requirement that one of the controls must occur exactly 2 hours before the scheduled finish and be at least 25 km from the finish. That control would be 6 hours after the start of the Dart populaire.

    Each team must have a captain who is responsible for designing the route and submitting it for approval. Captains should carefully read the rules first. The schedule will be:

    October 2: Applications from captains due to the organizer (Bill Beck) including 1) 2021 Dart team captain regform, 2) 2021 Dart route application. The route information can be submitted electronically to william.a.beck@gmail.com in PDF, MS Word, or MS Excel format. Route files from RWGPS will also be appreciated, but not required.

    October 16: Final rosters with 2021 Tracking Form due to organizer. Deadline for final route approval.

    October 16: Control cards submitted to organizer for approval. (Organizer can help generate these, if desired.) We may omit this step, EPP is acceptable for the Dart.

    October 30: Dart

    Team captains are responsible for making sure that their team members have registered.

    Please contact Bill Beck (william.a.beck@gmail.com) with any questions. We also have many experienced fleche captains in the club who would be excellent sources of advice. If you are thinking of forming a team or looking for a team to join, the dcrand listserve is one good way to connect with other riders.

  • Flatbread 20011-06-2021 07:0019 Registered

    11-06-2021
    07:00
    EST
    11-06-2021
    20:20
    03-03-2021 06:00
    11-05-2021 12:00
    205
    RUSA 200
    Flat
    13:20
    Sunrise at 7:40:24 AM Sunset at 6:04:07 PM

    Gardner DUVALL
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    Michael BINNIX

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    Good Guys Pizza
    219 East Water Street
    Centreville, MD

    $7.00

    Flatbread is a DCRand November classic.  Our flattest and fastest route, Flatbread makes for a festive day in the saddle.

  • Woodbine - Gettysburg 10011-13-2021 08:001 Registered

    11-13-2021
    08:00
    EST
    11-13-2021
    16:48
    10-23-2021 12:57
    11-12-2021 12:00
    132
    RUSA 100
    Rolling
    8:48
    Sunrise at 6:48:08 AM Sunset at 4:57:47 PM

    William BECK
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    McDonalds Woodbine
    702 Lisbon Center Dr
    Woodbine, MD 21797

    $7.00

    The Woodbine - Gettysburg populaire is the first in a fall series of DCRand populaires.  

    Woodbine-Gettysburg passes through rolling Carroll County farmland to Gettysburg. Lynn Kristianson sometimes said that if you wanted to picture the terrain of Paris-Brest-Paris, ride through Carroll County, and I think that’s largely true. The route passes through New Windsor at mile 16, where the best resupply/restroom option is a 7-Eleven about a half-mile off-route to the right along Main St (restroom is near the back office but ask the clerk and they’ll point it out). It then passes through Taneytown at mile 26, where there is a Sunoco/Subway (with restroom, key required) about a hundred yards to the right on MD140 as the route turns left. The route crosses into PA at mile 31 before entering the battlefield at mile 36, where a pair of port-a-johns are conveniently located.

    The route goes north through the battlefield along Cemetery Ridge and along what were the Union lines on the third day of the battle. After passing the large PA Memorial, it passes “The Angle”, which was the focal point of Pickett’s Charge and what some call the “highwater mark of the Confederacy.” The route then leaves the battlefield to pass through the town of Gettysburg where there is a 7-Eleven (no restroom) at mile 39. After passing near the Lutheran Seminary, the route follows Seminary Ridge along the Confederate lines of the third day of the battle, and the starting point of Pickett’s Charge. Finally, at the south end of the battlefield, the route passes the launching point for the attack on Little Round Top on the second day of the battle, before climbing the flank of Big Round Top and exiting the battlefield at the site of the famous defense of Little Round Top by the 20th Maine.

    The route follows almost the same outbound route back to Woodbine. The Taneytown Sunoco/Subway (with restroom) will be a hundred yards farther on MD140 when the route turns right onto Trevanion Rd near mile 55. The New Windsor 7-Eleven (with restroom) will be about a half mile off-route to the left when the route crosses Main St. around mile 64. But at mile 67, the route deviates from the outbound path and takes a pretty, but hilly, path along Buffalo, Roop, and Watersville Rds. Be ready to shift to your lowest gears when you cross the railroad tracks at mile 79 and make the left to remain on Watersville Rd! But the reward for these climbs is a brisk 1-mile descent along Old Frederick Rd.  to the finish back in Woodbine.

  • High-Low HoCo11-20-2021 08:001 Registered

    11-20-2021
    08:00
    EST
    11-20-2021
    14:40
    10-23-2021 13:07
    11-19-2021 12:00
    100
    RUSA 100
    Hilly
    6:40
    Sunrise at 6:55:47 AM Sunset at 4:52:54 PM

    William BECK
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    McDonalds Woodbine
    702 Lisbon Center Dr
    Woodbine, MD 21797

    $7.00

    HIgh-Low HoCo is the second in a series of fall DCRand populaires. 

    High-Low HoCo is a loop around Howard County, MD that passes by the highest point in the county near Mt. Airy and one of the lowest points at the Patapsco River in historic Ellicott City. Although staying mainly in Howard County, it passes through five counties (Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, and Frederick), four of them within a half-mile near Mt. Airy!

    Starting at the Woodbine Highs, the route heads east and trends downhill over moderate terrain to historic Ellicott City at mile 20. After a fast descent into and through the town, the route crosses the Patapsco River into Baltimore County and turns around at a Highs Store (no restroom). What goes down must come back up, so riders climb back out of the Patapsco valley through old Ellicott City on the old National Road, this time at a slower speed, allowing plenty of time to admire the old town. At mile 23, the route joins US40 for a half mile, before making a left back onto Frederick Rd. There’s a wide shoulder in this section so riding along there is fine; just be careful when you move over for the left turn.  The best option for resupply or lunch is at mile 31, just after the overpass over MD32, where there is a Royal Farms Store on the right (with a Subway slightly farther to the right) and then, after a traffic circle, a Highs Store on the left. The Royal Farms Store has a restroom with exterior entrance at the left end of the building (no key required!). At mile 34, the route follows MD97, which has a wide shoulder. But be prepared for a bridge crossing at mile 35 where the shoulder briefly disappears. After MD97, the route makes its longest excursion out of Howard County, crossing the Patuxent River into Montgomery County, and then recrossing back into HoCo a few miles later. As you might guess, each river crossing includes a decent and then climb. The final resupply/restroom option is a Shell station at mile 56, but this is only 6 miles before the finish. After you pass the gas station look to your right and you’ll see a pond – the headwaters of the South Fork of the Patapsco River. The headwaters of the Patuxent River are just 0.6 miles south. A final one-mile descent takes riders around a traffic circle to the finish.

  • Tour de Gettysburg11-27-2021 08:001 Registered

    11-27-2021
    08:00
    EST
    11-27-2021
    18:24
    10-23-2021 13:14
    11-26-2021 12:00
    156
    RUSA 100
    Hilly
    10:24
    Sunrise at 7:03:08 AM Sunset at 4:49:37 PM

    William BECK
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    McDonalds Woodbine
    702 Lisbon Center Dr
    Woodbine, MD 21797

    $7.00

    This is the last in the fall 2021 series of DCRand populaires. 

    The Tour de Gettysburg is a new route that includes a much more extensive tour of the Gettysburg battlefield than Woodbine-Gettysburg. (Thanks to Crista Borras since much of the tour was copied from her Devil’s Den route.) Starting at the Woodbine Highs, riders drop into the town of Woodbine, where the route turns west and riders warm up on a few steep hills on Flag Marsh and Watersville Rds. Moderate hills continue to Union Bridge at mile 36, where riders can resupply at a 7-Eleven (with restroom) that is a block off-route to the left on Main St. The route briefly rejoins the Woodbine-Gettysburg route in Taneytown for the final 16 miles to the Gettysburg National Military Park.

    The battlefield tour includes many famous and important sites. The route enters the battlefield between Big and Little Round Tops, at the site of the famous bayonet charge by the 20th Maine to defend the end of the Union Line at Little Round Top. It then passes Devil’s Den and nearby Slaughter Pen before passing the Wheatfield. After passing the Gettysburg National Military Park visitor’s center, it goes to Spangler’s Spring and Culp’s Hill before entering the town of Gettysburg, where there is a 7-Eleven (no restroom) at mile 76 that can be used for fast resupply. Or there are many other eating options in the town that are only slightly off-route. The battlefield tour continues with a loop to the northwest of town through sites from the first day of the battle, including Oak Hill where the Eternal Light Peace Memorial is now located, and then a trip past the Lutheran Seminary and down Seminary Ridge along Confederate Lines during the third day of the battle. The Virginia monument is close to the location where Gen. Robert E. Lee met soldiers retreating from the failed Pickett’s Charge on the third day. Finally, at the south end of the battlefield, the route passes the launching point for the attack on Little Round Top on the second day of the battle, before climbing the flank of Big Round Top and exiting the battlefield where it entered between Big and Little Round Tops.

    The return route to Woodbine follows a somewhat different path than outbound, but again passes through Union Bridge at mile 123, with resupply available at the 7-Eleven that is a block off-route to the right on Main St. It finishes with the same hilly 15-mile section as Woodbine-Gettysburg ,  with the welcome mile-long descent on Old Frederick Rd to the finish.

  • Iron Brigade 20012-04-2021 07:004 Registered

    12-04-2021
    07:00
    EST
    12-04-2021
    20:20
    03-03-2021 09:15
    12-03-2021 12:00
    202
    RUSA 200
    Hilly
    13:20
    Sunrise at 7:09:55 AM Sunset at 4:48:03 PM

    William BECK
    Email William

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    McDonalds Woodbine
    702 Lisbon Center Dr
    Woodbine, MD 21797

    $7.00

    Iron Brigade is a new 200k by Bill Beck, from the DCRand traditional December Woodbine, MD start/finish.  The route heads first to historic Ellicott City, but not so far that flooding is a risk!  Then we head across lovely western Howard County and up to Emittsburg.  Then we'll go down to Thurmont, and back to Woodbine on a unique path that skips the Waterville climbs.

  • Mason Dixon 120006-09-2022 05:00None Registered

    06-09-2022
    05:00
    EST
    06-12-2022
    23:00
    12-01-2021 00:00
    03-01-2022 00:00
    1200
    RM 1200
    Hilly
    90:00
    Sunrise at 5:41:24 AM Sunset at 8:34:27 PM

    Gardner DUVALL
    Email Gardner

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    Comfort Suites
    80 Prosperity Ave SE
    Leesburg, Virginia 20175

    Registration is not open

    SAG Service Available
    Overnight Ride
    Social Gathering Before/After



    The Mason Dixon 1200k travels country roads through places where US Civil War factories hummed, crops grew, slaves reached freedom, and critical battles raged.  The route includes the Blue Ridge and South mountains, Shenandoah Valley, the iconic Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields, and Pennsylvania Dutch Country, all in the Mason Dixon region that functionally separated Union and Confederate territories.  Our website is full of information about the Civil War history of this land, prominently including social history like the Underground Railroad.

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