We’ve got a nice mellow one coming up: our 166K populaire is this Saturday, starting 8 AM at the Oakland end of the EFT.
This route is fairly friendly, as the latter third is as close to flat as one can find in these here parts. We start in town, then make our way up Noblestown Rd to Carnegie; follow Ewing/Ridge Rd to cut through the Bayer campus near Robinson, then follow Old Steubenville Pike to Florence. From there, we head south through Burgettstown, Hickory, and Houston on our way to Mingo Creek Park; there, we make our way to Monongahela, PA, and a return along the Mon to pick up the GAP in McKeesport.
The populaire is free, but, if you’re not already a member of the WPW, it’s a $20 membership fee. (Note that, if you choose to ride a brevet later in the year, we waive the fee for the first brevet to offset the club membership cost.)
Walk-ins are welcome, but, if you contact Jon Webb by Wednesday, you get a personalized brevet card rather than a soulless mass-produced one. ;-)
Also, as @byogman points out, this is a great opportunity to rack up some Endomondo points en masse.
Sweet sassy molassey, I have been jonesin for a good long distance ride for nearly a month now, but work and life have stopped me from getting that fix. I might just break my old-school, super sexy, steel (work in progress) road bike out of the stable for this one. I just need to finish tweaking the handlebar & brake-hood positioning…
I am doing the 166k at a conversational pace if anyone is interested. It will be my longest ride of the year so I am not looking to break any records. Generally speaking, old ladies using walkers pass me on hills but I can keep a decent clip on flats.
Next up: not for the faint of heart, our Allegheny Highlands 200K is being offered on Saturday June 15th, starting in Ohiopyle.
This one’s tough: Sugarloaf (both directions), Mt Davis, and climbing back out of Cumberland, as well as dirt and gravel roads, a bit of limestone, massive windmills, and some traditional SW PA road riding.
Next up is Pittsburgh-Weirton-Pittsburgh, a 200K. See http://pittsburghrandonneurs.com/event/summer-200k/ for more info. Please email me at Gmail if you plan to ride, and I would appreciate payment via PayPal by Wednesday. Both ids are the same as my username here.