Northeast - Hub-and-spoke tours in Delmarva?
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01-11-12, 05:47 AM
The good news is, I've gotten other friends and family members interest in cycling to the point that there's talk of a cycling vacation.
The bad news is, to make this work we would need to find rides that can accomodate a wide range of endurance levels. Ideally, if one person needs a rest day, other folks can still ride and re-converge back at the same B&B that night.
So I'm looking for suggestions for a hub-and-spoke style tour, someplace flat within 3 hours drive of DC. Suggestions and pointers to web resources welcomed....
Are you looking for a "tour company" tour, or to put something together yourself? I don't know of any formal tours in that area (not to say there aren't any), but I've done some riding and bike camping in Delmarva. A good "hub" might be Princess Anne, a pretty little town with some buildings of historical interest, and some B&Bs (I've never stayed in any of them, though.) Historic Furnace Town, near Snow Hill, is about a 30-mile ride away, Deale Island is probably a bit closer, should be able to put together some nice/interesting rides starting from there. Everything is flat in Delmarva, so no worries there.
01-11-12, 07:57 AM
Are you looking for a "tour company" tour, or to put something together yourself?
Looking to put something together myself. Thanks for the info!
01-11-12, 12:25 PM
If you want to try an organized event, there's the Tour de Chesapeake in Mathews County, VA, in early May.
Beautiful, flat, all rural county surrounded by the bay on 3 sides. The highest elevation in the county is probably not over 20 feet. Routes are 5 loops of various lengths from the courthouse. By combining loops you can get rides anywhere from 5 miles to 65 miles. More if you are ambitious.
It's a very relaxed, friendly event. It's new enough that it hasn't been swamped by crowds, like the Seagull Century or BYN5B have been. The rest stops were stocked with a lot of home baked goods. The people in Mathews really turn out to support the event.
Checking their website for the upcoming ride, I see they've added a 100 mile option.
That will probably make it the flattest century in the US.
Kent County MD (Chestertown) has a good map of bike routes on the county website. Roads are flat and decent shoulders, as of a few years ago. Off the beaten paths from DC to shore, so roads are relatively quiet.
There are large organized rides from the Salisbury MD area (Seagull Century and I think a MS150 ride) - if you could find cue sheets from prior years, you could use those to put together several day rides. I believe the Snow Hill and Princess Anne areas would be in there. The Annapolis and Baltimore bike clubs may have something useful in their cue sheet libraries.
The View Trail 100 maps might be helpful, too.
01-13-12, 10:53 AM
You and your friends should check out "Kent County Spring Fling" held every May in Chestertown MD by the Baltimore Bicycle Club. You will have a great time. If registration is full, let me know & I can send copies of cue sheets from previous years. They have dozens of routes mapped out.
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