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Old 04-01-10, 06:06 AM   #1
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Looking for a Metric Century in NE USA

I am looking for anyone who has done a metric century somewhere in Northeast US (Pa through Maine). Myself and a couple of buddies are looking to do one in August or September. I am hoping someone would have done one they can recommend. I found a few online but would rather know beforehand from someone with experience.

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Old 04-01-10, 06:45 AM   #2
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I don't have first hand knowledge, but I think some other members have completed the Covered Bridge Metric in Lancaster County PA. August 15th 2010. Hopefully they will chime in with their experiences.

I am planning on riding it this year.
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If you want to do one sooner rather than later you are welcome to join my Tour de Cure team, just follow the information in my signature to join up.

If you don't want to drive to south central PA, go to tour.diabetes.org and check for one near you. Also, the MS150 is an awesome charity ride to attend. Both will require you to do some fundraising though. For something a little more local I would advise you to look up a local(ish) bike club and ask them for recommendations in your area.
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White Clay Bicycle Club in Delaware has the Delaware Double Cross at the end of June.

West Chester has the Dog Daze in mid August.

Bicycle Club of Philadelphia has the Scenic Schuylkill Century in September.
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I've done the Covered Bridges Metric twice. This is a big ride...something over 3,000 cyclists. You pretty much don't even need a cue sheet because there won't be too much time when you can't see another cyclist.

Some scenes:









The course is fairly flat, with only a few hills...my Garmin pegs it as 2900 feet, though I think the Garmin is over by 50%.

Some BF members think the ride is over-hyped, but I had a great time both years.

There is a Hampton Inn that is, quite literally, within walking distance of the start/finish area.
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Zoste - any covered bridges out there in AZ?

I remember your post from the fall. Nice pics. I am looking forward to it.
Of course I have the TdC first.
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Zoste - any covered bridges out there in AZ?
None around Tucson...I guess that wood was too precious.

There are about a dozen in other parts of the state, but it would be more than a metric just to get to them

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I remember your post from the fall. Nice pics. I am looking forward to it.
Of course I have the TdC first.
Thanks! I really enjoyed that ride. It's one of the things I'll miss...along with cheesesteaks and TastyKakes.

Good luck on the TdC.
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along with cheesesteaks and TastyKakes.
We'll have to figure out an exchange ratio for tasykakes to a local Tucson delicacy. I'll send you a box or two in the mail if the cravings get too bad.
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We'll have to figure out an exchange ratio for tasykakes to a local Tucson delicacy. I'll send you a box or two in the mail if the cravings get too bad.
Local Tucson delicacy might be fish tacos...but they probably don't travel as well as Tastykakes
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I've done the Covered Bridges Metric twice. This is a big ride...something over 3,000 cyclists. You pretty much don't even need a cue sheet because there won't be too much time when you can't see another cyclist.





Some BF members think the ride is over-hyped, but I had a great time both years.
I rode the Covered Bridges Metric a few years back and enjoyed the ride. (Ugly jersey that year but bought one anyhow.) Yes, I recommend the ride.

However, if you do plan on riding it, be aware that what looks like mud on the road -- often times isn't mud.

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I rode the Covered Brides Metric a few years back and enjoyed the ride. (Ugly jersey that year but bought one anyhow.) Yes, I recommend the ride.

However, if you do plan on riding it, be aware that what looks like mud on the road -- often times isn't mud.


Very true...after all, it IS Amish horse and buggy country. Two years ago someone had chalked on the blacktop "Horse **** Metric"
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Ahh yes, the Lancaster metric is one of my favorite rides as well. The route is very pleasant, and the folks I've met while participating the same. You travel rolling country roads, have water stops about every 10 - 15 miles, and a nice lunch stop around the halfway point. I think it's only $15 to register for this one as well. The only flak I've heard about this ride is that the water stops have only water, or Gatorade. No crackers, cookies, and things like that, but to me it's no big issue considering the entry fee. I can carry enough of those in my pockets for 30 miles anyhoo. You'll get more than enough to eat at the lunch stop to fuel up for the last 30. Oh, and did I mention, I've met a lot of us Bike Forum folks while there as well. Good Times!!!
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