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Old 04-26-10, 07:28 AM   #1
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Chester County PA Century May 22

I've committed to doing a Century on May 22nd. It will be around the scenic roads of Chester and Berks County PA. Leave from Phoenixville PA. Rolling Hills, beautiful scenery.

Support will be Mrs Stevel610 driving head and convenience store stops. Non-fat tire bikes recommend. I ride a 1985 Steel framed Schwinn so high tech not needed. 12-14 miles per hour. Let me know if you'd like to join me.

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Old 04-26-10, 08:22 AM   #2
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hmm. Will ask my boss. What time / where are you starting? I'll be coming up from DC if I come...
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I'd love to go but the 22nd is our local Tour de Cure.

Good luck and happy riding!
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I've committed to doing a Century on May 22nd. It will be around the scenic roads of Chester and Berks County PA. Leave from Phoenixville PA. Rolling Hills, beautiful scenery.

Support will be Mrs Stevel610 driving head and convenience store stops. Non-fat tire bikes recommend. I ride a 1985 Steel framed Schwinn so high tech not needed. 12-14 miles per hour. Let me know if you'd like to join me.

Steve
Steve, what's the farthest that you've ridden in the area? If you haven't done at least a metric on those rolling hills you might want to think twice about a century.

I had done the LCBC Covered Bridges metric a couple years ago and thought that I'd be good to go on a local metric. I was so badly cramped by those rollers that I had to be sagged after about 45 miles. The next spring, after spending 4 days a week with "Coach Troy" on the trainer I STILL had to opt for the shorter route on the SCU Quad County (and I had brought plenty of gels as well as real food at the rest stops). Those rolling hills are just killers if you haven't got the training riding them.

Plan on about ten hours, man, and good luck
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"Non-fat tire bikes recommend. "

I know. Done a Metric on them and you're right it can be a beehive.... I'll plan some of the route near local rivers to keep it reasonable. The objective is to finish after all!

We'll begin by 8:30 to allow 8 hours to finish by late afternoon or early evening if it takes longer. As Zoste said, not easy, but definitely do able.
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"Non-fat tire bikes recommend. "

I know. Done a Metric on them and you're right it can be a beehive.... I'll plan some of the route near local rivers to keep it reasonable. The objective is to finish after all!

We'll begin by 8:30 to allow 8 hours to finish by late afternoon or early evening if it takes longer. As Zoste said, not easy, but definitely do able.
Yep...take it easy, rest often, stay hydrated...and, most importantly: enjoy the ride! It IS beautiful country, especially in the spring.

Steve, I'd be interested in seeing the route if you're going to plan it on "mapmyride" or "bikeroutetoaster".
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"Non-fat tire bikes recommend. "

I know. Done a Metric on them and you're right it can be a beehive.... I'll plan some of the route near local rivers to keep it reasonable. The objective is to finish after all!

We'll begin by 8:30 to allow 8 hours to finish by late afternoon or early evening if it takes longer. As Zoste said, not easy, but definitely do able.
I'm at the Tour de Cure in Boiling Springs that weekend.

Look at the PA Bike S and L routes. From Phoenixville following the S route to the intersection with the L is 20 miles, some of it near-flat along French Creek. There's a long climb to the L route just before Elverson. Turn left onto the L route and its hilly for a few miles before it settles down as you approach Coatesville.

Also, look for the routes used for the French Creek Iron Tour. Might give you some ideas.
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Your the man Neil!
So I've heard.

Here's a draft route I put together:

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/413175

I started from the Dog Park in Monte Clare, assuming you'd have people driving to the start. There's a large parking lot there. It also gives you a couple of miles along the river.

I've sent you through a part of Phoenixville with some nice older buildings before you hit the countryside once you enter Kimberton. Getting around the mountain means taking Old Kimberton and Art School Roads. South of 401 I'm winging it. I tried to route you on side roads where possible.

Coatesville seemed a good place for a pit stop before the long trudge back to P-ville. Once you reach Eleverson, you are on PA Bike Route S, and you get a NICE sustained downhill for two miles. The route switches to Pughtown Road, and turns onto French Creek Road and eventually across the Kennedy bridge back into Kimberton. (Note, you will ride in the wrong direction on Creek Road for a half-mile. I do it all the time, since I'd rather avoid the lung-buster climb I'd otherwise have.) Then it's back to Phoenixville, avoiding the Rt. 23/113 area, but following Bridge Street though the downtown. One last loop in Monte Clare, and it's back to the start.
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Awsome! 5300 feet of climbing-yeoh!
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