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Old 07-23-12, 02:00 PM   #1
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Need a Century or long multiday ride

I do the MS150 city to shore ride every year. Last year I did the century option as I am doing again this year. I would like to incorporate another century or two day distance event to my yearly calendar. It seems that all of the centuries that I know about occur on the same day or very close to the MS150 event. I am looking for something in June and October.

Can anyone recommend a century or multiday event(2-3 days ~150-200 miles) for the PA,DE,NJ,MD area?
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Check the websites of larger local bike stores and local bike clubs and you should find a fairly complete listing of events.

If you're so inclined, adding a couple of 200k randonneuring rides in there might be a nice change.
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I"m gonna give this one a shot, but it's Sept 9th.

http://phillybikeclub.org/newbcp/eve...omepage_12.php
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I do the MS150 city to shore ride every year. Last year I did the century option as I am doing again this year. I would like to incorporate another century or two day distance event to my yearly calendar. It seems that all of the centuries that I know about occur on the same day or very close to the MS150 event. I am looking for something in June and October.

Can anyone recommend a century or multiday event(2-3 days ~150-200 miles) for the PA,DE,NJ,MD area?
The Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey has an annual event called The Ramapo Rally, which is on Aug. 19th and includes a century option. While not "overly" hilly, the century's definitely not what you would call flat. I just bring that up because a lot of centuries in the Northeast are held on coastal areas like Long Island or the NJ or CT shore where there's not a lot of climbing. You can get more info on it at www.btcnj.com. But it's a nice ride, the support is good and the club donates a good portion of their proceeds to a local charity that helps the developmentally disabled.
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Why not just get on your bike and go ride?
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Uh, I do that every day. I like supported rides too. It provides motivation for me to train 40, 50, 60 mile rides. I have a hard time getting motivated for the long training rides if I don't have an event looming.
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Check the websites of larger local bike stores and local bike clubs and you should find a fairly complete listing of events.

If you're so inclined, adding a couple of 200k randonneuring rides in there might be a nice change.
Are randonneuring rides supported with food and drink?
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Oxon Hill Bike Club has a lengthy list of most of the big organized rides in the region. http://ohbike.org/events/index.htm
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Are randonneuring rides supported with food and drink?
Mostly not, but of course, controles are usually at convenience stores and the like, so it's not like you're lugging all of your food and water from the start. This way you can eat whatever you choose instead of eating whatever the organizer decided you'd want.
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Are randonneuring rides supported with food and drink?
I think that's kind of variable. Here in my area, "no". Generally, the control points are convenience stores and you just buy what you need as you go along. I understand that some of the Seattle-area events are more supported. In any case, the local club organizing it should be able to fill you in on how they work things. Something else that's pretty variable is the degree to which groups ride together- in some places, it's every man for himself, in other places, closer to a group ride.
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