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    PA: Tour de Chocolate Town

    Has anyone done this?
    http://www.tourdechocolatetown.com/index.php

    I'm curious how the elevation/climbing is. From what I remember, I'd guess it is mostly rolling hills. The site says to check back for maps, I wonder when they'll be available.
    At $40, it sounds like a good deal. Do they close any roads and/or restrict traffic? Or are you pretty much handed a map, there are some signs, and you fend for yourself?

    Although I now live in AZ, I'm from PA and have family there. Could be kinda cool to go back, visit, do the ride, etc.

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    I lived right outside Hershey until I moved to Florida this past fall. I never did the actual event, but I did ride the route. It's not bad at all. Mostly rolling. I only remember one longer climb. I know that doesn't exactly answer your questions, but I will say this - it's a really nice area to ride in and I would bet worth every penny.
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    Don't know how it will go. But I'm planning on attending. Not sure if I'll do the 35 miles on the road bike or do the 17 on my Langster fixed gear. I'll decide after the end of April. I'll have a better idea of my conditioning then.

    Mark Shuman

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    They finally have maps and elevation guides posted:
    http://www.tourdechocolatetown.com/r...course_map.php

    Now the tough question...do I want to do the 100 or the 62.5. The courses look exactly the same, except that the 100 has that loop around Mt Joy. Why do I have a feeling that I'll develop other names for it other than Mt Joy if I take that option...

    I rode el Tour de Mesa a few weeks ago:
    http://app.strava.com/activities/47517662

    and last year I rode in el Tour de Tucson:
    http://app.strava.com/activities/28136005

    My long rides lately have been about 70-80 miles, with about 2000-2500 feet of climbing. But here in AZ, it is either one extreme or the other...flat as a pancake or crazy 3-6 mile climbs. None of this rolling stuff. Any advice which you'd take?

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    The maps are up but even when I go to the Garmin page to see the details, I cannot see the total elevation displayed... Just visually it looks like <3500 ft for the century, but does anyone know the exact number?

    Mapmyride has the 62 mi version (don't know if it's current) and it's about 1500ft for that user's route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/94861993

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    Thread resurrection! Can someone who has ridden the 62.5 or 100 mile ride contact me?

    I live in Hershey and know the roads/route (it even goes down my street), but have never done the organized event. I am looking for more info on rider safety and support for the longer legs of the ride. Is there any police presence, roving support vehicles, partial lane closures, etc...or are you out there on your own with motorists who may have had traffic jams or long waits and who may have already had it with "all the bikes" jamming the roads. I plan on starting early and trying to keep a decent pace for the 100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number400 View Post
    Thread resurrection! Can someone who has ridden the 62.5 or 100 mile ride contact me?

    I live in Hershey and know the roads/route (it even goes down my street), but have never done the organized event. I am looking for more info on rider safety and support for the longer legs of the ride. Is there any police presence, roving support vehicles, partial lane closures, etc...or are you out there on your own with motorists who may have had traffic jams or long waits and who may have already had it with "all the bikes" jamming the roads. I plan on starting early and trying to keep a decent pace for the 100.

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    From what I remember, the police presence and traffic direction were only in the beginning, obviously within the Hersey park area, but also for the first few intersections... There was actually a lady who fell approaching one of the first stop signs (it was drizzling)... After that, you are "on your own"... however, the roads are marked pretty clearly with color coded paint according to which loop you are doing, so it wasn't an issue. I did not feel the need to carry a cue sheet. Also, I kept pace with several people and was never truly riding alone for the entire length (I did the metric).

    To answer your questions, there are no lane closures or anything like that, the route is mostly country roads, but on the return, there was some traffic to deal with. I think there was a SAG number to call, but I cannot verify because I never had to use it. The rest stops were pretty reasonably spaced, not excessively far apart. They were well stocked with cool stuff like Honey Stinger treats, sports drinks, and various food items.. Even chamois butter for some reason. Everyone was very friendly and even though I came from Baltimore by myself, I made some friends doing the loop.

    Overall, despite the weather, this was a very enjoyable ride for me. If my family is willing, I would go again this year too. I will say that, the elevation was more than I had thought (My Garmin measured 3,850ft), but still very doable for my pace (avg 17mph). After the ride, there was some additional food and Hershey coupons provided.

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    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience!
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