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Old 09-07-06, 06:43 PM   #1
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Harrisburg PA - Three Creeks Century

FYI, east coasters . . . a very nice, well-supported ride - complete with chicken corn noodle soup and baked goods

Anyone riding, let me know - sure would be great to see some fellow BF'ers!

Beth

Three Creek Century coming up on Sept. 17

The Harrisburg Bicycle Club will be holding its annual Century
Ride, the Three Creek Century, starting from LeTort Park in
Carlisle, PA on Sunday, September 17th. The ride is open to club
members and non-members alike. Last year there were over 400
riders.

This is not a race but rather a leisurely ride through the scenic
Cumberland Valley where you will find backcountry roads connecting
tumbling trout streams, forested hills, and the open meadows for
which the area is known. Families are encouraged to join the ride.
Most of the routes offer gentle terrain, although one of the 25 mile
routes contains some challenging hills.

Routes of 100, 75, 50, and 25-mile lengths are available. Cue
sheets are provided for all routes as well as markings on the road
to guide the riders on the routes. In addition, the routes are
patrolled by vehicle to offer help to any riders who may require
it. A cell phone number is provided so a rider can call for
assistance.

Rest stops are included at approximately 25 mile intervals to
provide food and drink to the riders. There is an after the event
picnic including hot dogs, chicken corn soup, drinks, homemade
cookies, etc. for all riders.

Walk in registrations are available on the day of the event. Cost of
registration is $20 ($7.50 for 16 & under). Registration forms and
directions are also available from www.harrisburgbicycleclub.org.
Participants under the age of 18 must have the signature of a parent
or legal guardian to ride in the event. Helmets are required for
all participants.

Rides open at 7:00 a.m.

The event is held rain or shine.
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Old 09-14-06, 06:16 AM   #2
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Beth,

Thanks for the link - sounds great, and just what I've been looking for, but.... I have already made other plans for this Sunday, but I will keep this in mind for future rides. I get up to the Carlisle area several times a year and think that is a nice area to ride in.

thanks again
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Wish I had known sooner, as I may have been able to free up some time to get up there. At this point I wont be in bed too early on saturday. Not really that far from me. I have never ridden 100 miles, only 70 but would probably have given it a try. I have sunday off, but I need atleast 3 weeks notice to get my brain wrapped around the idea of being up that early.
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ah hell, I have monday off. Not much of an excuse now. Ill give it some extra thought and see if my brain is willing to deal with getting up early enough to drive up there.
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If anyone is looking to start around 8:30 or 9:00 let me know. I am interested but don't really want to do it alone and since I will be coming down from State College I can't get there much earlier.

Looking for a 15-16 mph avg pace...maybe a bit faster depending on the terrain.
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If anyone is looking to start around 8:30 or 9:00 let me know. I am interested but don't really want to do it alone and since I will be coming down from State College I can't get there much earlier.

Looking for a 15-16 mph avg pace...maybe a bit faster depending on the terrain.
Grasschopper,

I won't be riding it, and couldn't keep up with you if I did, but a couple of comments.

It is my understanding that the route shares much with the Tour de Cure metric century I rode, and I completed it in a reasonable (for me) time. There was only one real climb on the tour de cure, and I don't know, but my guess is that you would be able to keep a pretty good pace in that specific area. I was in slightly better condition for that ride than I was for Lancaster due to lack of saddle time in between, so take this with a grain of salt.

From my recollection, there is less climbing than the Lancaster ride. Plenty of rollers to keep it interesting, and the scenery is better than the half of the Lancaster ride I did.

I hope you get a chance to ride in that part of Central PA.
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Well, im not sure if im going yet and 15-16 mph over 100 miles on a mountain bike may be a bit fast for me. I could do that over an hour or two, if the terrain was friendly, but beyond that, I would probably drop off the pace. Im still not sure if im going yet. I was planning on doing a long ride sunday, which is reason Im considering this one.
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Well, im not sure if im going yet and 15-16 mph over 100 miles on a mountain bike may be a bit fast for me. I could do that over an hour or two, if the terrain was friendly, but beyond that, I would probably drop off the pace. Im still not sure if im going yet. I was planning on doing a long ride sunday, which is reason Im considering this one.
Yea that isn't really a MTB pace...At this point I am not sure I am coming down...I will probably just go out solo and do some good climbing on a shorter loop in my own back yard.
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Yea that isn't really a MTB pace...At this point I am not sure I am coming down...I will probably just go out solo and do some good climbing on a shorter loop in my own back yard.
I'll be starting at about 7:30 or so - sorry for the early start, Grasschopper! - anyone who's coming in to ride, shoot me a pm and we'll plan to meet.

John, hope you change your mind and give the early start a go - while I don't know the entire route, I'm familiar with sections of it, and it really is good riding. I hear the one 25 mile section has some respectable climbs, but the remaining 50 and 25 are flatter than the Lancaster ride.

Nice weather, too - should be a great ride.

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Did a mapquest of this thing and found it to be 103 mi from my house. So ill have to skip the short notice on this one and ride to manyunk instead. to anyone going, I hope you have a great time.
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Should be a really nice day. See Ya bright and early Beth
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Should be a really nice day. See Ya bright and early Beth
Not if I see you first (nyuk nyuk )

But then again . . . I don't know which Bill you are unless you tell me . . .

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Sunday forecast: Mostly sunny after some morning fog. Highs in the low 80's. Winds WNW 5 - 10 mph.

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Beth,
The Harrisburg Bike Club is to be congratulated on a very well run event. At first I didn't think much of the way the rides were set up with just three different rides all starting and ending at the park, but it turned out to work really well.
First I did the 50 mile option and I must have had the wind to my back the whole time because I finished with an average speed of 17.6, which is way above my normal speed. That made me feel pretty good so I did the hilly 25 and ended up with an average speed of 16, which is closer to my normal speed. After finishing that one I decided, "no guts no glory" so I tackled the flat 25 and actually went slower on that than the hilly route, finishing with an average speed of 15.7.
One of the nice things about ending up back at the park after each leg was that after finishing the first 25 mile route I was able to change from my long sleeve wool jersey to a short sleeve top, that was nice.
After fininishing up I scarfed down a couple of hotdogs and some cookies and headed home.
My only suggestion for next year is to have ice cold soda at the park, how can you eat hot dogs without soda?
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PaPedaler -

Thanks; I'll pass your kind words on! Did you also like the custom-ordered weather?

Sure wish I'd known you were out there somewhere - perhaps I saw you, said good morning, and didn't know it. What was your timetable? We did the 50 miler, leaving about 7:45. We stopped briefly at the falls in Newville, then continued on - averaging 18.6 for the first 50. The pace was fast - really pushed my limits. I'm not sure what time we got in . . .

So next we did the hilly 25 (after a coupla spoonfuls of soup . . . mmmmmmm - but not too much, didn't want to lose it on the hills ). I really expected our average to drop considerably, but the pace stayed high (thanks to my friends Phil and Billho (see above). We came back in with our 75 mile average at 17.5 - not bad, still felt pretty good.

Made a quick stop at the park once again, and headed out to finish it off. You're right - even though it was a relatively flat 25, my legs were feeling every single increase in grade. We finished with a final average of 17.4, riding time total 5:45 (with stops, we were out for 6-1/2 hours). I was really happy with the pace - even though the last few miles my quads were telling me NO MORE.

The folks who organized the route, stops, food, sag, etc. are great people - conscientious, well-organized, and very proud of the project. I was talking to the guy who designed the route - he went out last evening and personally drove every mile, sweeping some corners free of gravel and debris. Good people, good food, great weather, and all in all a fantastic day! Glad you had a good time -

Some photos: one, our group for the day, the other my best cycling bud and I (I'm on the right - the one with the bad, 100 mile hair)

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I got to the park around 7 and hit the road about 7:15 for the 50 miler. It probably would have been smarter to leave a little later because there were a lot of cyclist on the roads at that hour and it took a while for the crowds to die down.
One of my favorite sights were the two Amish or Mennonite boys out riding their bikes, which is not unusual, but both of them had aerobars on their bikes. Maybe they were the next Floyd Landis.
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I got to the park around 7 and hit the road about 7:15 for the 50 miler. It probably would have been smarter to leave a little later because there were a lot of cyclist on the roads at that hour and it took a while for the crowds to die down.
One of my favorite sights were the two Amish or Mennonite boys out riding their bikes, which is not unusual, but both of them had aerobars on their bikes. Maybe they were the next Floyd Landis.
I wasn't too far behind you. By the time we pulled out at 7:45, there wasn't a crowd at all. We pretty much had the road to ourselves much of the way, and met some really nice folks who were keeping a similar pace. One guy we didn't know joined our little group about 20 miles into the 50, and ended up staying with us the whole day - he was a terrific addition, we were glad to have met him.

We did end up having to shake off a couple of guys who latched onto our line and kept darting through the group, without so much as an "on your left", or worse yet "on your right". Dangerous pair, like a couple of gadflies. One of them cut me off on a downhill curve - that was enough for me.

In many ways this ride was far better than the Covered Bridge ride. . . sorry Lancaster! I'll always love that ride, it's in my home territory - but this one was better prepared and supported. Maybe I can encourage this year's Covered bridge riders to switch venues and join me at the Creeks next year

We have a couple of good fall rides scheduled in the coming weeks - one from Hershey to Lititz (various pace levels); another in late Oct. to 3 wineries (most likely touring pace); and the Apple Butter Boil ride above Hbg. If interested, let me know - you're welcome to join us.

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