The missus and I plan to do it again this year. Registration does not appear to be open yet (they told me April when I asked some months ago...)
I am signed up for the Livestrong ride the same day, but I am seriously thinking of blowing that off, since I don't want to spend the time raising money, and don't think the ride is worth $250 of my money... The last time I tried the Lancaster ride a few years ago, I made it to the lunch stop before I had to abandon due to some signs of heat exhaustion. I am not in better shape now, but for the first time since I moved to PA, I have been able to motivate myself to get out and ride in the spring, so I will be in better shape by August. I want this to be the first year in about 4 years that I will ride my age, and maybe a few extra miles to make it a metric century.
The God awful heat is one reason why I stopped doing it. The first time I did the ride was in the early or mid-90s. Back then, there were far fewer stops for fluids. In fact, there was the lunch stop and maybe one other stop. Now that they cap the number of riders, I won't do it. Don't want to pay the registration fee and then end up with unsuitable weather. I can ride in Lancaster Country any time I want. Got a great 75 mile route from the Shady Maple Market on PA 23 to Mt. Gretna and back. Spring and late summer/early fall are the best times to ride out that way, in part because of the lack of shade.
Registration is now open, till July 15; 2500 rider cap, $40/person.
Lancaster Bicycle Club 36th Annual Covered Bridge Metric Century | ACTIVE
I've signed up for this a couple times in the past few years, but never end up going. It's on my potential rides for this year if I'm still going to be in the country that weekend. Unfortunately, that's a tough question and I may not know the answer before the ride sells out. Oh well, I can always sign up and then transfer my registration again.
I have decided that I will give Lancaster another shot, and bypass the LiveStrong ride. So, I will do 2 covered bridge rides this year, one in Lancaster County, and one in Bucks County. The weather was better for the Bucks County ride when I went a few years ago, nice and cool. Now to figure out what distance I want to ride... I am starting the Spring out alright, so maybe I'll do the metric century. If a group from here gets together, I will probably start with the group, and watch them ride off into the distance the first time the road points upward... I won't have them wait at the rest stops as they graciously did the last time I rode, since it didn't work out... like most situations like that, the person that needs the most rest, gets the least rest. It was still a great ride, as long as it lasted.
If you have AAA they have a nice special area map "south central Pa" and on the back of it there is a good size map of Lancaster county and you can make your own schedule and route.
Haven't done this ride before but seriously considering of registering this year. Any feedback from those who have done it fairly recently? How's the support and organizational leadership of the people who put this up? How are the general condition of the route in terms of road condition and vehicular traffic? How's the SAG? Thanks everyone.
"Sometimes riding slower is the faster way to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings."
It has been a few years for me, but the support was good, including well stocked rest stop. The roads were in good condition, but that can degrade quickly, so I don't know if it is still the case. I never use the cue sheets, but they were provided, and the routes were marked well with painted arrows.
SAG was good when I used it. I rode from the lunch stop back to the start of the ride when I started getting symptoms of heat exhaustion. I didn't notice them on the road, but I suspect that that was more from me not noticing than from them not being around. As I recall, there were at least 3 SAG vehicles.
I'm riding it!