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Old 10-03-16, 11:27 AM
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Black Bear Century ride reviews?

Has anyone ever done this ride? Black Bear Century Ride - Neptune Spear Sports

Thoughts and reviews? Wondering how the support, road markings, and HILLS are.
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Old 10-03-16, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Doug S.
Has anyone ever done this ride? Black Bear Century Ride - Neptune Spear Sports

Thoughts and reviews? Wondering how the support, road markings, and HILLS are.


Done the 88 mile route a couple of times. The hills on that route are manageable. If you do one of the longer routes to High Point be prepared for a tough climb up to the park. The last 12 or so miles are mostly flat to down hill. Mostly. Road markings are fine. It's sort of hard to get lost in the Delaware Water Gap Nat'l Recreation Area portion of the ride since there are not many places to turn.


Cannot comment on the support now that this guy has taken over the event from the original founders, who retired a few years ago. They were burned out, so I don't think it will be worse.


Wouldn't expect too many fall colors due to the dry summer. I just toured through there a few weeks ago on a ride from VT to Philly and things were starting to go straight to brown.


I am actually going to be camping in Worthington State Forest this weekend for some hiking and possibly paddling. The latter portion of the ride on Old Mine Rd. heading towards the I-80 bridge goes right past the campground. Make sure you obey the seemingly misplaced traffic light on that road. That short section is road is extremely narrow and traffic is uni-directional, controlled by the light. You don't want to be heading down while traffic is coming in the other direction.
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That is a pretty expensive ride. I have never done the Seagull Century but this is almost the same as that.
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I think their numbers have been falling. I would not be surprised if the ride does not survive.
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For event rides, I locate route maps on ridewithgps, using "site:ridewithgps.com". (Assuming the same, or similar route each year.)

Google: Black Bear Century Ride site:ridewithgps.com

Here's the century route. 7000 feet of climbing in 107 miles, that's "hilly". Looks like a lot of small, rolling hills and a few big climbs.

ridewithgps grades can be sometimes inaccurate on short, steep climbs, or on the steepest bits of easier climbs. But the climb statistics are useful. See the Metrics tab on the right side, and drag to select a section of the route.

For example, at the big climb, mile 49.9 to 55.6, the Metrics tab on the right side says:

Selected distance: 6.0 mi
Elevation: + 1285 / - 93 ft
Max Grade: 9.1 %
Avg. Grade: 3.9 %

The climb at mile 88 looks steeper, with a lot of it at 8% to 10% grade. But it gets easier on the top section. It's about 500 feet elevation gain.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz
I think their numbers have been falling. I would not be surprised if the ride does not survive.

That might be because of their entry fee. I don't think you would get repeat riders at that price but instead just riders who would say "yes I did that ride.
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Originally Posted by Zurichman2
That might be because of their entry fee. I don't think you would get repeat riders at that price but instead just riders who would say "yes I did that ride.
Yeah. It has gone up over the years. What happened is this: It was originally put on by a group that used the proceeds for some good cause. Can't remember what that was. Then, shortly before the event a few years ago, the people that ran it, who were old, called it quits. IIRC, they bailed only a few weeks before the event. The ride still went on, but it was disorganized. Now, I believe it's run by someone who is using it to make a profit, hence the increased fee.
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