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Old 05-06-10, 08:37 AM
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COVERED BRIDGE METRIC Century VS. RAMAPO RALLY?

Anyone done both? This year they both fall on Sunday, August 15th.

I've done the CBM through flat/fast (but sunny and hot!) Amish country in Lancaster PA. It's a very pretty ride, well worth doing if you never have (search BF for old threads on lots of NE riders attending). They have a very nice finish area with massages, ice cream, vendors, prizes, music etc.

But I would also like to try something new....I've never done the Ramapo Rally.

I'd love some feedback and preferences from anyone who's ridden both.

One of my few beefs with the CBM is there are not a lot of rest stops....since there is so little shade and not a lot of stores on the route more fluids would be desirable in my book, especially in August!
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I've never done the CBM, but the Ramapo Rally is one of my favorite rides. The century route has a nice amount of climbing and a 25 mile add-on that ascends Schooley's Mountain Rd. is you are feeling really ambitious. It is mid August so no matter where you ride it's going to be hot, humid and sunny.
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Ramapo Rally

Hi. This is Joel from the Ramapo Rally. The Rally is a great ride if you like challenging rides. There are plenty of hills in Norhtern NJ especially the Watchung and Ramapo Mountains. A good percentage of the Rally riders do the century and very challenging 125. Most people do not know that there are plenty of farms, forests, lakes and hills in the Highland area . For more information checkout [URL="https://ramaporally.com[/URL]. There are detailed descriptions of the different rides.
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Originally Posted by pgoat
Anyone done both? This year they both fall on Sunday, August 15th.

I've done the CBM through flat/fast (but sunny and hot!) Amish country in Lancaster PA. It's a very pretty ride, well worth doing if you never have (search BF for old threads on lots of NE riders attending). They have a very nice finish area with massages, ice cream, vendors, prizes, music etc.

But I would also like to try something new....I've never done the Ramapo Rally.

I'd love some feedback and preferences from anyone who's ridden both.

One of my few beefs with the CBM is there are not a lot of rest stops....since there is so little shade and not a lot of stores on the route more fluids would be desirable in my book, especially in August!
First of all, unless you are already registered for the CB, you are out of luck. Registration is now closed due to the implementation this year of a cap of 3,000 registered riders. No day-ofs will be allowed.

Did the Rally for the first time last year and have done the CB more times than I can count.

I wouldn't call the CB flat. South Jersey is flat. The CB metric has over 3,000 ft. of climbing. Not super hilly, but not flat.

Unless they made drastic changes last year, there are two water stops before the lunch stop in the park. There are also two water stops after lunch.

Overall, I liked the Rally. Because of the excessive heat and humidity, the GF and I only did the metric. I would have loved to do the 100. Looking at the map we could see that it went through some nice areas. (The GF was familiar with that part of the world.) Deffinitely some challenging terrain. What I wasn't thrilled with was the traffic closer to the end. Going out and coming back, you pass through some very developed areas. Much more developed than what you find on the CB. It was early when we headed out so the traffic wasn't really an issue. Coming back later in the day was a different story. The grub at the end was definitely better than what you get on the CB. I would definitely do the Rally again if I were ever inclined to drive up from Philly the night before. We got a dedent rate at a HoJo's about a 15 min. drive from the start.
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One advantage to the Rally is that those of us in NYC can do it in one day. No hotel required. I think you can even get there via the Metro North Port Jervis line. Maybe Joel can confirm.
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Trains to Ramapo Rally

The New Jersey Transit Ramsey (Erie Plaza) station is about 4 miles from the parking lot. There is a train that arrives from Hoboken (or with a transfer at the Secaucus Junction) 7:23 AM.

Be careful there are 2 stations in Ramsey.

I have attached a link to a Google Bike Map https://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...&z=14&lci=bike. Any other questions, contact me at pr@bctnj.com
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