NOTE: A LIABILITY WAIVER WILL NEED TO BE SIGNED BEFORE THE RIDE - If you don't sign one you will not be allowed to participate in the ride - I will have waivers at the ride start.
This ride is meant for those that like to climb as we will be covering approximately 4,000 ft of climbing over 33 miles. Consider it a B/A ride. There will be 4 primary climbs:
Shookstown, Gambrill, Harp Hill, and Coxey Brown
The start is at the parking lot of Frederick Town Mall if Frederick MD. The nearest intersection is Route 40 and Waverley. Address is above. There is NO water or restroom facilities along the route, so plan accordingly. There is one at the start/finish.
While not mandatory it is highly recommended that if you attend this ride that you have previously attended one of prior rides (so you know exactly what you are signing up for - idea of amount of climbing, pace, ride grouping, etc). This ride is not for the flatlanders but rather for the person that likes to climb, and climb, and climb....
Please note that due to the amount of climbing & distance this ride will naturally split apart. Hopefully everyone will be able to keep in smaller groups but if you plan on riding you must be comfortable riding alone (i.e. self sufficient) as most areas are very rural with limited/no cell phone service.
Climb 1 - Shookstown, 2.3 miles, 13% peak*, 706 ft., 307 ft./mile
Climb 2 - Gambrill Park, 1.5 miles, 10% peak*, 574 ft., 383 ft.mile
Climb 3 - Harp Hill, 1.2 miles, 13% peak*, 540 ft., 450 ft./mile
Climb 4 - Coxey Brown, 1.9 miles, 16% peak*, 955 ft., 503 ft./mile
*data from RidewithGPS which underestimates peaks
Total distance:approx 33 miles
Total elevation climbed: approx 4,000 feet
Pace: about 14 avg mph (including CLIMBING, not avg mph on a flat course) Category B/B+ ride
Terrain: hills, hills, and more hills - lots of up, lots of down
Word of caution - while climbing is difficult, there is more risk descending so you should be comfortable descending at speed. There will be long descents, with traffic, some road will be narrow and/or with some technical cornering involved. Know your skill and comfort level when descending.
The route/cue sheet can be viewed at the link below (subject to change):
I will NOT have cue sheets; familiarize yourself with the ride route prior to the ride as the group will split up.
- HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION
- WAIVERS WILL NEED TO BE SIGNED AT THE RIDE START - NO WAIVER - NO RIDE
ID, spare tube, tools to repair flats, are required (you should be able to change you own tires).
- Snacks and liquids can be purchased at the rest stops.
- The event will be cancelled/postponed if it rains.
- Email me if you have any questions