Back by popular demand, with an altered route covering new climbs like Hamburg Road, Ft Ritchie Rd, and for the brave, Coxey Brown, as well some beloved regulars like Wolfsville and Rocky Ridge/Foxville. This ride is for those that like to climb, and climb, and climb, and climb....
Due to the amount of climbing it is strongly recommended that riders signing up are B caliber or higher and like to climb. This is not a beginners ride. If you've done a prior variation of the Catoctin ride or entire Civil War Century before, this will be slightly more challenging, but you should be fine.
I will be limiting the # of riders at 20 to hopefully keep the group from stringing out along the road by too much time/distance. Also, if you sign up but can't make it please change status a soon as possible so others that want to ride can be added to the list.
Just so you know what you're in for below is a summary of some of the climbs
Climb 1 - Hamburg Rd - 3.5 miles, 1030 feet elevation gain, 5.7% avg grade way
Climb 2 - long slog up Wolfsville Rd - 6.5 miles, 750 feet climbing, 2.2% avg grade
Climb 3 - Raven Rock/Ft Ritchie Rd - 2.9 miles, 850 ft climbing, 5.6% avg grade. - NOTE THIS IS ON THE CW CENTURY
Climb 4 - Rocky Ridge/Foxville Rd out of Thurmont - 4.9 miles, 900 ft climbing, 3.5% grade (although 2nd half avgs 6-8%) - NOTE ALSO ON CW CENTURY
Some steep bumps on Harps Hill Rd and Harmony Road before the last climb of the day.
Climb 5 - Coxey Brown. Shortest climb of the day at only 1.8 miles. Unfortunately its 955 feet of climbing for an avg of a 10% grade (and it felt steeper). First 1/2 mile is over 13% with sections in 16% to 24%
For those that don't want the Coxey Brown challenge there will be an alternative route from Harmony back onto Wolfsville and then the climb back up Highland School (tough climb as well but not as difficult as Coxey). This adds about another 1.5 miles to the route but with less elevation gain on the last climb.
There will be regrouping at the top of the primary climbs as well as rest stops along the way at about mile 21, mile 36 and mile 48 (if store is open- it has been in the past)
- B pace riders and above (16+ mph of flats, climbing speed will vary)
- road bikes with clip in pedals a MUST
- tire pump, spare tubes
- Highly recommend 2 water bottles
The location start is in Frederick at the Frederick Mall parking lot - Boscov's side. It will require call pooling and is about an hour drive from DC area. Closest metro for picking up is Shady Grove (about 35 min from start).