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Climbing Event #6- Thurmont to Boonsboro - 62 miles - 6,900 +/- feet

  • Thurmont Community Park

    10 Frederick Road, Thurmont, MD (map)

    39.621410 -77.412384

  • Red Trek Madone
  • #6 in Climbing series.  Starting in Thurmont - 20 min north of Frederick - i.e. site of Civil War Century Start

    RIDE IS ON SATURDAY the 18th.

    To mix it up a bit I figured we'd start in Thurmont this time and head south then back north over Catoctin/South Mountain area

    This Ride will require driving to the start.  When responding please let group know if you are available to carpool and from where.  Closest Metro is Shady Grove off of I270

    This ride starts out just like Civil War Century with the  7 mile climb of Rocky Ridge/Foxville.  We then head towards Wolfsville via Stottlemyer for a new climb up Middlepoint Rd (shortest but steepest climb of the day.  This takes us into Gambrill Park where we we descend down to Myersville for the 1st stop at 26 miles.  Then comes the climb up Michaels Road to the Washington Monument (no not that one) then descent into Boonsboro so we can climb up Boonsboro Mountain and circle back to Wolfville and into Smithsburg fo the 2nd stop at mile 47.  Unlike other climbs rather than Raven Rock climb we will climb the backside of Foxville.  When at the top folks can either head back down the road we climbed first and back into Thurmont (cutting off about 5 miles), or as the route will show we will head over to Sabillisville and then the fast descent back into Thurmont. Either way from about mile 53 on its basically all downhill, no really it is.

    - 6 primary climbs as follows:

    Rocky Ridge/Foxville at mile 1 - 7 miles 1,100 ft

    Middlepoint Rd/Tower Rd at mile 13.5 - 2.5 miles, 900 ft

    Washington Monument/Michaels Rd at mil 28 - 2.5 miles 700 ft

    Boonsboro Mountain at mile 33 - 2.5 miles, 600 ft

    Wolfsville Rd at mile 43 - 2.5 miles 500 ft

    Rocky Ridge backside at mile 48 - 3 miles 850 ft


    Total distance:approx 62 miles
    Total elevation climbed: approx 6,900 feet
    Pace: Medium: 13-15 mph avg (climbing tends to slow one down); Category B/B+ ride; should be at least at an intermediate ride level (i.e. not novice) due to the amount of climbing
    Terrain: hilly, with a a couple of stretches of not too bad
    Start/Finish: Thurmont Park, Thurmont MD - 1:20 from DC area - carpooling recommended. Closest metro is Shady Grove for those that want to co-ordinate carpooling from metro
    Highlights: undulating terrain, a couple of hills, good ole Maryland farm country

    The route/cue sheet can be viewed at the link below (subject to change):

    Garmin version

    - It is highly recommended, but not mandatory, that you attend at least one of the prior climbing training events. I like to have a feel of everyone's riding pace before the ride. While group is likely to break into smaller packs during the ride and ride is intended to be a no drop ride, given the amount of climbing it is difficult to maintain entire group together. It is not fair to the faster riders to have to wait too long at top of the climbs. I will have cue sheets available but it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the ride route prior to the ride uncase the group splits.

    Because of the climbing I will maintain a ride limit of 20 riders. In the past this has allowed for group to typically finish within 20-40 minutes between front group and back group of each other

    Size group could be increased if others are willing to step up as ride leaders.

    - ID, spare tube, portable tire pump recommended

    - clip-in/cage pedals are required due to the amount of climbing

    - Road bike is highly recommended.
    - This ride has only 2 planned stops at mile 26 & 47 so two water bottles and pocket snacks are recommended

    The event will be cancelled/postponed in event of rain

    email me if you have any questions

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  • Matt

    looking at the weather radar maps there's a huge storm moving through pretty much the entire state of VA and tracking north. Given this it looks like there would be a high probability we'd get dumped on at some point during the ride, which is no fun, especially given the amount of descending we would be doing. Therefore, I'm going to cancel the ride for today.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ended up being out of town!

    May 17, 2013

  • Matt

    as is typical the weather predictions for tomorrow are all over the map. Most are definitely calling for higher % of rain in DC area but in the Frederick area some sites say low probabilty (less than 15%) until late afternoon (4pm after) but some call for 20% in AM and 40%+ in early afternoon - I'll make a decision in the early AM - before folks have to start the drive up there. Check website/look for correspondence before you leave

    1 · May 17, 2013

    • LDMay

      My favorite weather app has it at 0% in the morning and 10% till late afternoon at Thurmont.

      May 17, 2013

  • Charles C.

    Sorry to miss this.. I have a 1:00pm conflict. I hope to make the enxt one.....
    Have fun all!

    May 17, 2013

  • Mac


    Im going to have to back out due to the forecasted rain. why wheels and brake does not do well on it. Have a safe and nice ride tomorrow. <M>

    May 17, 2013

  • Mac

    Anyone offering a ride?

    May 16, 2013

    • Mac

      Thanks Matt. I'll be there 7:30

      May 17, 2013

    • Gregg

      Is it too late get a ride as well?

      May 17, 2013

  • Norman

    i had a business trip come up and need to leave Saturday. Love climbing...hate to miss this one

    May 17, 2013

  • Haider H.

    They're calling for rain! Run while you can kids.... if you stay everyone will think you've gone nuts!

    May 16, 2013

    • LDMay

      Not till late in the day. Get up and get riding!

      May 16, 2013

  • Neal B.

    I live in Frederick and would like to make as suggestion. Mostly route looks good, but don't come back via Rt 77 - that sucks. Take Garfield -> Brown. It's a lovely route.

    May 13, 2013

  • Haider H.

    Very cute Tom! Although posted Saturday... this ride may be a do it once Saturday and repeat Sunday ride. You didn't see the Onion Valley VeloDCity splinter cell climb for this weekend Tom? It's only 5000+ feet but with some sections at 15+% it'll be quite entertaining.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Chris

    Is this ride saturday or sunday?

    May 7, 2013

    • Haider H.

      Saturday. .. but some of us may want a round 2 on this one. I'm just getting razzed for showing up a day early (to sunshine and beautiful riding) on the Catoctin climb.

      May 7, 2013

    • Tom A

      I do admit that you chose well that weekend.

      May 7, 2013

  • Al S.

    Is this a Sun or Sat Event?

    2 · May 2, 2013

    • Haider H.

      SAT for sure this time :-D

      1 · May 7, 2013

  • Tom A

    Aagh! Not Onion Valley!! (Are you arranging carpools?)
    The scenery is GREAT. I'll try posting a photo from the last Onion Valley ride - though I'm not sure everyone's back...

    May 7, 2013

  • Tom A

    Veloist'a ask Haider I think he'll know.

    I have to beg off this ride - I'm in San Francisco that weekend, just CA dreamin'

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Haider H.

    The ROUTE WORKS!!! Bless you Matt! It looks WONDERFUL!

    May 6, 2013

  • joe

    Gonna miss this one. Will be camping on the Eastern Shore where I will be lucky to break 1000 feet in 85 miles.

    May 2, 2013


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