THE FREE STATE 6-HOUR CHALLENGE
May 20th, 2018
What is this ride?
Simple : It’s a charity ride that asks:
How far can you ride in 6 hours?
Challenge yourself – do you think you can do 80 miles in 6 hours?
Or 100 miles?
Who can compete?
It’s open to all cyclists.
What’s the route?
A Classic Two-Loop Ride:
There are two circuits:
The long loop (34.2 mile) , which you’ll complete twice – for a total of around 68 miles.
The short loop (6.6 mile), which you’ll complete as many times as you can until the clock runs out
At the end of each loop, you’ll pass through a timing station which will count your laps, and record your time down to a tenth of a second.
The Long Loop:
We start at the Mount St. Mary’s University campus. The route loops through northern Frederick County, and meanders through country roads and pastoral farmlands.
After 10 miles you’ll pass through the Loy’s Station covered bridge, then follow one of the local cyclists’ favorite roads to the southern end of the loop. The only hill on the course is around mile 15. It’s 0.4 miles long and climbs just 121 feet, at an average grade of 5.7%.
You’ll pass through the Utica Covered Bridge after around 17.5 miles, and almost immediately after the bridge, there’s a control point and snack station. You don’t have to stop, but our timekeepers will record your number as you come past that point.
On your northbound leg you’ll ride the shady Wilhide road, which is one of the prettiest lanes in the county.
The course avoids traffic by curving around the eastern side of historic Thurmont, then after passing through the Roddy Road Covered Bridge, you’ll be directed to back to the timing control, at the start-end point.
Click here for a RideWithGPS route description of the long loop.
Click here to download a GPX file for the long loop.
Cue-sheets will be provided at registration.
The Short Loop:
We start at the Mount St. Mary’s University campus. The route loops through northern Frederick County, then meanders past Tom’s Creek, crosses Story Branch, and turns north for a fast, flat run back to the timing station.
Click here for a RideWithGPS route description of the short loop.
Click here to download a GPX file for the short loop.
What Do Winners Get?
Gold, silver and bronze medals for the top 3 men
Gold, silver and bronze medals for the top 3 women
UMCA competitors get points toward their World Cup of UltraCycling and Ultra Cup of UltraCycling campaigns
A Charity Ride?
ALL proceeds go to SHIP – to help us to help homeless schoolkids.
Click here for more details.
A Brief technical Note About the Route For UMCA Competitors:
The first lap is actually 33.9 miles
Subsequent laps are 34.2 miles.
So the total mileage for the 3 long loops is 102.3 miles.
Those details will be worked into the distance and average speed calculations reported to the UMCA in the final results.