Routes

DATES:
May 19th, 2018
(Rain date – May 20th, 2018)

On The Day Of The Ride

We’re sure you won’t get lost, because:
– Cue sheets will be handed out
– There will be big, bright arrows on the road
– Several competitors have already ridden the route – so follow the crowd
– Volunteers will be manning two (possibly more) of the intersections

Scroll down for a description of the course, and for downloads of course details.

A Classic Two-Loop Ride:

There are two circuits: The long (34.2 mile) loop, and the short (6.6 mile) loop.

12-hour riders will complete the long loop three times
then transition onto the short loop until the 12-hour time clock runs out.

6-hour riders will complete the long loop twice
then transition onto the short loop until the 6-hour time clock runs out.

3-hour riders will complete the long loop once
then transition onto the short loop until the 6-hour time clock runs out.

The long loop

34.2 miles

You’ll start at the Mount St. Mary’s University campus. The route then loops through northern Frederick County, and meanders through country roads.

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. 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.

The short loop

6.6 miles

You’ll 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.

Downloads:

Click here for a RideWithGPS route description of the long loop

Click here to download a GPX file for the long loop.

Click here for a RideWithGPS route description of the short loop

Click here to download a GPX file for the short loop

Click here for a preview of the cue sheets for both loops

A Brief Note For UMCA Competitors:

The first lap is actually 33.9 miles
But subsequent laps are 34.2 miles.
That difference will be worked into the average speed calculations reported to the UMCA in the final results.