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Brevet Week 200

Preregistration has closed for this event. You can still ride! Please show up to the start at least 30 minutes early to get registered. Bring cash or a check to pay the $10 fee.

Cost of this brevet is:
$5 with online preregistration and prepayment before Thursday, May 2, at 8 PM.
$10 for non-preregistered riders; that is, those who register and pay at the start.
Come join us on May 4 for the Brevet Week 200 km brevet. This ride is part unsupported series-in-a-week, which is a great way to claim all of your PBP qualifiers at once. We'll have cards and cue sheets at the start (please preregister so we know how much to print), but you're on your own for everything else. It's a true celebration of self-sufficient randonneuring!

Start at 7 a.m. from the Super 8 in Ellensburg (1500 Canyon Rd Ellensburg, WA). The Brevet Week 200k will take a lower elevation route to Cle Elum and east Kittitas valley. Route is a winner. Only a couple of places for water/supplies - Cle Elum at km 65 and Kittitas at km 141, so plan appropriately. The total climbing on the 200k route is approximately 5,100 ft. This route is similar to Perm # 2701 Ellensburg Roundup but with a Start/Finish at the Super 8 in Ellensburg.

Route on RWGPS: Note: This route is not final and may change. The cuesheet will be completed following pre-ride, about 1 week before start of ride.

Route Cuesheet (a finalized version will be printed and handed out at the start)

This will count as a 200km qualifying brevet for Paris-Brest-Paris.

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride. At the start, have your front and rear lights on the bike and wear your reflective vest and ankle bands.

RUSA membership is not required, but is strongly recommended, especially if you are using this ACP 200K to qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris.

Looking forward to Brevet Week! Here are some important details for the Brevet Week rides:

·         If you are not staying at the Super 8 the night after each finish of Brevet Wek, they have a limited parking lot, so please park at the Super 1 Foods (far front parking spots nearest Canyon Rd), just a half mile north of Super 8, at the corner of Canyon Rd and W Mountain View Ave.

·         Please study the RWGPS. We prerode the200k and 600k and there are some turns that don’t have signs and there are slight right/slgith left turns that you sometimes need to take at the same intersection with a 90 degree right/left turn.  If you are a cuesheet only navigator, there are also bike trails that you might be riding at night, with no signs to describe which way to go. We did our best to give some landmarks to help with the way in these situations, but it’s always good to see the RWGPS larger map beforehand.

·         Morning of ride Registration will be at the Super 8 front lobby (yes there is day of ride registration!!)

o   200k 6:20am -7am.

o   300k, 400k and 600k 5:20am-6am

·         After you finish at the Super 8, I will have an envelope at the front desk and if I am not there, please have your card initialed and time stamped and put your control card in the envelope and also your finish time under your name on the envelope.  

·         After the 200k and 300k, I’ll be at the Iron Horse Brewery at 412 N Main St, Ellensburg, WA 98926 (about 1.3 miles north) until they close (Saturday 10pm and Sunday 9pm) to hear stories about the ride!  You can bring your card to me if you want to join me or just leave your card at the front desk and I’ll pick it up later. Please text me when you finish. My cell: 360-250-2006

·         If there are any questions or anything please call me as I will be staying at a house in Ellensburg for later in the evening.


Brevet Week 200k – Preride Report  PLAN FOR HEADWINDS AND UNEXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS!  Looks like weather forecast on Saturday calls for a high of 77!!

Anita Schiltz and I both prerode the 200k on April 20th. Thanks to Anita for all her valuable local knowledge of the cycle-friendly roads.  This 200k is the same route as the Ellensburg Roundup, but we changed the start to Ellensburg, instead of Cle Elum. This 200k has 9 controls in order to get the distance in circumnavigating the Kittitas and Cle Elum area with about 6,000 ft of climbing.  The first part of the ride takes you along the lowland part of the Kittitas Valley viewing Manastash Ridge and the Stewart Range to the north. When you cross over I-90, there is Thorp Fruit stand with an AM/PM, that is the last services until Cle Elum, for about 39 km with a series of climbs up to Elk Heights with stellar views of the Stewart Range.  There are no services in the town of Thorp and the fruit stand at Elk Heights is closed as well!  After Thorp, there are a series of climbs on E Taneum Rd, Thorp Prairie Rd and Upper Peoh Point Rd that usually has good headwind to contend with.  Upper Peoh Point Rd has additional rolling hills.  Just before the Mohar info control, there is a steep downhill with rough gravel, so caution while descending!!  This is the back way into south Cle Elum and once you turn right onto 1st St, there’s many other services to choose from, including the open control at the Cle Elum Bakery.  You should stock up in Cle Elum as there are NO services until Kittitas, about 48k.  Leaving Cle Elum you’ll take a left and immediate right on Airport Road…we experienced some nice tailwinds on this stretch for the 200k, but during the 600k preride, there were headwinds, even with headwinds up Elk Heights.  This stretch is one of my favorites that crosses over the Teanaway River then climbs up the infamous Ballard Hill with some nicely packed gravel just past the grange hall.  There is also a nice descent on Swauk Prairie Rd that is also packed gravel. The climb up over US-97 up “Windmill Hill” has a large shoulder and usually a tailwind but you never know! We had a tailwind on the descent of the Windmill Hill and pushed us all the way going east along the Kittitas Valley roads, then some headwinds returning back to Ellensburg. But on the 600k, the winds were opposite than expected and had headwinds going east. So having extra food and water in this 48k stretch is advised. Ice cream at Johnny’s grocery in Kittitas was very rewarding! After leaving Kittitas, you’ll climb up Parke Creek Road and Stevens Rd. Once you get to Boylston Rd there is a great view of the old railroad trestle over I-90. Boylston and Prater Road was headwinds and then once we head southeast up Badger Pocket there was a tailwind, which meant there were headwinds the final 25k to the finish.  Thrall Road heads due west and takes you all the way back to Canyon Rd. The final 4 miles on Canyon Road is typically headwinds all the way into Ellensburg.

With all the headwinds there were times we thought we wouldn’t make the control cutoff in Cle Elum. But no worries…as long as you finish before the final cutoff 20:30, you will still get a finish!

Saturday, May 04, 2019, 7:00 AM
Super 8 by Windham Ellensburg
1500 Canyon Rd
Ellensburg, WA  98926
John Pearch
Brevet Week 2019
Registration is closed
For all SIR events you must have front and rear lights, a reflective vest, and reflective ankle bands. Be prepared to show these to the ride organizer at the start. Your lights should be on during any low-light conditions (rain storms, night, tunnels).

You must read and agree to a waiver before beginning the ride, and you must turn in your signed brevet card at the end of the ride. If you will not finish, contact the organizer using the phone number on the card and cue sheet.