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Brevet Week 400

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 7 for the Brevet Week 400 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 06:00 from the Super 8 in Ellensburg (1500 Canyon Rd Ellensburg, WA). The Brevet Week 400k route will follow a similar route that was run as a brevet in 2005. This route starts over Old Blewett Pass and then take the Wenatchee River valley into Wenatchee. The route will then go east to Quincy and due south through Beverly, Mattawa and cross over the Columbia River at Vernita Bridge. The route will go west on SR 24 to Yakima, then up the Yakima Canyon and finish at the Super 8 in Ellensburg. The total climbing on the proposed 400k route is approximately 11,000 ft.

Route on RWGPS: This route is not final and may change.
Here is the final cuesheet, I will print cuesheets to hand out at the start. There are some special instructions I will provide in preride breifing, that might not display GPS screens.

This will count as a 400km 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 400K to qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris.

 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 predrove the 400k 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 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.  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 friends house in Ellensburg for later in the evening.

2019 Brevet Week 400k – PreDrive Report - by John Pearch


Organizing the Brevet Week is so much fun but with some sacrifices. I was so beat up from Gamblers 1000k, that I didn’t have it in me to be able to preride the 400 or 300 routes. But both were relatively straight forward routes but with a lot of climbing and headwinds. I’m writing this as the 300 riders are finshing. Better late the never! Anyways, I drove the 400k route yesterdat and it was magnificent! Similar to the 300k, we had to change the route to not go over old Blewett due to too much so, which also made some slight adjustment to the course with a INFO, just NE or Ellinsburg. When you go east on Kittitas Highway and other county roads, keep in mind that there are turns without stop signs or any other landmarks to signal to turn. So keep an eye on the road signs! The climb up the Windmill Hill will probably be another blustery wind tunnel…just blame it on all those wind millsJ Then once you start to climb up Blewett, the temps will be cool with the NW winds coming off the pass, so bring warmer clothes.  The climb up the Blewett Pass is about 1,900 ft in 25k, not including the “Windmill Hill” climb that is 1300 ft in 26k. Caution there are some large rocks in the shoulder on the descent down Blewett Pass.  After the 97 descent, you’ll take a right on US2/97 towards Wenatchee, then immediately right onto Deadman Hill…hopefully I’m not a Deadman after the ride…especially the reminders in the cue “sharp left uphill”J  This is a beautiful road with many orchards that connects many other roads into Wenatchee. There is an open control at the bakery or elsewhere in Cashmere.  It is recommended you stock up here, as there aren’t services immediately on the trails through Wenatchee without going off course. Once you get near the Columbia River, just look for the Wenatchee Confluence State Park Welcome sign, you’ll then go downhill and connect on the Apple Capitol Rec Loop trail. You will take this the entire length of West and East Wenatchee, with the old railroad pedestrian bridge that will take you over the Columbia River.  Those that have done Brevet Week and NW Crank in years past will recognize this trail and bridge. There are many turn offs that we did our best to note, but when in doubt, just keep the Columbia River to the left before the bridge, then after the bridge…to the right. You will exit the trail in the Kirby Billingsly Hydro Park onto WA-28, which will then take you all the way to Quincy. 

There are services in Rock Island, which is before a big climb out of the Columbia. Then at the top of the climb, there is also water at the Quincy Valley Rest Area. In Quincy, there was some construction entering into town that is down to one-lane in the shoulder, so caution here! Quincy is an open control. From Quincy you will head south on WA-281 to George…hopefully this will be tailwinds! There are services in George—might need to stockup here if you think you’ll arrive in Mattawa after 10pm.

You will eventually get onto Beverley Burke Road, all the way to the Columbia River. This stretch from Quincy to Mattawa and to Yakima is part of the Cascade 1200k.  Beverly Burke is known for its rollers regardless what direction you are going (with the Frenchman Hills), but going south is generally net descending.  Just before Mattawa, there is a traffic circle that you’ll need to take the 3rd exit and go up the hill into town.  Harvest Foods is at the top of the hill, which is also the open control. Harvest Foods is open until 10pm and everything else in town closes at 10 or earlier. This is about ½ hour before the control closes, so please consider this when you are in George (at I90) if you are uncertain you will make it to Mattawa in time before they close down the stores.  Reminder, it is about 95k to Yakima so stock up on any food and water you will need to get this distance….and expect headwinds on this stretch!! After Mattawa you’ll head due east out of town on Rd 24 and in about 7 miles take a right on Rd L.  Road L features the “Oh that STEEP UPHILL” but this time, you’ll get to scream down that hill this time to the Columbia RiverJ  Then you’ll go left onto WA-243 and take a right on WA-24 and go over the Vernita Bridge. Just past the bridge, there is water and Pepsi machines at the Vernita Rest Area.  The Pepsi machines are cash only, so bring some coins if you are desperate for some caffeine.  You will climb up WA-24 that will take you all the way into Yakima. WA-24 becomes Nob Hill Road, but you will eventually veer right and get on a bike path that parallels Nob Hill Rd that takes you directly to the ARCO AM/PM, which is open 24 hours. Stock up here to go the last 60k. After the AM/PM you will go reserve direction on the bike path along Nob Hill back to 24th, which you’ll take a left and a series of turns to get you onto the Noel Pathway…aka Yakima Greenway trail, next to the Yakima Humane Society. This trail is about 10k long and for most will most likely be at night.  It is highly advised to check the RWGPS route on this stretch. The Yakima Greenway Trail makes a split at I-82 so after you go under the bridge, you’ll take a sharp left and go over the bridge towards Selah.  The trail will take you into Selah where there is a Chevron that is open 24 hours. After Selah you will head up the Yakima Canyon on WA-821 N, so be ready for some headwinds on this final stretch as well. The ride will finish at the Super 8 motel. McDonalds (drive-thru) and Exxon are about the only place near the Super 8 that are open 24 hours.  Good luck and have fun!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:00 AM until Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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.