Twenty-one riders complete the Englewood 300k within the time limit

Update 8/2/2015

The first day of August would see twenty-four riders clip in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot in Englewood, NJ.  The route which ventured into New York State would challenge everyone with continual climbing for much of the 186 miles.  The day would see four fall victim to various difficulties which included, heat, hills, navigation difficulties and a crash.  Various bail out options were used to safely bring all  various back to the start.  A tip of the chapeau to two persistent and determined riders who would  continue the route to completion despite having run out of time. 

A full list of finishers including times are available at the link below"


Original Englewood 300k Event Information:

The organizer, Jon Levitt,  has been hard at work driving and riding the route preparing for the day the main field will undertake this challenging ride.  While the course is largely what was offered in 2010 route designer, Mordecai Silver, modified some sections to provide ease of navigation and some relief from the continual climbing.  All of the intermediate controls are changed.   No chain, or fast food establishments, are used.  All are quaint independently owned business.  Additionally, route designers planned meticulously for the event someone needed to bail out before the finish.  Much of the route passes by Metro North Rail Stops where train service to nearby the start is available.  More info on this will be in the final safety instructions. 

Three riders pre-rode the entire route on July 18th with good success.  Two of the three managed their way around on fixed-gears.  A description of the route and controls follows. 

1st segment - Englewood, NJ to West Milford, NJ = 39 miles.  

This leg departs The Crowne Plaza Hotel on Van Brunt Street in the warm quiet darkness of a Saturday morning.  There are only small little hills in the early morning miles.  A nice warm up can be enjoyed before the first lump is felt around Glen Rock (300 fvg).  This is followed by some gentle miles for the next nine miles at which point the real work begins as roads pitch up to traverse the Norvin Green State Forest.  The incline is gradual gaining about 800 feet in six miles.  At its steepest point it pitches to about 10%.  The descent after the climb will deliver riders to West Milford and the Control at the Bagel Town Cafe where fresh bagels, coffee and sandwiches are available.  A volunteer will be on hand with water and energy bars.  

2nd segment - West Milford, NJ to Port Jervis, NY = 34 miles

From the control the route continues to the north.  Quickly another significant climb is encountered skirting the Abram S Hewitt State Forest and delivering riders to Upper Greenwood Lake, NJ.   Approximately 600 feet of vertical elevation are gained in 1.7 miles.  The New York border is soon crossed with minimal fanfare and lots of descending.  This is followed by about 14 miles of enjoyable rolling terrain which skirts the borderline between the two states heading northwest.  On approach to Unionville, NY the elevation gain resumes.  Riders will gain 1,000 feet over the next 10 miles spread over several different roads.  Grades do not reach over about 7% during this climbing, which includes some small downgrades mixed in.  A two-mile, steep, descent to I-84 on the outskirts of Port Jervis will be welcomed by tired legs.  Roys Corner Cafe will be the perfect setting for a luncheonette style meal.  A volunteer will be on hand with water and energy bars.  

3rd segment - Port Jervis, NY to Ottisville, NY = 15 miles

The departure from Port Jervis quickly puts riders on US 209.  This is a rather pleasant highway with low traffic and ample shoulder.  Even better is the fact that it runs next to the Neversink River and is quite flat.  If wind is from the west there may be a moderately helpful push enjoyed for the six miles until the turn off.  Guymard Turnpike is one of the most remembered climbs from the prior running of this route.  It's gotten sort of a bad rap as it is not really that ferocious.  The majority of the 2.5 mile climb features gradient of 5 to 6 percent.  Near the end it pitches up for a short section to a rather serious grade. Upon reaching the peak a nice view is enjoyed  after which the remaining miles to the control are mild, trending mostly downhill. Mick's Deli and Grocery on Main Street is the control.   No volunteer is planned for this stop.   

4th segment - Ottisville, NY to Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY  = 34 miles

This section continues the downhill trend to the Hudson River and is perhaps the easiest 34 mile stretch of the entire route.  The pre-riders were especially grateful for the respite from climbing as the day was warm and humid.  The control, Alices Coffee Lounge, is a comfortable spot for a beverage and baked good before returning to the road.  A volunteer will be present with water and energy bars.  

5th segment - Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY to Garnersville, NY = 37 miles 

Turning away from the river climbing resumes with 600 fvg in the first five miles.  Rolling hills with some steep kickers along the way will be the norm until the Tuxedo Park information control just prior to NY 17A.  A long gradual downhill is enjoyed which then leads riders to Harriman State Park and the initial gradual climb which begins the traverse to Seven Lakes Drive and the final climb within the park which is somewhat steeper.  This is followed by a dive bomb of a descent, which tested the legs of fixed-gear riders to the maximum.  It is just a few miles to Garnersville and Original Italian Pizza, which is the control.  A volunteer will be present with water and energy bars.  

6th and Final segment - Garnersville, NY to Englewood, NJ = 28 miles

The key to surviving this last segment is surviving the climb which presents itself immediately before food taken in at the Pizza shop has had time to even begin digestion.   While only 400 feet are gained the pitches are steep and there is some traffic to negotiate.  Both fixed-gear riders walked a short segment to avoid losing the caloric content taken in just moments before.  Thankfully, it was the last significant climb on the route.  The remaining miles to the finish are pleasant.  There are many turns, but were not difficult to navigate.  The Garmins performed well on this stretch.  The 4 West Diner is the finish control.  The organizer will be waiting for riders to arrive.  The Diner is open until 3am for those wanting a bite to eat before heading home, or across the street to the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
 
General Information:

There will be an optional check-in Friday, July 31st from 6:00 to 8:30 - at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 401 S Van Brunt St, Englewood, NJ 07631

Saturday morning check-in will be from 4:00am to 4:55am at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 401 S Van Brunt St, Englewood, NJ 07631

The ride will start at 5:00am from the parking lot of the
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 401 S Van Brunt St, Englewood, NJ 07631

The ride will finish at the 4 West Diner across the street from the hotel.  Riders may finish up until 01:00 hrs Sunday

Cue Sheet / Safety Instructions:

Final copy of the cue-sheet is now posted on the events page in Excel or PDF.  Safety Instructions can be found there also (please read these).

Be aware that a last minute road or bridge closure could force an unexpected detour.  A cue-sheet will be provided at check-in.


Official Host Hotel:

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 401 S Van Brunt St, Englewood, NJ 07631
Rooms are available for Friday, or Saturday night.  King bed or two double beds at $139 per night.  Contact: Frances Sarenas to get this rate and mention the Englewood 300k.   Phone 201-871-2020 x 5114 or e-mail at frances.sarenas@englewoodcp.com

Final List of Riders = 28

Dan Aaron; Ed Bernasky; George Brandt; Razvan Buciuc; Patrick Chin-Hong; Vinay Devanathan; Dawn Engstrom; Scott Geller; Michael Gorman; Nigel Greene; Jeffrey Gregg; Vadim Gritsus; Kenneth Herbert; Todd Kerekes; Robin Landis; Gil Lebron; Paul Shapiro; Kate Marshall; Gary Mass; Marvin Miller; Will Sherman; Alex Sidd; Michael Syracuse; Koyo Tamaki; Bob Torres; Rick Ufford; Victor Urvantsev; Stephen Yesko

If you have registered but do not see your name here please contact the RBA.

Registration for this event is now Closed.  There is no event day sign-up available!


We look forward to seeing you!

Joe Kratovil

RBA  New Jersey - New York City