All routes leave from the Miller Center for Recreation & Fitness and head west from Lewisburg on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. This is a neutral start for all riders for the first 5 miles until the route is on quiet roads.
All routes take farm & country roads north of Mifflinburg towards the Bald Eagle State Forest. At mile 11.5 the FUNpaved riders stay straight and ride back towards Mifflinburg for 8 miles (skip to #8).
Full, Plenty & Proper riders climb Jones Mountain, and then head down to Aid Station #1 "The Ranch" at mile 27. Full & Plenty riders continue straight and Proper riders take a left here for 4 pretty miles before rejoining the longer courses (skip to #7)
Some pavement relief for Full & Plenty riders until they head up, and then back down towards the town of Coburn. Then more climbing back into the forest, before heading to Poe Paddy State Park for Aid Station #2 "GU Energy Oasis" at mile 50. Drop bags, food & hydration here. Full riders will head south and Plenty riders will head north (skip to #6).
Miles 50-80 of the Full course is known as “The Difference” for good reason with 4 climbs, the infamous Longwell Draft chunky B-Grade road, two absolutely delightful descents and mechanical support at Aid Station #3 "Dutch Corner" at mile 60 (just after Longwell Draft). Riders will return to Poe Paddy State Park for Aid Station #4 "GU Energy Oasis" at mile 80.
Full & Plenty riders are back together for the Rail Road Tunnel Rail Trail, Cherry Run Rd climb, and then the Sheesley Rd climb.
Full, Plenty & Proper riders are on the same roads again to get to Hobo Vista and the big descent back towards Mifflinburg and civilization.
All riders are welcome to tasty treats at the Rusty Rail Brewing CompanyAid Station in Mifflinburg. This is Aid Station #5 for the Full riders (mile 108), Aid Station #3 for the Plenty riders (mile 78), Aid Station #2 for the Proper Riders (mile 45) and Aid Station #1 for the FUNpaved riders (mile 19). After this it's 9 tranquil miles on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail towards Lewisburg.
Timing finish is about 1 mile before the Miller Center venue where the ride comes to the end at the DONEpaved Party with free food, recovery goodies, raffle prizes for all finishers, podiums for the fastest Full riders, and big hugs.
There are Aid Stations on unPAved because it's not realistic to be self-supported in the Bald Eagle State Forest or in Amish Country on a Sunday. Treat them as an oasis where there's hydration & nutrition and some fun treats and happy people. No bottle feeds at aid stations. If you want support you must come to a stop and put your foot down or dismount, and probably get your own stuff if it's busy.
"The Ranch" at mile 27 for the Full, Plenty & Proper riders. Nutrition & hydration, porta-johns and a lively crew of volunteers. Riders can drop off gear (such as jackets) to be returned to finish. Mark your gear and you are responsible for picking it up at the finish! COURSE SPLIT: Proper riders take a left here, Full & Plenty riders continue straight CUTOFF TIMES: Full riders must get here by 10am to continue on the Full route and Plenty riders must get here by 11am to continue on the Plenty route, otherwise will be directed onto the Proper (54-mile) route.
"GU Energy Oasis" at mile 50 for the Full & Plenty riders. Nutrition & hydration, restrooms, drop-bags (use gallon-size ziplocs). COURSE SPLIT: Plenty Riders go north from here and Full riders go south, for "The Difference" loop of 30 miles back to here. CUTOFF TIMES: Full riders must get here by 2pm to continue on the Full route, otherwise will be directed onto the Plenty (90-mile) route. Riders must be to aid station by 6pm to continue on course. Shuttle van by Dirt Rag will be 3 miles from here (on flat rail-trail) that will take riders to Rusty Rail Aid Station in Mifflinburg (which is 9 miles from finish on flat rail-trail). Riders must have lights to continue on course after 4pm.
"Dutch Corner" at mile 60 for the Full riders. Mechanical support at the bottom of Longwell Draft.
Second time at the "GU Energy Oasis" at mile 80 for the Full riders. Nutrition & hydration, restrooms, drop-bags (use gallon-size ziplocs). Riders must have lights to continue on course after 4pm. CUTOFF TIMES: Riders must be to aid station by 6pm to continue on course. Shuttle van by Dirt Rag will be 3 miles from here (on flat rail-trail) that will take riders to Rusty Rail Aid Station in Mifflinburg (which is 9 miles from finish on flat rail-trail).
"Rusty Rail" in Mifflinburg at mile 108 for Full riders, mile 78 for the Plenty riders, mile 45 for the Proper Riders and mile 19 for the FUNpaved riders. Beer, food, restrooms and good times. The restaurant & brewery is also open (bring ID, cash or cards). We will not shuttle you from here if you have too much to drink! Finish at the Miller Center is just 9 miles away on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail.
2019 WEEKEND SCHEDULE
5pm-?: Get un(g)raveled in Lewisburg with bar specials, live music, all your favorite kind of people unwinding and free valet bike parking at the M&T Bank, 409 Market St (6pm-Midnight)!
9am: Wake-Up/Shake Down Ride with the Champs and Walk It/Bike It Lewisburg out of Hufnagle Park. It's a 24 mile social ride out of Lewisburg, through some farm roads (some gravel) and the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail.
Noon-5pm: Lewisburg Fall Festival, Hufnagle Park with beer, food, live music, kids’ activities including a Wooly Worm petting zoo, the Wooly Worm Winter Prognostication (like the groundhog, but fuzzier) at 3pm, sponsors, bike vendors, The Chaise, crafters and more!
Noon-6pm: Rider Sign-In, Swag & Timing Chip Pickup at Lewisburg Fall Festival (Merchandise for sale, too!) Full-120 riders MUST sign in and pick up their timing chips on Saturday!
1-3pm: Wooly Worm Bike Rodeoin the upper parking lot of Hufnagle Park during the Lewisburg Fall Festival. It's a free kids activity focusing on bike skills and safety education. Helmets required.
7 & 8pm: unPAved Rider Meetings, Campus Theatre This is MANDATORY for Full-120 riders and good info for all riders. Free bike valet bike parking at the M&T Bank, 409 Market St (it's right next door) from 6-9pm!
SUNDAY unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley Miller Center for Recreation & Fitness There are 5 parking lots surrounding the Miller Center. Follow parking attendants directions. Do NOT park at the Giant or Penn House Commons shipping center.
7-10am: Sign-in for Plenty, Proper & FUNpaved fields (inside Miller Center) Any Full riders who did not sign in on Saturday can sign in after the Full start and begin the ride after a rider meeting.
10am: 120-mile riders must get to Aid Station 1 (mile 26) or will be rerouted onto 54-mile course.
11am: 90-mile riders must get to Aid Station 1 (mile 26) or will be rerouted onto 54-mile course.
2pm: 120-mile riders must get to Aid Station 2 (mile 50) or will be rerouted onto the 90-mile course.
6pm: 120-mile and 90-mile riders must get to Aid Station 2/4 (mile 50/80) or will be shuttled to the finish.
DONEpaved FINISHERS PARTY
5pm: The Rusty Rail beer taps open! Warm cider & birch beer will be served! Music kicks up! Chili is served! Please bring a drinking vessel to help reduce waste!
5pm until Last Finisher: Prizes raffled off to all finishers every 20 minutes! Must be at the party to win. Any unclaimed prizes will be redrawn as part of a grand finale of prizes!
6pm: Podiums for the Fastest Full-120 Racers
10pm: Course is closed. Party wraps up. Courtyard gets cleared up. Revelers head to downtown Lewisburg for more.
10am: Post-unPAved Covered Bridge Ride out of Hufnagle Park. 23 mile social ride on paved roads along the Susquehanna River, with opportunities to stop for something to eat (bring cash and/or card).
Don’t be a Dick! Or, in the words of the Queen of Pain…Be a Gravel “S.h.a.r.k.” Safe- Honest-Accountable-Responsible-Kind
Safety first! While this is a timed event the prizes aren’t worth injury, or worse. Take care of yourself and each other out on course.
Course is open roads, with car & horse traffic. Abide by the rules and laws of the road, and treat cars & horses with respect. They are bigger than you. Failure to do so will result in disqualification and permanent ban from future events.
Crossing the “yellow line” (mid-point of unmarked roads) will result in disqualification & permanent ban from future events.
No cutting the course or creating your own shortcut. Will result in disqualification & permanent ban from future events.
No bottle feeds at Aid Stations. If you want support you must come to a stop and put your foot down or dismount.
No spectators, team or staff allowed to drive on course. However, they are encouraged to go to the Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg, just 9 miles from the finish.
You are expected to fix your own equipment in case of mechanicals. There will be neutral support from Freeze Thaw Cycles and from Lupine Lights, but they will be on bikes, too. Don't expect anything more than a high-5 if you put your hand up.
No littering on course, at aid stations or in town. Will result in disqualification & permanent ban from future events.
Must wear an approved helmet at all times.
You must finish on the same bicycle you started on.
No e-bikes, except on FUN-paved.
Lights will be mandatory for any rider leaving the Poe Paddy Aid Station after 4pm.
Failure to return the timing device will result in a $250 fine.
Race directors, medics and aid station captains may remove any rider from the event that they feel is a hazzard to other participants or themselves.
While most of our gravel roads are better than paved roads, sometimes “unpaved” means it can get rowdy or loose. Bring your good tires (ex. 700x35-40 set up tubeless with fresh Stan’s NoTubes sealant at 30-45psi) and all you need to fix flats & mechanicals.
The descending on this route is legit, and disc brakes (with fresh pads) are strongly recommended. BE CAREFUL for the corners you could take too fast and end your day in a bad way.
The weather is unpredictable in the hills & valleys of this region. It can be sunny & warm one one side of a ridge, cold & wet on the other, and anything goes as you cross them. Do not skimp on clothing & gloves, and be prepared to pack extra layers.
Full and Plenty riders can have a gallon-ziploc bag as a drop bag at the GU Energy Oasis at Poe Paddy Aid Station (mile 50 & 80).
Lights will be mandatory for any rider leaving the GU Energy Oasis at Poe Paddy Aid Station after 4pm (mile 50 & 80).
Aero bars are allowed, but they are not recommended as most of the courses are climbing or descending. If you ride with them please do not when in a group of other riders, and definitely do not ride in them on the descents. Thanks.
Course will be marked, but a GPS device is the best naviation method for gravel events. Do not plan on using your cellphone as a communications device on course. There is little to no coverage for much of the route. If you are using it as a navigation device make sure you have downloaded the course and set your phone to Airplane mode.
The final Aid Station is at the Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg, just 9 miles from the finish. Bring cash or card, your ID and your responsibility. There is no shuttle to the finish if you can’t ride. Besides, there’ll also be Rusty Rail beer at the finish.
The Susquehanna River Valley offers an authentic experience that combines everything that’s great about rural Pennsylvania: Breweries, award-winning wineries, outdoor recreation, family fun, wildlife, dining and welcoming hospitality. The rocky slopes, grassy hillsides and dense woodlands of the Susquehanna River Valley will challenge your fitness, test your equipment and bring a smile to your face.
Dave has ridden some of the big ticket items on many people's bucket lists: The cobbles of Paris-Roubaix & Tour of Flanders, the gravel goodness of Dirty Kanza & Rebecca's Private Idaho, up Mount Washington and down the Wildcat Trail at SSWC 2005, and more. Then he's gone on to run some seriously fun events like SSCXWC13Philly, Junkyard 'Cross in 2013 & 2014, and the Monkey Knife Fight. In good news for you, he's way better at running events than riding them.
Mike went to school at Bucknell University, and as a member of the cycling team was training on the dirty roads outside of Lewisburg without ever knowing those roads were "gravel." Since graduating Mike has created some of the best cycling events in the region, such as the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic and Iron Cross. Most recently he helped launch the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League and has been named to the Board of Directors for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association to help get #MoreKidsOnBikes.